Blueberry Streusel Muffins for St. Patty’s Day!

March 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Brunch, Dessert | 1 Comment

Wow! These were amazing. And all made in Erica’s teeeny weeeny kitchen in Alexandria for our St. Patrick’s Day Brunch extravaganza before heading out in the rain for Shamrock Festival!

I got this recipe from my new favorite (Back to Basics! duh!) and they turned out great! The lemon zest and fresh blueberries made these extra amazing muffins. I don’t think my streusel turned out as perfectly as Ina’s, but the general effect was the same.  Check out the recipe below!

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March Daring Baker’s Challenge: Lasagna!

March 27, 2009 at 9:00 am | Posted in Daring Bakers, Dinner | 12 Comments

So la di da- strawberries in paris is coming back in full force! Woot woot! So the Daring Baker’s are getting more fancy and exciting this month! There is a now a Daring Cook’s group, which I am most likely going to partake in…. The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the baking challenge!

Very glad this challenge happened now, since I am moving this weekend-it was a perfect all week meal! Ned, Laurita and I devoured this baby so quick! The spinach pasta, fontina cheese, portabella and cremini mushrooms and spruced up béchamel sauce worked perfect together!

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March Charm City Cookbooking

March 26, 2009 at 9:48 am | Posted in Cookbooks, Dessert, Dinner | 2 Comments

So boy was this awhile ago, but man it was a delicious and definitely enjoyable evening!  So life seems to be in a whirlwind right now, with moving and a previously insane work load, but now it seems that work is calming down so alas I have time to enjoy my passion! 😀

Joanne chose Elizabeth David’s a South Wind through the Kitchen. This lady is a no nonsense goddess who brought French and Italian cooking to the masses in England in the 1950’s and later.   Her recipes are so simple and magically they turn out very well.

I made the onion soup, with no beef broth! I know it was weird, but it ended up tasting just fine (maybe with the extra help from Joanne’s parmesan addition!) Check out the rest of our dishes below.

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My 1st Birthday

March 18, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dessert | 10 Comments

So wow! It’s been a full year of glorious baking and cooking and finding a new life.

The most sincere thanks to everyone who inspired me, warmly included me and cheered me on!  And that list of people goes on and ON!

So lo siento amigos- but blogging is on hold for a little while! Let’s hope that life calms down in a month or two so I can get back to my passion. 😀

MD Home and Garden Show

March 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Entertainment, Travels | 2 Comments

So lucky little me got a great invite last week from the peeps at Himmelrich to go check out the great foodie things at the Show. Well lets just say that Ned and I were pleasantly surprised at how splendid our afternoon was yesterday!

Got to taste some yummy bits, drank some wine and got to chat it up with Warren Brown! Who I must say is awesome and hilarious.

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Pappa al pomodoro with meatballs

March 4, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Cookbooks, Dinner | 2 Comments

So Abuelita has also recently been inspired enough by the Back to Basics TV Show to pick up Ina’s new book! I was perusing through her copy and found two soup recipes when I was visiting her that I thought would be perfect for a Sunday (and Monday) meal!

So in an attempt to make this a more hearty meal I decided to make the meatballs from the Italian wedding soup recipe. On the first night, Ned was inspired to make a mushroom cream sauce with reconstituted wood ear mushrooms and that was very delicious. The meatballs went great in the soup on the second night of feasting. This soup definitely tastes better after sitting for a night so if you decide to go healthy like me, make it the night before you eat it!

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