Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I love figs. They are my Favorite Fruit of My Whole LIfe. This is a great appetizer for a yummy fall party that I made twice in the last week. (Twice! It was SO GOOD!)

Fig and Caramelized Onion PIzza

1 pre-made dough from Trader Joes (or be fancy and make your own!)
1 medium red or yellow onion
7-10 small figs or 4-6 large ones
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees and let your dough rest outside of the fridge.
Slice onion in half and then into 1/4 inch strips (lengthwise).
Saute onions in olive oil over medium-low heat, adding a pinch of salt and pepper along with a drizzle of honey until golden-brown (about 15- 20 minutes).
While onions cook, stretch dough and place on stone/sheet.
Cut figs into quarters or halves.
Brush a small amount of olive oil over dough.
Spread caramelized onions over pizza, press figs in gently, sprinkle generously with feta.
Bake for 12-17 minutes.

It's quite a pretty result if you can use purple figs and golden onions, but it's just as yummy with other varieties as well. Yay for fall!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

a new twist to a (maybe not so) popular breakfast item...

okay ladies, we need to jumpstart this food blog.
I made something this morning I haven't made in a while, and though i'd share it. It is so easy, and really good! (to me, that is)

Broiled Grapefruit...

set the oven to broil
cut grapefruit in half
sprinkle brown sugar over both halves
sprinkle shredded coconut over both halves
place in a cake tin, or on a cookie sheet
broil for 5 minutes, or until the sugar starts to caramelize and the juiced bubble, and the coconut browns
remove from heat and serve with a dollop of nonfat vanilla yogurt (or plain is good too!)

I love this with a mug of hot coffee... but you may like it with a piece of toast, too.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

wontons, wine, conversation...

Laura and I (and fabulous Tiffany) hung out last saturday night, and had AWESOME salad from Ho Sum Bistro... I made baked wontons and we drank wine and talked about boys and jeans and jesus and heartache and life. it was wonderful.

here's the wonton recipe:

in a small bowl, mix reduced fat cream cheese (about 1/2 the container), 4 diced green onions (about 3/4 up the green), 1/2 small can water chestnuts, diced, 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

mix well and put small amount (like a melon baller size) in the center of a wonton paper. use your finger to line edge of wonton paper with water. Fold in half like a triangle and press firmly to seal all edges. then. fold long end in half and seal ends with water (like a fortune cookie??) or you can fold them like daipers... just make sure they are sealed as the cheese can ooze....

in a medium pan, brown 1/2 lb. ground turkey. add 4 diced green onions, 1/2 can water chestnuts diced, 2 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1 tsp sweet chili sauce (sriracha or any other hot pepper sauce), sherry vinegar or rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

repeat steps above to fold.

place gently on a greased cookie sheet.

bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

serve with your favorite asian dipping sauce....


Friday, February 29, 2008

Winter Standby

So, pretty much I make this soup AT LEAST every 2 weeks. I'll freeze half of it (cause it makes a lot) and we'll have lots of yummy healthy soup to eat for the week... and then the week after too! And it is SUPER easy to prepare, so that's good too.


1 pound ground turkey
1 white or yellow onion
1 can each:
Kidney Beans
Pinto Beans
Black Beans
Diced Tomatoes

1 packet Taco Seasoning

Chop up onion
Cook onion and turkey together in large soup pot until meat browns and onion is tender
Add contents of cans (liquid included)
Add Seasoning Packet
Simmer as long as you like
Garnish with Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Avocado, Shredded Cheese, etc

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cinnamon-Sugar Chocolate Banana Bread

It must be winter cause all I want to do is carb-filled sweets, get fat and hibernate until Spring comes again.

I must admit that this recipe is not my own... a friend directed me to it here.

But Dave and I made it tonight. And we are about to dive in. I don't think we will have any problem consuming A LOT of it.

Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas (the size doesn’t much matter; medium to large works)
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For topping:
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter or spray an 8-inch square pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas well with a fork or potato masher. Add the eggs, and stir well to combine. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and vanilla, and stir to mix. Add ¾ cup of the chocolate chips, and stir briefly. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in the pan, and top with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.

P.S. Yep.... it was delicious...

... that giant missing chunk from the middle? Eaten by the 2 of us in one sitting. Hooray for winter poundage!

A few bites from the Middle East....

I know we are all about baking these days... and goodness gracious, i wish i could eat those delightful treats... but, to add some culture to the group, i thought i'd share some easy middle eastern treasures with you. (don't worry, it's not hard, and tastes really good)

grandma ginny's chicken tawook

1 pkg. kosher, bone-in chicken cut into 8 pieces (you can get this at trader joe's)
3 lemons
8 tbs. butter (or 8 slabs from the stick... ) that sounds gross...
salt and pepper

- preheat oven to 425 degrees
- lay chicken pieces in a 9x13 baking dish
- season with salt and pepper
- place 1 slab of butter on each piece of chicken
- slice one lemon into rounds and place rounds on top of each chicken peice
- squeeze the other two lemons over the dish
- sprinkle paprika over for color
- sprinkle, generously, cinnamon over the dish
- bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the skin on the chicken is crackly dark, golden brown, and sizzlin' hot

white rice with garbanzo beans

this one is GREAT and becomes a complete protien w/ the bean and the rice! yes!

simply prepare any white rice of your choosing...
(i rinse my rice twice, then put olive oil in the bottom of a pot and heat it, then add the rice, and sautee it for a bit until the rice starts to get golden... then i add the water it calls for)
add a can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained, into hot rice
and serve with nonfat, plain yogurt.

I know, the last part sounds GROSS but is AMAZING. If you're a skeptic, you just have to try it! really.

There's a lot more to come.... but i'd love to get some of your families recipies...

Chocolate Chip Scones

This is a lovely scone that is made all of the time for our company. It is fabulous with coffee and people always feel special that you have made this just for them! When I am having a particularly hard day I make it for myself:) Enjoy it. You can also make it with any number of things other than chocolate chips! R

Mix dry ingredients
2 Cups Flour
3 tbls Sugar
1 tbls Baking Powder
1/2 tsp salt
Take 1/2 cup butter and squish it in to the dry ingredients until most of the butter is mixed in to dry.
Mix wet ingredients
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Mix in to dry
Add 3/4 cups of mini chocolate chips
Mix till dough hardens a bit
Flatten out in to a circle
Cut in to 8-12 triangles
Place on non-stick pan 17-22 min at 350 degrees
Check them at 15 minutes...when bottom of scone begins to lightly brown. Take out. Best served warm...