March 2010

Strawberry Freezer Jam

So there was a time many moons ago when every spring, I’d go to Costco and buy the big containers of those big, fat strawberries and make enough strawberry freezer jam to last me an entire year, not to mention enough jam to give as gifts to friends, co-workers, and the little Mexican boys who would knock on my door and sell me homemade tamales. And then life got complicated. I got pregnant with my first kiddo in the spring, …

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Posted in Fruit, Sara, Small Bites
Fresh Fruit Bruschetta with Orange-Honey Cream

So often appetizers are salty and fattening.  Definitely nothing wrong with that, but this is a nice change of pace!  It would be a great addition to a brunch spread, or as finger food for a baby or wedding shower. It’s basically a twist on a classic bruschetta.  This version involves a medley of fresh fruit that sits on top of bite-sized cinnamon toast and is then drizzled with a heavenly sour cream sauce flavored with honey and orange. Let’s …

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Gyro Burger Pitas

So remember a few weeks ago when I posted the Tzatziki recipe and promised a lamb gyro recipe sometime in the near future? Well, today’s your day. I will be the first to admit that I rarely cook with lamb. I’ve always kind of been under the impression that it’s difficult to cook and expensive. However I decided to give a shot  . And I discovered that not only is it really distinct and delicious, but that it’s really not …

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How to: cut a Kiwi Fruit

It seems to me like the more yummy (and more tropical) the fruit, the trickier it can be to figure out how to peel and cut the thing!  We’ve showed you how to do both avocado and mango, so I thought I’d show you this quick tip with the luscious kiwi.  And I do have a reason for posting this today- on Monday I have a recipe that involves kiwi and also a really exciting announcement.   In involves all of …

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Posted in Condiments, Kate, Latin
Green Enchilada Sauce

So a long time ago in a galaxy not-so-far away, I mentioned that I had a recipe similar to Cafe Rio’s (or Costa Vida’s) green enchilada sauce. If you’re not familiar with Cafe Rio or Costa Vida, they are Mexican restaurants that serve fresh Mexican food heavy on the lime, cilantro, and garlic. Sounds right up our alley, right? Right. Love Sara’s Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing? Yeah, it tastes just like the dressing served on their oh-so-delicious salads. Well, since then, …

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Deli-Style Corned Beef Sandwich

So Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of St. Patrick, I’ve come up with a recipe that is…completely and in no way Irish. However. I figure there are a bunch of you that are going to have leftover corned beef tomorrow and no idea what to do with it, so let’s move to the Deli Region of Americana. I’ve been a lover of corned beef on sandwiches since…well…the first instance that comes to mind is our 8th grade yearbook staff …

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Mint Brownies

Surprise!  This is a little bonus post this week.  And it’s actually kind of a cheater post because technically this recipe is already on the site.  This is my favorite mint brownie that my Mom has been making since I was a little girl.  It’s the brownie I turned into Peppermint Candycane Brownies on this site.  Because those are holiday themed, I think they get skipped over in the index during the rest of the year, so I wanted to …

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Irish Wheaten Bread {Brown Soda Bread}

I have a thing for accents.  I think I always have.  It’s what draws me to any movie with Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey (there’s a Southern twang!), or Harry Potter.  It’s also what caused me to be completely in awe of the new girl in class one year in elementary school.  Not only did this girl have gorgeous red hair that put the Little Mermaid to shame, she was from Ireland.  Which meant she had the coolest accent …

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Chocolate Mousse Crunch Cake

Like I mentioned on Wednesday, this is my all-time favorite special occasion cake. Not only does it wow people presentation-wise, but it’s pretty knock-your-socks-off tasty as well. As long as you like chocolate. Because if you’re a chocolate hater, this recipe isn’t for you–I mean, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, chocolate-covered toffee? Need I say more? On the plus (maybe?) side, it’s so rich that a little goes a long, loooooooong way, so an 8″ round cake will actually …

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Super Easy Chocolate Ganache

I have something amazing on deck for Friday. It is my ultimate special occasion cake. Are you my favorite person in the universe? Is it your birthday? Love chocolate? Then I will make you this cake. And since it’s our birthday this week, what better way to celebrate than with my favorite cake and with lots of chocolate? This magical mystery cake is topped with chocolate ganache (it’s pronounced “guh-NOSH” in case you’re curious.)  And in case you’ve never had …

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