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Provolone & Panchetta Stuffed Chicken Breasts July 31, 2008

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A couple of weeks ago I was flipping through my William Sonoma catalog and noticed a stuffed chicken recipe that was very enticing. Usually when I make stuffed chicken I use a mixture of either sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers pureed with cream cheese, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. The idea of using one of my favorite cheeses, provolone, to stuff chicken I just couldn’t pass up. (more…)


Another Anniversary Another CAKE!!!! July 30, 2008

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I called my Nanny up the other day and asked her if she wanted a cake for her anniversary. I had every intention of making her one it is just a matter of my PaPa, he is a very picky eater. She told me that I didn’t have to do that, but thank you and that she loved me. Well, later that night she talks to my mother and my mom convinces her to call me back and ask for a cake.

This gives me a chance to try my hand at something I have never made. I have found the perfect recipe; the Party Cake from Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. I am kind of iffy about making the cake, just in case someone chooses it for their Tuesday’s with Dorie entry. But I guess I can always make it twice. It looks like something yummy that I don’t think anyone would mind eating it twice :).

I am making it a two day adventure since I don’t have too much time in one day because of work. I could always cook it late at night. Late night cooking is the best. The kitchen is clear. You don’t have to worry about bumping into anyone or the pups because they are usually passed out on the couch or bed. This is especially important when you have an extremely tiny apartment kitchen. (more…)


Tuesday’s With Dorie – Summer Fruit Galette July 29, 2008

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This weeks TWD was chosen by Michelle from Michelle in Colorado Springs and she picked the Summer Fruit Galette on pages 366-367 in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. You can find the full recipe on Michelle’s site or pick up Dorie’s book and flip to it 🙂 . The first time that I saw this recipe I was trying to figure out which fruit I would use. I decided to pick up some plums and apricots and give it a go with one of them. I have actually never had plums or apricots baked into anything so I thought that this would be a good chance to try them for the first time. For that matter I have never had a fresh apricot. I decided to make six small galettes: 3 apricot, 2 apricot/plum, and 1 plum. (more…)


Challenging myself to an Opera July 28, 2008

….Opera Cake that is.

You are probably asking yourself, “Why on Earth would you do that?”

I am glad you asked.

My parent’s 29th anniversary is today and they are actually going to be in my neck of the woods. Well about 3 hours away, but it is still close. For the past 8 years, I have lived about 1,200 miles away from my parents. We randomly see each other if I happen to drag my butt down there or if someone has a business meeting in the area, meaning 4-5 hours away, they will drive by to see me. Well I hope it is me and not just my cute little monsters. Sometimes they stop by for holidays it just matters what is going on. (more…)


Fresh Sweet and Yummy Tomato Sauce July 25, 2008

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I am finally using the tomatoes that I bought at the Berry Farm Market. It has taken awhile, but the whole thing with skinning, seeding, and chopping has caused me to put it off. Every time I peel a tomato I am reminded of my childhood. Remember when you were a kid and at Halloween they would blindfold you and make you stick your hands in icky things and tell you that they were brains, eyeballs, etc. The eyeballs were always peeled grapes. Well that is what I think of every time I peel a tomato, giant eyeballs :shudder: (more…)


Cherry Clafoutis July 24, 2008

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With the left over cherries that I had after baking the Tuesday’s with Dorie entry Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler, I decided to try my hand at a Clafoutis. I actually had all of the ingredients in my apartment except for whole milk, but I usually just substitute with the nonfat milk in all my recipes anyways. I compared a few recipes and decided to use the one from Tartine by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson. The recipe is pretty straight forward and contains basic ingredients. You can always substitute with any stone fruit that you have on hand: cherries, apricots, plums, etc. (more…)


Spice Spice Everywhere July 23, 2008

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About a year ago, a friend of mine got me this basket of spices for a gift. It had the best cinnamon in the world in it and I had no idea where she got it from. Well the other day when I was at work, one of the girls friends stop in and was holding a small container of spices.

I recognized the container and immediately thought of the cinnamon that I have been using sparingly because I didn’t want to run out. I turned to both of them and asked where they got it from. I then explained the cinnamon thing, and the guy asked if it was the Vietnamese Cinnamon. I guess I made this face that betrayed me. The “oh my god that stuff is so good, I can’t believe they have a spice place around here” face. He laughed and said he made the same face about the cinnamon. I proceeded to get directions and then decided I have to get to this place. (more…)