Category Archives: Meal Ideas & Recipes

Fiery Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some days I am suddenly inspired to throw caution to the wind and create something based on just a simple thought. This experiment came from exactly one of those sort of days. This recipe combines cheesecake filling, habanero peppers, chocolate chips and more into a very interesting (and tasty) cookie. Continue reading

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Alsatian Baeckeoffe

So ends my three Top Chef: Masters “tribute” posts, and I’ve saved what I think is the best, for last. Today we visit Mr. Hubert Keller.

During the finale, Hubert made a dish that was one of his favorites, but Bravo didn’t post the recipe. Luckily some digging around on the internet revealed it, so let’s get started!! Continue reading

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Roasted JalapeƱo-Tomato Salsa

This is the second of my three Top Chef: Masters “tribute” posts. Today I decided to take on the winner himself, Rick Bayless.

Instead of choosing a recipe made on the show, I decided that I would make a couple salsa recipes from one of his books. Honestly I think it was a great choice, so step inside to get cooking! Continue reading

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Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde

Top Chef: Masters drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.

Tonight I decided to recreate the dish that gave Michael Chiarello the win on Episode 8, look for the other two coming very soon! Continue reading

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Summer Vegetable Gratin

This recipe is quite a long time coming and I kind of feel bad it took me this long to post it on here, but I had to make sure it was perfect.

The dish seems quite simple with just the veggies, some cheese, and herbs, but don’t let that fool you. This has much more flavor than you’d expect it would. Continue reading

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Mighty muhammara

I was sitting here staring at my jar full of pomegranate molasses and wondering where to start when I came across this interesting recipe.

I am a huge fan of hummus and baba ghanoush, and it turns out that many other people have warmed up to those two, so get excited as this is right up that same alley. Continue reading

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When life gives you pomegranates

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So I guess when life gives you pomegranates, you should make pomegranate molasses!

Today is the start of a pomegranate overload, so I hope you are a fan of this powerful little fruit. Once you master the molasses, the world is your oyster… Continue reading

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Candied Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon. Did I get your attention? Chocolate. How about now? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Today we’re going on an adventure… a very bacony adventure. Climb aboard the USS Bacon Eater and join us as we go in search of the awesome force of nature that is bacon combined with chocolate. I can guarantee you will have a great, delicious, cromulent time. Continue reading

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Rhubarb Stir Cake

Another week in my CSA and another bunch of rhubarb… what was I to do? I already made pie and every recipe book pretty much told me to make a pie or jam.

I needed something different. I needed cake! Luckily the naked chef, Jamie Oliver, rode to my rescue with his Rhubarb Stir Cake. Step inside for the recipe! Continue reading

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Not easy being green curry

Have you ever paged through a cookbook and come across something so interestingly different that you felt the need to make it? This happened to me the other day.

I was looking through one of my older cookbooks and I found this Green Curry of sorts buried within. Read on a very unique dish! Continue reading

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Eggplant & Tofu Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana has always been one of my favorite “comfort” dishes. I don’t know why, but somewhere in the veggies and cheese and sauce there is perfection.

The issue? I had some extra tofu I needed to use up… be sure to check out what I came up with, I really think it’s a winner! Continue reading

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

One of the best things about being part of a CSA is that it’s a complete grab bag. You never quite know what you’re going to end up getting in your weekly haul of goods.

This week I was presented with a bundle of Rhubarb and after careful thought and consideration I made my choice. Keep your fork, everyone, there’s pie!! Continue reading

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Birthday Shortcake

I celebrated my birthday this week and to celebrate I decided to make myself some strawberry shortcakes instead of the “traditional” birthday cake. Why did I do this?

Well, the first reason is that I am just not a huge fan of cakes from a store (even birthday cakes), but the second reason is that it is strawberry season! Continue reading

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French Toast

So, you went ahead and just made two loaves of Challah and now you’re wondering what you’re going to do with it all, right? Not to worry, as you’ve come to the right place!

Go ahead and get out your frying pan, it is time to make us some breakfast! Seriously, nothing says ‘yum’ quite like homemade french toast!! Continue reading

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