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Spring Eats – Calamari, Asparagus, Garden Tortellini April 28, 2010

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With all the bread and pasta making I’ve done this year, I’ve missed testing recipes. Here are three that I’ve done over the past few weeks to get me into spring cooking!

For a while, I’ve wanted to explore cooking squid. Most of us are familiar with fried calamari, but I’ve really enjoyed the non-breaded and tomato approach many restaurants are doing. This recipe from Giada seemed like a simple dish to try, and it was. Delicious and light!

One of my favorite veggies, asparagus, is also very seasonal right now. This recipe called to me with lemon, mustard and breadcrumbs. Yum!

Tortellini can often be a heavy dish, but this garden-inspired recipe keeps it light and fresh.


Dough Diaries: Cinnamon-Chocolate Raisin Bread April 23, 2010

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Now that Easter is here and Lent and come and gone, I couldn’t wait to bake a loaf of sweet breakfast bread. I’ve always loved cinnamon raisin bread, but don’t often buy it. More often, I end up getting a cinnamon raisin bagel on the rare morning when I’m not eating at home.

I was super excited to see a great recipe in the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day for cinnamon raisin bread baked in a loaf pan. This recipe called for buttermilk dough (which I made with little hassle since I remembered I just needed to combine white vinegar with milk instead of going to the grocery store), raisins, cinnamon and sugar. I added some mini chocolate chips to sweeten it up a little more.

For sure, these loaves are the best I’ve baked so far. Such a delicious treat to start my Friday morning!


Dough Diaries: Fresh Spaghetti April 6, 2010

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve not made it to the grocery store too often. This was painfully obvious when I planned to do a simple pasta dish for dinner one night and opened my pantry to find that there were no noodles to be had. So, I made some. Since this was the third attempt at making the dough and using the pasta maker, I felt really good about getting it all done in an hour or so.

The noodles were the best yet! I didn’t have anything to put on the pasta (seriously, my kitchen has been really sad), so I did a brown butter and mint sauce with the last bit of Parmesan cheese from the fridge. I also added some veggie Italian sausage and some brussel sprouts to round out the meal and completely clean out the freezer. Not the prettiest dish, but man was it tasty!

Check out the photos below!