Archive | February, 2008

All-in-the-Pan Chewy Chocolate cake with Chocolate Butter icing

Another day, another cake but from the same cookbook: In the Sweet Kitchen by Reagan Daley . Last week, we were invited to a “Thanksgiving dinner in February” at Carolyn’s house. She provided the turkey (21 lbs!), mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, stuffing and gravy and all I needed to bring was dessert. Given that there […]

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Carmelized Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

To be honest, I was initially disappointed with this cake. The day I made it — Valentines’ Day, a Thursday — the topping struck me as too bitter, despite all the caramel encapsulating the pineapple. But by Saturday, the bitterness had given way to a gentle tartness, pairing well with the dense and lovely vanilla-flavored […]

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Baked Spaghetti Romanoff

I am so sick of winter. I’m tired of the snow. I’m tired of being cold. I’m tired of it getting dark before dinner time. And just when I thought that we were out of the woods (“Hey! There are buds on those trees!”), we get hit with a snow storm. The only thing to […]

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Honey-Roasted Lamb with Fresh Arugula

Here I am, finally posting about our Valentines Day dinner. We (well, me) decided to stay in as we’ve had bad luck with restaurants lately, with our spending a lot of money on less-than-spectacular dishes. So, I figured that we could save some money by cooking at home, and still have a great meal. I […]

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Something Exciting …

If you’re lucky enough, you have an Edible publication covering the area in which you live. And now I’M pretty lucky, because Edible Finger Lakes will launching in April, celebrat[ing] the abundance of local foods in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.” But then, I’m biased because I’m writing an article for their […]

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Photo courtesy of CooksIllustrated.com I really love chicken tikka masala, mainly because my favorite Indian restaurant, Thali of Inda, makes it so well. (But all of their food is amazing — mmmm.) Admittedly, this version from Cook’s Illustrated is not as divine as Thali’s. But it’s still delicious, and I’m thrilled to have found a […]

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Happy Valentines Day

Moist, chewy brownies can be made – and eaten – without throwing one’s healthy diet under an oncoming bus. I made the recipe two ways – first using dutch processed cocoa, and then with traditional baking cocoa. The traditional cocoa yielded a reddish brownie with a detectable coffee flavor, while the dutch-processed turned out a […]

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Lamb Souvlaki with Tzatziki

Back in December, I visited a new doctor (or, as I like to call him, “hot doctor” because, well, look at him), an MD with an acupunturist’s license and a holistic approach to medicine. His practice is radically different from traditional practices: he’s the only person there, the number of patients admitted into the practice […]

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Donuts! I got donuts!

I’ve thinking a lot about donuts lately. My beloved Krispy Kreme – just a stone’s throw from work – closed down, leaving me bereft of my favorite flavor: glazed kreme filled. Now, my only local options are Dunkin’ Donuts (serviceable), the bakery department at Wegmans (pretty good) or Timmy Ho’s (where I seem to get […]

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Mmm … Forbidden Donut

Amy Secrest’s Donut Earrings. I would love to wear these, but I’m 30 and I just feel I’m past the age of doing so. Then again, I couldn’t really see myself wearing these when I was 20, either. Besides, where would I wear them? When teaching a college course? Going food shopping? Out on a […]

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