May 27, 2015
This mushroom soup is a remake of one I made on Christmas Eve, based on a recipe from Jamie Oliver. Of course, with the lovely flowers popping up revisiting Christmas does feel odd!
I’d like to say I decided to make it again because I loved it so much. But in truth, I made it again since it disappeared before I could really taste it.
Because I often do a multi-course dinner for a good sized group, I am used to eating my own courses slightly late or out of sequence. In the case of the soup, there was a veritable charge back to the kitchen for seconds, so I decided to skip it entirely. I always eat too much at those dinners. Continue Reading →
May 24, 2015
It’s hard not to love Chinese Food. From authentic dishes, to Americanized corner restaurant versions (Chinese comfort food?), it holds a fond place in many hearts. So I decided to try my hand at homemade Egg Foo Young.
Homemade Egg Foo Young
My oldest has special memories of dining out at a local Chinese Restaurant dating back to her early childhood. After an especially hard day at work–when I couldn’t face anything more complex than a menu–we’d all go out (including her grandmother who lived with us) and get the Family Dinner for Four. There would be a steady parade of soup, appetizers and then an array of main dishes—perfect for entertaining a wiggly four year old. If service was slow, there was an interesting menu to discuss, “I was born in the Year of the Monkey—when were you?” “You should have married a Tiger—Dad’s not a Tiger…” Continue Reading →
May 19, 2015
Spring is the season for rhubarb. The plants send out their rosy shoots in backyards everywhere, then strawberries, their BFF, begin to flood the market (at sale prices even). Strawberries and rhubarb together–the rest is history. While most years I combine the two in a crisp, this year I decided to try a strawberry rhubarb pie.
Star Studded Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
The inspiration for this came from the blog La Table de Nana, which featured a (seriously gorgeous) pie topped with stars—perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Hers had a filling of strawberries and apples but when I went out to visit my CSA and came back with rhubarb, I decided to change up the filling. Continue Reading →
May 17, 2015
Can you think of a better excuse for (multiple) desserts than a holiday brunch? I can’t. But after making (somewhat indulgent) mini mocha cheesecakes for Mother’s Day, I decided I should do something a little healthier too. So I made a Scandinavian Apple Cake.
Scandinavian Apple Cake, Served
Even though apple season is over, I have a tub of frozen, sliced apples in my freezer. I like to eat local or regional as much as possible, so every fall I freeze lots of fruit to get through the winter. I look for an organic apple sale (apples have been on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen, absolutely forever), then core and slice the apples, leaving the skin intact (which is healthier and less wasteful). When winter arrives, they are super quick and easy to use in pies and other recipes since most of the prep work is done. Of course fresh apples would work fine too! Continue Reading →