Archive for February, 2009

Red Lentil-Rice Cakes with Pico de Gallo

Red Lentil- Rice Cakes with Pico de Gallo adapted from this recipe in Cooking Light magazine Red Lentil-Rice Cakes: 5 cups water, divided 1 cup dried small red lentils 1/2 cup uncooked basmati rice (or 1 and 1/2 cups cooked 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup finely […]

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Posted on February 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Menus, Side Dishes - Starch, Side Dishes - Veggies

Lots and lots of cupcakes…

4 batches of this recipe for my dad’s birthday party last night. I replaced the white chocolate with more bittersweet chocolate to dial up the chocolate flavor. When made into cupcakes, these take about 22 minutes to bake and one batch makes 21 – 24 cupcakes. Using cake flour in this recipe really does make […]

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Black Bean Soup (with Great Harvest Spinach-Feta Bread)

Yum! This recipe is simple, healthy and delicious. You’ve got to soak the beans overnight and the soup has to simmer for a long time, but the actual hands-on prep time (some chopping and sauteing) for the soup is pretty minimal. All four of us loved this. Is delicious as served in the recipe (sour […]

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Soups

Alton Brown’s “Orange Delicious”

We made this tasty drink from Alton Brown’s “Orange Delicious” recipe. It is “inspired by” Orange Julius. Click here for the recipe. I used Cara Cara oranges to make ours. Yummy.

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Beverages, Breakfast, Desserts, Snacks

Passion Fruit – Ginger Cocktail

This was DELICIOUS. First, I made a ginger simple syrup: Take equal parts water and sugar, add some peeled, coarsely chopped fresh ginger and boil them together until slightly thickened and syrupy. Let cool to room temperature and then pour into a container and refrigerate overnight. The next day, strain out the ginger. This will […]

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Beverages, Favorites

Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad (with BBQ chicken thighs and sauteed spinach)

I recently discovered “Smitten Kitchen“, a cute little food blog that I HIGHLY recommend that you check out right away. When I read Deb’s rave entry about this salad, I knew that I had to try it right away. She’s definitely right; we loved it and it’s absolutely a keeper. It’s delicious right after it’s […]

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Menus, Salad, Side Dishes - Veggies

Cauliflower Soup with Pecans and Rye Croutons (with London Broil & Salad)

This recipe sounded really great, but honestly, it was a lot of work for a soup that was just kind of, well….meh. I really LOVE cauliflower, especially when it’s roasted and takes on some caramelization, but in this recipe, it’s basically just boiled and doesn’t get any delicious toasty flavor. This was OK, but it […]

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Posted on February 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Soups

Sweet Potato Gnocchi (again)

Browned Butter is what The Gods eat on Mount Olympus, I’m telling you. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Browned Butter and Sage I don’t know who invented browned butter, but if I ever meet them, I’m going to kiss them on the mouth. Really. There is nothing in the world that smells as good or adds […]

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Posted on February 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Favorites, Side Dishes - Veggies

Golden Winter Soup

Golden Winter Soup from Cooking Light magazine This was really good. It was really mild and creamy; this would be a great recipe to start kids off with that haven’t tasted butternut squash before; it tastes very similar to a creamy potato soup; the butternut squash flavor is very subtle. Boy, Hubby and I liked […]

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Posted on February 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Soups

Smoky-Spicy Tamale Pies

Smoky-Spicy Tamale Pies, from Cooking Light’s “For Two” column Hubby and I liked these a lot. They were a bit too spicy for Girl, but she’s not feeling well and wasn’t too excited about dinner, in general, anyway. Boy got hungry before these were finished baking. These were tasty and simple, but more time-consuming than […]

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Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees