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Daring Cooks June 2009|Pot Stickers!


~This is the twelfth post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~


Ricotta Gnocchi (aka “yum on a fork”)|Daring Cooks Inaugural recipe (and I missed it!)


~This is the fourth post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~

May was the kickoff month for the newest funtime in the kitchen project from the darlings of daring Lis and Ivonne at The Daring Kitchen – The Daring Cooks.  And I missed it!  I kaflooy, looy, dewy blew it.  The post was due mid-May and I was out of town.  Which is really a shame because the challenge was Ricotta Gnocchi and gnocchi is as much of a staple in our diet as the scale will allow.  Generally we make potato gnocchi (tres economical), but this challenge proves that you can make delectable and boilable dumplings out of cheese – yay!

Grilled Flatbread


~This is the third post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~

Hey I’m still here!

Day four of “post-a-day” month and we’re holding strong at a lovely new recipe that hits all ninja points – cheap, easy and deeeee-eeeeee-licious!

Naan! Well, this isn’t really naan. At least, I don’t think it is. It’s something called “kulcha.” I’m not sure what the difference is, but the stuff that this recipe makes is what the Indian restaurant down the street serves as “naan.” And it can be stuffed, like the “cheese naan” down the street. Oh. My. God.

Garam Masala


~This is the second post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.~

Hoo boy – are we having fun yet? Day three of “post-a-day” month and I’m still alive!

Daring Bakers May 2009|Strudel


Short and sweet this month as this ninja is on the road again.  Finishing up one last stint of work even further south in the southland and then, home…for now!

The official word:

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

I’ve never made strudel before.  Pressed for honesty, I’d admit that I didn’t actually know what strudel was before this challenge.  I’d heard the word, but “strudel” evoked images of squiggly icing on top of some cinnamon-y pastry, rather than the flaky fruit-filled treat it is.

Daring Bakers April 2009|Say Cheesecake!


It’s Daring Bakers time again. And look at me – I’m actually participating this month! I’ve had a two month hiatus (which makes me oh-so-sad because the February and March challenges looked fantastic), so in spite of even more out of town work looming in the next couple of days, I managed to get it together to play this month. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. Here’s what the ninjas did with it…

Grilled Cheese Month | How did I not know about this?


I guess I did know it was Grilled Cheese Month, but somehow managed to shove it to the back of my mind. Which is probably good because honestly, I don’t need 30 days of grilled cheese even though I could easily eat nothing but for 30 days. This was my favorite sandwich growing up, when we made it with the whitest bread available and cheese that seemed as plastic as the wrapping, almost as sweet as candy and orange like only American cheese is orange.

My baby wants blueberry blueberry|Blueberry muffins


The husband is preparing to leave for a three week out of town job, which means he gets whatever he wants (more or less). So when he said “are you going to make the blueberry muffins in the Cook’s Illustrated?” well, of course I was.

Make me wanna Challah!|Kosher Braided Egg Bread (which is NOT appropriate for Passover, which starts today, kind of…)

Our neighbor moved recently, making us the grateful recipients of a number of food odds and ends that he didn’t want to pack them up and take with him.  One of these things was a miraculous loaf of something called “egg bread,” which the husband has fallen in love with.  The loaf was a little like bread made from brioche dough, making dangerously delicious grilled sandwiches.  Eggy, but also buttery, the bread verged on making our grilled cheese into a pastry sandwich, right on that lovely edge of overkill which is exquisitely tasty.

What the heck happened to that soup you promised me?|French Onion Soup Recipe


Hey. I haven’t been around for a while.  If you’re still around, at long last, here is the soup I promised when we made chicken stock back in…what? December?  Better late than never and you still have some time to make this while there is a chill in the air, which makes this soup extra cozy.  It’s also pretty cheap if you buy an inexpensive chicken and make the stock yourself.  I’m working on a three-part post singing the miracle thrift praises of whole chickens, but it’s not done yet.  So for now, get yourself a whole chicken or some chicken bones (the local market usually sells them cheap), make some stock (once you have this stuff around the house, you’ll never want to go back to the canned badness) and then take a Sunday afternoon and make yourself some onion soup.  This and a salad (and a fair amount of red wine) is all you need to make a memorably tasty Sunday meal.