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Tomato Basil Soup- so easy

Tomato Basil Soup- so easy

December 21, 2010

I can’t believe it’s 75 degrees here in Dallas right now just 4 days before Christmas! Never the less, there was a slight chill in the air last Sunday and I was craving a steaming bowl of tomato basil soup. I came up with this recipe on the fly last weekend using just what I had on hand and taking a few cues from my favorite tomato sauce recipe. This came together in no time and the result was a luxurious soup that was bursting with bright tomato flavor. If you are a silky tomato soup purist then you might want to use an immersion blender and then strain your soup through a fine mesh sieve. But a silky tomato purist I am not. I love the varied texture of the canned and fresh roasted tomatoes together after they’ve cooked way down. And the pop of the seeds from the roasted tomatoes in my mouth adds another layer of unsuspected […]

Sprinkles Greetings

Sprinkles Greetings

December 20, 2010

While browsing through the NYTimes blogs today I came across the cutest foodie illustration series by artist Christoph Niemann. Here Christoph creates his own quirky history of the world- rendered in cookie dough and sprinkles. Since Christmas is just around the corner and I’ve had lots of baking and cookie recipes on my mind, I thought this was a perfect post to kick off the week. See the full series >>

Chocolatier Zach Townsend’s Kitchen

Chocolatier Zach Townsend’s Kitchen

December 17, 2010

At the Chefs for Farmers event in Fort Worth we had the grand pleasure of eating Zach Townsend’s chocolate pave creation as our final course. This was a chocolate dessert unlike any other. Rich with a perfect slight bitterness, creamy, indulgent, but not so overwhelmingly so that I didn’t finish the entire dish. But who is Zach Townsend? And did I really care after he induced me into a full blown chocolate coma? Not really. But now that I’ve recovered, I can’t wait to try another one of his creations from Pure Chocolate Desserts (which actually has more options than just chocolate). And to learn a bit more about Zach, I obviously went to the most reputable source: Twitter @ZachTownsend. According to this trusted news source Zach has been a pretty busy guy lately. He recently posted a picture of a giant Chocolate Nutmeg Buche de Noël, more of his famous Chocolate Pave, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Cognac Truffles that he […]

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 16, 2010

I am usually an extremely loyal person. But last night I totally cheated. Even worse, it was premeditated. Yesterday I read about Kim Boyce’s Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies on Orangette. And they honestly sounded like something I couldn’t resist. So I threw my loyalty to David Lebovitz right out the window, and proceeded to make these cookies without any guilt of my indiscretion. This doesn’t mean I won’t be making Mr. Lebovitz’s cookies again and again (I have the recipe memorized, so it makes it difficult to cheat), but I do believe I might be adding this cookie into the rotation. It’s not your typical chocolate chip cookie. The whole wheat flour gives it a nice heft, and I like the bittersweet chocolate chips way more than I thought I would. Plus, I feel like it’s somewhat healthy for me (although it doesn’t taste healthy at all). Orangette compared it to a cross between a chocolate chip cookie and […]

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

December 15, 2010

Last weekend was my friend Lesley’s Christmas Cookie exchange party. This pajama/ pastry party has become such a fun tradition with this group of friends. Each year we get together in early December to swap recipes and  catch up on life. And what better way to catch up with your friends than over wine, a little bubbly, and some sweet treats. There were about 15 girls at the party this year- and with each one sharing about 3-4 cookies in each goodie bag, I came home with about 50 cookies total! It’s a good thing I have a lot of people to share them with or else I might be in need of another detox. To shake it up a bit this year I decided to play on an old holiday favorite, the gingerbread cookie. I’m a big fan of fluffy cake-like cookies rather than crunchy cookie recipes, and if you put a cream filling in anything- I am in! […]

Chef Matt McCallister’s Kitchen

Chef Matt McCallister’s Kitchen

December 13, 2010

I was lucky enough to pick the brain of Matt McCallister, former executive chef of Stephen Pyles, at the Chef’s for Farmers dinner last weekend, and it was such a pleasure to hear about what gets him stirring in the kitchen. Matt just had his last day at Stephan Pyles namesake restaurant about a week ago, and while we are all extremely sad to see him leave – we are even more excited to hear about all of his “staging” adventures across the nation over the next year or so. He’s kicking off his culinary tour at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina with James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock. Then he moves on to Napa Valley for the rest of the summer, working with the legendary French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. After that, potentially Alinea in Chicago, and Daniel in NY. Could this possibly be the best of the best staging tour across America? I can’t wait to see what McCallister […]

Sunday Sauce

Sunday Sauce

December 10, 2010

Surprise, surprise, another recipe from Sarah that utilizes the slow cooker. My ongoing love affair with crockpot continues… But seriously, this recipe is ridiculously good. And I know this because I’ve eaten this meal almost five times this week. Have I mentioned that I love leftovers? I’ve honestly never considered using pork in a pasta sauce – I don’t even know that I’ve eaten a pasta dish where pork is the main protein. But once again, Food & Wine swooped in to show me the light and introduce me to another way to use pork, my favorite ingredient. If you have the holiday issue of Food & Wine, then you probably saw this recipe. For me, it was love at first read. It involved pork shoulder, bacon, pasta AND a slow cooker. What’s not to love? It’s supposed to be pretty cold here in Dallas on Sunday, and I recommend throwing this in the crockpot on Sunday afternoon. Your house […]

Two Hot Potatoes Kitchen

Two Hot Potatoes Kitchen

December 8, 2010

We figured we can’t very well be asking to see the inside of our favorite chef’s kitchens without sharing ours first. So to kick off our new Chef’s Kitchen category Sarah and I took the time to interview each other, and below is an exclusive look inside these Two Hot Potatoes refrigerators. Enjoy. Peak inside >>

Chefs For Farmers: Fort Worth

Chefs For Farmers: Fort Worth

December 7, 2010

Angela and I are neither chefs nor farmers, but we happily support them both. And what better way to support both chefs AND farmers (not to mention Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County) by indulging in a six-course meal that features the best of the best of both worlds? And that’s exactly what we did on Sunday afternoon at Chefs For Farmers: Fort Worth. We excitedly left Dallas in the early afternoon to arrive a little early to our bountiful feast at Times Ten Cellars in Fort Worth. Angela took some fabulous pictures, we snacked on some of Il Cane Rosso’s famous Neopolitan pizza, and then we mingled around with chefs, farmers, and our new friend Ryan Tedder, sommelier from Grace in Fort Worth. What cool group of people gathered together to celebrate farming, food, and support a relevant cause. But on to the food. Sometimes when you go to these big dinners, you inevitably end up leaving disappointed. It’s […]

Zucchini Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Zucchini Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

December 3, 2010

Now this isn’t a 100% raw recipe, the tomatoes are roasted. But after a lot of research I did find that there are a few vegetables that actually increase in nutritional value once they are cooked- like tomatoes! That was all I needed to read to allow myself this one semi- cooked indulgence this week.

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