Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ginger Pumpkin Strudel

I love the modern usage of the word ‘strudel’.  It can mean basically anything you can get away with rolling up in filo dough and baking until golden brown and delicious.  I recently served this strudel as part of our … Continue reading

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Seared Duck Breast with Red Wine Cherry Duck Demi-Glace

I know this post is horribly late, but I want to show what I made for Pretty Bird this past Valentine’s Day. What you are looking at is Seared Duck Breast with Roasted Beets, a Ginger Pumpkin Strudel and a … Continue reading

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Cooking Dried Beans

Apparently, there is a lot of confusion over how to cook dried beans.  In honor of the fact that we all need a little more fiber in our diets, here are simple tips for cooking dried beans.  Dried beans are … Continue reading

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Beans for Allergies

This post is a little different from my usual posts.  It’s still about food, but it’s also about new research showing that what you eat affects your immune response.  I regularly browse through the scientific journals (for work, I swear) … Continue reading

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Borscht

Until recently, the borscht recipes I’ve found in American cookbooks have been forgettable, one-dimensional soups.  But the couple of times I have been fortunate enough to have borscht made by someone’s Russian grandmother it has been an entirely different experience–delicious … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts sprouting…

I am really excited for this year’s garden.  Nevermind that it is only mid-February.  I’ve been getting into gardening mode for a month now.  Every December I get my Seed Saver’s catalog and in January, when all that holiday bustling … Continue reading

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Dried Tomato Pesto

This was a quick pesto I threw together to fill a Turkey Roulade with.  If you want, you can chop everything by hand.  I have a one-year old and use a food processor for speed and convenience. Toss into the … Continue reading

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Turkey Roulade

Pretty Bird has wanted me to do a Turkey Roulade for a while now.  It’s one of those awesome dishes that is infinitely versatile, always impressive both visually and flavor-wise.  Best of all, its pretty easy to make.  Fortunately, we … Continue reading

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Pesto Winter Lasagna

This picture really doesn’t do this lasagna justice.  It is really tasty, vegetarian and filling.  Of course, enough cheese and any dish will be filling. Like most of the dishes we’ve been posting through the winter months, the vegetable portion … Continue reading

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Turkey Lentil Stew

Baby, holidays, work…it’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog post.  Fortunately, we’ve still been cooking (and taking pictures).  So for my first post in the new year I’d like to share a recipe that utilizes my favorite spice of … Continue reading

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