Monthly Archives: December 2009

Lynn – Pharewell

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Last night, for our final evening in Philly, I cooked a big dinner. A lot of the menu was blog-inspired, but I also used these cookbooks for recipes….though I wound up veering a little bit.

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Also invited was my friend Sadye (who I’d reconnected with on Monday afternoon), her husband Morgan, and their 3-month-old son, Mason.

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Everyone hit it off immediately…

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For appetizers we set out some cheeses, nuts, baby carrots, and Sabra hummus blended with a few oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes…

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Plus some Olive Food Should Taste Good chips – I had about 4 of these with some dip. I like this flavor a lot more than their multigrain one.

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I am trying to wean everyone off of Diet Soda with artificial sweeteners; I picked up a six-pack of Root Beer Zevia.

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…and they were all impressed!

For the main course I chose the Vegetarian Times’ student chef competition winner for “Best Soup” – a Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with White Beans and Swiss Chard.

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…only I left out the red pepper flakes, added double the broth, and substituted green chard and chickpeas. So I guess you’d call it a Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with Chickpeas and Green Chard.

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I also forgot to add the fresh basil at the end. It was stlll great, though.

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From “The Modern Vegetarian” cookbook I followed a recipe for a “Rosemary Porcini” appetizer, but instead of using porcini mushrooms I subbed Cremini, with thyme instead of sage, and balsamic vinegar rather than red wine. They suggested serving it over crostini but I laid it on a bed of organic mixed greens instead:

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I also added some cherry tomatoes (roasted with olive oil, rosemary, and thyme at 400 for 20 minutes), some chopped Wildwood Teriyaki Tofu, and Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing.

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I got to sit in the seat of honor, opposite my Daddy-in-law:

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Dessert was Christy’s recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding (I used cocoa powder):

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Plus the best packaged cookies, Newman’s Own Hermits:

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Yum.

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Yay for family, old/new friends, and old/new food faves!

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Sadye and Morgan had to get little Mason home to bed; the rest of us hung out with the dogs (Julius had to be separated all through dinner because he was being crazy). We had a little pupparazzi photo session:

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Howard found Julius’ nylabone:

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I did a little packing/cocoa sipping/sucking:

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It was snowing when we woke up this morning! You can’t see it in the picture, but there are soft flurries coming down.

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I had my typical Philly breakfast, with the addition of some raspberries:

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Today we brave the precipitation and head to NYC for the last leg of our holiday vacation. We have a lot of fun things planned, including a blogger brunch in Soho on New Years Day (any New York bloggers who want to join, email me ASAP so I can confirm the reservation), but I’m sad to bid adieu to the family and to Philly.

For the 2 hour train ride, I ‘ve prepped some turkey/mustard/lettuce/fresh basil on wheatberry bread, plus an orange.

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As the wise Philadelphians Boyz II Men sang, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.

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See you in the Big Apple in 2010!

Christy – Halibut, beans and escarole. Oh my!

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Thanks to everyone who has voted for me so far!

This is a recipe my mom found in a magazine about a year ago and we love to make it together when I am home visiting.  It is called: Slow Poached Halibut with white beans and escarole.  One of the reasons I love the recipe is because I have never had a good recipe for escarole before this one.

This is what you will need:

  • 1/4 cup shallots, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup canned cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 halibut fillets, skinned seasoned with salt and pepper ( 4 or 5 oz each)
  • 1 head of escarole, trimmed, washed and chopped

Preheat the oven at 250.  Then saute shallots, garlic and pepper flakes in 2 tsps of olive oil in an oven proof skillet over meduim heat for 1 minute.  Deglaze with wine and simmer until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes (or skip if you are not using wine).

Add broth, tomatoes, beans, and vinegar: simmer 3-4 minutes or until liquid is reduced slightly.  Season with salt and pepper.

Nestle fillets in the tomato bean mixture, cover and transfer pan to the oven.

Poach for 20-25 minutes in the oven or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Steam escarole with water in a large saute pan over meduim high heat, covered, stirring occasionally until wilted, 2-3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the greens amound 4 plates/bowls.  spoon some of the tomato broth around the greens and top with a halibut fillet.

It makes about 4 servings.

Christy – Quiche

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Here’s another thing we made this past christmas. I forgot to post it earlier.

My mom is famous for her quiches. Throughout the years she has been trying to make them more healthy so that I still enjoy them. Here is the latest:

We took onions, garlic, green, orange and red peppers, celery (not shown) and broccoli and sauteed them in some olive oil.

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We made one batch vegetarian and one with some turkey sausage. (This is the turkey sausage)

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Then we made some pie crust and I would give you the recipe but it tasted awful so I would look up a recipe online or use the ready made.

We were attempting to make the small quiches (also a mistake – so time consuming!!!)

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Half non vegetarian with cheese, and half became vegetarian with no cheese. Then we mixed some eggs with milk

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We put some shredded cheese on half and then poured the egg over the top of the quiches we made. With a medicine dropper :)

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This is what they looked like when they were done – these are the no cheese, no meat ones.
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Since it was so tough to do the little ones, we gave up and made a big one with all the veggies we had left. This one had cheese and turkey sausage

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Does anyone have a recipe for a vegan quiche? I would love to know how to make one!