Archive for December, 2008

Baked Sweet Potato and Chile Wedges

Dec 26th, 2008 Posted in Side Dish | no comment »

These are delicious and really simple to make. Sweet and spicy. Plus, they give you something else to do with sweet potatoes during the holiday season. Original recipe here.

Baked Sweet Potato and Chile Wedges

Baked Sweet Potato and Chile Wedges
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French Onion Soup

Dec 24th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish, Soup | no comment »

When I went to France 10 years ago, I sat in a little restaurant on top of a hill and had French Onion Soup to die for. Now, 16-year-old me wasn’t really into food. In fact, I had so many new-to-me food allergies that I didn’t know what to do and I wasn’t used to eating anything that wasn’t frozen and bought at Costco. But ever since then, I’ve been a fan of French Onion Soup.

This recipe is original from Cookography where they call it the Best French Onion Soup Ever, and while I still think that restaurant beat this (but that could be me romanticizing my Europe trip), I do think this is damn good soup. Jason thought it was little labor intensive — I made him stir a lot –, but from what I’ve read about French Onion Soup, this recipe is actually an easier one to make. Though Jason did admit that delicious soup was worth that little extra labor every once-in-a-while.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
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Aloo Chole

Dec 23rd, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | 4 comments »

Jason and I love Indian food and we’re always looking for new recipes to try. This reicipe, originally from Chef Henry’s Chop Onions, Boil Water, is tasty and hearty. His recipe recommends serving with naan or roti bread. I’d love to find some other dishes to prepare with it in order to serve at a dinner party.

Aloo Chole

Aloo Chole
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Tofu Pad Thai

Dec 22nd, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | 2 comments »

This was a failed experience of sorts. I’ve tried in the past to make Pad Thai, and there was just something missing. So when my friend B tried the following recipe with a good review, I figured that I try it myself. Part of the problem, for me, was the fish oil. I figured that maybe fish oil was as essential to Pad Thai as beef broth is to French Onion Soup. Instead, I just made myself sick from smelling fish oil and remembering every reason why I don’t eat fish and protest fellow “vegetarians” who do.

Jason, being the omnivore in the house, did like this recipe. Which is good as he had to finish cooking it and eat it.

Pad Thai

Tofu Pad Thai
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Cocoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

Dec 21st, 2008 Posted in Dessert | no comment »

I don’t think I’ve ever met a brownie that I didn’t like. And what I like even better is chocolate and peanut butter together. These were delicious. Original recipe is from For the Love of Cooking.

Cocoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

Cocoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips
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Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce and Fried Tofu with Honey BBQ Sauce

Dec 20th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish, Side Dish | 2 comments »

This was a meal that I sliced and diced together. Or maybe pasted in a better word: Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce recipe, Tex Asian BBQ Tofu recipe (my recipe so does not look like Chef Erik’s picture as I rather just used the frying instructions), and Honey BBQ Sauce recipe I’m not a big fan of bbq sauce and neither is Jason, so I had to resort to making my own. This is a true what’s in the fridge today meal.

Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce and Fried Tofu with Honey BBQ Sauce

Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce
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Spicy Parmesan Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Kale

Dec 9th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish, Side Dish | 2 comments »

In winter where I live, fresh vegetables are rather limited without making them travel thousands of miles. So it’s always nice to find a winter recipe with fresh, seasonal (or anytime) vegetables. Plus, it has a lovely, spicy flare.

Spicy Parmesan Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Kale

This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings, and if I make it again, I’ll cut back on the size since it’s just me and Jason at my house.

The original recipe is from the Foodnetwork’s Giada De Laurentiis

Spicy Parmesan Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Kale
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Sunshine Cookies

Dec 8th, 2008 Posted in Dessert | 2 comments »

When we go grocery shopping, Jason always tries to buy cookies. Usually, I tell him no and he puts them back. Of course, then I bake him cookies as it’s cheaper, they taste better, and they tend to have less sugar so I can enjoy them too.

In our Halloween card, my maternal grandma included $5, saying to use the money to buy Jason cookies. Apparently, she was very offended on Jason’s behalf that I didn’t indulge his cookie-buying whim.

Grandma, here are some cookies I made for Jason. He is not deprived of delicious cookies.

Sunshine Cookie

The original recipe is from Melissa.

Sunshine Cookies
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Cream of Tomato Soup

Dec 5th, 2008 Posted in Soup | no comment »

I love a good bowl of tomato soup with an accompanying grilled cheese sandwich. It’s something I grew up on. It reminds me of colder fall and winter weekends where my mom and I had been outside all day and needed something quick, hearty, and warm.

Cream of Tomato Soup and grilled cheese

The original recipe comes from the Skinny Chef. Hers was a little more low-fat than mine and contained chicken.

This soup certain beats anything out of a can. (Sorry, mom.)

Cream of Tomato Soup
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Recipe Chilies Rellenos (Updated)

Dec 2nd, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | no comment »
Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos

I’d never eaten Chiles Rellenos before, but I’m in love. This recipe is originally from Cajun Chef Ryan.

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