September 30, 2011

Creamy Cauliflower with Goat Cheese


I started out making a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen for a "No Rice Cauliflower Risotto with Parmesan and Black Pepper."  Right in the middle of the recipe I changed my mind and added goat cheese instead of the Parmesan and Half-and-Half.  I don't know what came over me but once I tasted the cauliflower, I knew I had to use goat cheese.  This is a very interesting dish that paired well with an easy grilled Dijon pork tenderloin recipe I borrowed from Sommer at A Spicy Perspective.

September 28, 2011

Fall Review

Happy Wednesday blogger pals! Since we just returned home from vacation and I haven't been to the grocery store, I didn't cook up anything hearty and delicious to post today.    But I did realize my one year blog-anniversary is coming up next week and I have some planning to do! 

While doing a review of the last year I came across several recipes that deserve a second mention.  If you're one of my family members that feels obligated to read the blog (mostly out of fear that I'll ask you about a recipe) these may be a repeat for you.  Oh read them again anyway because you've probably forgot about them already, as I did too!

I know, I know, not another pie recipe!  But wait!  I made this long before I decided to bake a pie each week for the entire year.  Since I already posted this traditional apple pie in 2010, I'm not going to include it as one of the 52 for 2011.  This recipe was the first pie I ever made when I was a little girl.  My Mammaw taught me to make pies.  We picked and peeled the apples and made eight pies in one afternoon.  Mammaw would freeze unbaked pies and have them throughout the year long after the apples were gone.  I entered this pie recipe into the Hamilton County Fair in Tennessee and won a blue ribbon!   Give it a try :)

September 26, 2011

No. 39 - Chocolate Silk Pie


Are you looking for a creamy pie that's simple to make with a surprisingly rich chocolate flavor?  Look no further.  I was almost shocked at how chocolaty this pie tastes.  I was also surprised that it's sweet without adding any sugar.  The sweetening agent is the marshmallow creme.  The marshmallow creme gives the filling a thick mousse-like texture that's light and smooth.  The other surprising aspect of the pie is the addition of strong brewed coffee.  The strength of the coffee compliments the chocolate without overpowering the sweet flavor.  Yum!  If you're a chocolate lover, you'll be in love with this pie.

September 24, 2011

Cheddar Crackers at the beach

Happy Saturday peeps!  We're still at the beach enjoying the last day of our relaxing vacation.  You know it's a good vacation when someone asks what time it is and you have no idea.  I heard one person in our group ask what day it was.  Success! 

September 21, 2011

Vacation food, fun & an engagement!


We're still vacationing on the Outer Banks enjoying the sun, sand and relaxing atmosphere.  We have had a bit of excitement when our son Patrick proposed to his girlfriend Callie and she said yes!  No word on the actual wedding plans but all I can say is we are thrilled!  We love Callie and are so blessed to be getting her as a daughter-in-law.  We also loved being part of the festivities.  Family is the best!

September 19, 2011

No. 38 - Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie


Hello blogger friends!  Tricia here posting from the beaches of the Outer Banks, NC.  We're staying in the exact same area where the hurricane came through not 3 weeks ago.  I'm surprised how fast they've recovered and cleaned up.  Some of the houses still show signs of Irene's attitude but the only signs the storm came through is the piles of brush and limbs. 

September 16, 2011

Tomato, pesto, avocado & cheese panini


Good morning Friday.  Thanks for coming by!  I've missed you since last week.  We've had a busy week with lots going on so a glimpse of the weekend is a welcome blip on our radar.  Next week will offer a much slower pace.  More on that later. 

September 14, 2011

Banana Bran Muffins with Oats

My lovely cousin Gayle from Dearborn, Michigan, asked me if I had a good bran muffin recipe.  Well no, I don't (or didn't), and no one was more shocked than I was.  Why is it I've never even posted one muffin recipe on SRFD?  Thanks Gayle, this could have been a major snafu on my part! 

September 12, 2011

No. 37 - Skillet Apple Pie


Have you ever wanted to make a homemade apple pie but were afraid the crust wouldn't work out? Are you a newbie baker looking for something to take to an upcoming holiday family gathering?  Are you ready to impress everybody with a skillet apple pie?  If you said yes then you're ready to make this simple, unbelievably delicious pie. 

September 9, 2011

Basil Pesto & Vegetable Ribbons


I mentioned to my husband that I'm probably publishing the last Garden-to-Table post for this season.  He was a bit indignant and replied that we have lots of growing season left!  Maybe he's planning some fall crops or something.  We still have tomatoes, rosemary, parsley, okra and basil so perhaps I can pull out one more fantastic recipe before the frost.  I usually make pesto at least once each summer so I thought I better get on it before the basil poops out. 

September 7, 2011

Cheese Steak Panini

If you're currently hungry - don't read this post!  If you're well fed and not drooling at this time, you'll probably be OK.  But don't say I didn't warn you!

September 4, 2011

No. 36 - Sticky Toffee Pudding Apple Pie


This is by far the most decadent, interesting, time consuming, messiest, and stickiest pie I have ever made.  I don't mean to imply that it's not good.  It's over the top sweet, rich, and maybe even complicated, but traveling husband said it tastes absolutely incredible.   I am surprised how much the tartness of the apples and the apple flavor come through.  I thought it might be overpowered by the caramel but the apples really dominate this pie.  The photo above pretty much says it like it is.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Do you like caramel?  Candied pecans?  Cinnamon and apples?  Yeah ... that's what I'm saying. 

September 1, 2011

Freaky Friday Roasted Garlic Hummus - Sarah's Way


I have something to tell you.
I have a blog daughter. Well ... I have an adopted blog daughter. I'm not sure why I've never told you this but thought it was time to formally introduce her. Sarah Pember is a bright, funny, smart, creative, energetic, lovely, cute and incredible blog daughter. No I've never actually met Sarah but I adopted her just the same.  Sarah is a full-time, real-life Foodie writing fascinating daily posts about her culinary adventures at The Smart Kitchen.

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