June 2008

Mini Cheesecake Tarts

I have to post this recipe in honor of my mother since it’s 4th of July week. I think she’s made these every year on the 4th for as long as I can remember. We made them for lots of occasions, because they’re quick, easy, and yummy, but they’re especially fun on the 4th of July because they’re easy to decorate with red, white, and blue! They’re great for pot-lucks, block parties, baby and wedding showers, and things like that …

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Cooking Class: Pizza 101

I have a very distinct memory of being a little girl and watching Cheers with my family. “So what?” you say. “Everyone watched Cheers in the 1980s.” True, but I was a little kid and this is the one scene of all 11 years of Cheers that I remember from my childhood. Anyway, in this scene, Carla is eating a giant piece of pizza like a pro with both her hands. And my dad said, “Now THAT’S how you eat …

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Pizza Sauce

Who the heck doesn’t love pizza? There must be some of you out there, but I’m pretty sure that pizza is one of the most versatile, universally-loved food out there. You can get the down-home, crowd-pleasing Chicago deep dish supreme or a fancy-schmancy thin-crusted Italian Margherita. I’ve been married for 7 years and have spent the better part of that time trying to perfect homemade pizza. No matter what I did, it always came out a little doughy and underdone …

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Posted in Latin, Rice, Sara, Tropical
Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple

This is one of my most favorite personal creations, and I’ve had a lot of people ask me for the recipe.I’ve never really had a real “recipe” since I don’t measure when I make it, but I did measure the other night just so I could get it written down for y’all!And while it may not seem like the typical “comfort food” strangely it fills that roll in my life.There’s something about hot buttery rice that makes me feel warm …

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Posted in Grill, Kate, Vegetables
Garlic Balsamic Asparagus

I love vegetables, and in case you haven’t noticed, I also love my grill! So for me, grilled vegetables are just kind of a natural combination. I also love asparagus and if I ever find it on sale, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll come home with some! Now…lots of people steam asparagus and add a little butter, salt, pepper, and maybe some lemon juice. And a lot of people don’t like asparagus. But I’m here to change …

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Posted in Grill, Sara, Steaks, Tropical
Sweet and Savory Flank Steak

I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe, because the scribbled notes in my own recipe book say, “Uncle Joe’s Flank Steak”. I got this recipe several years ago from (surprise) my Uncle Joe, after eating it at a bbq at their house and falling in love with it. However I hate it when recipe titles don’t actually describe the flavors in the food. Like, “Oodle doodle bars” or “yummy to my tummy chicken” etc. Why not just say, “Chocolate …

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Flank Steak

This, my friends, is a flank steak. It’s one of my favorite cuts of meats for many reasons. As much as I know many of us don’t like to associate our food with the actual animal they come from, this post is about education, so I will force you all to look at the official cuts-of-meat diagram! The flank steak comes from the low belly muscle of the cow. It’s long and flat, and therefore cooks up super fast. Flank …

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Hot Fudge Sauce {and Fondue!}

Remember back when when I posted the Honey Citrus Vinaigrette recipe and talked about how sometimes you can just look at the ingredient list for a recipe and instantly know in the pit of your soul that it would make you happy? Well I have three words for you: Chocolate. Butter. Sweetened Condensed Milk. Any questions? I didn’t think so. If you’re wondering how something so incredibly simple could be so incredibly delicious, then you’ll just have to make it …

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Posted in Cookies, Kate
Cake Mix Cookies

Okay, so this is totally Sara’s recipe, but I figure by this point, we probably share about 90% of our cooking brains.  These are the perfect cookies to use for ice cream sandwiches. Ice cream sandwiches are perfect for bringing to a summer potluck (as long as there’s a freezer handy) because you don’t have to worry about ice cream scoops, dishes, or spoons. These are quick and easy to whip up and are a fun way to serve ice …

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Fresh Mango Sorbet with Pineapple

So as most of you know, I had a baby 6 weeks ago. A baby who we discovered recently doesn’t care for dairy products Upon discovering this new insight, do you know what my first thought was? It wasn’t, “Bummer, no cereal for me in the mornings.” It wasn’t, “Oh dear, how oh how will I ever meet my daily calcium requirements?” It was “Nooooooo! What about Ice Cream Week on Our Best Bites?!” Seriously. I mourned. But hey, maybe …

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