Monthly Archives: October 2011

Horseradish Dill Roast Beef Dinnah.

Anyone watching The Chew? While they still have some bumps to work out, I quite enjoy it. Mostly because of Clinton Kelly, who I think is pretty awesome. When I watch the show, I love his long island pretend-accent, and I can totally hear him saying “roast beef dinnah”. I can also hear anyone in my hometown Boston saying the same thing, but anyway…
This roast beef was so good and so easy. If you’re anything like me, different cuts of beef totally baffle you. I found this guide online and I literally brought it to the grocery store with me to help me find the right cut for roasting. Handy! I served this with simple roasted carrots and individual potato gratins (recipe to come soon).
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Asian Green Beans and Pork

This is another restaurant fave — however, in restaurants, the green beans are typically fried. These are broiled, much healthier, and delicious.

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Wonton Soup

This soup is super light and totally hit the spot for my chinese food craving. I always order wonton soup at chinese food restaurants, but it’s really easy to make on your own, too. Use whatever veggies you have on hand — next time I will definitely throw in some pea pods and maybe some steamed broccoli.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Taquitos

I was psyched to stumble upon this recipe this morning as I was trying to figure out to do with odds and ends still in the fridge before doing the week’s grocery shopping. I pretty much always keep corn tortillas in the house since they have a great shelf life and are more flavorful than flour tortillas.  And this time of year, I always have a random sweet potato or two hanging around that didn’t get eaten during the week. These taquitos rock! Will definitely be making again.

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Savory Pear Soup with Pancetta and Blue Cheese

I love fall soups and this was a great one. This is the first time I had seen a soup with pears as a base, but I knew I could trust any recipe from Five and Spice, one of my favorite blogs. Whatever you do, don’t skip the blue cheese and pancetta garnishes. YUM.

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Gruyere, Apple, and Sage Scones

I’m gonna have to stop saying that i don’t bake if I keep posting these baking projects.

I’m willing to do that for these scones. Since baking does scare me quite a bit, I’m pretty proud that I pulled these off. They’re yummy, perfectly flaky, and savory with just a little sweetness.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

I just found these pictures on my computer and cannot believe I never posted this recipe! This is probably the best dessert I’ve ever made, and it couldn’t be easier! Picture a pecan pie combined with a chocolate chip cookie. Amazing.

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Cheesy Faux Sausage Balls

Gimme Lean vegetarian sausage is one of my favorite swaps for real sausage. It is low-cal, fat, sugar, and cholesterol free, and has a great sausagey flavor and texture. I’ve used it in sweeter/breakfast applications and in pasta dishes with great success. These sausage balls are doughy and cheesy and are a fantastic appetizer (or breakfast with some maple syrup!). Enjoy!

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

I don’t make dessert too often around here (I’d rather save my calories for cheese or bacon), but I couldn’t resist these little pies. Not only are they pretty healthy (approx. 60 calories each!), but they’re MINI. Mini things are cute. And delicious!

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Braised pork with chiles and cinnamon over polenta

After we finished eating this, Brian said “That was a WIN”. It made me giggle, and I agreed with him. Delicious and stupidly easy.

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Tomato jam!

I don’t know what about this recipe called to me, but I’m so glad it did. Use up some of your end of summer tomato bounty with this — the sweet smokiness is kind of amazing. Serve with your protein of choice, slather in sandwiches, or with a sharp or stinky cheese. YUM.

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