Vegetarian

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Pine Nuts

January 28, 2013 Pasta

This is a great weeknight dish that has everything in one pot. Chewy gnocchi, crunchy pine nuts and crisp broccoli are an amazing texture combination. You’ve got to try this one! Ingredients: From Cooking Light 2 (16-ounce) packages prepared gnocchi 5 cups chopped broccoli florets 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 [...]

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Black-Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings

January 21, 2013 Dinner

This is one of my favorite recipes of the new year. It was a lucky find in the way back of last month’s Cooking Light magazine under the heading “Budget Cooking.” This is perfect for me right now because we are pinching our pennies tight this year in hopes of being homeowners sometime this decade. [...]

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Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup with Mustard Croutons

January 14, 2013 Soups and Stews

This is a staple soup in my winter recipe repertoire.  It’s got all the good stuff- broccoli, cheddar, beer and croutons. You can make this dish in 30 minutes and it tastes even better on rainy days. Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings) 1 small onion, diced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, mashed [...]

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Grandma’s Mushroom Rice

January 7, 2013 Side Dishes

My Grandma Peggy used to make the most amazing mushroom rice. It’s the sort of unsuspecting dish that doesn’t exactly get a lot of fanfare when you announce you’re making rice for dinner. But when you start cooking, the aroma will creep through every nook of your home and send folks scrambling to the dinner [...]

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Happy New Year and a Cherry Dessert Mold

January 1, 2013 Desserts and Sweets

  Happy New Year! How did you celebrate? Last night, we rung in the new year with friends at a Mad Men party. Guests were asked to dress in themed attire and bring a retro dish. I signed up for the jello mold. Gelatin is not vegetarian, so I rooted around Whole Foods for a [...]

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Christmas Sticky Toffee Pudding

December 20, 2012 Cakes and Pies

  I’ve always wanted to make sticky toffee pudding. It’s one of those classic English desserts that sounds rich and exotic and you’re not quite sure what to expect. The term “pudding” leaves you wondering if you need a spoon to eat it. But then “toffee” has you thinking it it might be crunchy and [...]

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Asparagus Fettuccini Alfredo

December 17, 2012 Pasta

  I was driving home and caught the end of the Splendid Table on the radio. A caller phoned in asking for a recipe for fettuccini alfredo. As soon as I heard the words fettuccini alfredo, my ears perked up and I took note of each ingredient. I made the recipe as soon as I [...]

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Homemade Apple Butter

December 14, 2012 Breakfast

Over Thanksgiving weekend in NC I watched my mother-in-law make her world famous apple butter from a decades old, stained and battered paper recipe. It was amazing to watch and quite a process. The nice thing about apple butter is, though it may take all day to make, you can take your time with it [...]

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Cornmeal and Lime Cookies

December 11, 2012 Cookies

  I made a double batch of these for this month’s book club. They were a hit! We agreed to do a cookie swap and I opted for something light and citrusy versus more traditional Christmas cookies. These may not be the prettiest cookies at your holiday party this year, but they will certainly be [...]

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

December 5, 2012 Soups and Stews

I could’ve sworn I posted this recipe before. But I went to make a big-old pot last week and couldn’t find the recipe anywhere on the  blog. What an oversight! This is the vegetable soup recipe in our household. It’s simple and classic and so comforting. Pair it with this cornbread recipe and you’ve got [...]

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