Apr 29 2012

quinoa salad with spinach, feta, and dill

Quinoa with Spinach, Feta, and Dill

Where have I been, you ask? No, I haven’t fallen off a cliff and, no, I haven’t given up on blogging. The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of work, school, and play and I’m only just now catching my breath. I was hoping to make some lemon lime basil cookies to take on my trip to Philadelphia last weekend, but at 11:00 pm the night before we were leaving, I discovered that the huge tub of basil we had in the fridge had gone bad. Since it was so late and I was so tired, I just gave up and went to bed instead.

Quinoa

Dill

We made the trip down to Philly for my niece’s dedication, and it was a great excuse to get out of Boston and spend time with family. Sophie, my youngest niece, was adorable and her older sister, Amelia, was giddy with excitement with all the family there. Not only did we get to catch up with family and meet my sister-in-law’s newest nephew, but we got to do it over an amazing dinner at Yang Ming, considered by some to be the best Chinese restaurant in the country. The appetizers were outstanding and practically a meal unto themselves, and my jumbo shrimp with honey walnuts was even better than what I got in San Francisco. Who knew Bryn Mawr, PA had such good Chinese food?

Cooked Quinoa

Spinach, pine nuts, feta, and dill

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Apr 16 2012

coconut lime tea cake

coconut lime tea cake

I have a confession to make. I only got Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours a couple of months ago. I love to bake more than just about anything and yet I’ve only just now picked up this book? Greenspan has not only coauthored books with culinary legends Julia Child, Daniel Boulud, and Pierre Hermé, but her spectacular cookbooks have inspired bloggers around the world to participate in Tuesdays with Dorie, an online cooking group committed to baking one recipe from her cookbook every week. The group finished baking their way through Baking: From My Home to Yours right about the time that I got the cookbook and have now moved on to Baking with Julia.

coconut lime tea cake

I am sorely behind and am going to have to do things at my own slow pace, but I do intend to make as many of the recipes as possible because they are good. Ok, I’ve only made two recipes so far from her cookbook, but they were both phenomenal and Baking is filled with wonderful tips and techniques. Would you expect anything less from a woman who has inspired hundreds of bloggers to bake a recipe from her book once a week?

coconut lime tea cake

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Apr 7 2012

cadbury egg brownies

Cadbury Egg Brownies

Me: Oh, these are even better than I thought they would be! And they do taste like Cadbury Eggs!

Joseph: Mmmmm. They’re brownies with a fancy top.

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I really love Cadbury eggs. I know, it’s not much more than a chocolate shell holding in a lot of gooey sugar meant to look like a runny egg and I know it grosses a lot of people out. It’s understandable, really. Maybe some people like eating raw eggs, but it’s certainly not something most of us want to do.

Cadbury Egg Brownies

Cadbury Egg Brownies

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Apr 2 2012

deviled eggs with prosciutto

Deviled Eggs with Prosciutto

I have always loved deviled eggs. My first memory of eating them was at a wedding when I was a little girl. I don’t even remember whose wedding it was (a second cousin maybe?) but what I do remember are all the big beautiful shiny, poofy dresses (or so I thought at the time – it was the 80s after all), and the tower of deviled eggs along the wall in the hotel banquet room. I stood by that table all night long like we were the ones getting married. I was hooked.

Minced Cornichons, Shallots, and Chives

Eggs

And way before Mattel bought out the American Girls company and exploded into malls across the country to sell their fabulously expensive dolls, my sister and I had the American Girls Cookbook. The blend of history, food, and dolls suited us perfectly and we loved that cookbook. Best of all, there was a recipe for deviled eggs, which of course I insisted my mom help us make (i.e. she made them and we kind of helped).

Deviled Eggs with Prosciutto

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