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Make All New Food Things!

Make All New Food Things!

Posted by Anthony on October 25, 2016 in Tidbits


Last week, I was seriously jonesing to make some new recipes. And since my wife and I love to have “small plates” dinners every so often, I took the opportunity to jazz things up and make all new recipes for the meal, complete with a menu I printed up (because I’m a design geek like that). The menu for the evening included:

  • Raspberry Peach Sangria
  • Cheddar Bacon Ranch Spread
  • Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Sautéed Garlic Tomatoes
  • Grown-up Pigs in a Blanket (filled with BBQ pulled pork and cheese)
  • Zucchini Boats
  • Chocolate Tiramisu Truffles

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Ratatouille with Garden Risotto

Ratatouille with Garden Risotto

Posted by Anthony on April 25, 2016 in Entree


Serves: 4-6

Time: 30 min (active); 45 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Medium

This past weekend, after seeing a post on Facebook for DIY: Create Remy’s Ratatouille, I was inspired to make myself some homemade Ratatouille, and because I’m a bit of a food and movie geek, I decided to pair it with a screening of the Pixar movie Ratatouille. Luckily, my wife indulged me in this potentially silly “Ratatouille Night”.

The dish itself is simple enough, consisting of baking sliced veggies along with some tomato sauce. To add a bit more substance to the meal, I decided to serve the Ratatouille atop my favorite homemade Garden Risotto recipe from Food Network’s Ellie Krieger. The end result was healthy, flavorful, and outright delicious — and a perfect pairing for watching the movie!

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Muffin Tin Lasagnas

Muffin Tin Lasagnas

Posted by Anthony on February 17, 2016 in Entree


Serves: 6

Time: 20 min (active); 25 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

On a recent trip to visit my sister and her family, my wife and I were treated to a delightful array of meals. I had the pleasure of helping with most of the meals, both because I enjoy cooking, as well as to help alleviate the burden of cooking for a group of 9. On the very first night we were there, she made us this recipe for Muffin Tin Lasagnas, which is a hands-down winner of a recipe. It’s simple to make, tastes absolutely delicious, and is a quick-and-easy go-to recipe for both an entrée or a side dish. It’s also a wonderful dish to serve when you want or need to use different ingredients for different people, like making half with a meat filling and half with veggies, thereby catering to both vegetarians (like me) and non-vegetarians at the same time. If you’re a fan of lasagna, you must try this recipe. You’ll be glad you did!

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Vegetarian Quinoa Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Quinoa Black Bean Chili

Posted by Anthony on September 18, 2015 in Soup


Serves: 6-8

Time: 60 min

Difficulty: Easy

After a few cooler days here in Michigan, with the feel of fall in the air, I was inspired to try a new chili recipe, both for a change of pace and also for another recipe to add to my 50 in 15 Challenge. I did a bit of poking around at various black bean chili recipes, and found a few that I liked. Rather than just picking one, I ended up making a recipe that was a combination of all of them. The end result was a phenomenal, hearty, and healthy chili that’s sure to please. Even though it’s vegetarian, the inclusion of quinoa and soy burger crumbles help make it more hearty. And dare I say that if you don’t tell anyone what kind of “meat” it includes, they won’t notice the difference.

If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, do yourself a favor and give this one a shot. It pairs swimmingly with some homemade Sweet Cornbread Muffins, and is a definite winner for football season and the chilly months to come!

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Breakfast Bread Bowls

Breakfast Bread Bowls

Posted by Anthony on August 15, 2015 in Breakfast


Serves: 2

Time: 15 min (active), 25 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

My wife shared a video for breakfast bread bowls with me the other day, and I knew I had to try them immediately. I’m not entirely sure of the source of the video, as it was posted and re-posted on Facebook by many people. Be that as it may, these savory bowls are pretty easy to make, and are very flexible when it comes to fillings. Be forewarned: These bowls are dangerously delicious. You will want to make them again and again!

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