Monthly Archives: November 2009

Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Pecan Pie

Every year, I make my dad a pecan pie, his favorite. Still, I like to change things up as well, so every year, I use a different recipe.

I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie, so I usually don’t miss not having a slice. This time, however, the remains of the filling in the bowl were so good, I wished I’d made two pies — or at least some mini pies for myself and my husband. It was that good.

In fact, this time, I really didn’t alter much. It was almost perfect as written and I only tweaked it slightly. I just wish I’d had enough filling left over to make myself a mini pie!Maple Pecan Pie

Every year, I make my dad a pecan pie, his favorite. Still, I like to change things up as well, so every year, I use a different recipe.

I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie, so I usually don’t miss not having a slice. This time, however, the remains of the filling in the bowl were so good, I wished I’d made two pies — or at least some mini pies for myself and my husband. It was that good.

In fact, this time, I really didn’t alter much. It was almost perfect as written and I only tweaked it slightly. I just wish I’d had enough filling left over to make myself a mini pie!

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Poppy and Caraway Seed Rolls

Poppy Seed Rolls - Ready for Baking

I hardly ever make rolls and I don’t really have a good reason why. They’re awfully good and a nice complement to most meals. But I always make them for Thanksgiving and other holidays, so maybe I just need to consider any dinner a special occasion.
Poppy Seed Rolls - Ready for Baking

I hardly ever make rolls and I don’t really have a good reason why. They’re awfully good and a nice complement to most meals. But I always make them for Thanksgiving and other holidays, so maybe I just need to consider any dinner a special occasion.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dinner

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving as much as I did! We had a lot of great food at my Mom’s today and brought home enough leftovers for at least an entire dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving Dinner

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving as much as I did! We had a lot of great food at my Mom’s today and brought home enough leftovers for at least an entire dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Maple-Honey Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

Today, I’d like to tell you about one of my absolute favorite vegetables and one that will be featured at my Thanksgiving table: acorn squash.

My favorite way to have it is also one of my laziest recipes because it’s fast, easy and one of the very few dishes I make using the microwave. Oh, I could easily roast the squash and it would be divine but often we don’t decide on dinner until the last minute. With this method, my husband will often peel the squash while I cook and the squash will be ready when we are. Acorn squash is too hard to peel with a vegetable peeler, so you need to be able and comfortable peeling with a paring knife. Trust me, it doesn’t take long to become proficient!Acorn Squash

Today, I’d like to tell you about one of my absolute favorite vegetables and one that will be featured at my Thanksgiving table: acorn squash.

My favorite way to have it is also one of my laziest recipes because it’s fast, easy and one of the very few dishes I make using the microwave. Oh, I could easily roast the squash and it would be divine but often we don’t decide on dinner until the last minute. With this method, my husband will often peel the squash while I cook and the squash will be ready when we are. Acorn squash is too hard to peel with a vegetable peeler, so you need to be able and comfortable peeling with a paring knife. Trust me, it doesn’t take long to become proficient!

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Kvass (квас)

Kvass Extract

In a lot of ways, I almost feel I shouldn’t post this since it calls for an ingredient that is potentially very difficult to obtain. Then again, it might not be, depending on where you live.

So what is this ingredient? Kvass extract. Kvass Extract

In a lot of ways, I almost feel I shouldn’t post this since it calls for an ingredient that is potentially very difficult to obtain. Then again, it might not be, depending on where you live.

So what is this ingredient? Kvass extract.

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A Rare Saturday Post

Thick & Fluffy Tortillas

Remember my post about Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos? I made fluffy tortillas from scratch (and oooh, were they ever good!) based on a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers: Suzanne McMinn of Chickens in the Road. (She has a lot of really good recipes, including one for what she calls “Grandmother Bread” that’s an easy bread recipe that is in my pile of recipes to make.)

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Chicken Souvlaki & Greek Lemon Rice

One of the recipes I picked out a little while ago was for Chicken Souvlaki Skewers. It was really fast and easy, which made it an excellent candidate for having on one of my class-nights where I’d get home at some random time between 630p and 830p. (Planning meals around my tax class was interesting to say the least.) While I was at class, my husband decided to look for a Greek-style rice to accompany it, which he found in the The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook.

All I can say is, “Wow!” It was fantastic and oh-so-simple. This is definitely going into the repeat-meal category for when we need a quick and tasty meal.One of the recipes I picked out a little while ago was for Chicken Souvlaki Skewers. It was really fast and easy, which made it an excellent candidate for having on one of my class-nights where I’d get home at some random time between 630p and 830p. (Planning meals around my tax class was interesting to say the least.) While I was at class, my husband decided to look for a Greek-style rice to accompany it, which he found in the The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook.

All I can say is, “Wow!” It was fantastic and oh-so-simple. This is definitely going into the repeat-meal category for when we need a quick and tasty meal.

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