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Orange-Almond Cake a la Tuscany

March 18, 2010
Orange almond cake, orange, almond, gluten free, cake, olive oil

This is an unbelievable cake. It’s moist, the edges are toasty, the orange flavor is strong enough too taste, but mellow enough not to be overpowering. It kind of reminds me of the GF Valencia Orange cakes that a certain coffee company sold last spring. This is based on a recipe I found on Molly’s blog, Orangette, and the title? I’m kind of feeling Italy right now…. yeah.

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Swedish Meatballs

February 27, 2010
ground beef, meatballs, Swedish meatballs, comfort food

This recipe has been in my family for years and the greatest challenge was writing it down! This is down and dirty comfort food, best served with garlic mashed potatoes and lingonberry preserves.

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Rigatoni “D”

February 27, 2010

Based on Maggiano’s signature dish, this has to be my favorite pasta recipe of all time – creamy, sweet, savory, not too heavy on the sauce, and just plain wonderful. Before you swear it off for fat content, keep in mind that this makes more than you would expect – serving a family of four (including growing teenage boy) with enough leftovers for two-three more servings.

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January 11, 2010

Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes ever – you do have to work quick, and the technique will come later – but it’s always delicious! Now, I’m not including a filling recipe – but you can do cheese, sour cream (naturally or sweetened with sugar), fruit filling (take an apple pie or apple crumble mixture and just cook the fruit on the stove instead), etc. It’s truly versatile – like a French tortilla.

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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

January 10, 2010

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, my parents took me to Old Wives’ Tales restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and, being the strange six year old that I was, really enjoyed their version of Hungarian mushroom soup. The memory of that hearty, creamy, smoky soup stuck with me for years – and despite dozens of recipe searches through cookbooks, on the internet, through private recipes of family and friends, I was beginning to feel suspiciously like Goldilocks: we could never find a recipe that was just right, it seemed as though that nostalgia-inspiring meal could not be duplicated. Finally, many years and dozens of failed experiments later, we found a recipe that was kind of close – so after much ado (and tweaking) here we are…

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Potato Leek Soup

January 1, 2010

Photograph by Clada74 on Flickr

This is an essential recipe for your repertoire. It comes together rather quickly, is almost always a smashing hit, and can be prepared a day in advance– and it has bacon. What’s not to like?

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Browned Butter and Sea Salt Marshmallow Bars

December 20, 2009

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

… or Rice Krispie treats for grown-ups Keep reading for the recipe…