Texas Chili and Cornbread

November 29, 2011 § 3 Comments

Was anyone else secretly waiting for Thanksgiving shenanigans to be over so you could make Texas Chili and cornbread like on Top Chef last week? Don’t get me wrong, I loved the turkey and gravy, but ever since I saw the episode last Wednesday I have been excited to make chili.
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The Best Cranberry Sauce

November 22, 2011 § 4 Comments

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. I love the sweet and tart flavors with the turkey and all the other Thanksgiving day fixings. I know a lot of people are partial to the traditional canned cranberry sauce, but making homemade is so simple and quick (about 10 minutes) everyone should be able to squeeze in the time to make it!

This recipe uses warm spices like cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, as well as orange juice and orange zest.

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Asian Cooking Night: Part 1

November 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

Last week my friends and I had an Asian Cooking Night. The week before we had a homemade pasta night! Cooking Nights are a really fun idea that I encourage you to do with your group of foodie friends! Pick a theme, invite some friends, drink some wine, cook, and have a fun and delicious night! We made so much great Asian food that I can only do one dish at a time, hence the part 1.

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One Pot Wonderful

November 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

While in the middle of a workout session, doing forward lunges with 10 pound weights (not an easy task), my fellow workout classmate, Marie, asked me “Do you like lamb?”

“Yes, I love lamb,” I responded gasping for air in between lunges.

She then went on to tell me about Icelandic lamb, which is available at Whole Foods market from September through December. Icelandic lamb is free of antibiotics and hormones, and is raised in the natural and sustainable mountains of Iceland. The meat is extremely tender and has a mild gamey or “lamb” flavor compared to other types of lamb.

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A Hot and Hearty Soup

November 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with making soup right now. Once the weather gets cold, soup is the only thing I want to eat. This Beef and Barley Soup is warm, hearty, and perfect for a cold night. I love to serve it with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine!

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

November 5, 2011 § 11 Comments

After living in Nashville for 3 months making tons of progress with his music education non-profit, my boyfriend finally came home. I wanted to make him something extra special for his homecoming. He loves raspberries and I love chocolate. Luckily the two taste amazing together! This Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fresh Raspberries is simple, elegant, and oh so chocolatey.

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Goji Berry Salad Dressing

November 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. My night was spent handing out candy to the cute little trick-or-treaters that came to my door. I’m pretty sure I had more fun than they did!

Anyways, back to the post…What’s a goji berry?

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