Posts from the ‘Vegetarian’ Category

A Tale of Two Shortbreads

Once upon a time there were two shortbreads.  Both were very delicious but each claimed to be the MOST tasty and demanded a judge to taste them both and decide who was indeed the best tasting cookie.  So the judge tasted one flavor and then the other…but could not make up her mind…so she tasted both again and then again.  Then she called in her family and friends to taste the decadent cookies and help her make her decision!  FINALLY she realized that she loved both shortbreads equally and turned to give them her results, but alas…the plates were empty as both batches of shortbread had been eaten up!

So I had never made a shortbread cookie until today…and today I made 2 delicious varieties!  I have been craving baking and was wanting to make something new and unique and thought I would try this out!  I made 2 separate half batches of shortbread cookies, one was a chocolate chip shortbread cookie, and the other was an orange, cardamom chocolate chip shortbread cookie!  Both were VERY easy to make and really really yummy!  I think dipping both of them in chocolate also helped to improve the fabulous flavor!  The Orange Cardamom variety would be especially fun for the Thanksgiving and Christmas as it has a spicy and warm flavor…and basically tastes like the Holidays!

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Individual Blueberry Pear Crisps!

I am back to blogging after a 4 month break!  I had my sweet baby boy in July and he has quickly won my heart!  I have been spending the majority of my time with him, but now that he is taking longer naps…I am having a bit more time to spend cooking and blogging!  This dessert is simply amazing!  It is a perfect late summer/early fall dish and and a great finish to any meal!  This recipe is very similar to other crisps that I have made with one additional surprise ingredient added to the topping.  I think you will really enjoy it!  Also thanks for sticking with me even though I haven’t posted in awhile!
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White Bean and Arugula Baguettes

My fabulous mother-in-law recently had a milestone birthday and we threw her a party with appetizers and desserts!  This white bean baguette was one of the appetizers that I made and it is really really flavorful and delicious!  A really close family friend, Nancy Fike introduced this recipe to me and I will be forever indebted!  Not only are the flavors incredible, but the colors are striking!  The white, green and purple together make a beautiful display while being very easy to put together!  Hope you will try and enjoy!
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Potato Skins

One of my husband’s favorite things to do is to watch a football game at home or at a Sport’s Bar and Grill.  He likes to have a drink and some good food, and one of his favorite things to have is Potato Skins.  I saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Life’s Ambrosia, and decided to have my own go at them.  I made one pan and when Chris and I ate them all in about 5 minutes I realized that this recipe was a KEEPER!  I made these for a few football games this season and they are easier to make then you would think!  It does take a bit of time to make them, but most of the time is spent in the oven so you can be doing other things while they are cooking. I hope you will try it out…and there is NO need to wait for the next football game…these are too good to wait till Football season starts again!

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Potato Pancakes…yum yum yum!

These Potato Pancakes were sort of an experiment…and a lovely experiment at that!  I had a bunch of potato pulp left over from  scooping out the insides of my potato skins and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  I decided to try and make some potato pancakes and the results were tasty, cheesy and delicious!  I highly recommend trying this recipe if you find yourself with leftover mashed potatoes, or potato pulp of any kind!  I used cheddar cheese in these particular pancakes, but I think parmesan, blue cheese, or any other mix of cheese might be fabulous in these!  You might even want to mash up some potatoes just to make this recipe…it is that good!

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Caprese Salad that so so good!

This pregnancy has been going good so far and as I mentioned before…I have been craving Cucumbers, but I have also been craving tomatoes!   This simple salad has been a delicious and healthy choice for me as it provides lots of protein and calcium from the cheese and lots of fruit/veggie servings from the tomatoes…which even though I know they are a fruit, I still think of them as a veggie!

I know you have probably all made Caprese salads before, but this is a simple way to make a single serving for yourself or a nice side salad for a dinner party!  It is a great partner for pizza or garlic bread, or soup!  I hope you will enjoy!
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Garlic Hummus

So I have not been posting as much lately and I wanted to let you all know that there is a good reason for that.  I am PREGNANT!  And one of the symptoms I have been experiencing pretty strongly is nauseousness and aversions to strong smelling foods!  This has resulted in me living on a steady diet of mostly toast, fruit, ice cream, pasta and Cucumbers!   However as I am getting deeper into the second trimester, I am venturing back into the kitchen and attempting to actually cook a few meals and to prepare some food for myself and my poor starving husband!

Today I made my most basic recipe for hummus.  The great thing about this hummus is that you can flavor it however in the world you would like!   I will expound on that more later, but for now…lets get to the recipe!  I kept it pretty simple today  as simple is better for my taste buds and stomach right now.  This is a really healthy snack that is good to keep in the fridge as you can eat it with crackers, naan bread, veggies, or spread it on sandwiches.  For me right now it is good so that I have something to dip my Cucumbers in!  Also it is actually much CHEAPER to make your own hummus at home…just some food for thought!
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