Friday December 6, 2013
Cold and frightful weather makes me crave potatoes. Cheesy potatoes. I'll take a baked potato with grated or crumbled cheese mashed into it, but what I really want is Potatoes Au Gratin. The weekend is the perfect time to make them, too, since they need a bit of time to prep and cook from scratch. Totally worth it. Seriously.
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Thursday December 5, 2013
Quick, easy, and delicious. This Parsley Walnut Pesto solves a variety of problems - from what to have for dinner to how to get a pesto fix when basil is out of season (and costs approximately a million dollars for bunches that are a fraction of their summer size!). Just take care not to burn the walnuts when you toast them (nut toasting tips here)!
Wednesday December 4, 2013
It's bright, it's sweet, it's creamy smooth - this combination of persimmons and avocados gets a kick from a fresh chile and some pungent crunch from red onions. A simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing would be tasty, but this Cilantro Dressing is even better.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
I don't like to play favorites. And I really don't like to play favorites with cake. To me all cake has its place and I wouldn't want to rank them. But there is something so homey and comforting about spice cake. It can be dressed up a bit with cream cheese frosting, if one were so inclined. But it's also perfectly delicious with a glass of milk or cup of tea or coffee. This version has a cup of pureed winter squash in it, adding color, moisture, and vitamins. Make it even less guilt-inducing by using whole wheat pastry flour for some whole grain in your dessert treat. It's just the thing for a Sunday afternoon snack or as dessert for a casual winter family dinner.