Archive for September, 2012

Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread

Great all-purpose, easy, spicy and moist pumpkin bread recipe. I doubled the batch (it was Girl’s turn to bring snack to school), which required two cans of pumpkin, with one cup left over (which I froze) for another batch in the future. I may try the Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe (listed in the link), possibly […]

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:12 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breads, Breakfast, Snacks, Vegetarian

Bacon and Butternut Pasta

This was really yummy, but we are a household (mostly) of veggie-loving folks. If you already love kale and butternut squash, you’ll love this pasta (the nutty Gruyère and luscious crème fraîche are a fantastic and classic combination). If you don’t, this recipe isn’t going to be the one to convert you (try this or […]

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Posted on September 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Pasta, Side Dishes - Starch, Side Dishes - Veggies, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce

These scallops (recipe here) were really easy and tasty. I don’t know why, though, the recipe says to use a separate saucepan to make the sauce. I would take advantage of all of the crusty caramelizing in the shallot pan and just make the sauce in there. I suppose since this sauce is kind of […]

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Posted on September 20, 2012 at 8:20 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Menus, Pasta, Seafood, Side Dishes - Veggies

Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

Very simple, elegant and tasty side dish. Recipe here. Served this to my brother and his sweet family with Herb-Roasted Pork Tenderloin and The Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes.

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Posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Side Dishes - Veggies, Vegetarian

Shrimp Florentine Pasta

This was SO fast and easy (recipe here.) Very tasty, too. Even Hubby, who has historically not been a big shellfish fan, loved it. Filling and healthy and VERY fast to make.

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Posted on September 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Favorites, Pasta, Seafood

Bread and Butter Pickles

These pickles (recipe hehttp://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12579/Bread-and-Butter-Pickles.htmlre) are SO easy and delicious. They perish quickly, but don’t last long, at least not at our house, so it hasn’t been a problem. I haven’t tried the ketchup and mustard recipes (also included in the article) but am planning to try soon. I do occasionally make my own mayonnaise, which […]

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Posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:21 am by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Favorites, Misc, Side Dishes - Veggies, Snacks, Spices and Seasonings, Vegetarian

Amaretti Torta

This dessert (recipe here) was simple and tasty. VERY sweet, but good. Not something that I’m likely to CRAVE but would be fun for a potluck or to cap off an Italian dinner with friends.

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese Strata with Herb Oil

This recipe from Giada (recipe here) was so wonderful and creamy and grassy-herby and nutty and ripe and juicy…just not enough adjectives to do it justice…I will definitely be making this again…

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized

Peanut Butter-Caramel Pound Cake

This wasn’t evil enough, on its own, so I decided to serve it with a little ice cream on the side. Quite rich and buttery and thoroughly indulgent. This recipe (here) is another winner from Giada.

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites, Vegetarian

White Chocolate Cake

I made this AMAZING (recipe here) cake for my little brother’s birthday last year (he’s a big white chocolate fan) and it was SO good. I’ll definitely be making this again. We have a sweet exchange student living with us now who also loves white chocolate, so I need to make this for her.

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites, Uncategorized, Vegetarian