As we were going through our usual warm up at boot camp a few weeks ago, the conversation turned to (what else?) — food. Healthy food, naturally. I took the opportunity to throw myself aggressively into the warm up and keep my big mouth shut, as I don’t typically have anything constructive to contribute to these conversations. They tend to revolve around avoiding the very consumables that I happen to enjoy. I was concentrating on my form and was in my own little world of perfect side lunges when someone said, “Let’s ask the food blogger! Leah, do you happen to know a good recipe for homemade quinoa tortillas?” (A good recipe, like I have more than one up my sleeve). Well. I nearly laughed out loud and thought, I am being punked right here in the middle of Monday morning boot camp. I resisted a snappy reply, and instead, put on my saddest face and said only “sorry, I sure don’t.”
Flatbread pizza recipes have consumed me lately and as a consequence, I’ve consumed a lot of flatbread pizzas. I recently discovered lavash (I mean, I didn’t personally discover it. I found out about it is what I should’ve said) and I’ve been using it like crazy when it comes to entertaining and/or feeding friends. I’ve made about five different versions of these nifty little pizzas in the past few weeks and they’ve all gone over so well, I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today.
So according to TMJ4 Meteorologist Scott Steele, winter is not quite ready to relinquish its hold on us just yet. More snow is coming our way this afternoon and overnight, which means a little more shoveling, bundling, slippery roads and, when it comes to dinner time, more cozy comfort food.
I’m in a holiday rush. Maybe you are, too. Maybe you’re even too harried and hassled to read this right now and just want to cut to the chase. You want to know what to make for dinner and you want something snappy. You want to make a dish so delicious that no one at your dinner table will find anything to complain about. You’d maybe like some peace and quiet, too. If you want fast and easy and peace and quiet, then you should make this pasta tonight. Everyone will be so busy feeding their faces that they won’t have anything to say except maybe, “OMG Mom, YUM” or “Goooooooood dinner, Mom” or “MORE PLEASE” and you won’t even care that whoever fed you the compliments just did so with her mouth stuffed full of Alfredo. I’d take a compliment or two over quiet, wouldn’t you?
Here’s the picture-perfect autumn dish: Cavatappi with Roasted Butternut Squash. It’s almost macaroni and cheesy in texture, although the only cheese involved is a smallish amount of good quality Parmesan. I absolutely love this pasta as a dinner party starter, or as a main course with a salad and some good bread, or served alongside roast chicken or pork.
Good luck dodging raindrops this week … see you at Sendiks! : )
Attention cholesterol phobes and anyone for whom a string bikini is in her not-so-distant future, here’s your pass: you’ve been excused from this blog for the day. You’re not going to wanna buy what I’m selling here, sorry to say. But if you have room in your diet for a little naughty behavior and you’re all for thumbing your nose at the cholesterol police, then come on in, the water’s fine. : )
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut out cocktails during the week. But because I am the master self-enabler — and also really, really good at justifying just about anything — I make exceptions when it comes to adding cocktail ingredients to food. Case in point: Penne ala Vodka.
When I think of the perfect dish for a warm August evening, it would absolutely include the following ingredients: corn, tomatoes, and basil. Hence, today’s dish. This risotto is all about summer flavors and would be the perfect accompaniment to any grilled main course – I’m thinking my favorite herbed grilled shrimp, or seared salmon fillets, or even a big, thick steak.
Every summer I go on a quest to find the perfect tomato tart or tomato pie recipe. Last year I made two epic failures, neither of which you read about here. Both contained copius amounts of shredded cheddar cheese and heaps of full fat mayonnaise – which, duh – I should have been able to tell by simply reading through the recipes that they wouldn’t be good (and that’s coming from someone who’s a self-confessed mayo fan). But that’s definitely not the case with today’s recipe – and there’s not a lick of mayo in sight.
Okay, okay – I know this isn’t the best photo I’ve ever taken. But I sincerely hope it conveys to you the overall feeling that this sandwich is trying to express — which is that of a gooey, casual, and somewhat rustic concoction on toasted French peasant bread. Yum. It won’t win any beauty contests, but I just ate the photo shoot and it. was. DELISH!
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