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French Apple Turnovers

I’ve done battle with the puff pastry. Not sure if I can claim victory or not, but these were a nice refreshing dessert (if one needs a retreat from chocolate, if that’s even possible, these are a good option). We added a bit of cinnamon to the recipe, I think it needed it, and next...

Roasted Chicken with Sweet-Potato Risotto and Cranberry Sauce

New Year’s Dinner. The recipe called for Game Hens, but Trader Joe’s was fresh out (if they ever have them? I’ve never noticed), and we didn’t want to brave the Kroger birds. So we went with a whole chicken. As far as roast chicken goes, it was pretty darn moist, but also pretty darn flavorless....

Smoked Paprika Fingerling Potatoes

New Year’s Eve Eve gave us this delicious and balanced meal, the highlight of which might be Taylor’s smoked paprika fingerling potatoes. We paired them with a pre-marinated pork tenderloin from Trader Joe’s, and some roasted asparagus. Though we found this asparagus overly stringy, which I think was a result of the asparagus rather than...

Polenta-Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Caper Pan Sauce

Interesting dish, this one. I think the one thing we’ll definitely take away from it was the polenta crust (though why use polenta instead of cornmeal, I’m not sure – cornmeal it seems would produce a similar result). The pan sauce was interesting as well. Will we make it again? Probably. Will we modify it...

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, or Hanukkah, or whatever it is you celebrate. :) Our supposed-to-be-relaxing morning began at the crack of dawn (6am) with an earsplitting fire alarm. Not exactly the way you want to wake up on Christmas morning. The alarms in our building have gone ‘rogue’ (so says...

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

A traditional and satisfying italian pasta dish. A little spicy, a little tangy, a lot of salty. Our fail-safe pasta recipe is a variation of this, without the anchovies and capers, but this version is more traditional. Be careful though – the sauce gets very salty, fast, so you do not need to add more...