Farro e Fagioli

Dec.20.11 § 3 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Heidi’s Ultimate Chick Pea Noodle

May.30.11 § 6 Comments

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Cooking for One: Christmas spaghetti

Jan.08.11 § 2 Comments

I know. Christmas is over. It’s long gone, actually. But, perhaps because I moved into my apartment right in the midst of the holiday and spent several of my first nights here listening to Christmas carols and knitting, I just can’t shake the spirit! The new apartment was the best Christmas gift I could have ever given myself. And boy, did I work hard for it. The rewards just keep on coming, such as time spent in the tiny kitchen and results like this.

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Winter vegetable stew

Feb.10.10 § Leave a comment

I finally got a snow day. Well, half a snow day. I came home around lunch time and unlike some 20,000 other Delmarva Power customers, I had power! So, I cooked.

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White bean patties

Feb.07.10 § 1 Comment

This super healthy recipe got turned not-so-healthy by my ever-present, burning desire for one thing: cheese. Still, all around it’s not bad. It’s pretty balanced as long as you keep the pasta serving small.

I took that crock pot full of nearly-mush white beans I mentioned and put them to good use. These patties are strikingly similar to the texture of crab cakes, except the chunks aren’t backfin crabmeat, they’re whole white beans, chopped onions, grated carrots and minced garlic. The flavor was on point and the tangy lemon juice was a good accent with the cheesy sauce. I adapted it from this recipe. Not only did I have a lot of beans on hand, I also had some leftover carrots and that recipe coincidentally called for shredded carrot.

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Recipe Review: Black Bean Soup

Feb.03.10 § Leave a comment

I made this crock pot black bean soup recipe last week. Finally, a black bean soup recipe that’s actually good! And it uses the magic machine, ie crock pot, which makes everything scrumptious with so little effort. I made the recipe to a t, which is unusual. Typically I find something I want to change about a recipe and make it my own. But I’ve never had success with black bean soups. I’ve never made one I liked. But I did really like this one. It was definitely the chipotles.

Although it tasted a little bit like this:

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Soup No. 8: Holy Frijoles, Batman!

Dec.06.09 § Leave a comment

I eat beans religiously. There are lots of beans in every soup I make. You may have made note of this by now, or I may have given some sort of disclaimer. This recipe is a good example of why I love cooking with them. This recipe also represents my first ever original recipe, not influenced by family tradition and not just an alteration of someone else’s recipe. Because of that, while I was writing the recipe and in the kitchen putting it together, there was A LOT going on in my head. “This is going to turn out terrible, you should just use a recipe, are you sure you should add another teaspoon of that? Do you really want to turn on the immersion blender?” etc, etc. But, much to my surprise, the soup is exactly what I wanted and just the kind of soup I always hope for when I’m making a recipe from a book. It never turns out and I guess that’s because it’s someone else’s. This, ladies and gentlemen, is mine, all mine! And now its yours, all yours!

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