Baking madness

One of the things I like best about fall is the temperature cools off enough to do baking. This weekend because the weather was SO awful I decided some baking was in order. The first thing I made was blueberry muffins. I love my grandmother’s recipe for these but I have to cut the amount …

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Zucchini Lasagna

What do you do when you have more than a dozen zucchini and summer squash? Most people will respond, “make zucchini bread”. That is a good answer most of the time but what if you really don’t want to make baked goods and you really need to make something for dinner?
The solution zucchini lasagna. The …

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Cream of mushroom soup

For the last month I’ve been working on my cream of mushroom soup recipe. I’ve made it three times making some slight adjustments each time. I made my latest batch, this Sunday. The two aspects of the soup I’ve been working on are consistency and flavor. In my opinion a cream of whatever soup should …

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Roasting pumpkin

One thing we often do during the fall is roast pumpkin for pies, soup or pumpkin bread. Since Saturday was such a terribly rainy, nasty day, I decide it would be a good day to roast pumpkin. For those of you who have never roasted a pumpkin before, you can’t just go get a jack …

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Pseudo Bento lunch

Salmon is one of my favorite things to eat. I especially like it for lunch because it came easily be cooked in foil on the grill or in the toaster oven. It is great with brown rice and some sautéed veggies. So today I decided to take advantage of those facts and make myself a …

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Roasted Broccoli

I’ve never been a big fan of broccoli or cauliflower. Mostly because growing up I mostly got frozen version of these veggies boiled. This makes them taste bland and mushy. Boiling or steaming isn’t the only way these two vegetable can be prepared though.
One great alternative is to roast them with olive oil and garlic. …

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Chicken Enchiladas

When I bake a chicken one of the things I like do do with the leftovers is make chicken enchiladas. These are such a hit that sometimes I just bake a chicken to get the meat for them. That is what I decided to do this weekend because I had a bunch of jalapenos from …

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Moussaka and Pastitio

It seems appropriate since yesterday I covered the concept of a roux and white sauce to post recipes today that builds on those concepts. Moussaka and Pastitio and two classic Greek is dishes both which use a bechamel sauce. A bechamel sauce is a white sauce to which eggs are added. Ack you say eggs …

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WTF is a roux?

A while back I was telling a friend how to make something and I said “you start with a nice rich brown roux” to which she responded “WTF is a roux”. Basically a roux is flour and some type of fat/grease combined. For me a 1 to 1 ratio typically works best. So 1 tablespoon …

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