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Home Made Ricotta: Easier than (__insert something easy here__)!

Take a look at the back of your tub of Ricotta cheese and read the ingredients. Aside from the fact that it could take all day, there are probably things in that container that you can’t pronounce much less sound like actual food. What if I told you, you can make ricotta cheese with two ingredients. Well since the cat is out of the bag, let’s get started!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust. There. I said it.

Every now and then I quickly post the evening’s dinner on Facebook as sort of a teaser for the blog or as an announcement of a new fun ingredient. No status update has elicited a response of disgust like my post about making cauliflower pizza crust. Interestingly enough, more people have asked how the pizza turned out, than any other dish I’ve blogged about.

I’m about to show you how it turned out and encourage, nay, DARE you to try it yourself. If this blog was an Office Teamwork Motivational Seminar, this recipe would be the “trust fall” portion. Right now you are thinking I will just let you fall, but I wont! Just close your eyes, cross your arms and fall backward into a crispy, cheesy, soft mound of cauliflower nirvana.

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Camp Chef: Meal #2 Dinner!

My parents can attest to the fact that in spite of being raised in the suburbs, I have always felt like a city kid. I’m pretty sure they still think there might have been a mix up at the hospital the day I was born. It was the 80’s…we were all inhaling way too much hairspray and that is when accidents happen! My fascination with all things urban was only solidified in the 90’s by the TV show “Friends”. At that point I knew the only things keeping me from a lavish NYC apartment were a rapier wit and immovable hair. Continue reading

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Dishes To Go! Whole Foods!

So this blog is babies first Whole Foods®!

I’ve been an avid watcher of Bravos TVs’ Top Chef and for 8 seasons I’ve seen them super-market-sweep sprint through their respective cities Whole Foods®.  I was so excited to see what all this hype was about.  I get it, it’s a grocery store … what could be so different?  For the most part, there’s not a huge difference.  They sell food, you place what you desire into a cart – and they prefer you pay for said items before you leave.  Following are highlights of what was above and beyond the typical super market chain in my opinion.  So grab a cart and bring along your list while we go shopping at Whole Foods®! Continue reading


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Side Dish #2 You Want Fries with That?

Behold, cheese fries! I made these with parmesan, but cheddar would be amazing as well! The catch? There is no catch. Just dreamy, crispy, salty fries with melted cheese. Oh yeah… they’re made with parsnips. Stay with me here! Just slice a few parsnips into fries, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and place on a baking sheet or stone. Pop them in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes on each side, or until brown and crisp. Top with your favorite cheese and pop back in the oven for about 3 minutes. This dish goes hand in hand with a rainy day and a good book!


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Babies First Souffle!

My after daydream at work about what I was going to make for dinner started out innocently and lazily enough. Breakfast for dinner it is! But of course as the day grew on, so did my appetite… and my gumption! I decided it was time to tackle the dreaded, scary, all-to-impossible SOUFFLE! I knew I wanted to make a savory version, so I looked up a 3 cheese recipe. Since most of the cheese souffles were served as brunch, I decided I could still stick with my original idea of having breakfast for dinner! I sliced some italian bread I had left over from meals gone by and toasted it in the oven. After it was lightly toasted, I rubbed one side with a garlic clove and the other side with a fist full of basil. I topped it off with thinly sliced prosciutto. The crunchy bread was a perfect companion to the light, fluffy, creamy, rich souffle! I also paired it with some mixed greens tossed in lemon juice and a blood orange infused olive oil. The citrus cleansed your palette of the cream from the souffle! The salad and bread were easy enough, so no recipe is required, and since it was my first souffle, I wont post the recipe until I have found the perfect one! By the way, for those who are still scared of the souffle, this entire dinner took about 45 minutes to complete from start to finish! Not bad, not bad at all!

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