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French Fridays With Dorie: Hachis Parmentier and Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup October 22, 2010

Filed under: Casseroles,French Fridays With Dorie,Soup — pastrybrush @ 2:21 pm

This weeks French Fridays With Dorie is Hachis Parmentier.  The simple way to explain it would be a French version of Shepard’s Pie.  I actually made this this morning and we had it for lunch 🙂 I added a little too much liquid to it.  I also added the chopped up vegetables back to it so that I wouldn’t waste anything.  The flavor was great.  Mike said it smelled like Pizza.  I think that is because of the Italian sausage in the filling.

I would definitely make this again.

Last weeks French Fridays With Dorie was Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup.  I kinda dragged my butt on this one and made it a couple of days late, and then I forgot to post 🙂  I figured with this post that I could hit two birds with one stone.

This soup was actually extremely easy to make and both Mike and I enjoyed it.  I added a few squirts of hot red chili paste to mine, along with peanuts and extra cilantro 🙂

Be sure to pick up Dorie’s new book so that you can make this delicious recipes, Around My French Table.


My Thanksgiving Feast December 4, 2008

100_1699This year was my first year to make Thanksgiving.  I ended up making so much food that I baked some in smaller dishes so that I could give it to some friends.  I was so behind on figuring out what I wanted to make for Thanksgiving that I planned the meal less than a week before Thanksgiving and the night before I stayed up until 2am writing out a timeline so that I would know when I needed to put everything in the oven.  It doesn’t help that I only have one oven and could only use one shelf in it.  So to make multiples of most of the dishes I had to wake up extra early at 730am to start prepping and start baking at 8am. (more…)


Fresh and locally grown July 16, 2008

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The squash and the onions that I recently purchased at the Berry Farm Market have been disposed of.

I mean to say: I made my Nanny’s Sautéed Squash.

This recipe is so simple, but it is so yummy to me. I can eat loads of this even though I shouldn’t since squash you know makes you….yeah. But it is that yummy that you can’t help yourself. I made a batch up and pretty much ate half of it for dinner. Every time I eat it I am reminded of my Nanny and my mom. Mom used to make it all the time when we (my brother and I) were growing up. My brother really didn’t care for it, but I loved it. I loved it so much that I would watch mom make it and that is how I picked it up. Actually that is how I picked up a lot of recipes, just by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom or dad. Back then it was usually Dad cooking, but Mom popped in the kitchen every once in awhile and made something good. (more…)


Creamy Creamy Goodness July 12, 2008

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I have been digging through a lot of cookbooks lately and have ended up in The Lady and Sons, Too a couple of times. I have already made the Squash Casserole with some modifications, but we will discuss that recipe probably on Monday. What I am here to talk about is the Chicken Florentine recipe. It is a casserole and contains some interesting ingredients that I wouldn’t think to put in it like mayo, wine, and curry powder. (more…)