Archive for June, 2012

MY FAVORITE PASTA

I’ve been making this pasta since the girls were just babies–it’s the perfect pasta to throw together when it’s just too hot to deal with a bunch of ingredients.  Serve it warm  or room temperature.   The original recipe is from an old Tricia Guild decorating book, and the recipe is at the bottom.  (I know [...]

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TWICE BAKED SWEET POTATOES

When I came across this recipe on the web, it really appealed to me.  Since giving up meat, I’ve been on the lookout for hearty vegetarian recipes–this one definitely is all that, and very tasty too! Over all, this recipe is very easy.  The only tricky part is getting the skins hollowed out.  It was [...]

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BRITISH INVASION: TIMOTHY OULTON OPENING

Last night I attended the opening party of the new Timothy Oulton store in Dallas.  I’m so excited to have this store here in our city!  The concept is focused mainly on recreating antiques, but the atmosphere is like an amusement park!  Imagine if Disney World became a really cool furniture store–then you can imagine [...]

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REALLY GARLICKY GREEN BEANS

I had some green beans that I needed to cook up from my trip to the Farmer’s Market this weekend.  I really didn’t have a great recipe on hand, so I improvised and used what I had in the pantry.  A little olive oil, lots of fresh garlic, and a little salt and pepper. That’s [...]

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BEET HUMMUS

How does everyone feel about beets?  They are touted as one of the “super foods” these days, and something we should be eating.  Personally, I like beets.  My mom always served them to us when I was young, but mom has always been one step ahead when it comes to food.  If you like beets [...]

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BROCCOLI FRITTERS AND SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE

Since giving up meat, and acquiring a Vitamix,  I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen like crazy.  I tried two great recipes yesterday, and wanted to share them with you.  The first one is Broccoli Fritters from Smitten Kitchen, a site I visit often.  I was really intrigued when I saw this recipe because I love [...]

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GREEN SMOOTHIE

After reading the book,  Finding Ultra, I became very curious about the Vitamix blender.  After asking around a bit, I realized I must be the only one without one, so I decided to take the plunge and buy one.   My new Vitamix  blender arrived this week, so I wasted no time trying some of the [...]

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PEPPERS STUFFED WITH QUINOA, SPINACH, CORN, AND FETA

This is an amazing main course vegetarian dish.  Seasoned with cilantro, jalapenos, and cumin, and loaded with corn, spinach, quinoa, and feta.  You won’t mind going meatless with this recipe.  It would be great to serve a chilled summer soup like gazpacho for a starter.  If you want to go completely vegan, just omit the [...]

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BROCCOLINI, CHERRY TOMATO AND BUTTER BEAN UDON

Hi Everyone!  I’m glad to be back, and I hope everyone is well!  I’ll get to my Udon recipe in just a minute.  We are in the throes of Texas summer heat.  It’s almost too hot to do anything already, so I’ve been reading a lot.  Feeling a little middle aged, and less than fantastic, [...]

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