March 2009

World’s Best Zesty Blue Cheese Dressing

As you have probably deduced, both Sara and I really like to make our own salad dressings. A lot of times when I’ve made a salad dressing for the consumption of people that do not include my husband and children, people look at me like I’m smoking crack. “You make your own dressing?” they ask, looking at me like I’ve sprouted a third eye. You know, like this is rocket science or something. The craziest thing is that making dressings …

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Gooey Cookie Pie Bites

Kate threw me for a loop on Friday when she posted Pizzookies instead of the pizza that was on our calender. You see I already had planned this chocolate chip cookie-ish treat for today. So I quickly scrambled through my files to see if I had any other posts all ready to go. Why? Because it would be weird to post two warm, gooey, individual sized chocolate chip cookie-ish treats in a row, right?? You’re all saying no in your …

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Pizzookies

Okay, so for those of who were scandalized by my use of artificial vanilla flavoring in the Snickerdoodle Ice Cream recipe are about to REALLY keel over when you see what I’m about to post. But before I show you what I’ve done, can’t we all just agree that sometimes all you need is some chocolate chip cookie dough? And sometimes you need it FAST? And, especially when it’s smothered in vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel syrup, you …

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Some of you may know that my father-in-law owns a bagel deli in Seattle. With that information, some of you who know Sara from her formative years may be reading this and are just figuring out who I am (not a “who I am” in an “Oh, I’m soooo famous” sense but “who I am” like, “Ohhhh, Kate’s married to Seth’s brother.”) Anyway. One of my favorite things about The Bagel Deli is the fresh-squeezed lemonade. I worked there the …

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Chili-Lime Steak Salad

I love dinner salads. I mix up everything I eat anyway, so the idea of combining the main dish, the salad, and the veggie sides all onto one plate and smothering them with yummy tasting sauce seems like a natural thing to do. And even though I’m still eating a whole meal, I feel better about myself since it’s called a “salad”. This ‘aint no sissy salad either. The steak and beans make it filling and dare I even say- …

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Key Lime Tarts

Okay, so much for my Irish roots! Here we are, the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and all our food has a Latin/tropical flair. Ah, well, my Irish ancestors would probably rather have Key Lime Pie and Mexican salad dressing if they had the choice! As all you long-time readers know, we absolutely love limes around here. You’ll also probably know that Brazilian Lemonade is my favorite drink in the whole world. So yeah, this key lime pie? It’s pretty …

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Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing

This is my knock-off version of a Costa Vida/Cafe Rio style dressing. I’m always getting asked for this recipe, so I finally wrote down what I do! There’s millions of recipes out there for this type of thing and a lot of the good ones call for fresh tomatillos. However after experimenting quite a bit I decided I didn’t like the fresh tomatillos, in this instance. For one thing it’s not something I have laying around my kitchen on a …

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Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

So I’ve been envisioning this cupcake for a long time now. And I know it’s not springy everywhere–heck, it’s not even springy here right now! We started out the week in the 80s and now we’re back in the 30s. But I guess that means I now want springtime cupcakes more than ever! I tried out a couple of strawberry cupcake recipes in search of the one that was just right. Ultimately, I wanted one that got a fantastic rise, …

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Lime-Chili Rubbed Steak

This is a quick and easy wet rub that’s great on steaks. I’ve already shared my love of flank steak, (read all about it here) so that’s what I generally use this on, but it’s also great on other cuts of meat. Some of our favorites are tenderloin, NY strip, and tri-tip. Wet rubs are great because you can whip it up last minute. Intense flavor infuses the meat quickly, so if you forgot to make a marinade, this is …

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Creamy Tomato Soup

If you have never made your own tomato soup, you should really try it. It’s so easy and the final product is so flavorful I promise you’ll be licking the bowl.  This one combines a combo of both canned and sun-dried tomatoes and it also includes some reduced-fat cream cheese which instantly makes it rich and creamy. And unlike other “creamy” soups, this one is fairly low calorie (Which means you can pair it with a big toasty sandwich or …

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