Double Tomato Bruschetta

This week I was asked by friend to cook something Italian for dinner. For me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Italian food is pasta. I decided against making pasta, since I eat it at work constantly. Instead, I chose to make this double tomato bruschetta along with an Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup. Bruschetta is easy to make, and is a great appetizer for guests. The addition of sun-dried tomatoes to the bruschetta gives it a different texture and a little bit of a kick. These little snacks were very popular.

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Published in: on January 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm  Comments (3)  
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Broiled Lemon & Garlic Shrimp

I love shrimp, but I feel like it is hard to find new recipes for shrimp so I am usually stuck making the same recipes over and over again. I liked this recipe because it was a bit different, even though it was just another lemon shrimp recipe. Broiling the shrimp gave it a different texture and kept the lemon and garlic flavor really strong. This recipe is quick and easy with great results, definitely one to try.

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Published in: on January 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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Apple Tart

For Christmas this year, my Mom hadn’t planned on having a dessert. Since I am giving up excess processed sugars for my New Year’s resolution (no more sugary drinks or desserts… yikes!), I insisted that we have dessert on Christmas. We decided to go with a recipe that my Mom makes all of the time, the classic apple tart. This tart is easy to make and so delicious, definitely one to try!


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Published in: on December 28, 2010 at 8:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Spiced Apple Cider

It is always nice to have hot cocoa on a snowy day, but sometimes the chocolate is just too much. Spiced cider is another holiday drink that is easy to make, but is less filling than hot chocolate. This recipe is kind of a cheater recipe, considering that I didn’t actually make the cider myself, but it makes a great drink for holiday parties. Add a little bit of spiced rum to the cider and you are ready to go!


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Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Sticks

It’s almost Christmas, which means sweets and treats. I wanted to give a few of my good friends something homemade for the holidays and found this little gift idea. They are fairly simple to make and make great presents, not to mention they taste amazing!


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Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 8:25 am  Comments (1)  
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Homemade Dill Pickles

School is finally over, the snow have been falling, and I have been having a blast snowboarding and hanging out, but with all of that I haven’t had much time to cook. I have had a secret project brewing in my fridge for the past two weeks though… homemade pickles. My mom made homemade pickles and I decided I would try her recipe since hers tasted so good! This recipe is super simple and makes the pickles way healthier, since you won’t have all of the preservatives and such. Give it a try!


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Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm  Comments (2)  
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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

2 Loaves

  • 3 cups rotten bananas, mashed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • cinnamon sugar, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease 2 metal loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine banana, eggs, yogurt and sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Divide batter between 2 loaf pans. (If desired, sprinkle top with cinnamon-sugar.)
  5. Bake until toothpick comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes)
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan. If not serving immediately, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freeze up to 6 months.

Note: If you want to make zucchini bread, just substitute the 3 cups of bananas for 3 cups shredded zucchini.

Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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