Recipes »Springtime Veggie Pasta

springfrom Bird and Cleaver

Sometimes I am amazed how quickly some extraordinary meals can come together. This Springtime Veggie Pasta is an easy weekday dish but looks and tastes restaurant worthy. Of course, as the name suggests it’s the perfect time of year for the ingredients – fresh asparagus, peas, and tarragon.

I used proscuitto pasta instead of the recommended spaghetti and it added a nice saltiness. I imagine other ingredients could be changed easily to suit your taste.

It’s recipes like this that get me excited about trying to cook more with limited time on my hands.

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Posted on April 24, 2013

Recipes »Avocado Panini with Brie, Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Basil

 from Serious Eats

With deli meats off the table for now, I’m always eager to find a good meatless sandwich recipe.

Serious Eats was a great spot to find one that promised to be unique. This Avocado Panini with Brie, Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Basil boasts gooey cheese – both mozzarella and Brie (!) hugging avocados and sun dried tomatoes.

Make sure to use a good baguette that can handle all the messy goodness.

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Posted on August 4, 2012

Recipes »Gazpacho

20120520-152741.jpgfrom Ina Garten

It was hot, I wanted gazpacho, Ina Garten gave me an easy peasy recipe that is simple and delicious.

Great for a healthy last minute lunch. The recipe can be modified and expanded on to fit your fancy, but the original is good too.

Yay for summer weather and cold soup goodness!


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Posted on May 20, 2012

Recipes »Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

from The Pioneer Woman

When you’ve been under the weather for seemingly forever as I have, you crave comforting food that’s simple and easy to make. This Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce recipe from The Pioneer Woman fit the bill in every way without being the least bit boring (all that cream and parmesan helps).

It’s great as is, but also a good based for experimenting. We made ours to the letter except substituting bucatini (my favorite pasta) for the fettuccine.


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Posted on April 30, 2012

Recipes »Potato Leek Soup

20120326-161243.jpgfrom Alton Brown

Delicious! Potato Leek soup is a personal favorite but this is my first time making it myself.

I trusted Alton Brown with the recipe which can’t claim to be low fat but is amazingly yummy both hot and chilled.

Best left over lunch ever!


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Posted on March 26, 2012

Recipes »Creamy Gazpacho

from NY Times

I was craving gazpacho in the wrong season but I decided to make some myself anyways.

This Creamy Gazpacho recipe is labor intensive if you’re lazy in the kitchen like me. But it is lots of squishing stuff, which is fun.

I always assumed creamier gazpachos were named so because they were made with cream but the lighter color and thicker tecture actually comes from bread.

We scarfed our bowls before I thought to take a photo but I did capture part if the prep work.

While I couldn’t replicate La Buenas this was pretty excellent. Next time I might make a huge batch to keep in the fridge for healthy snacking.

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Posted on January 2, 2012

Recipes »Sweet Pea Ravioli with Scallion Cream Sauce

20111013-053245.jpgfrom Big Girls Small Kitchen

I was in search of a nice, easy sauce to accompany some sweet pea raviolis from the Ravioli Store (via Fresh Direct). I came across this great Scallion Cream Sauce at Big Girls Small Kitchen and knew, as a scallion fan, it would be perfect.

The recipe also includes quick homemade raviolis if you’re more ambitious than me.

Fresh tasting and simple, this was perfect for an impromptu dinner get together.

Just pair with some wine, meats and cheeses.


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Posted on October 13, 2011

Recipes »Cajun Style Blackened Halibut, Collard Greens, Potato Gratin

from Epicurious and Martha

An evening at Astrid and Marcus’ always means we are in for a special meal. They have the patience and attention to detail to offer us friends restaurant quality food with the comfort of friendly gossip while eating off our laps and letting Van chill out on the rug.

Recently we were treated to the best collard greens I’ve ever had, a lovely kicked up blackened halibut and a refreshingly mild, lemony potato gratin. Smoky beers, great wine and a thinly sliced fennel salad (that has me wanting to buy a mandoline slicer) rounded out the delicious meal. Thanks guys, yummy and memorable as always.

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Posted on March 18, 2011

Recipes »Balsamic Yams

Yams seem to only get a walk on role for dinner during Thanksgiving and then, it’s always candied and covered in marshmallows – not that I object, I love that dish, but I wanted to try something different and savory with the root for dinner the other night and after pages of candied yam recipes found this one for Balsamic Roasted Yams. It’s an easy prep and only 40 minutes to bake. I love any roasted vegetable, but particularly root vegetables and particularly in the fall, so this was perfect.

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Posted on November 29, 2010

Recipes »Bucatini al Limone

from Mario Batali

This Bucatini a Limone recipe is simplicity in a dish. From Mario Batali, it originally called for Tagliarini, a thin flat noodle, but I tried it with my new favorite pasta, Bucatini. This is a prefect recipe that most people can make with available ingredients in a pinch (at least, I find I always have dried pasta, butter, parm and lemons).

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Posted on November 20, 2010

Recipes »Caprese Eggs

Easy Breakfast

This is my own recipe, an eggy breakfast take on the classic Caprese Salad – Caprese Eggs. I first fried the grape tomatoes, sliced in half, in a tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper, and a couple splashes of balsamic.

Once they broke down a little, I added four scrambled eggs, cooking slowly on low heat. Last I added a thick slice of mozzarella chopped up and cooked until it was melted and the eggs were set. Next time, some basil would be a nice addition.

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Posted on November 14, 2010

Recipes »Mushroom Goat Cheese Panini

from Tyler Florence on Food Network

While I can’t have most lunch meats, taking lots of sandwiches out of the equation until my little guy is born, I still crave eating them from time to time and found this woodsy, hearty Goat Cheese and Mushroom Panini recipe on Food Network that sounded perfect. I skimped on buying the truffle oil, though I am sure it’s an excellent addition.

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Posted on June 20, 2010

Recipes »Twice Baked Potatoes

from Simply Recipes

These Twice Baked Potatoes, taken loosely from a Simply Recipes recipe (love that site) made for a lovely picture and an even lovelier tasty meal. I basically used the bacon cheddar recipe but substituted broccoli and chives for bacon. While these take a long time to bake, the actual effort is minimal.

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Posted on June 6, 2010

Recipes »Roasted Carrots

from The Barefoot Contessa

Carrots have never quite been my favorite side dish. Either too soggy or to hard, they just seem difficult to cook right but this Roasted Carrot recipe from Ina Garten is great. I added a sprinkle of brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin for added spice and roasted about ten minutes longer than called for.

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Posted on May 23, 2010

Recipes »Hot and Sour Soup

from Simply Recipes

As some commenters mention on this Simply Recipes Hot and Sour Soup thread, it’s definitely not one of the most attractive soups out there, but when done right (not that gloppy bad take out stuff) I thrive on the dish. I could live off the Kikkoman mix that I’ve enjoyed since childhood (almost literally – I bought a case from Amazon as it became harder to find in local stores) but this more time consuming, fresh ingredient version, is definitely worth the extra preparation. It’s light, which might be surprising and we added some chicken to make it a heartier meal. We also substituted fresh mushrooms and were unable to add the more unique ingredients like lily buds. But it’s a recipe open to interpretation and your own flare.

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Posted on May 9, 2010

Recipes »A Selection of Momofuku Recipes

From the Momofuku Cookbook

Our friend Mike is nothing if not ambitious: if you’ve taken a look at David Chang’s recent Momofuku Cookbook, you know that these are not simple fixins. Mike decided to have friends over the other night to try a selection of FOUR. Most impressively, all were delicious and made in a tiny kitchen sans staff of many to help.

The noodles are nice and simply refreshing. The rice cakes, which he improvised the most, were spectacular in their bold flavor. The cauliflower was a wonderful starter with a tangy vinaigrette, and the pork buns were simply incredible.

Plus, he had no snobby issues with the people eating his food taking photographs.

Click here for the rest of A Selection of Momofuku Recipes

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Posted on April 4, 2010

Recipes »Brussel Sprout Chips

brussel sprout chips From the week of May 4th:

Turning a brussel sprout into a “chip”,?a snack that even my veggie fearing husband devoured in seconds, is brilliant. I first got wind of this recipe on the great food blog Serious Eats who in turn found it on Real Food for Real People (which looks like it could be a great spot for more yummy recipes, honey buttered popcorn, anyone?). I loved these so much I made them twice in one week.

Vaca Frita
Szechuan Green Beans with Ground Pork
Brown Butter Cookies
Larb Gai
Homemade White Castles
Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Posted on November 2, 2009