I have a new food obsession: roasted cauliflower (though it hasn't lessened my love of zucchini). Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Hazelnuts and Roasted with Creamy Goat Cheese are two of the recipes I've recently discovered. I had a head of cauliflower in my fridge and decided to combine my two veggie loves. CPB & I went to the farmers market and I stocked up on Zucchini & Yellow Squash. I've made it this pasta three times in about two weeks. The roasting takes a some time but it's an otherwise low maintenance dish. The caramelized roasted vegetables compliment the nutty rich brown butter coated pasta well.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
I'm super excited to share a tutu tutorial (too many tu's?) no sewing required!! Last weekend I was in Big Bear for a friend's bachelorette weekend (Save the Date & Invitation post to follow). The MOH came up with the amazing idea to go tutu bowling while we were there and I volunteered to make the tutu's. Little did we know, bowling would be black lit, not only were we the only ones in tutus (though I can't imagine why....) but we were all in glowing tutus! The Bride, of course, glowing most of all.
Two things to note about tutu's, they are super easy to make, and they're SO MUCH FUN to twirl in.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Last weekend I was in Big Bear for an amazing friend's Bachelorette weekend (stay tuned for a tutu tutorial tomorrow). It was a great weekend of delicious food, friends & tutu bowling! When I came home CPB planned an amazing meal of Braised Sausages & Chiles over rice. I think it's his favorite Donald Link recipe from the book Real Cajun. We made it for the first time a few months ago but it's become a regular.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I know a lot of people love (LOVE) Christmas, and I do too, the lights, the decorations, everything. There's a great feeling that comes with December. But Christmas is not here yet, even though I think all of retail disagrees with me, we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet. Normally I shy away from all things holiday until after Thanksgiving but I made an exception when I saw Candy Cane Oreos! I couldn't resist the colorful minty chocolate cookie. I knew they would make the perfect crunchy topping to a gooey brownie. For this recipe I used the brownie layer from my Mexican Chocolate Brownies, the Peppermint Patty Brownie's mint layer and topped with melted chocolate & crushed Oreos. These are very incredibly rich brownies, absolutely wonderful and I definitely plan to make them again!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Today I'm revisiting another Fall favorite from years past! Growing up I thought shortbread was a dry and flavorless cookie in a tin (I made sure to avoid) and then I made it from scratch. It's buttery, and sweet and when made with brown sugar it's even more decadent. It's wonderful by itself but in the Fall I like to top with Apple Butter or Pumpkin Butter. To save some time, Pumkpin Butter can be found in a jar at the grocery but it's easy to make and tastes like Fall (but then again I say that about anything spiced with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves & Allspice). The Pumpkin Butter needs minimal attention and can simmer on the stove while the Brown Sugar Shortbread is in the oven. They make a lovely pair and are perfect for this time of year.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Along with spiced fall desserts, I've been on a bit of a Cauliflower kick recently. In September I made a Roasted Cauliflower Pasta from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook, which started my craving. CPB found the below recipe flipping thru an issue of Bon Appetit I had laying around, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese, if the Roasted Cauliflower doesn't sound delicious enough the Whipped Goat Cheese will win you over. We made this as a side to Blackened Salmon, but it could be a small meal on it's own.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I hope everyone had a nice Veterans Day! I love seeing everyone's posts and pictures thanking service men & women both past and present. They give so much so we can enjoy this country's freedoms.
This morning, I'm revisiting my third ever blog post, about Vegetables and the most delicious way to them. Though, anything covered in a Cream Cheese Frosting is a winner in my book. There are some slight differences in the recipe below from the original recipe in Edible. It's another treat I crave when the weather begins to cool and the leaves become multicolor. Enjoy!