Just a super quick recipe post for you today – and it also happens to be one of our favorites: Curried Broccoli-Cheddar Tart with Bacon. Tender bites of green broccoli suspended in currried whipped egg, scattered with spring onions, cheddar cheese and topped with crispy pieces of bacon. And if that weren’t enough, all that goodness is nestled into a buttery, flaky crust.
I have been a ‘pie girl’ for as long as I can remember; my choice of birthday treat was almost always a cherry pie – except those times when I requested Angel Food cake – primarily because I thought maybe eating Angel Food cake would make me more . . . shall we say, ‘angelic?’ No such luck. The words, ‘sweet’ or ‘angelic’ are never used to describe me and I’m okay with that. I’ve learned to embrace my other qualities . . . I won’t bore you with the details now, but suffice it to say that ‘loving pie’ is at the top of that list.
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Musical pairing – Sway by Michael Bublé
Remember this post at the beginning of 2012? The one in which I said I would challenge myself to try and master a few new recipes and/or techniques? I really should have added gnocchi to that list but didn’t – because gnocchi is one of those dishes that appears to be so simple – and it is. But gnocchi is also one of those dishes that terrifies me in its simplicity. Yes, I do understand that I’m talking in circles but it appears that making gnocchi is more about technique than it is about the recipe itself.
Musical pairing – Home by Michael Bublé
I don’t really remember actually eating tomatoes while living in the little house on Ankeny Street, I’m sure I did because we grew them in our garden and I know that my grandmother grew them in her garden. In fact, I believe that everyone who had a garden, grew tomatoes. In my family, we ate tomatoes on a hamburger or chopped up and made into salsas, soups or some type of pasta sauce. Tomato ‘jam’ or ‘chutney’ didn’t exist in my corner of the world – those were kinda fancy for a little town like Walla Walla . . .
Musical pairing – Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
We enjoy a good Mexican dish as much as the next person and, having lived several years in Arizona and having a Hispanic sister-in-law, I think it’s safe to say, I’ve had some pretty stellar Mexican food; so when TortillaLand asked if I’d like to try their uncooked flour tortillas, I must admit I was a bit skeptical . . . and curious. In fact, I’d never heard of uncooked tortillas (unless you make them yourself, which I have not ) – just corn or flour tortillas on my grocery store shelf and obviously those have been cooked.
Musical pairing – Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum
When Debra and I first met, we spent a lot of time together; we immediately found common interests in music, travel, movies and food. And having lived here all my life, I played tour guide and showed Debra parts of Indiana that she would have never seen . . . because she is directionally-challenged . . . a fact she completely owns up to and will tell you that any way she is facing is North . . . case and point? For nearly 6 months she traveled one single straight stretch of highway to and from work and the same road to and from the grocery store . . . that was about it – no exploring, no sight-seeing, no wandering Indiana . . . for fear she would get lost never to be found again . . .
Musical pairing – It’s So Easy by Linda Ronstadt
I almost always make a pot of soup each week to tuck in the refrigerator and have on hand for lunches and/or suppers; kind of my backup plan for those times when I don’t have a plan and I’m too brain-dead to come up with a plan and we’re both hungry. I do tend to lean towards broth soups that rely heavily on vegetables or beans like minestrone, chili, broccoli, vegetable or white bean with kale; but there are times when I just want something a teeny bit more decadent like potato, bisque, or this creamy tomato soup.
Musical pairing – Easy by Commodores
Twitter is full of comments about life being crazy busy right now and I must confess, I find myself in the same boat. Where are the lazy days of summer that songwriters wax poetic about ‘cuz they sure ain’t hangin’ around here – we are running from one forest fire to the next! Who has time to make a proper breakfast?
I’m having one of those ‘Rip Van Winkle’ moments because I just cannot fathom that I’m actually using the words, ‘mid-summer.’ Then I look at the calendar and remember that the temperatures have been above 90 for the past couple of weeks and our gardens do indeed, remind me that it really is mid-summer – there’s a bounty to be picked and enjoyed! We’ve put together a ‘mid-summer’ garden tour – so take a minute and walk with us – we’ll show you around!
Musical pairing – Bang Bang by David Sanborn
Well here we are, 4th of July weekend . . . also the end of the week and you’re either having guests for the holiday or you’ve been invited to someone’s party. And you’re supposed to bring something to share . . . problem is you just don’t have the energy to flip through magazines or that binder of recipes tucked away in a kitchen drawer to find something to make. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In fact, this is me right now. So here’s what I’m making – this super delicious, cool and refreshing Watermelon Salad with Jalapeno and Lime . . .
Musical pairing – Blue Skies by Eva Cassidy
I have always turned up my nose at pasta salads because, horror of horrors, I’m not a fan of mayonnaise and most recipes are dripping with the stuff . . . and cheese . . . and bacon . . . and peas . . . and a multitude of other ingredients making the end result much too starchy and gloppy for my taste.