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Weekend Cookbook Challenge #11: Zucchini-Feta Fritters


This month’s Weekend Cookbook Challenge, (which I almost forgot about — oops!), is all about party food. So, to accomplish this, I turned to a book all about parties, entertaining and proper hostessing — I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, by Amy Sedaris. It’s very funny, kitschy, deadpan in tone and is sprinkled with hilarious photos of Amy and (quite honestly) some very unappetizing food photos. Ah, so what? I love this book. There’s also some handy and practical advice for entertaining:

A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces . . . → Read More: Weekend Cookbook Challenge #11: Zucchini-Feta Fritters

A Tasty Little Garnish: Herbed and Slightly Spicy Raisin Compote

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There’s something about the Fall and early Winter that makes me want to chop fresh herbs — specifically sage, rosemary and thyme. Oh hell, parsley too. And this raisin compote has them all.

We had this very recently with a roast chicken (sort of like a pre-mini-Thanksgiving) and it was quite good. The original recipe called for all raisins, but I used half golden raisins and half currants. I’m thinking of making this to go with our traditional Christmas Cornish Game Hens next month.

The recipe that I use for those is out of . . . → Read More: A Tasty Little Garnish: Herbed and Slightly Spicy Raisin Compote

Leftover Madness: Turkey-Cranberry Ravioli


Wondering what to do with the leftover turkey and other side dishes from Thursday, I came across this recipe from Giada of Everyday Italian. Although this recipe was originally intended as a Thanksgiving meal for two, I figured it would work well enough with leftover, cooked turkey (as opposed to the raw, ground turkey she uses). It did. I made one other alteration to the original recipe — I added some ricotta cheese to make it a bit creamier. I was quite pleased with the way these ravioli turned out.

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Thanksgiving: Is It Really Over?

title Leftovers, as taken by jwa to work on Friday morning.

Mostly pictures today, as I am mostly tired. I stupidly tried to go shopping with a bunch of other people and although the check-out line at Cost Plus was not bad, actually getting on the ramp to come home sucked.

basting The final basting. It went back in the oven for about a half hour more after this.

Oh well. I’m home now and making turkey stock. Tonight, we are taking jwa’s parents to Wildwood. As far as last night’s dinner went, I . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving: Is It Really Over?

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese with Sage


This was creamy and cheesy and squashy. The color makes it look like it’s a regular cheddar mac and cheese but that’s really the color of the roasted butternut squash. Sneaky! But, of course, there’s cheese in it too, so it’s not like the meal is completely healthy. On the other hand, it’s also not completely unhealthy. It’s a nice mix of good for you and gooey, melted cheese in a bowl.

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese with Sage 1 lb elbow macaroni 2 tbsp flour 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 lb peeled . . . → Read More: Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese with Sage