Archive for July, 2010

Soft-Shelled Crabs Meunière

Recipe here.  Please pardon the crummy cell-phone photo. Making these recently at my best friend’s house in the mid-Atlantic region (during high soft-shelled season) is what gave me the courage to attempt the Sole Meunière.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Soft-shelled crabs are one of my all-time favorite foods.  Paramount is getting the freshest crabs available.  Unfortunately, […]

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Posted on July 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Seafood

Classic Sole Meunière

Recipe here. This is one of my favorite “fancy restaurant” meals, but I’ve never attempted it at home before.  I’m SO glad that I did, because it was super easy and VERY delicious.  I think that the recipe’s suggestion to buy a couple of extra fillets is a good one, because it does take a […]

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Posted on July 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Menus, Seafood, Side Dishes - Starch, Side Dishes - Veggies

Mexican Chocolate Eclairs

So, I decided to spice up the eclairs that I made recently to go with last night’s Mexican meal.  I used the same recipe, but added about 1/8 tsp. of Cinnamon Spice Blend to the vanilla filling and 1 teaspoon of McCormick Cocoa Chile Blend to the chocolate glaze.  I really liked the original version […]

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Posted on July 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Spices and Seasonings, Vegetarian

Grilled Skirt Steak and Creamed Corn and Black Beans with Poblanos

This was inspired by this recipe in May 2008 Food & Wine magazine, but I adapted things quite a bit. First, I thought that the plain “sprinkled with salt and pepper before grilling” skirt steak could be improved upon, so we rubbed it with some coffee spice rub, instead.  The one that I used is […]

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Posted on July 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Entrees, Menus, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Tofu

We made this vegetarian adaptation for Girl the other night when we had Jerk-Rubbed Catfish and she loved it so much that she requested it again.  It was SO easy, quick and healthy.  She made the little arugula-spinach-tomato salad to go with it (we already had the Baby Bam croutons on hand.)  It’s really the […]

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Posted on July 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Side Dishes - Veggies, Spices and Seasonings, Vegetarian

Spinach Salad with Lentils and Crispy Goat Cheese

Recipe here. This will be a definite repeat.  Lentils are one of our favorite foods (especially Girl.)  They are terrific for you and have tons of the precious protein that can be so hard for vegetarians to get enough of.  We also all really like spinach, as well.  And, crispy-crunchy-gooey melted cheese?  Well, doesn’t EVERYONE […]

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Salad, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Recipe here. This is my all-time favorite chicken recipe.  It turns out SO moist and flavorful.  It is an upscale version of “Beer Can Chicken” and is just downright delicious.  Takes a little time, with the brining and all, but really doesn’t take much hands-on effort…it’s mostly just “waiting” time.  Getting the hang of butterflying […]

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Entrees, Favorites

White Chocolate Banana Tart

Recipe here. This was really tasty.  I made this for my little brother’s birthday dinner (which was actually in November, but I’m just now getting around to posting it…) and all of us loved it.

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Zucchini Stuffed with Israeli Couscous

Recipe here. This was pretty darned tasty vegetarian meal.  I didn’t have Israeli couscous on hand at the moment (has anyone ever seen organic Israeli couscous?,) so I used orzo, instead.  If you’re a die-hard carnivore, you could serve this as a side dish.

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Pasta, Side Dishes - Starch, Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Asparagus Pain Perdu

Recipe here. This was FANTASTIC.  I was a little too lazy rushed to make the homemade tomato jam, and used a good quality jarred pasta sauce, instead, but now that tomatoes are in high season, I might give it a try.  This is a great breakfast dish, but would also be fantastic for brunch, lunch […]

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breakfast, Entrees, Misc, Snacks