Archives for October 2009

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Pommes en Papillote

by TT October 30th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
Pomme en PapilotteSometimes a Sunday just begs for lots of home cooking and meals that aren't served at their typical weekday times.  This past Sunday was one of those days.

We started our laid back Sunday with a late breakfast of homemade waffles for the kids and egg white wraps for the adults.  Not needing lunch, we decided to make an early dinner of slow roasted, coffee and brown sugar rubbed pork served with veggies.  A baked dessert seemed to be the best way to end our day.

With our refrigerator fruit bin still full of apples from a previous picking adventure, they seemed
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Garlic & Parmesan Squash

by TT October 29th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Garlic Parmesan Butternut SquashA couple weekends ago, we had a simple version of Thanksgiving dinner.  We didn't make stuffing or gravy, but we did roast a whole turkey.  We also made homemade cranberry sauce, mulled cider, and two veggie dishes.  With all four kids here for dinner, it was my hope that one of the two would appeal to each of them.

The two veggies I made were brussel sprouts and butternut squash.  Typically, all of the kids like brussel sprouts, and half of the kids like squash.  At our house, everyone receives a "no thank you" serving of every dish, but you can
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Black Bean Cakes

by TT October 27th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Black Bean CakesWorking on dinner ideas for last week, I knew there were a few nights that my husband would be away on business.  Although he is one of the most open-minded eaters I know, he doesn't eat legumes.  So, when he is away, a side dish of green beans or a Mexican entree with refried beans is often part of the menu.

I had heard someone talking about black bean cakes recently and thought that would be an excellent recipe to try while my husband was away.  Even though I knew that my 13 and 11 year old dinner companions would eat
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Sunshine Squash with Sage & Cider

by TT October 20th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Sunshine SquashAs I mentioned recently, this time of year I stop by local orchards on a weekly basis.  When I went to an orchard a couple weeks ago, I decided to check out their winter squash offerings.  With cool weather making itself permanent, I have been craving squash.  However, I tend to stick with the same squash time and again: butternut or acorn.  So, when I arrived at the orchard, my goal was clear- any squash but those two!

This large orchard did not disappoint me.  They had quite an assortment of squash available.  I immediately knew I would pass on the
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Freshly Picked Apple Bread Pudding

by TT October 16th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
Apple Bread PuddingWhile apples are available all year at the grocery store, there is nothing like freshly picked apples in the fall.  Living where we do, it is a 10-minute drive to a handful of orchards.  Conveniently, our 11 year old daughter takes gymnastics lessons at a studio near these orchards.  With everyone in our house enjoying apples, I typically get a new bag of apples weekly.

For the first month of apple season, we enjoyed Ginger Gold apples, but as with any type of produce, their season ended.  When I went to the orchard last week, I needed to choose a new
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Butternut Bisque with Andouille Sausage

by TT October 14th, 2009| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Butternut Bisque with AndouilleWith the chilliness of fall upon us, dinner thoughts have changed from light dinners of salad to warm meals, such as soup.  Last Friday was one of those chilly, gray days, the sort of day where you wish you didn't have to leave the house.  Of course, that wouldn't be happening in our home with an orthodontist's appointment, karate lesson, and extra gymnastics class.  However, enjoying some piping hot soup before our evening of playing taxi would help.

Our basement freezer typically is filled with an assortment of meat from our favorite butcher.  So, before I headed to my office to
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True Nut Company

by TT October 12th, 2009| Food News
I learned about this interesting nut company thanks to one of my writers, John, who attended the Wicked Wine & Brew Fest.  Based in Keene, New Hampshire, True Nut Company combines creativity, support for community service organizations, and cooking.

With the help of my video editor, Greg Cote, I was able to interview Steve Ryder, the creator of True Nut.

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Tropical Wrap

by TT October 7th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
Tropical WrapAs I mentioned recently, braised meats tend to be a fairly common dinner item in our house as of late.  However, that doesn't mean that there are leftovers, which is unfortunate.  I thoroughly enjoy having wraps for lunch and find that leftover braised chicken or beef makes a great starting point for a wrap.

Last week, we had Pulled Coconut Chicken for dinner, and even with eight of us dining, we had a decent amount left.  With coconut chicken in mind, I headed to the grocery store to find other fillings for my wrap.  To compliment the coconut flavor, I
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Caramelized Apples

by TT October 5th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
Caramelized ApplesI don't know if it is just my household, but we get into culinary trends.  My husband tried braising meats late in the spring, and ever since then it has been his go-to dish.  Not that I'm complaining.  Braising produces such a wonderfully tender meat and makes the house smell incredible.  Since his first foray into braising, we have had many wonderful dinners of beef, lamb, and pork.

My recent culinary trend has been caramelizing.  I have made caramelized onions, bananas, and squash, among other ingredients.  For a weekend breakfast for two, I decided to make caramelized apples to top French
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Pulled Coconut Chicken

by TT October 1st, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
coconut chickenWhen my mom was here visiting last month, we had a get together at my little brother's house.  With a group of sixteen for an early dinner, we wanted something that would please kids and adults with minimal clean-up.  For our contribution, my husband and I brought the ingredients for make your own burritoes.  To please all diners we brought shredded taco beef with onions and without onions (for aforementioned little brother and kids) and pulled coconut chicken.

The pulled coconut chicken wasn't tried by many of the kids that day, as there was the onion-free beef option.  However, anyone that
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