Sep 30 2010

adam’s margarita

This fantabulous margarita recipe comes from my brother-in-law, Adam.  Since it uses a frozen mix it’s ridiculously easy.  I occasionally feel like I need to look up a recipe to make the whole thing from scratch, but why bother when this one’s so good and so easy? Continue reading

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Sep 27 2010

maple cookies

Ok, so I may have totally failed my sister’s Apple Day, but we definitely did a nice feature of maple between the maple-mustard pork and the maple cookies.  Yup, we used a lot of maple syrup for that meal and it was oh, so good.  I already told you how good the pork was, but the cookies….  Buttery and sugary and most important, one of the best flavors on earth: maple!  What’s not to love? The only downside to these cookies is that recipe calls for a whole cup of maple syrup, but luckily, we had a bunch of maple syrup on hand (emphasis on had).

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Sep 26 2010

maple-mustard pork tenderloin with caramelized apples

As long as I’ve known my sister (i.e. my whole life), she’s been replete with ideas both good and bad. For example, when we were kids she liked to play “chef” and take random ingredients in the small kitchen at our after school program and “cook” (or rather, mix) them and then serve them to poor saps like me. She and her friends would run around exclaiming about their marvelous creations and I only recently learned that, despite her proud exclamations of her masterpieces, she in fact found them as disgusting as I did.  And it was such a relief! I mean, we’re talking about ketchup, flour, water, sugar, baking soda, and food coloring.  That kind of thing.  Yech.

But she does on occasion have really, really good ideas. Such as Apple Day.  Here’s what it is in her own words: Continue reading

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Sep 19 2010

fresh arugula and tomato fettuccine

I am so excited to tell you about this dish.  My sister and brother-in-law gave us a pasta roller attachment for our KitchenAid mixer and I’ve been itching to try it.  But we’ve been going out of town nearly every weekend and it didn’t seem wise to try to tackle it for the first time on a work night.  So we decided today was finally the day and in preparation we went to one of my favorite places in the Boston area, Hutchins Farm.

Hutchins, in beautiful Concord, MA, is an organic farm that Joseph and I found on a bike ride shortly after we had moved north.  It was my favorite place to pick up produce when I worked in Concord a couple years ago.  It’s still my favorite place to get fresh produce, but it’s harder now that I’m not working in the area.  But it’s well worth the trip for their amazing fruits and veggies, especially when you have something special in mind.  Something like my making your own pasta for the first time! Continue reading

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