Archive for February, 2010

Pasta with Squash-Sausage-Sage Sauce

Recipe here. This was easy-peasy, very low-fat and quite tasty. I made a few substitutions to the original recipe: For Vegetarian Girl, I left out the sausage, of course. I used linguini that I had on hand, rather than make my own pasta. I deglazed the pan with 1/4 cup of white wine, rather than […]

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Posted on February 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian

Artichokes

Yum.  We love artichokes around here and are always so excited when we start to see them in the springtime.  It seems a little early this year, since it’s still unseasonably frigid right now, but we love ’em, so we’re going for it. Stay tuned and I’ll show you how to disembowel these suckers and […]

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Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Favorites, Misc, Side Dishes - Veggies, Snacks, Vegetarian

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Blueberry Sauce

From The Barefoot Contessa.  Both recipes here. This cake is tangy, moist and delicious.  Yum.

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Posted on February 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm by lara · Permalink · 5 Comments
In: Desserts, Snacks

Thai Noodle Salad with Sautéed Tofu

From April 2008 Cooking Light magazine.  Recipe here. This was REALLY good and very easy.  It tasted a lot like a spring roll, only without the wrapper.  The only thing to be aware of is that the tofu has to marinate for 2 hours before cooking, so be forewarned that, although the hands-on time investment […]

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Posted on February 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Salad, Vegetarian

Lemon Shortbread Bars

Recipe here. Mmmm…what is there to say?  Probably my favorite dessert EVER.  A true classic.  Buttery, crispy crust and tangy, creamy lemon filling?  Yes, please.  These were easy and wonderful.  The recipe, as is not uncommon, makes a bazillion lemon bars, so send them in for your kids to share with their classmates and teachers […]

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 7:50 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites, Snacks, Vegetarian

Barefoot Contessa’s Cranberry Orange Scones

Recipe here. These were wonderful.  Even dried fruit-hating Hubby and Boy liked them.  They are easy to make, but the texture is perfect.  Crumbly and moist at the same time, with a rich and creamy flavor.  I will absolutely be making these again. One caveat:  this recipe makes a TON of scones and one scone […]

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 7:36 am by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Breads, Breakfast, Favorites, Snacks, Vegetarian

Chickpea Pasta with Almonds and Parmesan

From January 2008 Real Simple magazine.  Recipe here. This was quite good and was ridiculously fast and easy. A one-pan pasta meal?  Unheard of! I used spaghetti instead of vermicelli, because I already had some.  It took a little longer than 6 minutes to cook, but not much more.  The reduced stock makes a tasty, […]

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Posted on February 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian

Mini Churros

Recipe here. Yum!  Perfect fun Super Bowl snack.  As you can see, Girl enjoyed them!

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Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Snacks

Acorn Squash Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Recipe here. This lasagna was OUTSTANDING.  I will definitely be making it again.  Boy hasn’t historically been a big fan of lasagna, because he’s not wild about tomato sauce (although he’s getting MUCH more open-minded lately,) but he loved this mellow, rich sauce.  It was SO good.  My only criticism is that I don’t really […]

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Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:14 am by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Entrees, Favorites, Pasta, Vegetarian

Banana Tart Tatin

Recipe here.  Helpful video here. Serve this RIGHT AWAY after unmolding it from the baking pan.  We weren’t quite ready for dessert yet when ours came out of the oven, so we let it sit a little bit too long and the puff pastry got soggy and chewy.  We all pretty much just ate the […]

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Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:07 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts