Posts tagged as nut-free

Happy Birthday Cream Puffs

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 28, 2010 at 6:58pm

We kicked off my son’s 14th birthday celebration(s) with cream puffs for dessert tonight.  Few desserts are as festive and impressive as cream puffs – who doesn’t love them?  They’re so creamy…and puffy. (Yeah, sorry, I’m a little tired this evening. Suffice it to say they’re seriously good.)             And…

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Pizza with Potatoes, Pancetta, and Ramps

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 27, 2010 at 8:33am

Have you noticed the buzz about ramps and wondered what’s up? Ramps are wild onions that taste like mild garlic and when they show up in markets, it’s a sure sign that spring has sprung. Lalalaaa! I suspect that’s why they make spring-fevered foodies a bit crazy.  And like fava beans, morel mushrooms, and fiddle-head ferns,…

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Chicken Lo Mein

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 24, 2010 at 10:10am

I love family-friendly spaghetti with meat sauce as much as anyone (for a great recipe, check out the version my friend Maud posted on food52 this week, her mom’s famous recipe, secret ingredient…a pinch of curry powder, can’t wait to try it). But I like to mix up our pasta selections as well, especially given…

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Leftovers for Lunch: Black Bean & Rice Burritos

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:39pm

When I serve rice for dinner, I make extra so I have leftovers for a delicious, easy lunch. Even still, given how much rice my family can put away, that means sneaking some out of the pot and into the fridge before we eat. I use the stolen rice the next day to make myself…

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Good Muffin Morning

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 11, 2010 at 9:43am

A sunny Sunday morning, coffee brewing, puppy lazing, paper waiting… Yep, time to bake…something. Not sure exactly what I was craving, I reached for one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book. A treasure, this book, packed full of clever breakfast ideas and perfect recipes. Today, based on available ingredients, and because…

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Favas + Asparagus = Spring!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 9, 2010 at 6:09pm

Fava beans are back in the markets and that means Spring! I bought a bunch at Whole Foods, as well as a bunch of asparagus, and sauteed the two with a little garlic, in perhaps a little butter, and ate them – fresh and earthy – over creamy polenta. Pure Spring comfort, eaten with a…

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Let’s Celebrate with Killer Chocolate Cupcakes!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 7, 2010 at 7:28pm

What do you bake a 17-year old with perfectly clear skin for her birthday? Chocolate cake with killer chocolate icing, of course. Or cupcakes, in this case, because they’re so damn cute (and because you can easily send the leftovers far, far away, like to your husband’s office). Yes, my stepdaughter Sasha is 17, an…

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Happy Belated Passover, Easter

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:54am

Oh look, I missed both holidays. I usually relish cooking Kosher for Passover treats for my stepdaughter, as well as coloring Easter eggs and making brunch for my son. A trip to Seattle and illness (see below) wiped out both opportunities this year. Instead, on Sunday, I made a potato-pepper hash with baked eggs for…

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:19am

Back from Seattle, although not back from the double-whammy sinus infection/bronchitis that hit me the day before we left. My son and I did our best to dig in and really experience the city, but given that I could hardly breathe, we didn’t get very far. Luckily we had a lovely hotel room at Inn…

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Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Mar 30, 2010 at 6:16pm

Stuffed mushrooms are the way I learned to love mushrooms as a kid – apparently I would eat almost anything with stuffing in them. I still love stuffed mushrooms, so once in awhile I make myself a large portobello version for a light lunch or dinner. I tend to make just one for myself, but…

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