Tag: dinner

Testing My Limits Barefoot Contessa-Style

Out of boredom, I challenged myself a few weeks ago to try some new recipes.  I had just purchased the newest Ina Garten cookbook in hopes of gaining some inspiration but to be honest, the first time I flipped through it I kinda thought, “hmm.”  Clearly I wasn’t in the mood to be inspired. So

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What I’m Cooking Now – Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a funny thing.  I never minded it as a kid (and Madison doesn’t either) but I have had plenty of kids at my dinner table turn the stuff down.  I know, it’s kinda stinky, looks weird (sometimes all I can think of when I look at it is a boxers’ cauliflower ear.  Gross!) 

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A Tale of Two Meatloaves

Boy has my cooking come a long way…… Just recently Madison discovered one of my very first cookbooks – Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook.  Last week as I was working in the kitchen and she was lying on floor flipping through cookbooks – a girl after my own heart – she announced that she would

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Comfort Food Makes the Best Leftovers

Leftovers get a mixed review in our house:  Joel won’t eat them unless there’s pasta involved, Madison will eat them if I disguise them or they’re Asian-food related and I only like them in wintertime.  The pets take what they can get, (except the cat – she’s pickier than Joel.) I pack my lunch three

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Pass the Peas Please

For a short period of time each winter, English Peas are in season here.  Unlike their cousins, the snow pea and snap pea – which are available year-round, are much smaller and can be eaten whole – English peas are what you think of when you think pea – perfectly round, plump and bright green. 

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Wait, What? Curry is Supposed to be Hot?

Yes, I know.  I’ve heard the rumors of people ordering the three chili special and then sweating profusely or running to the nearest bathroom at breakneck speed but to be honest every time I’ve cooked with curry I’ve thought to myself, “What’s the big deal?”  Um, yeah well that was until I used fresh curry

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12 Days of Christmas: New Year’s

Was it just me or were the holidays a little weird this year?  I kept finding myself going through the motions of creating holiday cheer but not actually feeling it.  So, for me, New Year’s arrived with a sigh of relief.  This year, my dear friend Rob came for the weekend and my parents ended

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Dinner

From a food standpoint, Christmas Eve started off badly.  In short, I committed the cardinal sin of farmers market shopping – making a list.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I am able to purchase roughly 70% of my weekly groceries at the Vista Farmers Market – one of the best markets in North County. 

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12 Days of Christmas: Cooking Inspiration

When I’m planning a big holiday meal I love to sit at my dining room table with a steaming mug of coffee and a stack of cookbooks.  This is where I often find my inspiration for holiday menus.  I imagine the flavor of each ingredient and how different combinations will work with each other.  And

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Picnic

Every year since I was four the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st, (well not every year – there was that 14-year stretch when there weren’t any kids around.)  But for the past three Christmases, the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st.  During my childhood he would usually leave

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