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Squash

January 25, 2014 Cooking MethodsMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

I’ve been meaning to post this piece about squash for a while. Inspiration struck while at my dad’s house months ago when he had many squash from his garden “laying around” the house. Wanting to redirect at least some of the fruits of his labor to the freezer and not wanting to peel and cut-up most of the squash due to them being thicker skinned than me, I thought they might heed a good steaming in the microwave.

You have to poke the squash first, several times around the gourd with tines of a fork or the pointy end of a paring knife.  I poked and steamed the butternut variety with excellent results.  Microwave the squash on high for 2 minutes. Then, rotate the squash 1/3 of the way around and microwave it on high again for 2 minutes...

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Thanksgiving Inspiration: Recipe #1

November 1, 2013 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianCorresponding RecipesShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

These herbed fingerling or other small colorful potatoes are are so easy to make, relatively healthy compared to most mashed alternatives, and VERY delicious. Seriously, this is one of my favorite ways to make potatoes these days. The recipe is brought to you courtesy of Mariano’s Grocery Stores.

Herb Fingerling Potatoes
Serves 4
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Fingerling or small colorful potatoes - 2 lbs, scrubbed and cut-out any bad spots
  2. 1/8 cup olive oil
  3. 1 TBSP. chopped fresh rosemary
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tsp. black pepper
  6. 1/2 TBSP. minced/grated garlic
Instructions
  1. These potatoes will probably take you about 45 mins...
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Don’t Let Your Salad Go Naked…

August 16, 2013 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianCorresponding RecipesShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

give it a fig leaf – or at least some fig dressing. 

Grocery Girl Fig Vinaigrette
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 TBSP. Extra Virgin or Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1 TBSP. Balsamic, White or Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 1 TBSP. Fig Jam
  4. 1/2 tsp. Salt
  5. Dash of Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small Ball canning jar or other container (like the jam container, if you're using the last of it) and shake it. Taste the dressing before you serve it. If you're used to dressings that contain more oil, feel free to add up to 1/2 TBSP. more oil to this recipe.
Notes
  1. I made this dressin...
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Freezing Quiche

June 3, 2013 Cooking MethodsMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

I’ve been researching freezing quiche. Recently, I posted about making two quiches (of the same variety) at the same time.  (I suggested doing this for Mother’s Day in case you were entertaining.) However, entertaining isn’t the only time you might choose to make two quiches at the same time; it makes a lot of sense to bake two quiches at once. Take into account you’re probably using refrigerated pie crusts and they usually come in boxes of two. Therefore, you can use both in one instance. (Frozen, not yet baked pie crust does not have an extremely long freezer life.) But also, baked quiche freezes very well!

  • Allow the quiche to cool COMPLETELY after baking it and before you freeze it.
  • Once the quiche is cooled completely, wrap it in foil (yes, foil) and then wrap in freezer (butcher’s) p...
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From the Grocery Girl’s Test Kitchen: Sweet and Buttery Almond and Lemon Cake (with a Hint of Thyme)

October 25, 2011 DessertsShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

A previous post that I wrote was about the art of perfecting a recipe in the test kitchen.  As sweets were dwindling around our house, I decided to step into my test kitchen (A.K.A. The kitchen in our condo.) and throw a cake together.

Since I don’t bake a lot, I did a little research on recipes before I started measuring.  I was pretty sure I wanted to make an almond cake, but knew we didn’t have any almond paste on hand.  (Almond paste can be found in the baking aisle at your supermarket if the recipe you’re making calls for it.)  We did have almond extract though and I found this recipe:  http://www.italian-dessert-recipes.com/almond_cake_recipe.html online.  I was intrigued by the idea of a delicious “one bowl” almond cake so I decided to give it a whirl...

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Sloppy Joe Goulash

September 23, 2011 Corresponding RecipesShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

By far one of the most inexpensive and easiest to prepare meals I make is sloppy joe goulash.  A true Hungarian goulash usually contains potatoes – my goulash does not.  If the truth were to be known, I just enjoy calling it goulash.  You may feel like you’re making Hamburger Helper when you make it.  (It’s that easy to make and does contain ground beef or turkey.)  Rest assured though, you are really cooking.  You’re just taking a little bit of help from the store in the form of Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, Bold, plus a few other ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of diced green and/or red bell pepper
  • 1 standard sized package of ground turkey or beef
  • 1 can of Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, Bold
  • 8 oz. of whole grain pasta, like rigatoni or penne
  • as much pepper-jack or your favorite cheese ...
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