Archive for February, 2009

Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Be mine, Valentine…

Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Here is a special peek, dear readers, at the romantic breakfast I cooked for my Valentine this morning.

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Friday, 13 February, 2009

Olive Canapés

Confession: I don’t like olives. At all. Not even in a martini. I love a good olive oil, but I just can’t get excited about the pungent flavor of an actual olive.
That said, this is one of the only dishes that I absolutely love, which features olives. These tasty, elegant canapés are absolutely delicious – crispy and rich with melted cheese, and the hint of curry powder gives it a subtle zing. Yeah, yeah, and the olives are good too, I guess!

This is from my sweet Auntie Gladys! What could be more delicious and sophisticated than a ripe olive canapé and a glass of wine? But beware – once you taste just one of these, you will be addicted for life!

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Thursday, 12 February, 2009

From the Lavender-Scented Hills of Provence

Get ready because I am about to introduce you to the best chicken nuggets of your LIFE! Step aside, Chick-fil-A – these are freakin’ awesome!

I made this recipe up on the fly with a new seasoning mixture that I had been wanting to try out – a new jar of Herbes de Provence – absolutely delicious, extremely aromatic, and a perfect compliment to chicken.

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Wednesday, 11 February, 2009

Raspberry Shortbread Hearts

These are a special treat I made for my valentine this year. Tender, buttery shortbread hearts sandwiched with red raspberry preserves. Delish!

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Tuesday, 10 February, 2009

Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings!

This is one of my all-time favorite meals to make. Back when I was a single gal, this was my go-to dinner when I was cooking for one. It’s easy to scale to the number of portions you need. The soft, fluffy, doughy dumplings are so comforting, and the chicken and veggies complete the perfect meal.

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Monday, 9 February, 2009

Dad’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

So here it is: my dad’s legendary recipe for the absolute best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever had. He only makes them about once a year, so everyone gets super-excited when dad pulls out the ol’ Kitchen Aid mixer!! They were always the ultimate care package that I’d get form my parents when I was away at college.

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Sunday, 8 February, 2009

Valentine Sweets

Whenever I have some egg whites on hand, I love to make some meringues. They are such a light and tasty cookie that you can enjoy guilt-free since they are very low in fat! The delicate texture and lightly sweet flavor is perfect for a little treat. They melt in your mouth so perfectly – yum!

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Saturday, 7 February, 2009

My Husband’s Birthday Pie

It was my husband’s birthday on Friday, and every year I make him a special Birthday Pie. He loooooves his chocolate meringue pie, and this is the best, most decadent recipe I’ve been able to find. It’s a little bit of a production to make the whole thing, but the result is sooooo worth it. Just remember to plan ahead because you can and should make most of it a day in advance so that the filling has time to set. The results are unbelievably chocolatey, light, creamy, and delicate. I hope you enjoy it as much as he does!

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Friday, 6 February, 2009

Overnight Irish Oatmeal

I have been cozying up to my crock pot a lot lately – it’s just so nice to be able to throw stuff in there and have it come together perfectly with barely any work at all. And I’d read that you can actually make oatmeal in a crock pot by fixing it the night before and setting it on low overnight. I love oatmeal and eat it almost every morning, especially during the colder winter months. I enjoy the Irish-style steel-cut oats the most, but they take so long to cook that I rarely make make time for them in my morning routine. So I decided to try cooking them in the crock pot overnight to see if I could make it work – and it did!!
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Thursday, 5 February, 2009

Happy World Nutella Day!


Today, February 5, 2009, is World Nutella Day! Check it out at the Ms Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day websites! People all around the world are celebrating this sweet treat today.

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