Monday, November 26, 2012

No-Bake Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Tart

A few weeks ago i wanted to make new pumpkin dessert that was not pumpkin pie.  I came across this No-Bake Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Pie and i knew i had to make it.  It is very simple, and it comes out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.  I never thought i would make a Harry Potter recipes but this tart was awesome.  And the crust was amazing, i have since used the crust for many other tarts.  It is now my favorite tart crust.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs

There are endless variations on Italian Wedding Soups, but the main elements are meatballs and greens.  The name indicates that the soup might be served at an Italian wedding, it is actually a mistranslation of minestra maritata, which refers to the “marriage” of greens and meat in the soup. I actually didn’t know that until i looked it up.  I have always loved this soup.  I  also make it with pork/beef meatballs, you can just substitute this recipe for 1/2 pork and 1/2 beef.  Sometime i use white beans instead of pasta as well.  Either way it is delicious.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Squash Salad with Oranges and Olives

10 days until Thanksgiving.  Are you ready? 19 days until Dec 1st. . that is scary!

This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house with a small little group. It should be lots of fun. I usually do Turkey and ribs for Thanksgiving  but i have decided to skip the ribs this year. With an 8 months old in the house, something has to go.

I have been experimenting with some new side dishes, still not decided which ones i will serve but this Squash Salad with Oranges and Olives is delicious.  Very refreshing and also filling. Could be a great little side dish to your Thanksgiving table.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Creamed Spinach

Two weeks to Thanksgiving.  I know time is just going way too fast.  Do you have your menu set up?  I am exploring new side dishes.  First time i had Creamed Spinach was when i was in college in Boston and went to Boston Market.  Mmmm it was so good.  Especially after a few late nights.  That creamy stuff was just delicious.  I am not sure i have had it since.  So i was trying a few recipes and i like the version with cream cheese and bacon in it.  I am not saying this is healthy but it is very good.

Also i think this would be an excellent dip, just bake in the oven before quests arrive and serve with crackers. And if you want to go a step further add some artichoke to it. I am sure it will just be delicious.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I can’t believe it is November already, where is the time going.  Halloween passed, and Thanksgiving is coming up pretty soon.  Once you hit Thanksgiving then it’s suddenly New Years and you wake up wondering what happened.  My little Ella is already 8 months and standing up.  And i want to find a pause button, things need to slow down.

It’s fall and pumpkin is just something i love to bake with.  When i saw this Pumpkin Bread Recipe I knew right away what i was making.  I had never before made Bread Pudding but didn’t realize how easy it is to make.  I will be making this more often.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

French Vanilla Mocha

I have a confession to make – i do not like coffee.   Yep, i do not drink coffee in the morning, i drink tea.   I am probably one of the few people that do not drink coffee in the mornings. There are times that i have been really tired and i try to drink some coffee and it just makes me jittery, not a feeling i enjoy.

However, i do enjoy a latte or a mocha sometime in the afternoon.  But a good latte to me is 95% densely steamed milk and 5% of an espresso shot that i can barely taste.  That is an awesome latte to me.  The same goes with a mocha.  I enjoy those as well, since i can’t really taste the coffee.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Swedish Split Pea Soup

Swedish Split Pea Soup, you could not get a more traditional soup than this.  In Sweden this soup is called “Ärtsoppa,” and it is a very traditional meal that is usually eaten on Thursdays and for desserts you always have Swedish pancakes after the soup.

There are so many different recipes for Swedish split pea soup since it has been around for so many years, and passed down from the alders, but there is always peas and then some kind of cured meat, some folks will put sausage in their soup.  But Swedes will eat their soup with mustard, which i love to do.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Seattle Restaurant Week 2012

Chan – Bulgogi Sliders

Chan –  Seafood Scallion Pancake

Chan – Poached Black Cod with Braised Daikon

Seattle Restaurant Week is here again.  If you haven’t been yet do not forget to go.  This is a opportunity for folks to take advantage of the great restaurants Seattle has to offer.

Seattle Restaurant Week has been on for two weeks and the last day is today, October 25th.  Do not miss if you haven’t been.  You have over 100 restaurants to choose from that will offer a $28 three course dinners or a $15 lunches.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I do not know anyone that doesn’t like a good Chocolate Chip Cookie.  When you eat them, it puts a big smile on your face.  When you give them away, you get lots of smiles.  These are a classic recipe and i like mine soft in the middle but crunchy on the outside, the secret to that is to refrigerate the dough for at least an hour ahead of time or overnight.   If you haven’t tried that, do it, you will be surprised how that makes a huge difference.

If you are looking to make someone happy go to your kitchen and make a batch!  Put them in a little basket and give them away.  But remember to save yourself one.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

I have a confession to make.  I am not a fan of cupcakes.  To me, cupcakes are usually dry and boring and then topped with a very sugary and gross frosting.   I have been on the look out for a cupcake that i would enjoy, something that is delicious  moist, not too sugary, and made for an adult.

I have found THE BEST cupcake.  I am not kidding, this is my kind of cupcake.  The German Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting are moist, chocolaty and have a hint of coffee flavor.  The best part is that the frosting does not taste like pure sugar.   The cupcakes are so good that you actually do not need the frosting if you don’t want it.

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