Monday, March 28, 2011

The Essential Probe Thermometer

There are a few pieces of kitchen equipment that are truly game-changing.  Usually they are expensive, like food processors and stand mixers.  But, there are a few gems that are inexpensive.  A probe thermometer is one of them.

Chicken Marbella

Need a chicken dish for a large dinner party?  Look no further.  Chicken Marbella is your answer.

Not only does it taste good, but since you prep it the night before (about 30 minutes of work) and just pop it in the oven before your guests arrive, it is not too taxing on the day of the dinner party.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Candied Walnuts Two Ways

My grandmother made candied walnuts.  Don't ask me why a little old Chinese lady served candied walnuts as an appetizer for every family gathering, but she did.  I recently went looking for a recipe, and burned through several (literally).  Both of these recipes work, but one is oven-based while the other is done in the pan.  The pan method produces a darker, stronger tasting nut, more reminiscent of the ones my grandmother made.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Easy Provencal Lamb

It felt like spring this weekend, even though were are still piles of snow all around.  David Wippman (a friend of Phil's from high school) came for dinner and I made a quintessential spring menu: lamb, roasted baby potatoes and parmesan-roasted asparagus.  My friend, Diana, had mentioned making panna cotta when I saw her earlier in the week, so I decided to make that for dessert. (It can be made ahead of time, which is very handy.)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

My old roommate, Michelle, used to make the best chocolate chip plus everything-in-the-kitchen-sink cookies.  One time she used tahini for half of the butter.  Those were really tasty, and I told her so between mouthfuls of cookie!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chocolate Sandwich Squares

This is a sandwich cookie that is sure to please.  It's super easy to make and they keep well in a sealed tin or in the freezer.  I made these once for my friend, Diana, and she asked me for the recipe today.  Here it is!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lavender Shortbread

I'm a fan of shortbread, and this one is very unique.  If you don't care for lavender, you could substitute dried tea leaves or another kind of herb.  You can find dried lavender flowers in the bulk section of your local food co-op.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Creamy Tomato Soup

I'm a fan of tomato soup, especially paired with grilled cheese sandwiches.  This soup is easy to make, uses ingredients you can find all year-round, and has a bright tomatoey taste.  It is easily made vegan by swapping the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lemon Yogurt Cake

This is a quick and easy cake that is moist and lemony.  Usually it is made in a loaf pan, but for a more festive occasion, like the Ladies Luncheon I hosted this week, I made them as cupcakes. Aren't they pretty?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pomegranate-Balsamic Glazed Salmon

I made this last night for the first time and it came out perfectly.  It's a quick recipe that is simple to prepare, but is very flavorful.  Choose a nice thick salmon fillet and cut it into four equal-sized pieces for best results.