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Truffle Honey Popcorn

February 18, 2015

I had a craving for something sweet & salty the other night- Popcorn is always an easy fix. If you are part of gen-Y or later you probably are unaware that you can make this delicious snack on your stove top and completely customize the flavors! That’s right sans-microwave popcorn my friends!!! You can buy the plain kernels in the popcorn aisle (shocker), and all you need is a little oil and a large pot with a lid. I’ve experimented with many different flavors over the years, my old standby favorite is simple olive oil with salt and pepper, & sometimes a little Tony Chachere’s too. But this time I was in to mood for decadence and the stars in my pantry were aligned for the most indulged treat I have every allowed myself. I have four words for you- DUCK FAT, TRUFFLES, & HONEY.   Truffle Honey Popcorn Ingredients 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1 tbs canola or vegetable oil 2-3 tbs duck […]

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Peach & Prosciutto Crostini

January 18, 2015

It’s stone fruit season!   Cherries, peaches, plums whathaveyou, I’m obsessed with all of them. And while I love the traditional baked goods that frequently make use of these beauties, my favorite way to enjoy them is cut fresh and as unadulterated as possible. This recipe is one that really lets the season’s best fruit shine. You could certainly substitute the peaches in this recipe for your favorite. I’d recommend stopping by the farmers market and sniffing out the freshest juiciest crop.   Ingredients 1-2 ripe peaches 1 baguette ( cut in to crostini rounds) 1 cup ricotta cheese 3-4 thin slices of prosciutto honey balsamic vinaigrette fresh cracked pepper   All you have to do is assemble! You can buy already toasted crostini rounds, or crisp them up yourself.  I crisped mine in a pan with a little unsalted butter. Layer as follows: Balsamic Bread Ricotta Honey drizzle Prosciutto Peaches Pepper   *I could have done the balsamic drizzle at […]

Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters

October 22, 2014
It's grilling season! For most people that means burgers, BBQ, and red meat of any kind, and on some occasions a meaty fish will even get to grace our fiery pits, but we rarely think to toss the lowly bivalves on the coals- why? Oysters are one of the easiest delicacies to grill up, and they are such a crowd pleaser! You'll want to choose a larger variety with a deeper cup that way it won't dry out too quickly.My oysters were a meaty briny bunch which I got from our favorite mongers at TJ's. I just told them what my plans were and they picked out the best for me to grill. The recipe I have used previously calls for you to grill them- then shuck the top shell- and top with melted herb butter or simply a squeeze of lemon. This time I made my herb+shallot butter and spooned that in to the shell just as it began [...]

Winter Squash Soup with Spinach and Bacon

Winter Squash Soup with Spinach and Bacon

January 22, 2013

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions or resolutions of any kind really. I prefer to  do what feels right/best for me at any given moment, and not feel guilty about breaking some impossible promise I made to myself in January – when I most likely had seasonal depression and wasn’t thinking clearly anyway. However, I have been meaning to join a produce coop, so when Urban Acres had a Groupon I jumped at the chance. I’ve signed up for a half share of organic produce every other week. Not only does this help me eat more locally, but I’m also encouraged to try new recipes with vegetables I would have never picked up at the store. My husband is obviously thrilled with the exciting new vegetable experimentation going on in our house. Last weekend I picked up my bin to find rainbow chard, turnips, winter squash, potatoes, oranges, apples, spinach and kohlrabi. I obviously had to look the kohlrabi up – […]

Florida-Bay-Scallops+how-to-clean

Butter Bay Scallops served in the Shell

August 28, 2012

  This recipe looks fancy, and I know seafood usually intimidates people- but I promise you, this is one of the easiest seafood recipes you can cook. The only hard part about this one is finding the perfect Bay Scallops and the shells to cook them in. —– We visited the picturesque Cae San Blass last month and had such a wonderful time on this small stretch of All-American beach in Florida. Our days were filled with long walks on the baby powder-soft beaches, turtle watching at night and every afternoon revolved around what the next big meal was going to be. We were told that this part of the Florida panhandle was know for is plentiful sweet Bay Scallops, and through a little asking around we found out we could easily charter a boat to go catch some ourselves! Now I don’t know about you but my very competitive hunter gather instincts kick in to high gear every time […]

Burrata Caprese with Pine Nut Pesto

Burrata Caprese with Pine Nut Pesto

July 25, 2012

In our house, caprese is on the menu at least once a week during the summer. It’s our ultimate summer go-to salad. But I like to think that my caprese is a bit special, way better than your caprese. Your caprese is boring. Just kidding. But not about how good this easy summer recipe is. If you can’t make a caprese salad after this simple how-to, then I’m not sure you can be helped. And if you don’t like caprese, then I’m not sure we can be friends. Pine Nut Pesto 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts 3 medium sized garlic cloves Salt and pepper Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor.  Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor […]

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

May 21, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Time to stop eating chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. It’s no secret that I love a good muffin, mostly because they’re a good excuse to eat something that tastes like cake for breakfast. These muffins aren’t those muffins, but still satisfying in their own way. The recipe originally came from Joy the Baker, but instead of blueberries I used three of one hundred ripe bananas that are overtaking my freezer. Next time, I would honestly include both blueberries and bananas to give them that extra little punch. But honestly, these are solid as is, and great for a morning breakfast on the go, or toasted with peanut butter for an afternoon snack. Isn’t everything better with peanut butter? PS – How cute is my new dish towel from my sister? Since I’ve never had a middle name, I’m taking full advantage of my new three letter monogram. I’m pretty much going to monogram everything […]

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Tender Leek & Potato Soup

January 9, 2012

I received a fabulous cookbook for Christmas this year from the man I love to cook for most. Tender is a stunning guide to growing and cooking vegetables, from British writer Nigel Slater. This heavy book is packed full of recipes and extensive gardening notes, just “A cook & his vegetable patch” he says. Well the only thing I have left growing in my garden at the moment are some bushy overgrown herbs, and some tiny leeks. My leeks aren’t quite big enough to yield this recipe- but none the less, my mouth began watering when I got to this section of the book. I was so surprised at how velvety smooth and rich the soup turned out even though the recipe didn’t call for any cream! Having an immersion blender definitely helped get it there, but it would still be just as good if you don’t have that tool. Nigel’s recipe called for the addition of sausage links to […]

Green Bean & Edamame Salad

Green Bean & Edamame Salad

October 24, 2011

I’m always in need of a good side dish. And typically, I try to bring a side dish that isn’t mayonnaise, sour cream or cream of mushroom soup-based. Because, if you’re like me,  you usually like to use up your calories on dessert or wine…not the potato salad. This dish was a great success at the pink-themed baby shower we threw this past weekend (pictures & post coming). Most of the shower was centered around pink desserts and pink candy so this little green gem of a salad made everyone feel better about the extra sugar cookies or pink gummy candies they feasted on. It’s really utterly simple, and it’s a great dish to put together on Sunday night to eat throughout the week. Green Bean & Edamame Salad 1 16oz bag frozen shelled edamame 1 16oz bag frozen french green beans 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered or sliced thinly 1 bunch of fresh basil, chopped (this is key – […]

Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread

Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread

October 10, 2011

I’m going to come clean. I have a weird, blog-crush/girl-crush on Joy the Baker. I honestly haven’t wanted to introduce you to her, because once you start perusing her site you’ll never want to leave. It’s one of my favorite, go-to, baking blog sites. And she’s cute and funny. Swoon. I’ve made a few things from her blog, and they’ve always turned out better than expected. And unlike most of her recipes, this one is practically good for you. I’ve made my fair share of banana breads over the years, but most of them are sugar-laden cakes disguised in a loaf form. This one actually tastes good, and it’s only 4 Weight Watchers points per slice. I don’t know what that means, but I’m pretty sure that’s good. And while I’m making confessions, I guess I’ll share the fact that I have an entire shelf of brown bananas in my freezer. It’s where good bananas go to die. And then are […]

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