Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tomato Tart

The women in my family have been making a wonderful tomato tart for as long as I can remember.  It has a biscuit crust, a fragrant tomato-basil filling, and a creamy, tangy cheesy topping.  This is my updated version which … Continue reading

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Making Chicken Stock

For those of you that do a lot of cooking, this might seem like a no-brainer.  Don’t worry, I am not a Soup Nazi.  I do not always use homemade stock for recipes.  If you’ve been reading my blog you’ve … Continue reading

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Green Beans in Mint Oil

Here is my new favorite party trick!  Carrots and ranch dip might be good enough for game day, but if you want to serve veggies that are a little more sophisticated, try an herb oil.  The beauty of this is that … Continue reading

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Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Bacon

I love roasting apples, and I love the apple and pork combination.  This dish couldn’t be faster or easier to throw together.  Roast two tenderloins and make sandwiches the next day. 2 pork tenderloins salt and pepper 1 large apple … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bread

Fall is in the air, and that means time for pumpkin bread.  The aroma that fills your house when this bread is in the oven is enough reason to bake it.  It tastes pretty good too. 2 C. sugar 1 … Continue reading

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Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

This is my adaptation of Ina Garten’s tomato soup recipe.  It’s simple, quick, and a must when the garden is overflowing with ripe tomatoes. 2 T. olive oil 1 C. white onion, chopped 1 C. peeled chopped carrots 2 cloves … Continue reading

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Salted Caramel Puddings

Here is a beautiful, creamy, caramel pudding with a salty caramel syrup on top. This is a terrific dessert for entertaining.  You can make them the day before and they are already individually portioned, so there is no last minute cutting and serving.  … Continue reading

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Risotto with Yak Italian Sausage and Peas

I used yak sausage for this recipe.  I know, it sounds strange. I have really made a committment to buying only local meat.  I have been for about a year now.  What this means is my selection is limited, so when … Continue reading

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Udon Soup with Fresh Clams

We picked up some fresh clams at the farmer’s market yesterday and came up with this family-pleasing soup.  Be sure to put the Sriracha on the table for the grownups. 4 C. chicken broth (I used Better Than Bullion) 1 … Continue reading

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Making Cheese

This is my first attempt at making cheese, and I think I’m hooked.  My friend Brennan gave me a little cheese making kit as a gift.  Turns out making cheese is pretty simple! 1 half-gallon whole milk, not ultra pasteurized … Continue reading

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