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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Shrimp Jambalaya

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Is it just me or is this the whitest jambalaya you’ve ever seen?

There may be ham, chicken, and oysters in there, but no tomatoes anywhere.   I had to make sure I didn’t miss them by mistake.  This is from Clementine Paddleford and The Great American Cookbook.  It’s from the Louisiana section, so maybe they didn’t use tomatoes in jambalaya back in the day.   All I have to say was that it could use a little salt . . . and maybe some tomatoes.

Eat Well and Savor.



Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cakes

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Who knew this

could turn into this

This recipe from Sharon O’Connor didn’t really seem like all that.  It was just your basic chocolate cake recipe, except that it had brown sugar.    I’m not sure it was supposed to be quite so sunken, but it was moist and went great with ice cream.


Sweet Potato Cannelloni

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Definitely not the most photogenic dish.  Unless of course you’re Martha Stewart.  Even if you don’t intend to make this recipe I highly recommend clicking the link to see what it’s really supposed to look like.

Obviously it’s not cannelloni.  Apparently if you want your cannelloni to look like Martha’s then you need to find three 1-pound sweet potatoes and you’ll need to possess the knife skills that will enable you to cut two of them into 30 perfectly trimmed 2 x 4 slices.  Bahahahahaha!  Seriously, whose world could that possibly happen in?

The end of the story is something akin to lasagna and still edible.  The filling is pureed sweet potatoes with cottage cheese, diced apples, and some parmesan.

It’s topped with shaved parm and toasted walnuts.  And since it’s only 210 calories per serving it makes a reasonable side dish, or a nice vegetarian main for this dieter.

Doesn’t it look much happier with the sidekicks?

Eat Well and Savor.


Cod with Herb-Stuffing Crust

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I was planning a nice little game of guess what that breading is made out of, but that’s been spoiled by the name of the recipe.

This is a Bon Appetit recipe from a mini book that I think I got because I subscribe.  It’s called everyday meals.  Frankly, I really didn’t think BA printed recipes that are simple, but this one is.   It just bakes in the oven.

In the interest of being calorie smart I made Hungry Girl’s Broc ‘n Ginger Tuna Bowl for lunch today.  It is not fancy, and honestly I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I have that insatiable need to try things.  It turned out okay.  Of course there’s more to the story.

My job was 9:00 to 4:00 today.  I do not care for rising before the sun.  It seems that the only time jobs start at 9:00 is when an out-of-state attorney is involved.  It turns out we finished at 2:00, so I can’t really complain, much.  Anyway, they wound up ordering lunch from the Corner Bakery.  This is an uncommon occurrence.  Because of the 9:00 start and the fact that I couldn’t find the building, my usual routine of eating my cereal once I arrive in the parking garage kind of didn’t happen.   Short story long:  I ate my breakfast at lunch, took home a box lunch for my honey, and like a ravenous animal polished off the broccoli and tuna while exiting the garage.

Now, even though I didn’t think the tuna bowl looked so great — didn’t even take a picture for you — and I figured it was the stinkiest combination ever, the young male parking attendant commented on how good it looked and wanted to know where I got the recipe.  I was impressed that he knew all about Hungry Girl and he swore he was going to make it tonight.

The recipe couldn’t be easier.  I do sound like a broken record.

3 cups of steamed broccoli

5 oz tuna

2 TB low-fat sesame ginger dressing  – I used Paul Newman\

Eat Well and Savor.

Brioches au Sucre

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As usual, I had issues with getting my dough to rise.  Alas, I soldiered on and here’s what I got:

They were edible, but the leftovers have become dog treats.

This one was just the basic brioche dough, but it called for that fresh yeast which requires a special trip to Star Provisions.  Not that I’m complaining about that, but it is hard to find the time to drag ass over there.  I guess I’m always glad I tried it, even if it doesn’t come out amazing.

Eat Well and Savor.

Graham Nut Clusters

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Otherwise known as Chex mix with Golden Grahams, but more about that later.

Don’t call out the National Guard.  I am back.  I had every intention of posting throughout my vacation, but I guess lounging around takes more out of me than I thought.

Last Saturday we drove the four-hour trek to Savannah.  And when I say we drove that means Jake.  I originally intended to split the drive-time with him, but after I spent all day Friday making snacks for the road that went out the window.

To me it’s just not a road trip without Chex mix.  Usually I will try to incorporate a theme.  For example, when we drove from PA to MA for Thanksgiving a few years ago I made pumpkin spice flavored.  I kind of forgot about a theme this time, but since this recipe is from Southern Living and it has pecans I like to think that it’s a southern theme for our vacation in the south.

We spent the weekend in Savannah.  If you haven’t been to the Historic District you should go.  I have been a few times, but this was a first for my husband, so we did a little less shopping and a little more historical sightseeing.  We also went to Paula Deen’s restaurant.  Frankly, I wish we hadn’t.  Sunday we went to Vic’s on the River, which I would do again, even though they neglected to mention that the shrimp and grits were spicy.

After a quick stop at Fort Pulaski — I stayed in the car — we headed off to Hilton Head.  I am a Disney Vacation Club member and proud of it, so we stayed there until Friday.   It was our first time in Hilton Head.  There’s not a lot to do there, which is a perfect excuse to go to the Heavenly Spa at the Westin.  I was there from 12 to 6 so they offered me a lunch menu.  I ordered a grilled salmon salad which consisted of tangled greens, red onion, walnuts, dry cranberries, and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette.  What I got was grilled salmon on spinach with tomatoes and edamame.  It’s okay.  The edamamae was a nice surprise.  I assume the dressing was raspberry-walnut.  Whatever it was made me want to lick the plate.  Don’t panic.   I managed to restrain.  Certainly we hit a few other great restaurants and went to a Lowcountry boil at the Disney Beach House that was all-you-can-eat — enuf said.  Anyway, I mention the spa meal because the menu was entitled Eat Well.

I didn’t really take the camera out in Savannah, but we will go back again some day and remedy that.  I’m turning into a really bad tourist.  I either take a ton of pictures but never do anything with them or I only take a handful.  This trip was the latter.

These were pretty much outside our front door but unfortunately we didn’t notice them until the last day.  Great place for reading and drinking wine at sunset.

The view from the backyard.

The view from the beach house.

Eat Well and Savor.




Lentils with White Wine, Herbs, and Tomatoes

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I can’t help but think that this is the French version of chili.  A squeeze of lime, a little cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.  Sound familiar?  Well, this time it’s actually creme fraiche.

One other difference is that Jake was actually willing to try the chili.  This time around I am on my own.  Fine by me.  Besides, Elizabeth Bard in Lunch in Paris says that you can freeze this.  This is a good thing.  I’m pretty sure I won’t get around to finishing this off before we leave for vacation.   This is a perfect fall dinner.

Eat Well and Savor.