Archives for May 2009

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Steak au Poivre

by TT May 28th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
steak-au-poivreAs I was thinking about dinners for this week, I knew that I wanted one of the dishes to include steak.  With a multi-day stretch of rain forecast, grilling was a less desirable option.  Panfrying the steaks seemed like a simple way to make dinner on an evening that was most likely to be filled with taking children to and from practices.

Although panfrying on its own would have been okay, I wanted to make a dinner with a bit more flavor.  Searching through my cookbooks, I found several different recipes for Steak au Poivre.  This dish seemed to have a
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Spiced Cauliflower

by TT May 26th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
cauliflower2A while ago we purchased lamb shanks while grocery shopping.  We put them in our freezer, saving them for a special "dinner for two" night.  Last Sunday seemed the perfect day for cooking them.  After defrosting them overnight, we slowly braised them with red wine and an assortment of spices and vegetables.

Unfortunately, while they were cooking, it seemed that fate had other plans, and the shanks were put aside until Monday.  However, there was a hidden benefit to that.  I hadn't planned an interesting side dish for Sunday, but with dinner delayed a day I decided to go to the
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Mushroom Pate

by TT May 20th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
Lazy Sundays are wonderful.  With four children, these don't happen all that often.  However, this past Sunday was a free day without a schedule.

We started our day by savoring several cups of coffee, watching food shows, and making a little breakfast.  This relaxing start was followed by shopping for new kitchen decor.  I am very lucky in that my husband enjoys shopping with me.  We went to a couple stores, found a few chicken pieces for our kitchen, and then headed to the grocery store.

As we were braising and roasting lamb shanks for dinner, we decided to make an afternoon
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Not Your Typical Tomato Sauce

by TT May 18th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
not-your-typical-tomato-sauceLast week, there was no Tapas Monday.  My husband was traveling for business and there's no joy in candlelight tapas alone, so it was a regular dinner at a normal time last Monday.  However, as my husband was returning from the trip on Friday morning and we had an evening softball game to attend, it seemed like the perfect reason to have tapas on Friday.

With the softball game ending at 8 and a jet-lagged husband, I knew we would want a dinner that was ready shortly after we returned home.  Therefore, I needed dishes that either needed little preparation or
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by TT May 14th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
zimtsterne1I have to start by confessing that I was late in giving my mom her birthday gift this year.  Yes, I did send a card on time, and I did call her on her special day, but I didn't send a present.  To be honest, I was stumped as to what she would need or want.  So, I pondered for a while. . .

As Mother's Day drew near, I decided the best option would be to give her a two-for-one gift, which meant now I needed a bigger and better idea than the lack of idea that I already had. 
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Italian Stuffed Chicken

by TT May 12th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
italian-stuffed-chickenMy husband and I cook differently.  He tends to choose his ingredients in a more spontaneous manner, while I make a plan of what I will use.  I prefer to measure ingredients, and he likes to approximate.  He adds many spices to dishes, while I choose one or two to flavor my creation.

Nonetheless, or maybe because of our different approaches, we work together well while cooking.  However, this past Sunday I merely was a spectator, as it was Mother's Day.  While I didn't want to give the appearance that I was being a critic, I wanted to watch him make
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Roasted Butternut Squash

by TT May 9th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
roasted-butternut-squashPlanning our menu for a mid-week dinner, I had decided on a pork tenderloin and broccoli, but I needed one more dish to complete our meal.  Although some sort of potato or rice dish would work, I was looking for something lighter.  I also wanted to make a dish that would add some color to our plates.

Lacking inspiration, I decided to peruse the produce department of our grocery store.  Spying the squash section, I chose a butternut squash for our dinner.  I love butternut squash but tend to use it most in fall and winter.  As we hadn't eaten it
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Zucchini Cakes

by TT May 7th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday
zucchini-cakeWhen I was working on this Monday's tapas menu, I wanted a veggie dish that would compliment our Greek theme.  Zucchini seemed to be a prevalent ingredient in Greek menus that I reviewed.  As both of us like zucchini (and the kids generally don't), it was a great veggie to use for our adults only meal.

I decided that it would be fun to use the zucchini for a fritter sort of dish.  However, I am not a fan of frying which means that I had a problem, as fritters are fried dishes.  So, what I decided to do was make
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Nachos with a Greek Twist

by TT May 5th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
greek-nachosIt's been a few weeks since we had Tapas Monday at our house.  Between business travel and family obligations, we have not been at home together on a Monday night recently.  So, yesterday I was quite excited to plan our dinner.  With a freezer full of meats from a recent shopping trip, I decided to create a theme out of the meat I chose.

After checking out my options, ground lamb seemed like an excellent starting point.  Lamb makes me think of Greek food, which led me to wondering what fun appetizer I could make with a Greek theme.  So, rather
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