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Vegetable Sushi

6 May

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Vegetable Sushi recipe from Ina Garten on Food Network.

Note: Roasted peanuts add delicious flavor and crunch rolled-up with the veggies.

Best Birthday Cake Ever: Almond, Mascarpone, Lemon and Blueberries

25 Feb

This past Monday was my coworker’s birthday. Being a newbie around here, I’ve observed that the thing to do is to bake for your coworker’s birthday.

So I resolved to do just that. After a heated discussion with Jenna at Modern Domestic over what DC cupcakeries are really worth our time and money – and of course – a debate over their various frostings, I requested a suggestion for a not-to-sweet cake recipe for this very birthday occasion of which I am speaking.

Jenna sent me the Almond Birthday Cake with Lemon Curd, Blueberries and Mascarpone Frosting that she made for her mom’s birthday. Not only are her photos just absolutely stunning, the cake stood up to all of its promises. And as a new girl at work – let’s just say – thank goodness!! Continue reading

Dinner and Dessert on a Weeknight

26 Aug

Orange Chicken and Potato Gratin

I’m always looking for something easy to make after work that still requires enough effort to make it feel gourmet without just throwing pasta and sauce together in a bowl.

This combination of new recipes by Melissa d’Arabian (the new Food Network star) and a little spin on an old French classic is the perfect weeknight dinner. The ingredients are simple but the results are outstanding, which is always the benchmart of a great meal for me!  But also, the timing was right. Everything was ready in about the perfect amount of time for me not to have to waste time waiting for one side dish to be done before kicking the oven up a notch.

So here’s how to manage your time for the following three recipes and how to get dinner on the table and dessert in the oven in an hour and a half. I mean seriously, dessert is included!

Here’s the menu: Crispy-skinned Chicken a l’Orange with 5 Minute Individual Potato Gratins and a side salad, followed by a French Apple and Cream Cheese Tart. It’s plenty for four people or enough for lunch the next day! Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

10 Aug

Glazed lemon ricotta cookies

This weekend when I was getting my hair cut, the salon’s receptionist and I connected over curly hair and studying abroad. She told me about lemon ricotta cookies that she used to eat all of the time in Italy, and she went on, and on about how incredible they were. They seemed simple, light and intriguing, so I looked them up right when I got home.

Spread them out! More than this!

As it turns out, Giada has a rendition of her own. While I think this recipe was incredible and I would make it once a week, it has a few flaws (I had to separate giant uni-cookies with a knife and none of the cookies were round or even the same shape. Steve nicknamed one the Superman cookie). Hopefully my notes below will make your attempt seamless, but any other suggestions to keep the cookies separate would be appreciated. Continue reading

Accordions of Goodness

29 Jul

hasselback potatoes stuffed with garlic and oozing with butterWith Food Network on in the background earlier today, I briefly saw Sunny Anderson chopping up potatoes in an unconventional way. I’ve never made any of her recipes before, and I think this was the second time I have ever watched her show. She’s a newbie, but from what I’ve seen so far, has some good potential for great recipes. I like her style. She’s adventurous with some classics and not afraid to add her own twist when she can’t find the right ingredient (right up my alley!)

So, when faced with a large bag of red potatoes just begging for me to do something with them, I thought I’d take a chance on this recipe. And when ingredients involve half a stick of butter, I’m usually game! (But check out this photo… if you’re feeling really brave!! This is more along the lines of what I really WANTED to do!)

These potatoes are a classic Swedish side dish. Although I’ve never heard of them, I was able to remember their name to look up the recipe thanks to the lovely Elizabeth Hasselbeck… Oh well, we all need little memory tricks!

Anyway, the potatoes remind me of a dish my mom always used to make called “Magic Potatoes.” Magic Potatoes are thinly sliced, but all the way through. Then they are lined up in a pan, covered with butter, and baked until crisp to perfection. With a little salt and pepper, they’re an instant crowd pleaser. These are similar, but could work great if you are in the mood for just one or two potatoes and not the whole casserole. Continue reading

Take the City Market with you on a boat

10 Jul

boat food

In addition to the baseball tour of America Steve has set out to take me on this summer, I’ve dragged him along for the national city market tour. Last week, he missed out on both the new Royals stadium AND the City Market in Kansas City. I scoured the market with my mom, sister and aunt, letting both the in-season produce and an upcoming dinner on our boat direct what we bought.heirloom tomatoes at city market

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