Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Toasted Couscous Salad with Feta, Chives, and Tomatoes


With summer on the horizon, I've been craving salads of all sorts. In the past few weeks, we've had caesar salads, spinach salads, grilled corn salads, pasta salads, broccoli salads, and more. I've been waiting since our bookclub Christmas party last December to make this light and delicious couscous salad. Full of nutty, toasted couscous, fruity olive oil, salty feta cheese, and fresh chives and tomatoes, it is the perfect addition to any summer meal.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recipe Redux: Spanish Meatballs

Here's another delicious family-favorite that has been posted before, but with a blah picture that didn't do the tasty dish justice.  I first made these amazing spanish meatballs for a baby shower a few years ago, and then took the opportunity to take new pictures of them a few months ago when we had a tapas theme for dinner club.  The made-from-scratch meatballs full of fresh breadcrumbs, scallions, and spices are simmered in a red wine and rosemary tomato sauce to create basically the most fantastic meatballs on the planet.  And now they have a good picture to show them off!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Recipe Redux: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I first posted this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies--our family favorite, by the way--back in September of 2008.  The recipe hasn't changed, but I thought it was time to get a better picture in there!  We have replaced our kitchen table, our camera, and our computer in the past 2.5 years, and I have to say I think my photography skills have improved more than a little!  So here it is again, an oldy but a goody:  Chocolate Chip Cookies (with new and improved picture).

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Use an ice cream scoop to shape dough into balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (the standard 12 cookies per sheet method). Bake for 10-12 minutes until just beginning to turn golden on the edges. Remove from oven, cool on sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies.


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