Friday, May 18, 2012

Rum & Basil Strawberry Pound Cake

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Rum & Basil Strawberry Pound Cake

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I found this recipe over at Keep It Simple Foods and first tried making it a few weeks ago. Despite the somewhat unusual combination of ingredients it became an instant favorite. It's so light and fresh and I love that it's not overly sweet. However, the first time I made it I really felt like it could use just a touch more sweetness. So I came up with the idea for a sauce (which of course must contain alcohol, right?), and to my delight it turned out perfectly and gave this dessert just the right extra something. I also increased the amount of wet ingredients in the cake (partly necessary just because I live in a super dry climate, but also makes it more soft and moist), and substituted lemon juice for vanilla, which I think gives it a brighter flavor. Sometime I'm going to try this recipe with peaches instead of strawberries; I think the rum would really compliment peaches nicely.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Olive Tapenade

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This is super quick to throw together, yet makes a delicious and elegant appetizer.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Grilled BLT Sandwiches

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Grilled BLT Sandwiches

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Not all BLTs are created equal. This one, for instance, is in a class of its own. It was probably the most perfect BLT I've ever tasted. Not exactly the most traditional, but who cares about tradition when shaking things up just improves them?


What makes it is the spread. Out with boring mayo and in with avocado and goat cheese. Mixed. With garlic. And chipotle powder. Mhm. That's what I'm talking about!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Orange Balsamic Glaze

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Orange Balsamic Glaze

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If you are one of those odd and sadly too common people who hates Brussels sprouts you need to try this recipe anyway. It's crazy good. It might just convert you. (By the way, I've found that most vegetables that are generally boring at best, undergo a miraculous transformation when roasted. Who needs steam? Don't answer that.)