Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pesto Risotto

I put risotto, Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto to be specific, on the menu for our first week in VA, and I was SO excited to have it for dinner!  Ever since doing food tasting for our wedding, I have been in awe of the creamy, delicious-ness that is risotto!  The caterer brought out this rich and luscious butternut squash risotto, and I was sold on both the caterer and this amazing food called risotto I had never tried before.

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Squash, Red Pepper, and Tomato Gratin

I have wanted to make a gratin for a while.  First of all, gratin [gra-teh(n)] sounds super fancy, so if you tell someone you are making them a gratin, they will immediately think you are an amazing cook.  Secondly, what is not to love about a gratin… cheesy goodness with a crisp breaded top… amazing!

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Unfortunately, every time I ran across a recipe for one (or even worse, a scrumptious-looking picture), I would think, Ooo, that looks soo good, but Adam would definitely despise this.  Cooking without cheese really limits what is available to make.  But why am I complaining, I cause even more problems being a vegetarian! Continue reading

Broccoli and Asparagus Soup for Fiesta Friday

I’ve decided to join in on Fiesta Friday!  For more information about it, check out The Novice Gardner.  I discovered Fiesta Friday through one of this week’s host Butter, Basil, and Breadcrumbs – she posted this amazing-looking Molten Lava Cake, and I couldn’t resist checking it out!  To celebrate Friday, spring time, and asparagus, my contribution to the Fiesta is Broccoli and Asparagus Soup.

I have been on an extremely almost-obsessive asparagus kick for the last month!  Hey, if they’re only in season for a few months, why not take advantage of it?  I currently have 3 pounds of asparagus in the fridge, but some of it is for others too…

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Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Asparagus

2014-04-20 14.46.33I love asparagus! I love asparagus! I love asparagus!! Have I mentioned that I love asparagus?  I love it so much that I never order it at restaurants because I know that they will only give me 4 measly spears, and all I will be left thinking about is how I want more!  Each week, I buy a pound of asparagus, and between me and Adam, it is gone in one night! Continue reading

Homemade Raspberry Sauce

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This past week has been consumed by moving (thus my lack of posts).  Marines Move #1, or pre-#1 maybe?  We’ve relocated from Western Mass to VA for Adam’s Officer School.  It is a weird to look around at what used to be considered home when it is full of boxes and as you watch your furniture being taken away.  It reminded me that it is not necessarily about where you live, but who you are with that really matters.

As we’re getting settled here, I will share this raspberry sauce I first made for the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Continue reading

(Chicken and) Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers were one of the first things Adam and I made together.  I found them in a cookbook my mom had given me: “3 in 1 Vegetarian Cookbook“.  I had only “started liking” (a.k.a. tried) bell peppers a few months before this, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I decided that peppers couldn’t be very filling, so I made them as an appetizer and planned something else entirely for the main course.  About 3 bites in, I realized I wouldn’t be eating much of that other dish I had cooked. Continue reading

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I found this cake on one of those Buzzfeed “30 Recipes with 3 ingredients” or something like that…  I have a bad habit lately of spending my time surfing the internet for recipes, looking through cooking blogs, and bookmarking more recipes than I will ever have time to make.  That article took me to Gimme Some Oven’s 3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake.  This recipe reminded Adam of a dessert we had on our honeymoon: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce.  It was his favorite dessert from our whole honeymoon, and probably mine too, but at this point I don’t remember any of the other ones…  We had it at Cafe Pesto, which just so happens to have served his favorite dinner from our honeymoon as well.  So if you are ever on the Big Island in Hawaii, go to Cafe Pesto! You won’t regret it!!
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