Archive | August, 2007

Pork Chops with Country Gravy

I love, love, loooooooooove comfort food. Homemade mac-and-cheese, lasagna, meatloaf, mashed po-taters, apple cake, PB brownies, banana bread; the list goes on. I lurve them all. So pork chops with country gravy are right up my alley. Here, boneless pork chops are lightly coated in seasoned flour, pan-seared until golden brown, and then topped herbed […]

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La Festa al Fresco Submission: Honeyed Zucchini Muffins (or Cupcakes?) with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Once again, Lis from La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice have teamed up to host La Festa al Fresco. The event is a celebration of fresh, seasonal (and preferably local) ingredients. Such a good idea, no? So, armed with plenty of zucchini from my neighbors’ garden plus 2 lbs of fresh, […]

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Vegetable Tian

Our neighbors, Chris and Shelly, are about the nicest neighbors anyone could ask for, always ready to lend a hand. Or a vegetable — Shelly sent over two giant zucchini and an equally large summer squash on Sunday, grown in their backyard garden. The squash & ‘zuke were perfect for the Vegetable Tian recipe I’d […]

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Saturday Morning Food Expedition in Rochester, NY.

My friend Nancy & I knocked around Rochester this morning, hitting the Rochester Public Market, Charlie’s Frog Pond and Stever’s Candy. Click this link and take a look! (Photo #31 is kind of NSFW.)

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Grilled Flank Steak with Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Image source. I’m still shocked this is a Weight Watchers recipe: it’s casually elegant, tasty, and there’s nary a “diet substitution” in sight. I can’t say I detected the garlic or lime flavors on the beef, yet it remained tasty. And the salad is terrific, fresh and flavorful. For an added dimension of flavor, I […]

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Faye’s Monkey Bread

This recipe comes from Faye, a women whom Shane used to work with. Faye’s monkey bread never failed to be appreciated — and devoured — when she brought it in to work. This isn’t your typical monkey bread recipe. Faye’s recipe is closer to caramel cinnamon rolls, all grouped together for a delicious, sticky unravelling. […]

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Birthday Celebration

No margaritas, but we still had a good time! (If you’re wondering, I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth; I’m just suffering from blog malaise.) Last Saturday, my friend Nancy came over for her birthday dinner. She was in the mood for citrus flavors and Mexican cuisine, so I made: Sparkling Sangria Blanca […]

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Easy Lemon Mousse

Even though I’m pretty sick of seeing Rachel Ray EVERYWHERE, her recipe for easy lemon mousse is easy and pretty tasty, though a bit looser in consistency than a regular mousse. For a fresher, brighter flavor, buy a lemon or two to zest and then add the peel to the mousse (keep tasting until you’ve […]

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Roasted Corn, Jicama and Mango Salad

Next time, I’ll reduce to amount of Jicama by half and increase the amount of corn by two or three. I couldn’t get enough of the taste of roasted corn in this salad — delicious! (And, yes, I left out the cilantro…) Roasted Corn, Jicama and Mango Salad4 ears fresh corn, unshucked 1 large jicama, […]

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Grilled Fish Tacos with fresh salsa

The marinade for the tilapia adds a subtle flavor. Kick things up with a healthy dose of salsa and a squirt of fresh lime juice. Grilled Fish Tacos with fresh salsa 1 pound tilapia fillets Marinade:2 tablespoons olive oil 5 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chives/cilantro/Italian […]

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