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Month: July 2008

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

   My brother’s lush backyard garden, which sprouted the above mammoth zucchinis, inspired me to make something with the vegetable while it is at the peak of the season.  While incorporating the zucchini into a nice fresh frittata would have been the healthy way to go, I […]

Ground Turkey Risotto

I came upon this recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook I found at the grocery store and I am glad I did!  It was delicious!  The beef broth provided a very rich taste and the parmesan cheese offered a very nice creamy texture as well as a kick of fresh flavor.  The chives added […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

   I was assigned to make a dessert for a potluck picnic, and while I love making cupcakes,  I needed something that would travel well.  These bars are delicious!  And who can resist PB&J?  I considered going “old school” by using the tradtional PB counterpart grape […]

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

The Magnolia Bakery in New York City is known for its cupcakes.  The bakery has received much acclaim and several appearances in pop culture.  (A Sex and the City episode is the first that comes to mind!) Though I have never been in the bakery (though I did walk […]

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

  I was set on making fruit-flavored cupcakes and I hemmed and hawed over which fruit flavor for longer than anyone should hem and haw about fruit-flavored cupcakes, or anything fruit-related for that matter.  I considered orange, lime, pineapple, apple, watermelon and even grape.  I […]

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Glaze

 I would not be honest if I didn’t tell you I was in quite a rush when I made these cupcakes!  They were a last minute decision and I made them using ingredients already in my cupboards.  Nonetheless, I think they came out pretty well.  […]

Chicken Sausage Burgers

I thought these burgers were delicious!  Because of the fennel seed and other spices, they tasted very much like sausage patties, but fresh, and without all of that fat.  Also, the red pepper gave them a nice kick!  I found them to be much more […]

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

  Tortellini is one of my favorite types of pasta so when I found this recipe, I was very excited to try it.  Also, I don’t really like pasta salads that are “mayonaisey” so this combination of ingredients was particularly alluring.  It tasted so fresh!  […]