Archive | February, 2013

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Stew

28 Feb

I realized recently that I hadn’t made any soups/stews all winter so my next posts might be back-to-back soups. I usually get like this toward the end of February, right when I think the weather is going to get a little warmer, we get dreary, gray, rainy, snow-slush, muddy days. I think Columbus is itching for blue skies and sunny days – my skin wants the sun, I’m tired of wearing so many layers!

Anyway, we’ve kept warm with this Sweet Potato-Black Bean Stew. I found this recipe back in November when I was “doing research” for my Thanksgiving festivities in the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Recipes issue. This stew is GOOOOD with just the right amount of spice/sweet/sour.

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Flourless Almond and Mavrodaphne Cake

15 Feb

I wanted to make my husband a cake for Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t want it to be over powering or too chocolaty (I know, crazy).  I found Pati’s Flourless Almond and Porto Cake and it seemed like a really easy cake to make, especially with my having so many slivered almonds left over from Thanksgiving.  The only thing that I did not have was Port wine but I do have a bottle of Mavrodaphne with a layer of dust forming over it.  I kept searching for cake recipes using Mavrodaphne and I could not find anything – I kept wondering to myself if it would work, it is a dessert wine after all.  I guess there is only one way to find out…

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Ditalini with Chickpeas and Rosemary Garlic Oil

6 Feb

There a couple of things I learned today while making this recipe. First, I really need to write things down, such as the ingredients needed to make this. In the last three days I have been to the store three times, and none of those times did I buy parsley. Second, I should start saving my pennies and get a real food processor. The one I have is a small three cup one and it had no desire to chop the carrots and celery.

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Turkey meatloaf with Feta and Sun-dried tomatoes

1 Feb

We’ve got feta at home.  I added more garlic to this recipe because that’s how we roll at my house.  Enjoy.

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