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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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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Spring Floral Feast

May 23, 2011

Spring is finally here! Those April showers certainly brought me some flowers, and I have been anticipating these edible blossoms for a whole year! As soon as it begins to warm up outside my hands get eager to get in to the soil. Early on I planned out my gardening plot. I make a point to try and grow things that I can’t easily buy from the store- a few exotic heirloom varieties, lots of herbs, I even built a new watermelon patch this spring. I counted the other day and I was shocked to realize I have 37 different varieties of edible delights growing in my garden out back! And my most anticipated garden delight just started blooming! Stuffed squash blossoms are one of my absolute favorite things! When stuffed with cheese and fried to golden perfection they are out of this world! I found these specific zucchini blossom seeds through my trusted resource- Martha. Seeds From Italy sources […]

Crab & Avocado Salad

Crab & Avocado Salad

May 19, 2011

If you make nothing else this summer, make this salad. I’ve finally gotten rid of my constant cravings for rich, braised meats and heavy sides, and I’m happy to report that I actually WANTED to eat a salad the other day. Eureka! It’s getting warmer around the DFW area, and my food cravings are slowing showing signs of reflecting the actual season. I have another crab, white grapefruit and hearts of palm salad that I love as well, but one can never have too many crab or avocado salad recipes on hand. This one requires you make your own dressing (don’t be afraid of this step – it’s so easy!), and it’s super healthy for you. The dressing was the big winner of this salad – I honestly could have eaten it on anything. In fact, I’m sad I didn’t save a bit for my roasted chicken last night as it would have been a perfect accompaniment. This salad could […]

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

October 12, 2010

Autumn is upon us! I’m so excited to carve pumpkins and savor the season’s harvest. One thing that always get’s me in the festive fall spirit is carving my pumpkin for Halloween and roasting the seeds. As a kid, every October I would look forward to two things- getting dressed up as a princess/ vampire/ super woman/ punk rocker for Halloween- and roasting the seeds from our jack-o-lantern pumpkins. The costumes have changed quite a bit since my childhood, but the carving and roasting tradition has not. It’s one of those treats that I always look forward to snacking on because I only get them once a year. It’s not like they’re hard to make, or inaccessible, but seriously- how many pumpkins to you typically hollow out each year? Exactly. That’s why I only do this once a year, and why I always look forward to the salty snacks. Roasting pumpkin seeds is very easy to do, and you usually […]

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Honey & Ricotta

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Honey & Ricotta

July 15, 2010

I’m always trying to come up with new, interesting hors d’oeuvres that don’t involve chips or cheese dip. Not that I’m against a steaming bowl of queso, but it’s nice to mix things up occasionally. This bruschetta dish is always a crowd pleaser, and it’s relatively easy to prepare as well. The key is in the ingredients, but once you have them on hand preparation is a snap. And I know buying two types of honey is a pain, and can be expensive, but the outcome is worth it. You can always substitute regular old honey from the plastic bear jar if you’re a risk taker, but I promise it’s not going to be as good. Honey Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta (adapted from Food & Wine) 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons clover honey 2 teaspoons thyme leaves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 12 baguette slices, […]