July 2008

Cheesesteak Sandwiches

I don’t know about you guys, but when it gets this hot outside, I have very little desire to cook. Unfortunately, my family still thinks that they need to eat. Since deli meat sandwiches and PB&Js and cold cereal get really old, really quick, I have to mix things up a little. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like Philly Cheesesteaks–maybe vegetarians and the world’s pickiest eaters. And since that title currently belongs to my son and he loves them, …

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Sunrise Punch

I’ll be totally straightforward with you guys–my husband does not like this drink. He thinks it’s a “chick drink.” I think it’s probably the cranberry juice because heaven forbid he like something that’s good for him–if he could hook himself up to a Mountain Dew I.V., he probaby would. It also probably explains his kidney stone a few years ago. Okay, enough about my husband’s urinary tract. Anyway, I love this drink. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s tangy. A tiny …

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As you probably know by now, Sara and I both love the fresh flavors of a lot of ethnic foods. And with ethnic foods, there often come a lot of questions and misconceptions. We decided that we, being the go-to girls that we are, would give you a run-down on some things you may find yourself cooking with. Or not cooking with, depending on how much you love fish sauce! Cilantro. Cilantro is a common herb (especially where Sara and …

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Asian Cabbage Salad

Seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had a salad around here so I think it’s about time! Plus, what I’m really craving right now involves a pound of butter and some serious chocolate action so I’m thinking if I blog about salad I just might eat one. I’m sure everyone has some sort of go-to Asian salad. I have three. And I love them all for different reasons. So here’s my “Oh Dear Asian Salad #3 (in order …

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Quick and Easy Black Beans

Remember on Monday I was talking about having to choose just one food to eat every day for the rest of your life? The closest I’ve come to that is actually eating one thing every single day for 18 months of my life. Now this sort of thing will usually have one of 2 effects. 1) Cause severe aversion to the food so the very thought of it makes you want to hurl, or 2) Create some subconscious need that …

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Posted in How To..., Kate, Latin, Other
Cooking Class: Flour Tortillas

“I like eggs over easy with flour tortillas, and nobody knows me like my baby…” Actually, I don’t really like eggs over easy, but I do love flour tortillas and I also love Lyle Lovett. If you think he’s just the ugly dude who was married to that actress from Pretty Woman who has dropped off the face of the planet, you should go find his music! Anyway, If you’ve never had freshly-made flour tortillas, you really have to. After …

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Apple Pie

I know, I know. Apple pie. I should’ve posted this in time for the 4th of July, but it was just a case of too many recipes, too little time. But hey, sometimes I have more than one birthday party; America’s a big place…you can have more than one celebration! Have mini cheesecakes AND apple pie! I love this recipe because it’s simple and classic, something I imagine grandmas were making 150 years ago. Butter. Apples. Cinnamon. Sugar. Nutmeg. It …

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Posted in Italian, Kate, Salads
Classic Pasta Salad

I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’m asked if I have a pasta salad recipe. A lot. I think one of the problems I’ve had with making pasta salad (potato salad, too) is that it’s really, really hard to make it really flavorful and yummy. I remember when I first started working at Kneaders (a fabulous little sandwich shop in Utah), their pasta salad looked so very yummy and I tried a bite, only to be seriously …

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