Veggies & Starches

Fall Salad with Roasted Pears and Blue Cheese

January 25, 2009

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ina Garten? Really, I do. She has that librarian voice that can make a person go from nutso to calm and collected, in seconds. I received Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics for Christmas and it’s quickly becoming a household classic. One of the first recipes that I [...]

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Butternut Squash Soup

October 17, 2008

I don’t really like to shop, but I do like to impulse buy. And it usually gets me in trouble. I’m the person who goes into HEB with two items on my list and I leave with those two items. Plus 8 more. And half of those are usually last-minute additions from the magazine rack. [...]

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DIY: Roasted Red Peppers

October 7, 2008

Red bell peppers were on sale this week 2 for $1. I was excited. I stocked up. Those that weren’t cut up and used as a dipper for hummus were destined for the oven.

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DIY: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

August 26, 2008
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Growing up, we ate tomatoes straight from the garden with dinner just about every summer night. Each meaty slice was individually salted and peppered on both sides (a crucial step that cannot be skipped), and then promptly devoured. And to this day, my favorite sandwich is still a Tomato Sandwich: smooshy white bread piled high [...]

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Lemony Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese

April 12, 2008
Chopped Asparagus

But first, a riddle: Q: What’s green and finally cheaper than a gallon of gas? A: A pound of asparagus! Asparagus is one of my favorite green things, next to avocados and money. I’ll gladly take a big helping of asparagus piping-hot from the oven, roasted with garlic and red-pepper infused oil or baked in [...]

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All-Out Casserole Assault

November 21, 2007
Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Casseroles were never a staple in our dinner rotation growing up – the only time we’d see them were at church potlucks and the two big holidays. There wasn’t a soul in our house that would touch broccoli if it wasn’t drowning in ranch dressing. But turn it into a casserole with cheese and rice? [...]

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Chicken Pot Pie

October 29, 2007
Chicken Pot Pie

I have quite a few cookbooks, but there is only one that I pick up and read front-to-back like a “real” book: The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather. And I do it a couple of times a month. I can close my eyes and recite a couple of the recipes by memory, much like the [...]

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Pasta with Asparagus, Roasted Red Peppers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

June 30, 2007
Pasta with Asparagus, Roasted Red Peppers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I did it again. I was over-zealous in my produce purchase last week, falling victim to yet another 2-for-1 sale. And by victim, I mean “sucker.” Two pounds of asparagus and only one mouth. (but at least it’s a big one!). I get excited over vegetables – a completely foreign concept to some. ::Cough:: My [...]

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