Sunday, October 30, 2011

Baking Therapy



In my world, baking always sparks feel-good feelings that make the previous week's stress melt away. Nothing cures tension like the aroma of something delicious baking in the oven. 


I especially like baking something that has a little surprise. These scallion muffins have a little bite of creamy goat cheese hiding inside. 

Oh, hello. I didn't know you were there. How nice to meet you.




I think serving these little guys alongside a warm bowl of roasted red pepper soup would make me a very happy girl.




If you need some baking therapy click here for the recipe.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Big Bowl of Love


Show yourself some love this week.



Fettuccine Alfredo
Serves 2 if you feel like sharing the love
Serves 1 if you feel like keeping it all to yourself

1/4 of a box of fettuccine
1/4 cup of cream
1/2 stick of butter 
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus a little extra for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus a little extra for garnish
Pepper





Cook fettuccine until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, slowly heat the cream over medium low heat.





After a few minutes add in the butter and whisk it with the cream until it's incorporated. 





Continuing whisking for a couple of minutes before adding in the grated cheese. Keep whisking until the cheese melts and the sauce turns velvety. 





Add in the chopped parsley and freshly cracked black pepper (a couple turns of the mill). Whisk until combined.




Once the pasta is cooked transfer from the pasta water, using tongs or a funky pasta spoon, to the sauce. Toss the pasta allowing the starchy water from the pasta to thicken the sauce. Serve immediately. Garnish with grated cheese and parsley.

Nothing beats a big bowl of love.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday


Rainy day.

Great recipe.

2 and 1/2 pounds of chuck roast.

A myriad of spices.

Smoky bacon.

Sharp cheddar cheese.

Cool sour cream.

Perfect Sunday supper.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Game Day

I heard that football season started, so I felt obliged to post something appropriate for the season. I may not love football, but I love football food. Dips and chips and wings and pretzels and pizza and chili and burgers are just a few of my favorites.

And anything in a tortilla.

I'm calling this a quesadilla despite the fact that it doesn't contain any cheese. If you have strong feelings about the issue you can always add cheese if it makes you feel better.

Black Bean & Chicken Pseudo-Quesadilla
Serves 1


1 flour tortilla
1/3 cup chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup black beans
2 tablespoons picante sauce
1/4 avocado, sliced
1/2 tablespoon butter
salt
pepper

In a bowl combine the chicken, black beans, and picante sauce. Lightly salt and pepper. Spoon on the tortilla and top with the sliced avocado. Fold over the top.

In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat until it coats the bottom.

Cook the quesadilla on one side for a few minutes until golden brown. Gently flip it over (carefully!) and cook for another few minutes until brown and the quesadilla is heated through.

Slice and serve.

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