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A Whole Tasty Meal: Walnut Halibut and Roasted Carrots & Fennel

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What’s nice here is one oven temperature! It makes it easy to plan and cook all at one time. I hate it when stuff has different temperatures.

Okay, actually, the original recipes here (from epicurious.com) had different temperatures at first. Bastards! It was 450 for the fish and 375 for the veggies. I just made everything 425 degrees F and adjusted the cooking time. It worked quite well!

If making these together, preheat the oven and put the carrots and fennel in the oven about 30 minutes before the fish. I had the veggie baking dish on the upper rack for the first 30 minutes, then I moved it down to a lower rack and put the fish in on the upper rack.

Walnut Roasted Halibut
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 8-ounce halibut fillets (each about 1 inch thick)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
Lemon wedges

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Mix walnuts, panko, and parsley in a bowl and transfer to a plate.

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Brush each fish fillet with the dijon mustard; sprinkle with salt and . . . → Read More: A Whole Tasty Meal: Walnut Halibut and Roasted Carrots & Fennel

Broccoli Wedding Soup – It’s a Mashup Kind of Thing

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There aren’t a ton of pictures here but I think you’ll get the idea! Cook broccoli in broth, add stuff and blend. Add more stuff. Call it a night!

I made this for a soup exchange at work. It’s a combination of a couple of different soups – a creamy broccoli-marscapone and Italian Wedding Soup. The chicken sausage meatballs could probably be optional, but I made some here because I sometimes can’t resist making little meatballs out of sausage and putting them in things .

I used one pound of sausage for 5 quarts of soup, so the meatballs were really more like a garnish. Each bowl will probably only get 4 or so of the half-the-size-of-golf-balls, meatballs. But they are really flavorful (as is the soup on its own), so I think that’s okay!

Broccoli Wedding Soup
Base broccoli soup recipe adapted from one by Michael Chiarello
makes about 2.5 quarts
1 1/2 pounds broccoli florets
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil + 2 more for the meatballs
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
1 leek, cleaned and sliced
1 tsp dried thyme
Kosher Salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti Experiment

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I have always been a little intimidated by biscotti-making — I think the double baking, mostly. I finally gave it a try last weekend and was very pleased with the results. I did notice that after the first baking, my biscotti were quite spread out. That concerned me a little but when I sliced them to bake again, they were just fine.

I added orange zest to the original recipe but otherwise followed it exactly!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti
Recipe from the book, Biscotti, by Lou Seibert Pappas
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Amaretto
1 tsp orange zest
2 cups plus 2 tbsp AP flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups macadamia nuts
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

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Using either a stand or hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, orange zest, and Amaretto liqueur. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, mixing until blended.

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Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Divide dough in half. On a greased and floured baking sheet pat out into two logs about 1/2-inch high, 1 1/2-inches wide and 14-inches long, spacing them . . . → Read More: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti Experiment

Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala Recipe

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Well, it looks like it is still Winter. Make a big pot of this and snuggle under a blanket or something!

Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala
Adapted from the Spice House
2-1/2 cups dried red lentils (about one pound)
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder,
1 1/2 tsp coriander seed, ground
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cumin seed, ground
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne chile pepper
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground cloves
6 cups lamb or chicken stock (or vegetable broth would work too)
2 cups water
Optional garnishes: yogurt and cilantro leaves

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Rinse and drain lentils in a fine mesh colander.

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Cook onions and garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and spices and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, 5 more minutes.

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Stir in lentils, stock and water and simmer until lentils fall apart, about 30-40 minutes. (Old lentils may take longer to cook.)

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Let soup cool slightly. I cook my lentils until they really fall apart, but if you want a smoother soup, let cool . . . → Read More: Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala Recipe

Throw Pillow and Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes!

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Holy crap! Look at the pillow I just made. I can’t believe it mostly turned out. I even finished it early in class tonight. I only messed up one little part of my satin stitch — it got a little puckery. But just in one small spot. The rest looks nice.

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It was pieced together with ten pieces on the front and two pieces on the back. It even has a zipper back there. Hooray!

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If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, I also finished making the cupcakes to bring into a work party tomorrow. They are Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes. I was very skeptical of using a box of mix in this recipe, but it really works. I was kind of a cake snob (okay, fine, I still am) but I cannot recommend this recipe enough if you need a bunch of tasty cupcakes relatively quickly. I was really impressed with the end result — so was jwa and he’s even more cake snobby than I am!

This makes around 20-ish cupcakes and they are very soft, delicate and delicious.

Sorry! No pictures of the making. Just the finished product…

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