Archive for April, 2009

Tuesday, 14 April, 2009

Outrageously Moist Banana Bread

Banana Nut Bread (4)

Banana bread should be many things. It should be very banana-y. It should be a beautiful golden brown. It should be studded with toasty nuts or melty chocolate chunks. It should be fresh, flavorful . . . homey. Must most of all? Banana bread should be outrageously, unbelievably moist.

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Monday, 13 April, 2009

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas 2

It’s Mexican night here at Vintage Victuals!
So, what’s on the menu, you ask?

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Sunday, 12 April, 2009

Fizzy Margaritas

Margarita

What is better on a warm spring afternoon than a chilly, fizzy margarita???

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Saturday, 11 April, 2009

Summary of My Day

Many Mini Cupcakes 1

Ever wonder what it’s like to have 6 dozen mini-cupcakes on your kitchen counter? In addition to about 4 dozen cookies, 2 dozen mini lemon meringue pies, and 8 dozen mini-muffins?

Yeah, me neither!

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Friday, 10 April, 2009

Grilled Yellow Squash

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Another veggie that screams “spring is here!” to me is yellow squash. We get all sorts of heirloom varieties of squash from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)* farm, and it’s always an adventure trying to figure out how to cook them. But there’s nothing better than keepin’ it simple with some salt, pepper, and olive oil – and then letting the grill do its thang. Wonderfully sweet and smoky, these grilled slices of squash are the perfect side for any summer meal.

*No worries if you are not familiar with CSAs, because I will be doing a very detailed post on our very own CSA in May! We get baskets of fresh fruits and veggies from a local farm once a week all through the growing season. Look for a post around Mother’s Day – that’s when their harvesting season kicks off.

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Thursday, 9 April, 2009

Cheez-It Chicken

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As a southern girl, it is my right – nay, my duty – to use copious amounts of cheese in my cooking. For me, this is not a problem. At all. Not only is my favorite food macaroni and cheese, but I really am a very big fan of cheese all-around, as you can tell from the sheer number of posts on this blog that involve cheese.

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Wednesday, 8 April, 2009

The World of Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry shortcake is a sure sign that summer is coming. We had our first of the season the other day at my in-laws’ house, and now I’m completely hooked. Hubby came home with 2 big pints of beautiful strawberries the other day, and I knew I had to request his famous strawberry shortcake.

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Tuesday, 7 April, 2009

Applesauce, Spice, and Everything Nice

Applesauce Spice Muffins 3

These perfect little guys are the best for popping into your mouth as you run out the door in the morning. Hot out of the oven, they fill the house with an unbelievably comforting scent of apples, spices, and homey goodness. Their edges are ever so slightly crispy, their centers are as moist and light as a cloud. You are going to be surprised by how many you can eat!

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Monday, 6 April, 2009

Southern Gal’s Breakfast

Eggs and Grits 2

My Grandpa, my dad’s dad, grew up in Augusta, Georgia – an interesting spot for my original Irish ancestors to wind up. This is my main claim to being actually southern. After attending Georgia Tech and becoming a hell of an engineer, this southern boy moved to Detroit.

And even in Detroit, my Grandma managed to find grits to cook for her husband. My dad grew up with grits as a breakfast staple, and to this day he makes the best grits I’ve ever tasted.

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Sunday, 5 April, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 3

Here is a wonderful spin on the traditional hummus recipe I blogged recently. The roasted red peppers give hummus a tangy sweetness, and an extra zesty spice.

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