Archive for April, 2010

Pear-Gorgonzola-Caramelized Onion-Toasted Pecan-Balsamic Arugula Pizza

This was fantastic and came together much more quickly than I expected after a CRAZY night.  It was inspired by this recipe in Cooking Light magazine, but I adapted it quite a bit to suit Vegetarian Girl and a preference for blue cheese over provolone. 1 large pre-baked pizza shell (I used Boboli) 1 small […]

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Side Dishes - Starch, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Homemade Cheddar Crackers

Recipe here. These were really tasty, but a bit of trouble to roll out and don’t predictably bake to anything resembling a uniform size.  They puff and wobble as they bake, so some turn out thicker or smaller.  They taste good, but they’re just difficult to work with.  If I make these again, I will […]

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Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:39 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breads, Snacks, Vegetarian

Apple and Pear Beignets with Vanilla Bean Sugar

Recipe here. I wanted to make something a little special this morning because Girl had a couple of friends to spend the night last night and so I was feeding a crowd for breakfast.  These were a big hit with the girls, who immediately noticed that the sugar “tasted REALLY good” and “MUCH better than […]

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Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breakfast, Desserts, Vegetarian

Brussels Sprouts and Smoky Onions on Cheddar Toast

Recipe here. Mine wasn’t so picturesque as Food & Wine’s, but I made this for Girl this evening and she loved it. A nice hearty and healthy vegetarian entree.

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Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Snacks, Vegetarian

Spicy Stir-Fried Pork, Asparagus and Onions with Lemon Grass

YUM!  Recipe here. I used a red onion, because that what I had on hand, and I cooked it a bit longer than specified, because I like my cooked onions REALLY cooked (but I’m OK with raw onions in a salad – go figure.)  I served it over jasmine rice cooked in veggie stock. This […]

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Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees

Dutch Babies with Lemon Sugar

Recipe here. I actually made these for the family for Valentine’s Day, but am just now getting around to posting it.  These were simple and delicious and the crunchy, tart-sweet lemon sugar brought it totally over the top.  Outstanding.

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breads, Breakfast, Favorites, Vegetarian

Green Lentil Salad with Baby Spinach and Goat Cheese

Recipe here. Super fast and easy and very yummy.  I served this with some sliced, grilled steak (and a 2006 Ironstone Cabernet Franc) for the die-hard carnivores at my house, but it was definitely hearty enough to be a meal on its own. Update:  I just saw that a new version of this recipe (with […]

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:29 am by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Salad, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Pioneer Woman’s Apple Fritters

Recipe here. These were so yummy and tasty-crusty-crunchy.  Great for a lazy weekend breakfast, even though you house will smell like boiling oil for the rest of the day.  I used a small (2 oz) cookie dough scoop with a little release lever on the side to drop the fritters in the oil, to keep […]

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:17 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breads, Breakfast, Vegetarian

Giada’s Roman-style Chicken and Smoked Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomato Cigars

Yum yum yum.  Chicken recipe here.  Salad/Cigar recipe here. I adapted the chicken recipe quite a bit, because it was a last-minute decision to make it and I didn’t have the exact right ingredients on hand, but the basic gist was still the same…browned, then simmered with tomatoes and peppers.  Caramelized/roasted cauliflower on the side. […]

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:54 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Menus, Salad, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Barefoot Contessa’s Maple-Oatmeal Scones

Recipe here. Delicious and easy.  Makes a TON of scones.  Fabulous maple flavor. Great for feeding a crowd without a lot of effort.  Like Barefoot Contessa’s Orange-Cranberry Scones, they are best eaten the same day, or possibly the next day, but suffer in texture if kept longer than that, so I’d plan to share or […]

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:10 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breads, Breakfast, Vegetarian