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Month: November 2008

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

This is a very interesting pie!  Each bite I took left me trying to decide if I found it more “pumpkiny” or more “chocolatey.”  The verdict is out and you will have to make it yourself to decide!  The filling is very smooth and custardy—rich […]

Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken, and Olive Polenta

I’ve had this bag of polenta on my counter for a few months now and I finally decided to go ahead and do something with it.  I opted to make the recipe right there on the back of the bag, with a few modifications.  This […]

Orzo with Sausage, Peppers, and Tomatoes

 I always have my eye out for recipes that can be made ahead then easily reheated in single portions without compromising taste or texture,  so when I saw this recipe  at A Taste of Home Cooking  (which The Home Cook found in the  Serious Eats newsletter) I knew I would […]

Lisa Garza’s Quick and Easy White Bean Cassoulet

If you watched last season of The Next Foodnetwork Star, you remember Lisa Garza and her quick cassoulet, which Bobby Flay loved.  I’d had intentions to make the recipe from the moment I saw it.  I still clearly remember the cassoulet I ate in a […]

Pioneer Woman’s Spicy Pulled Pork (Crockpot style)

I apologize for the lousy un-orchestrated photo—I snapped it just before I was about to dig in.  This was one of those meals during which I got caught up in the moment and completely forgot to plate and photograph it all pretty for you.  I hope […]

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I have had a thing for white chocolate lately—ever since I made those Orange White Chip cookies I have re-discovered my love for it—certainly not as a replacement for traditional milk or dark chocolate, just as a new and interesting flavor.  It is both light […]

Plum Macademia Nut Tart

This tart is not only very beautiful and elegant, but also it is decadent.  It reminds me of France because as with most French food, a small portion satisfies the palette.  Don’t let the sliced fruit fool you–this is rich!  And because it is aesthetically pleasing it adds a lovely touch […]