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Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers . . . mmmm!

Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers . . . mmmm!

| January 23, 2007 | 9 Comments

My poor family. They are always my guinea pigs when I experiment with recipes. Some, like this one, turn out great and end up on the blog. Others, like a tragic butternut squash casserole I made for Thanksgiving nearly four years ago plague me. They won’t let me forget the poorly conceived, over sweet dish […]

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SHF #27: Chocolate by Brand (Part 2 of 2)

SHF #27: Chocolate by Brand (Part 2 of 2)

| January 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

When I heard that Sugar High Friday was being hosted by David Lebovitz and the theme was “Chocolate by Brand” I just knew I had to join in. But what to make? What delicious confection should I craft and with what chocolate? I started with a thick and rich dark chocolate mousse (see Part 1 […]

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Making Chocolate Mousse (Sugar High Friday)

Making Chocolate Mousse (Sugar High Friday)

| January 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

When I heard that Sugar High Friday was being hosted by David Lebovitz and the theme was “Chocolate by Brand” I just knew I had to join in. But what to make? What delicious confection should I craft and with what chocolate? Typically, I use Ghiradelli chocolate but I didn’t have enough on hand. I […]

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Spiced Honey Chicken Tagine

Spiced Honey Chicken Tagine

| January 17, 2007 | 4 Comments

Here’s another of my new kitchen toys: a Le Creuset Tagine. Tagine refers to both the pot and the traditional Moroccan dishes made in the pot. The traditional pots like this are made of clay. But enough with the lesson, let me tell you about the first recipe I tried in this. This recipe is […]

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Broiled Grapefruits From An Unusual Source

Broiled Grapefruits From An Unusual Source

| January 14, 2007 | 4 Comments

For several years when I was a child, my uncle and his then-wife, lived in a comfortable one-story house on a canal (or was it an inter-coastal?) in Hudson, Florida. They had a little dock off their back lawn where they kept a fishing boat. During one visit to their home, Billy, my uncle, let […]

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Hot and Crusty: What more could you ask for?

Hot and Crusty: What more could you ask for?

| January 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

I love my Le Creuset grill (actually, it’s a griddle…I know, but they essentially perform the same function, right?). So far, it’s griddled asparagus for me (which I ate all of … alone) and made a TON of sandwiches. Loving the sandwiches (with the grill press, of course). This is one of my favorites so […]

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Garlicky Pan-Grilled Asparagus with Romano Cheese

Garlicky Pan-Grilled Asparagus with Romano Cheese

| January 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

I have a secret. It’s actually not much of a secret so much as a disclosure. A brutally honest disclosure. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let me talk a bit about asparagus. Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A and C, both antioxidants. It’s also a great source of folate […]

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A good sigh

A good sigh

| January 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

::Sigh:: Isn’t it lovely? It’s red. That beautiful, deep shade of red – like a perfect, shiny apple. And it’s cast iron . . . mmm, cast iron. Better yet, Le Creuset cast iron . . . in red. Love the red. I received the pan – this lovely grill pan – as a Christmas […]

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Three Cheese Sauce

Three Cheese Sauce

| January 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

[Image courtesy of Kraft Foods.] See the image above? That’s the macaroni and cheese that I grew up on. It was artificially flavored, dyed and full of preservatives – and yummy as can be. I cannot tell you how many times that was my quick dinner before swim practice or an easy lunch when I […]

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Catching Up, and an Easy Sandwich

Catching Up, and an Easy Sandwich

| January 3, 2007 | 1 Comment

So here’s the story. My house is a mess. There are Christmas presents all around and I am struggling to regain control of my lovely Cucina Bella. Seriously. This is such a huge issue. And I am tired . . . so tired . . . from a long weekend of traveling four hours north […]

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