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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pancakes and Cocktails

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As a rule I don’t include recipes; mostly because I’m too lazy to type them, but also because I don’t create them, and in this age of the Internet I figure you can get your hands on them.  However, today is an exception. 

I came across this little box of Champagne recipes in Stein Mart one day.  As usual, I couldn’t resist.  I thought it looked like it belonged on my shelf.

Among others, this recipe for a Lemon Hummer was inside.  I thought that was a great name.

Well, as it turns out, I won’t have to type it after all.

I think it should be noted that even the back of the card is adorable.

The end result was quite refreshing and packed a punch, so to speak.

My brinner (aka breakfast for dinner) tonight was from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave.   These beauties are the Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes.   I think the picture does them justice.


Happy New Year!

Eat Well and Savor.


Banana, Fig & Walnut Bread, Oh My

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I can’t believe this is from Fitness magazine.  I also can’t believe it’s been in my “files” since 2005 and I never made it.  Just one secret ingredient here:  dark rum, which smelled amazing while I was preparing it.  I must admit that I forgot it was in there.  It was perfectly browned and crispy on the outside and moist and golden on the inside.

It was the perfect little evening snack.

And just in case you’re wondering, I plan on having this for breakfast too.

Eat Well and Savor.

The Dog’s Gotta Eat Too

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Tonight on Phoebe’s plate we have Savory-Sweet Chicken and Apple Loaf from The Natural Pet Food Cookbook.  I suppose I should say that this book also includes recipes for cats.  Well, I don’t really taste her food, although I could.  This is pretty much just like a meat loaf you would eat:  eggs, rice, carrots.  And then to jazz it up:  apples and pineapple, and some cheese.

And just in case you were dying to see what it looks like on the inside:

In other news:  I just flipped through about four years’ worth of Every Day with Rachael Ray.  I tore out a few things and put them in my newly organized monthly recipe file.   Not surprisingly, I have a few observations. 

First of all, I ended my subscription last year because a few subscribers were writing in and requesting nutrition information.  Let’s just say RR dodged the question.   On top of that, they changed some of their formatting and it just didn’t appeal to me anymore.   Also, like Oprah, I find it strange that she feels the need to put her picture on EVERY cover. 

Second, I’m not her biggest fan.  I started watching her travel shows, because, well, I like to travel.  I just couldn’t tolerate something about her; and 30 minutes or less has never been a goal of mine, so I don’t get into her cooking shows.  After looking at about 45 magazines in a week’s time, I noticed that the recipes are a bit pedestrian.  On top of that, I can only eat so much pasta! 

Finally, the best parts:  the burger of the month and a pet-friendly recipe.  Don’t get me wrong, I tore out a lot more than that, but it did all start to run together after a while.  Don’t think you’ll be seeing any of the people recipes anytime soon, they went in the back of the file and there’s a lot more in front of the line. 

Eat Well and Savor.

Two Snacks Make a Meal

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Marinated Feta and Olive Skewers from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave.  My little feta cubes soaked in orange juice and zest, along with fennel seeds and cracked pepper.  I was expecting the pepper to overpower, but surprisingly the OJ stood out.  Another one of those simple assembly recipes that I wouldn’t have tried if it were not for my beloved cookbooks.

Okay.   So maybe my skewers are a little longer than they need to be, but I was so excited when I found them at Sur La Table yesterday . . . I had to use them.

You know I love a good closeup.


The second part of dinner was a simple little Arugula, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza from EK.  Another one of those names that state the ingredients and leaves my with nothing to say. 

I couldn’t decide whether it looks better whole or in pieces.

Now, if you think like me at all, this would make you want to have a nice glass of pinot noir along with it.  Alas, Santa brought me a cold for Christmas, so I’ve been holding off on the juice.  I know, poor me.

Eat Well and Savor

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds

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This is exactly why I have a bunch of cookbooks and seldom make the same thing twice.  If I made the same old  chicken every night, when would I ever have the chance to try this gem?  Also, for the record, I never would have thought of this combination on my own.  The base of the soup was cucumbers and white bread.  Come on, you never would have guessed that if I hadn’t told you. 

This is from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave.  EK suggested serving it in a martini glass.  I opted for the margarita.  I thought it was a little more festive.

As far as I’m concerned, the garnish makes it.   Fair warning:  the garlic and vinegar packs a punch.

Eat Well and Savor

Almost Summer Rolls

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I read somewhere that the four seasons in the south are Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas.  I feel that makes my light non-Christmasy dish acceptable.

Obviously, I’m on an Ellie Krieger kick that will probably last until my husband returns in March.  Today it is Soft Asian Summer Rolls with Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauce from The Food You Crave.  It was my first time using rice paper.  In fact, I had to actually ask for help at Whole Foods, because I thought they should be refrigerated – wrong.  So I realize that actually making your own dipping sauce, shredding carrots, and assembling these babies with shrimp, basil, mint, and lettuce may be what some people consider a lot of work, but to me it’s a lovely afternoon.  Some would say I have too much time on my hands.   I say it keeps me from shopping.

I forgot to mention the rice noodles.  EK says a serving size is one roll, for a starter.  I say that two rolls makes a light meal and then I have room for hummus and wine later. 

Eat Well and Savor


Pear Tart in a Tree

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Okay.  So there’s no tree involved, but I thought it sounded a little more festive.  Merry Christmas to all. 

My Christmas Day dessert was  a Rustic Pear Tart from Ellie Krieger’s newest book: Comfort Food Fix.  In fact, this is the first time I’ve used this book and she doesn’t disappoint.  Two highlights with this tart:  buttermilk in the crust and a very easy cleanup.   I love all these new-fangled crust recipes that involve the food processor.

As EK describes it:  This easy tart has the casual elegance of a French country farmhouse.    You know I am sold on all things French.  You can even see all the cinnamon flecks.

At first glance my scoop of ice cream may look like too much, but it was a perfect match.

Eat Well and Savor