Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars: #SundaySupper

Easy strawberry oat crumbles with toasted coconut and candied ginger chips.

In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, #SundaySupper is celebrating with Red White and Blue dishes. You'd think this would be an easy one, right? I mulled around a bunch of ideas for almost two weeks. Should I make strawberry shortcake? Or blueberry pie? Then my mind drifted while I pulled out recipes for meringues with berries, and then pavlovas with berries. Too time-consuming, I decided. So I shot into the opposite direction with smoothies. Which of course led to ice cream. The more options ...

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Mashed Celery Root with Blue Cheese and Watercress: #FoodNetwork-Dish

Mashed celery root whipped up with mascarpone and blue cheeses, watercress, and topped with thinly sliced scallions.

This week, the FN Dish bloggers start a new theme: #SustainableSides.  For the next 3 months, we'll be blogging every Thursday about all kinds of side dishes to serve with dinner. And we kick it off with 'Anything Mashed'! I know, this dish is more whipped than mashed, but I think it qualifies. Celery root is a great substitute for potatoes next time you want to make mashed (or whipped) potatoes. It has a little more than half the calories of potatoes and just a whisker more than half the ...

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Asparagus Gribiche: #SundaySupper

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I love to garden. (Rewind. Whrrrrrr.) Let me rephrase. I love going into my back yard and harvesting vegetables to eat, and love the idea of having grown them myself. But I’m not terribly successful at the actual gardening part. I have issues. I lack patience.     I don’t have the patience to properly prepare the soil, which is apparently crucial to a successful harvest. My soil amending consists of tossing a bunch of whatever I find in the shed into the area I plan to plant. If the ...

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Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise: #ProgressiveEats

Watercress and buttermilk vichyssoise with a dollop of mascarpone, served as a starter in shooter glasses.

Move over kale, there's a new powerhouse in town. Well, it's actually been around for a long time. In fact, Hippocrates built his first hospital near a natural spring because it was a natural habitat for this green. I'm talking about watercress. What? The limp, frail little thing found in English tea sandwiches with crusts trimmed off? Yes. It's Clark Kent before he ducked into a phone booth to morph into Superman. Through the centuries, this peppery green was a staple for both the ...

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Coconut Curry Mussels | #SundaySupper

coconut curry mussels

Mussels steamed in a broth of vegetable stock, coconut milk, red curry paste, and lime juice, mixed with onion and red peppers. This week's theme on #SundaySupper is Year End Cravings, hosted by Cindy on Cindy's Recipes and Writings. Something we've had a hankering for all year. My craving is coconut curry mussels - essentially mussels steamed in a broth of coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste,and lime juice. A similar dish used to be on the menu of a local restaurant in our town, ...

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Lemon Roasted Fennel with Olives and Breadcrumbs

Lemon roasted fennel with breadcrumbs, olives, oranges, and raisins

Lemon roasted fennel tossed with olives, oranges, raisins, and breadcrumbs for the Food Network #FallFest. It’s time for the Food Network blogger-fest again – and as we wrap up #FallFest, the theme this week is a holiday side dish. I like to make side dishes that can do double duty as an entrée if I (or anyone else) want to go vegetarian for the meal. Over the past few years, I’ve made countless batches of brown rice, farro, quinoa, couscous, or barley to use as a pilaf-y kind of base to ...

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft ginger molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger.

Secret Recipe Club: Soft ginger-molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger for an extra kick. Every year on Secret Recipe Club, we get a get-out-of-jail card. Which is to say, we get either December or January off without penalty, depending on the group we're in. My group and another one gets December off. The other two groups get January off. Yes, we can take occasional months off for vacation and life in general, but this Club looks for bloggers who post regularly on their ...

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Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberries | #SundaySupper

Breakfast or Brunch: Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberry Sauce and Maple Syrup

For your holiday breakfast or brunch meals - Dutch baby pancakes made with eggnog and nutmeg, and topped with cranberry sauce mixed with maple syrup. The best laid plans. The original plan was Eggnog Dutch Babies With Spiced Pears. I researched flavors that blended well with eggnog. I read other pancake recipes using eggnog. I even got pears a few days ahead of needing them so they'd be softened. (Well, actually closer to a week before I needed them, and they were at that "Shit! I'd ...

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Holiday Crab & Shrimp Scramble | #SundaySupper

Holiday Crab and Shrimp Scramble Eggs

Holiday brunch for a crowd (or special breakfast for 2): Crab, shrimp, and asparagus folded into softly scrambled eggs.                                                                                                                                               We are officially in Holiday mode, with a capital “H”. Festive parties, holiday brunches, and fun dinners are already penciled in the calendar. We even have a Gala in Tahoe this year – our first black-tie-ish dinner in forever. And ...

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Rugelach – Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie

Tips on making pumpkin rugelach holiday cookies with raspberry jam, coconut, chocolate, currants, and orange zest. Includes recipe for quickie raspberry jam with chocolate liqueur.

The best rugelach filled with raspberry jam, chocolate, and orange zest. Tips for fool-proof rugelach and quick raspberry jam are included! People, rugelach needs to be in your entertaining tool pack. They can sleep away, quietly tucked into the freezer, ready at a moments notice. At the last minute, you flick on the oven, whip out a baking sheet, and slice up a few frozen rolls of dough filled with jam, chocolate shards, coconut shreds, orange zest, and nuts, and you are ready to rock and ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week's theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week's theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give me an infinite array of possibilities I don't normally have. It's all fun, but my favorite leftover to work with is cranberry sauce. It can go into bars, turnovers, scones, farro dishes, or become a sauce for pork. Last ...

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