Archive for April, 2009

Croque Monsier sandwich

There are many different recipes for making “Croque Monsieur” sandwiches (literally “Mister Crunchy”, ranging from a simple toasted ham and cheese sandwich (such as this one), to sandwiches requiring a special shell-shaped press, to sandwiches topped with Mornay sauce and broiled. Croque Monsieur sandwiches are a favorite mid-mountain treat for us on our annual family […]

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Posted on April 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Snacks

BBQ Meatballs

BBQ Meatballs from The Pioneer Woman’s wonderful website Click here for the recipe. These were tender and delicious. They definitely aren’t, as PW mentions, “spaghetti and meatballs”-type meatballs, but are more the sort of thing that you would expect to find on a toothpick at a cocktail party. They are great as an entree, too, […]

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Posted on April 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees

Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding from Cooking Light magazine Click here for recipe This recipe was phenomenal. I made it exactly according to the recipe directions and didn’t have any problems, although some of the on-line reviewers mention that they had difficulty getting a thick enough consistency. I think as long as you get it going at a […]

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Posted on April 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai from Food & Wine magazine Click here for recipe. So sorry for the washed-out photo. Again. I made this for dinner tonight (with some edamame) and it was a HUGE hit with Hubby (he didn’t even add any sriracha; he said it was perfect “as is”.) and me. Boy liked it, but […]

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Posted on April 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Favorites

Tiramisu Affogato

This recipe (from August 2008 Bon Appetit magazine) is amazingly easy and was absolutely delicious. This would be the perfect thing for a dinner party if you’re serving Italian food and want a dessert that is tasty, universally appealing and impressive, but very easy to execute. Seriously, I had this on the table in less […]

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Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Chicken Scallopine

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Scallopine This recipe is from Pioneer Woman’s wonderful website. I haven’t tried a lot of her recipes before, but the ones that I have tried have been winners. This one was no exception. I sauteed the mushrooms before the chicken, because I like them when they get all golden-browned and they also […]

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Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Pasta

Barefoot Contessa’s Mexican Chicken Soup and Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Ina Garten’s Mexican Chicken Soup and Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread (click for recipes) Both of these recipes were fabulous. I think that Ina’s recipe will replace mine for future use. The tortilla slices really give the soup a nice, thick texture. I added a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) for a little extra interest […]

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Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:24 am by lara · Permalink · 3 Comments
In: Breads, Entrees, Soups

Lemon Creme Brulee Tart

(ugh. yet another over-exposed photo. I’ve GOT to take some photography classes!) Lemon Creme Brulee Tart. Recipe here. Mmmmm…perfection. The broiler in my oven doesn’t work perfectly, so I used a kitchen torch instead, but this was fabulous. All four of us loved it.

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Posted on April 9, 2009 at 8:56 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Chocolate Malted Creme Brulee

Chocolate Malted Creme Brulee Dear Chocolate Malted Creme Brulee: It’s true that our relationship didn’t start off on the right foot. When your recipe first turned my head and I attempted to prepare you, I didn’t read clearly enough and realized that I had misjudged you. You cannot be rushed. On that day, our paths […]

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Posted on April 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Baby Shower

My “little” (9 years younger, but almost a foot taller than me) brother and his wife are expecting their first child in a few weeks. Some friends recently hostessed a shower for them at our house. Here are some of the photos that I took, but I didn’t take many and took most of them […]

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Posted on April 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Misc