November 2008

Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo

Apparently it’s carb week! Don’t be scared by that, or by the fact that this carb involves pumpkin ……………………………. This week we got hooked up with some pasta products to test out. Along with the food there were a few recipes and one of them was a ravioli with pumpkin alfredo. I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients (including the container of alfredo they sent because I already ate it! Kind of a main ingredient…) but the idea of …

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Tomato Artichoke Pasta

A couple of weeks ago, we were offered some Buitoni pasta products and, being the carb goddesses that we are, of course we took them up on it! They sent along some delicious recipes (one of which Sara will share on Wednesday), but I have a sauce recipe that I love on filled pasta–it’s not quite enough with spaghetti or linguine, but the cheese or meat in tortellini or ravioli make it a light, filling, balanced meal, tangy and garlicky, …

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Cranberry Sauce

It seems like cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes are kind of the ugly stepsisters of the Thanksgiving table–they’re presence seems to be guilt-induced, there’s plenty left over, and those leftovers often find themselves cold and lonely in the refrigerator as the rolls, mashed potatoes, and turkey get eaten in the days after Thanksgiving. Well, no more. Not only do we hope that this recipe will help you like cranberry sauce more, but also see that you can use it in …

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Posted in Rolls, Sara, Yeast Breads
Herb-Topped Dinner Rolls

My sister sent me a picture from a magazine 2 years ago and I just got reminded of it recently (by her- thanks Bec!) I had always wanted to do this, but never got around to it. I thought this was a great thing to share for Thanksgiving week because many will argue that fresh, hot rolls, smothered in butter (and maybe dipped in gravy??) comes in close as their #1 preferred item on the holiday table. I also know …

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Gingersnap Crust

I know this is close to blasphemy, but I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. (Okay, that’s not close to blasphemy at all, but it does seem a bit inappropriate this time of year, doesn’t it?) And like a lot of people who share that opinion, it’s not so much a taste issue for me as it is a texture one. While I don’t care for pumpkin pie, I adore just about anything else pumpkin flavored. I’m slightly obsessed …

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Garlic-Herb Scalloped Potatoes

When my brother Dan was younger and still prone to crazy allergies, Thanksgiving dinner always included a ham because poultry and their by-products made his throat swell shut. It was pretty sweet to have your choice of holiday meats and definitely secured Thanksgiving as my #1 holiday. Since Dan now lives in Omaha and I don’t have two ovens, enough people, or the money to justify two huge chunks of meat, we just do turkey on Thanksgiving. But I know …

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Rosemary Focaccia

So this is actually a recipe that I got from Sara a couple of years ago and I just love it. It tastes a lot like the focaccia bread that you get at Macaroni Grill, only (at least I think) better: warm, soft, a little salty; rip off a piece (no knives here) and dip it in some extra-virgin olive oil with a dash of balsamic vinegar and some freshly ground black pepper and you have a meal! Seriously, I …

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Italian Turkey Soup

A few weeks ago when we did our Q and A post there were a few overwhelming requests via comments and email. Specifically we had tons of requests for Soups, low-budget meals, quick and easy meals, and low-cal options. This one gets 4 for 4! And actually, the other big request was slow-cooker meals, and you could totally put this in a crock pot so I’ll give myself 5 points for this one. I have a soup that I love …

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