Archive | January, 2011
Super Bowl Dips!

Super Bowl Dips!

As I’ve said before, I’m not that big of a football fan, but I sure do love football food!  This week I want to feature some yummy eats that would be perfect to serve on Super Bowl Sunday.  Let’s start with the dips! First up is Buffalo “Chicken” Dip.  This creamy and spicy dip is [...]

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Mint Sugar Fruit Salad

Mint Sugar Fruit Salad

I’m still working my way through showing you guys everything I served at our Bears’ Brunch, even though we’re long past Bears talk since they blew the game last weekend.  My nephew is a Steelers fan (we’re not sure where that came from), so we’ll all be rooting for them in the Super Bowl. I’ll [...]

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Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel

I wanted to make a coffee cake for our Bears brunch a couple weekends ago, and after scouring my cookbooks for a suitable recipe (easy to make, feeds a small crowd, tasty), this one from my beloved Veganomicon seemed perfect.  I’d never made this before, but it sounded so good that I had to give [...]

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Vegan Queso Give-Away!

Vegan Queso Give-Away!

UPDATE: The winner of the vegan queso is Tami (vegan appetite), who commented that her “favorite snack would be wingz. Wingz dipped in queso sound fantastic!”  Thanks so much to everyone who entered! Guys, I’m really excited to announce this give-away.  You may remember a post I did a while back about Vegan Explosion’s queso.  [...]

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Chicago Bears Cake!

Chicago Bears Cake!

I mentioned yesterday that we hosted a Bears brunch over the weekend since the game was on at 10am here in LA.  Kind of strange to watch football over breakfast, but I could definitely get used to it.  It turned out to be a marathon day of TV since we watched both NFL games and [...]

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Awesome Easy Layer Dip

Awesome Easy Layer Dip

For the life of me, I couldn’t come up with a name for this dip.  Soy Chorizo Papaya Mango Salsa?  Guacamole Chorizo Tropical something?  Tropical Spicy Creamy Chip Stuff? It’s awesome, and it’s easy, so that’s what I went with!  I made this for a Bears’ brunch we had on Sunday, and it was a [...]

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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

I told you I’ve been on a comfort food kick, and here’s even more proof!  Between the coffee cake, cocoa and a few other test recipes I’ve been playing around with, I definitely need to up my workouts if I want to keep fitting into my clothes!  I don’t know what I’m thinking having these [...]

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

It’s been pretty chilly here in the mornings and at night, at least by L.A. standards, and I’ve been trying to keep warm with lots of hot tea and cocoa. My mom used to make a homemade hot cocoa mix that I would drink all winter long back in Chicago.  I need to get the [...]

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Trader Joe’s Coffee Cake

Trader Joe’s Coffee Cake

I know that most people are probably still working on their New Year’s Resolutions and trying to eat healthy food, but this past weekend I was all about comfort food.  I’m still nursing a cold (or some sort of sore-throat-stuffed-sinuses-cough-thing), so I went all out on a baking and cooking extravaganza yesterday that included this [...]

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Chicago Diner Chocolate Cake

Chicago Diner Chocolate Cake

While I was back home I was able to hit up the amazing Whole Foods that opened last year near my parent’s house.  It’s easily three to four times the size of our two local Whole Foods, and a godsend when we’re home. Usually when I’m out of town I take a break from cooking [...]

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Vanilla Yogurt with Oranges & Pistachios

Vanilla Yogurt with Oranges & Pistachios

I came up with this dessert (along with the Chocolate Cherry Loaf) for the recent feature that Whole Soy was kind enough to write about me.  If you’ve never tried soy yogurt, you’re missing out!  It’s really tasty, and it can easily be substituted for regular yogurt in any recipe. I wanted at least one [...]

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Beef-less Stew with Herb Biscuits

Beef-less Stew with Herb Biscuits

Happy New Year!  Ryan and I flew back yesterday, and I took the opportunity last night to use my Christmas present from him – a Le Creuset dutch oven and matching trivet!  I’ve wanted one of these for a loooooooooong time.  I was always torn about which color I’d want, but when I saw that [...]

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