Archives: Recipes

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream

August 24, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes

Imagine crossing lemon cupcakes with cheesecake. What do you get? Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream. That’s right…dense lemon-flavored cupcakes with a surprise dollop of lemon cream cheese filling baked into the middle. It’s like 2 for the price of 1. I chose these cupcakes for two reasons: the Birthday Teen loves lemony treats and the recipe […]

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Mango Bellini

August 22, 2009 by andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes

Here’s an updated version of the bellini, a cocktail that originated in Italy that consists of sparkling wine and white peach purée. This recipe features mango nectar (or juice) instead of peach purée. It’s beautiful, festive and delicious! This cocktail would be a perfect beginning to a brunch or an al fresco (outdoors) dinner party. For an extra “pop” of color, garnish […]

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Blackberry Syrup

August 19, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Breakfast, Dessert, Sauce

In Oregon, blackberry brambles grow like weeds. They’re everywhere…sprouting up in fields, bare lots, backyards, and alongside rural or not-so-rural roads. Except for the impending scratches and pricks from the thorny vines, I love picking blackberries! I love the sweet smell emanating from the warm berry bushes on a hot summer’s day, and I love how a […]

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Green Beans Vinaigrette

August 12, 2009 by andrea | No Comments | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This is a perfect summery side dish: crisp-tender green beans tossed with a light, lemony vinaigrette. It’s simple, tasty and very easy to make.  Even though the vinaigrette is delicious as is, I added a small amount of Dijon mustard for a little added pizazz. To make sure that each green bean was evenly coated with the dressing, […]

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Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

August 7, 2009 by andrea | No Comments | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich

I love this spicy, southwestern-inspired sandwich!  The toasted onion rolls are a creative foundation for the sandwich, while the chipotle mayonnaise adds heat and tons of flavor. I slathered a little chipotle mayo on the cut side of each bun half and used only 2 slices of cheese per sandwich, one on the bottom bun and one on […]

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

August 4, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Potatoes, Quick Cooking, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Have you ever seen those funny-looking, elongated, slightly knobby fingerling potatoes at the grocery store? Next time you do, buy a few pounds of them. This super simple recipe is an excellent way to use this root vegetable. All you do is scatter the clean potatoes on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with […]

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Thai-style Grilled Chicken Breasts

August 1, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Asian, Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes

If you like the flavors of Thai food then you’ll love this simple grilled chicken recipe. After cooking, the chicken is brushed with a flavorful sauce that is a little sweet, a little tart, and little spicy all at the same time. The sauce only takes a few minutes to make and really brings the grilled chicken […]

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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

July 28, 2009 by andrea | No Comments | Filed in Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes

  Whether you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or you’re just looking for a quick weeknight meal, here’s a fresh-tasting pasta dish for you to try. It’s nothing fancy but it is easy and tasty.  I used Foster Farms Turkey Italian Sausage, which has a lot of flavor and less fat than pork sausage. I decided […]

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Grilled Pastrami, Swiss, and Sweet Onion Marmalade on Rye

July 25, 2009 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Beef, Recipes, Sandwich

  If you’re hankering for a tasty new sandwich then you must try this recipe. Don’t let the sweet onion marmalade scare you away because it’s an easy-to-make, sweet and savory condiment that is really delicious. Also, the marmalade can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use (it keeps for 2 weeks). For best results, […]

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Morning Mango Smoothie

July 24, 2009 by andrea | No Comments | Filed in Beverages, Breakfast, Recipes, Snack

This refreshing tropical smoothie has just a hint of lemon flavor and is a perfect summertime snack or quick breakfast. The frozen banana and mango chunks make it thick without watering down the flavor like ice does. Morning Mango Smoothie -from the Little Black Book of Smoothies The perfect breakfast for mango lovers! Makes 1 smoothie. […]

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