Archives for September 2009

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Cranberry Balsamic Dressing

by TT September 29th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Cranberry Balsamic VinagretteI love to use a sprinkling of vinegar as dressing quite often.  We usually have an assortment of vinegars: champagne, cider, orange muscat, red wine, balsamic.  Using only vinegar on a salad produces a light topping with a bit of a bite.

Last week I decided to make salad a main course dish for my husband and me.  With fall's arrival, I began to think of seasonal foods that would be available.  One of the fall ingredients that I love to use is cranberries.  However, I hadn't seen any fresh cranberries in our grocery store yet, so I settled with cranberry
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Creamy Tomato Soup

by TT September 24th, 2009| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Creamy Tomato SoupFall has arrived, and the temperatures have begun their march down the thermometer.  While I love the warm fall days, cool nights, and colors of fall, I dread the end of freshly harvested produce.  With that thought in mind I walked to the neighboring farm last week.  With a table full of recently picked tomatoes in my view, I purchased a few pounds for our dinner that night.

While the mid-afternoon sun was warm on my back during the walk home, there was no doubt that the evening would be much cooler.  Having lived in New Hampshire for a good part
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Broiled Tomatoes & Cheese

by TT September 22nd, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
tomato & cheeseAs this recipe contains only four ingredients (two, if you omit salt and pepper), I have to admit that I feel a little silly posting it.  However, it rounded out our football Sunday munchies menu so perfectly, I felt obligated to share it with others.

I had found a recipe for a hot corn dip that I really wanted to try, and it became the basis of our menu planning.  As there were only my husband and me eating snacks this past Sunday, we needed to make only two or three dishes.  With a chip and dip dish starting our
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Blue Cheese & Peaches

by TT September 16th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
Blue Cheese & PeachesI actually made this dish at the end of July when peaches were first in season in New Hampshire.  However, I forgot about this simple appetizer until yesterday.  That was when I went into the cheese drawer in refrigerator and discovered that I had two new blocks of blue cheese.

Everyone in our family enjoys cheese, so our cheese drawer typically is quite full.  Usually I make note of what cheeses we have before I shop for groceries.  I obviously did not do that on my most recent shopping trip.  I thought we had eaten all of the blue cheese, so
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Cheese & Veggie Thin Crust Delight

by TT September 14th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Veggie DelightWith my husband traveling on business last week, all of the parenting responsibilities were mine, which meant a lot of time was spent driving children to their activities.  So, in the interest of my sanity, I decided to take a shortcut or two in my cooking.

One night we had homemade pizza for dinner, so rather than making the dough, I bought a ball of dough at the grocery store.  With only two kids at home, this was enough dough to make their pizzas.  Not needing another whole ball of dough for my pizza, I decided to use a piece of
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Parmesan Haddock

by TT September 9th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Parmesan HaddockLast week when I asked our eleven year old daughter what she wanted for dinner, she requested haddock and green beans.  For some kids that might mean fish sticks and canned veggies but not our daughter.  Nope, she wants fish from the seafood counter that we bread lightly and fresh green beans that are steamed until crisp-tender.  With a request like that I was more than happy to add these items to my grocery list.

This week when I sought dinner ideas from her she again requested haddock and green beans.  Now, while I am thrilled with her healthy choices, eating
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Apple & Cheddar Melt

by TT September 7th, 2009| Recipes, Sandwiches
apple & cheese meltThe kids have returned to school, and summer is nearing its end, which means that apple season has arrived in New England.  Although apples are readily available all year long, none are as tasty as an apple that is eaten the same day that it is picked.

Of course, we eat apples right off the tree, but we enjoy finding new ways to serve them.  I have used apples for salsa, pies, wraps, and crisps.  The other week I decided to use the first apples of the season in an open-faced melt.

This sandwich had multiple inspirations.  First, Paula Red
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Review: 1789 Restaurant, Washington, DC

by TT September 1st, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
1789An evening of travel without children means it is the perfect time for a culinary adventure.  For my husband and me that usually means an evening of strolling to a few different restaurants and enjoying a different appetizer or small dish at each.  However, during our quick trip to Washington, DC, we decided to indulge in an evening of fine dining.  Not regular visitors to this city, we relied upon our concierge's recommendation of 1789 Restaurant.

Our concierge made our reservation for 9:00, but we decided to arrive a little early to check out the restaurant and enjoy a pre-dinner
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