Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pasta Pangrattato with Fried Eggs

Thank you Smitten Kitchen for another incredible meal! After spending the evening attending the art installation celebration of L's hard work (it was amazing!), D and I started thinking about dinner around 830pm. I had seen the recipe for pasta pangrattato with fried eggs, and bookmarked it, but was not 100% sure I wanted to cook a real meal. I am so glad that I didn't give into that feeling, and went for it! This dish was simple, quick, and full of complex texture and flavor. Yum, yum, and yum!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sundried Tomato Chickpea Burgers and Homemade Burger Buns

Tonight's dinner consisted of the veggie burger jackpot and our now regular and incredible homemade burger buns. I have to honestly say that I've never seen J devour a veggie burger this fast, and he immediately asked if we had leftovers for lunch (unfortunately, they're all gone!). These sundried tomato and chickpea burgers were flavorful, soft, but held together well enough to cook, and were overall wonderful. I went with the fresh basil instead of the parsley, and it was perfect. I enjoyed mine with lettuce, an incredible yellow tomato and mustard. These will be making a return, and soon!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

In the spirit of all things fall and pumpkin, I had to make a pumpkin pie smoothie. Freen is always better, so I present to you the green pumpkin pie smoothie! Equal parts sweet, savory, and absolutely delicious! This may appear not just during pumpkin season;)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Lineup 2016

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving has just come and gone! This year we decided to head to the Cape to celebrate, and it couldn't have been a better decision. It's quiet, cozy, has just the right amount of family-fun for a few days in the off season, and was just about perfect! We toyed with the idea of going out for the meal or for taking in a pre-cooked meal, but in the end we wanted it to be relaxed, at our own pace, with the food we really wanted, etc, etc. So, I got to work in the kitchen!

Transporting the food was a hassle, to be honest. We didn't want to have to scrounge around for anything after our arrival, so it did take a bit of pre-planning, shopping, and packing up the coolers!

We had the usual turkey, homemade gravy (served in a "boat", of course!), an incredible kale salad with pecorino and walnuts (perhaps my favorite part of the meal!),  mashed sweet potatoes topped with golden marshmallows (just like dessert!), classic stuffing from a mix, homemade mac and cheese made with gruyere, fontina, and parmesan, creamed onions (a New England specialty), cranberry sauce, cranberry relish (with orange, and apple), chocolate pumpkin tart, and homemade maple cinnamon ice cream on the side!

Per usual, the sides were the star of this show. We all agreed that we almost could just skip the turkey all together! Maybe we'll actually do lobster next year;)

My ice cream was FABULOUS, and actually almost tasted more maply and delicious the day after!

The morning of Thanksgiving we were all chatting about leftover turkey sandwiches, when it hit me that we didn't have a good sandwich bread to eat them with! So, of course I had to bake one, ASAP. This "easiest sandwich bread" was truly easy, and tasted like Wonderbread, only WAY, WAY, WAY better!

1 c water, warm
1/3 c lukewarm milk
3 tbs butter, melted
3 3/4 c bread flour
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Place the yeast, water, milk, sugar, and butter into a large bowl. Once the yeast has proofed, add the remaining ingredients and knead into a dough. Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl for an hour or so, or until doubled. Place into a bread loaf pan, and let it rise another hour. When it's rising, preheat the oven to 350, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the bread registers at 190F with an instant thermometer. Enjoy!!!!!In addition to having this incredible loaf for sandwiches, I decided to top my steel cut oats with some cranberry sauce for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. I'm not sure I'll be eating for the next month or so, but this was one tasty weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

For some reason L came home from school the other day asking me if I knew how to bake scones. Of course, I do! Since it's pumpkin season, I thought why not make the pumpkin variety?

I used the scone recipe here, but made a simple maple glaze with a small amount of maple syrup, confectioners sugar, a splash of cream, and a sprinkle of salt.

I just took these babies out of the oven, as a surprise for breakfast tomorrow morning. They look fantastic, and smell delicious, but I can't tell you how they taste yet (except for the few nibbles I stole from the edges....)

Looking forward to lots of pumpkin goodies these days!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Socca Pizza

We've done socca before in the house, but when my latest Eating Well magazine had a spread on socca, topped with a variety of options, and all cooked very quickly in a cast iron pan I have to admit to getting very excited. D was skeptical at best, but I had to give it a go!

As you may know, socca is just chickpea/garbanzo bean flour. Here it was simply whisked together with some water, salt, and pepper, and crisped in a pan with toppings. I chose fresh sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and basil pesto as the finisher.

I used the sprouted garbanzo bean flour that I recently purchased for falafel, and this was fantastic! I fully expected to hear complaints from the peanut gallery (especially D), but was really surprised to hear more of "hmmm, this is actually really good"! The edges became wonderfully crisp, and the flavors were simple, but good. A totally winner!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Apple Cranberry Crisp

We decided to have an impromptu fall lobster dinner the other night, complete with clam chowder and life lobsters! Of course we had to add something a bit more seasonal to the mix, and we'd just gotten a gift of some farm-fresh apples...voila: apple, cranberry crisp!

This dessert was fabulously easy to put together, baked up really quickly, and was full of bubbling goodness and flavor. The real key here was the chopped pecans in the topping. Fantastic! This one will certainly be popping up again, and again:)