Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Moroccan-style Cabbage Rolls + Saffron Couscous

This dish is what I made for my last big hurrah dinner the night before class started. A last supper, if you will. Wine was poured, scotch was drank, friends came over, inappropriate jokes were made. You know, the usual stuff.

Growing up eating a lot of Lebanese food, this recipe incorporates many of those flavors I learned from my grandmother (whose grandfather is actually Moroccan!). I'd recommend making this on a Sunday so you can reserve lots of leftovers for those weeknights when you don't have time to cook. There's about an hour of prep, and an hour in the oven, so plan accordingly. Here is the video I followed to make the saffron couscous, adding a can of chick peas at the end. I'd love to cook with that guy one day! Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Spinach Orange Applesauce Muffins

Sleeping in on Saturdays, brunch with friends, trashy TV marathons, cooking actual meals that require more than 3 minutes of prep, and generally not having a care in the world. These are all things I will miss after this Thursday when school starts back up again and Accounting and Management Decision Analysis take over my life. Perhaps I will learn how to create decision trees that help me determine which Swedish butter will most enhance my French baguette. Probably not. In the mean time, here is a fantastic creation I came up with this weekend, using many ingredients from my produce co-op. Google it, I dare you. You won't find another recipe like this. I talk big, I know, but really, they're great!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Persimmon Applesauce Spice Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Hi friends! My oh my has life been a bowl full of crazy since last I wrote. First of all, I started business school in August and time has absolutely flown by. For a few months my cooking routine was practically non-existent. I blame Accounting. But it's still fall, which is the January in fashion, and therefore the January of food. So I'm starting anew. You'll probably see more iPhone photography and quickfire recipes since school is changing the way we cook and eat in the house. But I'm not giving up...yet...who knows what the future holds, especially when Finance class rolls around. 

Foodwise, I'm still part of the produce co-op which has proven to be a lifesaver. With less time to shop, we always have a fridge packed full of greens and wonderful seasonal goodies. In last Saturday's pick-up I got a whole slew of apples and a persimmon. What's a persimmon you ask? Well it's as if an apple, a tomato and a potato had a threesome, and a baby. It would be a persimmon. 

Okay, so here's my sweet, autumnal offering for you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zucchini Lemon Cookies

Oh hi! Did you miss me? No? Well okay, I still have cookies for you to look at and long with desire. I hope zucchinis are still in season so you can go buy some and make these cookies. I figured after a two month drought (weather-wise and blog-post-update-wise) I'd treat you to some sweets. But they're sweets with vegetables, so they're healthy and stuff. Let's get started!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Strawberry Clafouti

Leo: "Did you pack some of that strawberry stuff away for work tomorrow or did you really eat half of it?"
Me: "Mmmmm, yes?"

As it turns out I did eat half of the clafouti (I really like this word). But it was between the hours of 6 and 11 p.m.. A sliver here, a slice there. No. Big. Deal. You can munch on a slice in your hand while you're reading. Or watching Colbert. Or even in bed. It's a very portable food. But also so delicious and light and fluffy and creamy. And can I tell you how crazy easy this is to make, and that you probably have everything you need already. If you don't have strawberries, try pears or apricots or apples or blackberries or cherries. You get the idea. It's versatile. So let's go!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Classic Hummus

I know you won't believe me when I tell you this, but this was the first time in my life I've made hummus, without my mom's help. I should have my Lebanese heritage membership card revoked! Don't tell the consulate, or ambassador, or whoever's in charge. And also don't believe what anyone tells you, hummus is Lebanese! It's not Israeli, no sir. But nice try.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pesto and the Perfect Baked Potato

One of my favorite things about where I work is that everyone loves food. We love to eat food, talk about food, share food. Foodie food food. That word looks really weird after I type it so many times. Anyhoo, a woman I work with has a basil tree in her backyard and was generous enough to give me like a pound of it. After eating tomato basil mozzarella sandwiches for three days in a row I decided to use the rest of it to make a pesto sauce. I'd never made pesto before. And it's so incredibly easy to do. I intended to eat some with baked potatoes, and save the rest for a pasta. However the husband and I sat in front of the television, eating potatoes and pesto, one after the other, until it was all gone. As usual I really didn't use measurements, and neither should you. I think it's impossible to mess up.