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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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Broccoli Wedding Soup – It's a Mashup Kind of Thing

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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Throw Pillow and Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes!