Thursday, August 9

Recipe: Artichoke and Feta Tarts with Tomato Salad

A quick and delicious recipe from Donna Hay* that I have wanted to try for quite some time.  It's perfect as an appetizer or lunch and is ready in less than 20 minutes! 

*One change I would make to the recipe is to use basil instead of the mint, the mint just didn't work for me with this. 

Wednesday, July 25

Recipe: Potato and Leek Pizza with Goat Cheese

I used to think that potatoes on pizza was an odd combination, but after seeing this recipe, I couldn't resist trying it out. The  idea of potatoes, leeks and goat cheese together sounded delicious. The flavors were so good together that after just one bite this became one of my favorite pizzas that I have ever had!

Wednesday, May 23

Raspberry, Mascarpone, and Pistachio Tarts

After baking and eating these adorable tarts, I can definitely say that they have been added to the list of our favorite desserts. The pistachio shells are delicately crisp and the mascarapone filling is to die for! I have to admit that while assembling them, more filling went directly into my mouth than into the tarts. :)

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Tuesday, May 22

Rustic Cabbage Soup with Gruyere Croutons

A quick, delicious, healthy dinner. Recipe found here. This soup goes great with a side of bread, either a warm baguette or crunchy croutons make the dish! I added gruyere croutons which I made by buttering both sides of the bread and placing the slices in the oven under the broiler for a couple minutes. When the bread became slightly golden, I flipped each piece over, added gruyere cheese and fresh thyme and broiled for another minute. 

Tuesday, May 15

Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Buttercream and Nutella

I had been craving chocolate cake for a couple weeks and this past weekend when I was looking for something to make I knew it had to be cake. I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts, but I wasn't able to find a recipe that included both, so I had to improvise. I used this recipe for the cake part and added toasted hazelnuts into the batter. Then, I made a hazelnut buttercream by using this recipe for the buttercream and added hazelnut praline to it. I made the hazelnut praline by combining toasted hazelnuts and sugar in a food processor for about 3-5 minutes, until it was creamy. To assemble the cake I spread each layer with the hazelnut buttercream and a thin layer of nutella. The result was delicious!