Wednesday, February 26, 2014

M is for: Mardi Gras Jelly Shots

Show us your beads!

Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate and indulge. It means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and it’s traditionally the day before the fasting season begins for Lent, which means lots of fatty foods and booze. 

Seems like the perfect time for jelly shots!

Since the traditional colors of this celebration are green, purple and gold, I decided to do a take on the ribbon shots featured at Christmas and for the Big Game. Add a few pearl candy “beads” and you’re in business!

To get the recipe, head on over to Tablespoon!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

L is for: Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

I've about had it with winter. 

I know, all my California friends are quietly mouthing "I told you so" after declaring I was moving to Connecticut about a year ago.

Today was awful. We already have mountains of snow piled up everywhere you turn, and today's weather couldn't decide if it wanted to snow or rain. I literally looked out the window this morning and it was snowing, and when I glanced back up a minute later, it had turned to rain. 

When I went to run errands, the rain was turning to ice as soon as it hit my windshield.

Awful.

It's the kind of weather that demands warm, comforting food. But it also makes you yearn for summer. This macaroni and cheese is the perfect blend of both things. Warm, comforting mac and cheese... paired with buttery chunks of lobster, a summertime staple in New England.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

L is for: Lentil Burgers with Mushrooms & Olives {Vegan & Gluten Free}

Sometimes my best work is done improvising.

I was originally going to make some sort of lentil dish with sautéed vegetables and kale. Something comforting, warm, healthy.

And then I remembered one very key thing.

Lentils are not photogenic.

They may taste good, but they do not look good.

But you know what they say...

When life gives you ugly lentils...

Make lentil burgers!

(Ok, so maybe only I say that).

Monday, February 3, 2014

K is for: Kitchen Sink Valentine's Day Cookies

Really these should be called Cupid Cookies.

Because, let's face it... if you make these for someone, they are likely to fall in love with you (if they haven't already).

They could also be called Crack Cookies, but that's not as cute sounding.

And I'm all about cute.

Especially on holidays.

These are my version of a Kitchen Sink cookie (or a compost cookie, or a garbage cookie, or whatever you call them). As you know, I'm not a baker, but I made a New Year's Resolution to become better at it. I've made these now three times, slightly tweaking each batch to make them what I feel to be truly perfect cookies. And crack. They're very addicting.
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