Month: October 2007

Boo!

Boo!

In honor of Halloween, I slaved away last night and made Halloween cookies. After I got started, I realized I only had three gel colors left… blue, purple and bright yellow. So they are not quite as colorful as I was planning, but there was […]

Beans and Franks Anyone?

Beans and Franks Anyone?

This here isn’t your usual Beenie Weenies! No sir! Instead, this is spicy Italian sausage sauteed with Broccoli Rabe (AKA Rapini) and Cannellini Beans and served over polenta. Yummmmm. Stephan isn’t a big fan of it, but its one of my absolute favorite things to […]

Meat and ‘Taters

Meat and ‘Taters

I’m a carnivore. I don’t try to hide it. I truly appreciate a good piece of meat… and like to *gasp* eat it medium rare. My husband, who is the griller (and chiller) in the house, gets a little grossed out by my bloody steaks, but has, over the years, perfected medium rare on the grill. He gets credit for the lovely steaks. Thanks honey! :)

What is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful steak, you ask? Mashed potatoes, of course, and I make gooooood mashed potatoes. None of that skim milk and margarine nonsense… but real cream and real butter! Everything in moderation, right?
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Oooh la la… Part Deux

Oooh la la… Part Deux

Although this Swiss roll is not French, I’m still calling it a “French Pastry” as its the same size of a traditional petit four. So if you’re French and offended… pardon moi! :) I used the same Genoise recipe as the Chocolate Layer Cakes from […]

Oooh la la… French Pastry

Oooh la la… French Pastry

We had this past weekend off… no weddings, no photo shoots, just relaxing and hanging out with friends. So of course, I baked something. Originally, I had planned to bake a Genoise sheet and make a multi-layered chocolate ganache filled cake (aka Petit Four). Then, […]

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Now this is what I like to call a 30 minute meal… Perhaps even a 20 minute meal. Grilled chicken teriyaki, served with steamed jasmine rice and shelled edamame. Its a great healthy dinner that takes up maybe 5 minutes of your time to prepare. This is the dinner I make when I’m too tired to cook, and have no desire to go out to eat. I probably make this two or three times a month.

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Do you Ragout?

Do you Ragout?

I decided to recreate a fish entree I ordered at a restaurant recently that was pretty good, but lacked a little flavor. I love to attempt recreating restaurant dishes… and sometimes, I think mine is better! The sauce is a chunky quick cooking ragout (pronounced […]

Cut the Cheese

Cut the Cheese

We eat a lot of cheese in my house, and every once and a while, it’s time to clean out the fridge. What do I make with all the random hunks of cheese in my fridge? Macaroni & Cheese!!! But, no fear, this isn’t the […]

Let’s do the Twist!

Let’s do the Twist!

I was in the mood for some baking this past weekend. My first thought was bread. However the bread recipes I wanted to make needed at least an 8 hour rise. Well, I wasn’t gonna wait 8 hours, so I decided to make pretzels. In culinary school, I baked every type of bread, pastry, cake, etc… you can imagine, except pretzels. So I figured I’d try them. Then afterwards, while eating a freshly baked, hot from the oven pretzel, I wondered why the heck had I not made pretzels before? Seriously. They.Are.Fantastic. Oh, I will be making these again. Soon.
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