Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chopped Tomato Basil Salad

Luckily I live in an area where summer produce is still available in November. As much as I love apples and pumpkin and chard, summer produce is still some of my favorite. I was able to find some great heirloom tomatoes and decided to make one of my favorite, super easy salads. I love eating this wish some fresh olive bread to mop up any extra dressing. If that sounds crazy, just try it. Make sure you use fresh basil since that brings a lot of flavor to the salad.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

I first discovered this soup at my sister's house. She was making a giant pot of this on a very cold day and it was the perfect dinner. Luckily, she had made this soup many times and had already perfected it to her taste preferences. The two tips she gave me were to halve the recipe if I was not feeding a huge group. She also suggested reducing the amount of curry powder. She said the first time she made it exactly as the recipe stated it was a curry overload. I like curry flavors, but my sister prefers a hint of curry- nothing too overpowering. I also always prefer my soups to be a little spice, so I add red pepper flakes. This recipe is also a great vegan option that is filling but not heavy. However you tackle this soup, it's a delicious comfort food and freezes very well for future use.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Spicy Tuna Rolls

My friends and I decided to have a homemade sushi night after 2 of them took a sushi making course. We are all sushi making novices, so our rolls were not necessarily the most beautiful. But they tasted delicious and we came up with some fun variations. Our one friend was the sushi master as he had the most experience and he helped us all create our rolls. These spicy tuna ones were a huge hit. We made them plain and some with finely sliced avocado on top. The spicy may is a great addition to the roll and I would suggest making it along with these rolls.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nutella and Traditional Rugelach Cookies

I have always been a huge rugelach fan. As a kid I I would devour the chocolate variety any time they were around. I used to consider them a special treat when my mom brought them back from the bakery. This recipe is somewhat time consuming, but the cookies are delicious. I have made these many times in the past and have shared them with coworkers for holiday. They have always been a huge hit with all age groups. I only recently made Nutella rugelach, but they are so easy to make that it may have to become a regular thing. They are also very addictive and it is impossible to only eat one- consider yourself warned.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Middle Eastern Herb Omelette (Ijee)

This omelette has been a family breakfast favorite for years. It's loaded with healthy herbs and is full of flavor. I love serving this with fresh bread, some sliced cucumber and tomatoes and a cheese plate. This may not be a very traditional brunch or breakfast item, but it is delicious. my family and I just made this again over the weekend and as always, everyone was stuffed and the entire omelette was devoured.

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