So you may have noticed I’ve been missing in action for a while. Or maybe you didn’t. That’s OK, too!

I’ve actually been cooking up a lot of delicious stuff. I even took pictures of some of it. Like this Mexican Noodle Casserole, or Sopa Seca as it’s more authentically called.

Mmmm… It was really good.

Unfortunately, my laptop is having issues. The battery doesn’t hold a charge, and even when it’s plugged in it likes to just shut itself off without warning. Like when I’m in the middle of typing out the changes I made to a Mexican Noodle Casserole recipe that I only had in my head and now I can’t entirely remember what they were.
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{Recipe Redux} Wild Rice with Roasted Butternut Squash

by TastefullyJulie on October 22, 2012

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Orange You Glad It’s Fall?”. Markets are plentiful with the orange colors of autumn including pumpkin, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and even golden beets. Not only are these bursting with fall flavors but they are also chock-full of carotenoid antioxidants. The challenge was to create and share a favorite orange antioxidant-filled dish.

I have to say that I almost didn’t represent.

I immediately thought of pumpkin. Of course, if you regularly browse through all the food blogs in the blogosphere you know we are being absolutely inundated with pumpkin this week/month/season. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – I love pumpkin! – but I mostly love the sugary, fattening, pumpkin rolls and cakes that are dripping with cream cheese frosting. I outgrow my jeans just looking at that stuff.
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{#tbwc2c} Chawanmushi

by TastefullyJulie on October 15, 2012

There are some awe-inspiring blogs out there and The Bitten Word is one of them. It’s the collaboration of two awesome cooks and writers who happen to have an enviable food magazine collection. But they don’t just collect the magazines like, ahem, many of us. They actually make the recipes inside.

The moment I found out about their Super Awesome Cover-to-Cover Challenge (#tbwc2c) I jumped right in. Me and 350 other people! That’s a testimony to their tremendous readership. When they first announced they needed 60 people for the challenge to work I knew they would have many more.

I couldn’t wait to get my assignment. When the email came through that I would be on team Saveur I was ecstatic. Saveur has some of the most unique and delicious recipes. I was sitting in the bleachers of a swim meet scrolling through the spreadsheet on my phone (between races, I swear!) and then I found my name. Next to it was the name of my assigned recipe: Chawanmushi.
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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Pizza

October 7, 2012
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I’ve been very busy working on my contribution for a super awesome recipe challenge. Literally. It’s The Super Awesome Cover-to-Cover Challenge from The Bitten Word (which also happens to be a super awesome blog you should check out!). By “very busy” I of course mean busy just thinking about doing it and/or procrastinating. Hey! It’s [...]

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Bourbon and Hard Cider Cocktail

October 1, 2012
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A couple nights ago my favorite restaurant was running a drink special called “the Punk Rocker”. I had to try it for the name alone, even though the ingredients weren’t exactly what usually attracts me to a cocktail. Hard cider (yum), bourbon (yes, please!), ginger liqueur (no problem), and cinnamon. Cinnamon is touch-and-go. Sure, I [...]

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