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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
I got this idea from a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook, and while I doubt my Publix pita bread would meet with her approval, it's a really good idea. I can think of all sorts of modifications. Next time if I feel like getting fancy, I may try adding some shredded chicken and spinach.

Pita Pizza

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[personal profile] monksandbones
I made this salad for supper tonight, as I do quite often in the summer, and it occurred to me that I could also post it here. My version is a slight evolution (or more accurately devolution?) of this 2008 Canadian Living recipe. I also use the dressing/vinaigrette on normal salads.

Accessibility and dietary notes )

Ingredients and directions )
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[personal profile] metawidget
Quick, easy, moist cookies adapted from a double-chocolate recipe from the West Wind Pony Club Cookbook.

Makes 30-36 cookies.

Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease two cookie sheets.

Cream together:

2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Add and mix vigorously:

1 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

Sift together in a separate bowl:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose white flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients into wet a bit at a time, stirring well.

Add:

1 cup pecan pieces

Drop 2" balls into cookie sheets, leaving 2" spaces between cookies.

Bake 9 minutes… cookies will still be soft and a bit shiny when done. Wait maybe 5 minutes then transfer with a thin spatula or other thin lifter to wire rack.
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[personal profile] redsnake05
I have been getting more excited about very very traditional baking recently, and this delicious shortbread recipe is now a staple in my biscuit tin. It is ridiculously short and keeps extremely well.

Recipe and notes etc )
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[personal profile] killing_rose
So this riffs off of The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free's Easy Orange Layer Cake.

I will say this: This would probably be a pretty quick cake if a) you didn't have the attention span of a gnat, b) weren't trying to fool your brain into not-processing, and c) weren't in IM and also helping spelling and grammar pick a fic.

You might understand in here why, after it took like 30 minutes to do the following, Asp was really worried I'd made the lemon curd that another recipe in the book had called for. (Lemon Chiffon Cake, which would have taken half of forever, especially with fried-K_R cooking.)

Recipe:
1 package yellow gluten free cake mix (I used the Betty Crocker yellow cake mix for this one.)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup liquid (I used 1/3 cup Simply Lemonade, 1/3 cup lemon juice)
1/2 cup butter room temp/mildly melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
Zest of 1 large lemon

Dump all of the above into mixing bowl. Beat on low until blended, then beat for another minute and a half.

Pour into two 9 inch round pans that are well greased.

Mine took 19 minutes to bake at 350. (I will note here that given our oven, they may have been done a little earlier, which may be why it does this odd impression of Yankee Cornbread. Lemon flavored Yankee Cornbread. With icing. Which does not change that the cake is delicious; it was just a little baffling last night.)

Icing:
1 package of lemon yogurt
1 package cream cheese
~3/4 cup confectioner's sugar

Blend until it's definitely icing, then frost your layers together.
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[personal profile] mathsnerd
This is less a recipe to make on its own as a meal idea to be made for when you're batch cooking in the slow cooker or stove top or oven, and are browning huge amounts of mince (ground meat) in the morning or around noon and are noticing you need to eat but also need to finish the prep for the batch cooking DAMMIT!

This meal idea is low-spoon, almost-instant, high-protein, doesn't dirty any more dishes except for a fork, requires only 2 EGGS in additional ingredients, and is pretty much guaranteed to fix your hunger pangs within 5 minutes, give or take.

Egg and Mince Patties )
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
First few times I tried collards I was mystified: why did people rave about these greens? Now I love them. They're substantial and gratifying with a nice tooth. The key insight was: ditch the ribs, slice thin, plenty of oil, cook 'em slow and long.
This makes enough for two people as a side dish )

Veg*ns use olive oil plus a medium diced onion instead of the bacon: sweat them on low for a long time so the onions get sweet and fragrant. Add more olive oil before you add the collards.
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[personal profile] killing_rose
~2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
Mushrooms (I used canned, lord knows how much; not many?)
~3 tablespoons garlic (um, ish? I think? THERE WAS A LOT OF MINCED GARLIC, OKAY?)
~1/2 teaspoon pink salt
1 cup chicken broth
Rosemary, um, tablespoon or so ground? Maybe more?
3 pinches sumac
~2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon (or so) cornstarch

Turn heat to medium high; let oil heat up. Drop chicken breasts and onion in to cook. Get chicken white on both sides; add in garlic and rosemary, saute for a minute or so and then add sumac, and lemon juice and then wait another minute and add in the broth and the mushrooms. (I would actually have added another 1/2 cup to a full cup of liquid, because I really liked the flavors and would have liked more broth/gravy left once I added the cornstarch.)

Turn to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes. Poke it occasionally.

If you are not a paranoid bitch, another five minutes at this point probably would be fine. I went for another 10, then diced the chicken, took some of the broth, blended it with cornstarch, blended it into the broth, and let it thicken as I added the chicken back.

We served this over slightly-sticky rice that had garlic and onion powder, a bit of lemon pepper seasoning, and some coconut milk in it.
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[personal profile] rosefox
I was never a big cheese fan even before I cut dairy out of my diet, but one of the few cheeses I really miss is Gruyere. It's creamy and nutty and earthy and rich and I used to use it for basically everything. One of my long-held hopes has been to find a way to make a vegan Gruyère-style sauce, but all the recipes I've seen have been long and complicated and involved nooch, which I really dislike, so I'd mostly given up.

Tonight I was Googling cheeseless pizza recipes and saw a potato pizza recipe (which sounds really yummy and I will definitely make it another time). That got me thinking about potato soups and how a really thick potato soup wouldn't be all that different from melted cheese if you flavored it right... it's goopy, it browns on top when you heat it, and the base is almost flavorless and easy to mess around with.

An hour later--including time it took to run out to the store--I had created the best vegan "cheese" sauce I've ever had in my life. It's so simple I'm not even going to cut-tag it.

Ingredients:
1 large Idaho potato (would probably be even better with Yukon Golds but my grocery didn't have them)
1/8 cup unsalted roasted cashews
Olive oil
Nutmeg
Salt

Tools:
Small pot, strainer, bowl, blender or stick blender

Peel the potato and cut it into small chunks. Place in a small pot with the cashews and add cold water to cover. Boil until very thoroughly cooked. Place the strainer over the bowl and pour in the potatoes and cashews, reserving the cooking water. Put the potatoes and cashews in the blender, or back in the pot if you're using a stick blender. Add in 1/2 cup of cooking water and blend at high speed until very creamy. Add a drizzle of olive oil, nutmeg, and salt to taste, and blend again. If you like nooch, try adding a pinch; it would probably give it a bit of extra depth. Run through the strainer a second time if there are chunks of nuts that the blender didn't catch.

I made a mini pizza with the "cheese", arugula, and salami, and it was superb: browned on top, still gooey underneath. It would work well on potatoes (that sounds sort of cannibalistic, doesn't it?) or pasta or broccoli--anything you'd make gratinée, basically. Adjust the flavorings to make something closer to cheddar (paprika? cider vinegar? miso paste? mess around and find what works) and it would be killer on nachos. The texture is great for dipping chips or crackers or veggies or slices of apple and pear. If you want to be adventurous, try treating it like curds and see if you can make a solid block of "cheese" out of it! I'll be curious to see what the texture's like after I store it in the fridge.

The major downside of potato "cheese" over soy/nut versions is that it doesn't have much protein. The major upside is that people with soy allergies can eat it! And it is so, so simple to make. Enjoy!
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[personal profile] wendelah1
This sauce is so easy and so good that I'm almost embarrassed to post it.

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions
(Adapted from Marcela Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking, via Smitten Kitchen)

Serves 4-5 as a main course; makes enough sauce to lightly coat most of a pound of spaghetti

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[personal profile] xenacryst
I just threw this together this evening - a passable version of red beans and rice, with chicken and sausage as a nod towards gumbo.

Ingredients and method )
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[personal profile] eien_herrison
Every since finding this recipie on BBC Good Food, it's become our household's go-to recipe for cheesecake. It's light and not at all cloying and, bonus, if you can get quark cheese, this is lower in fat and calories than a lot of other cheesecakes.

While the estimated time is quite long, this is largely to let the cheesecake set -- this can be easily done in the evening and the cheesecake left to set overnight.

Note: method uses UK metric measurements (grams) and ingredients, although approximate substitutions have been given where possible.

Ingredients & Method )


Dietary Info, Optional Additions & Alterations )
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[personal profile] sid
15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained, rinsed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste (if you have wussy tastebuds like mine you'll want to start with less)

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[personal profile] wendelah1
This recipe is from my personal file. I'm pretty sure it's from the LA Times, which means it dates back to the nineties, when the LA Times actually had a non-virtual food section. This is the best tortilla soup I've ever tasted.

recipe under the cut )
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[personal profile] wendelah1
I got this recipe from a Belgian neighbor back when I was in high school and needed to take something to a potluck in my French class. My teacher, Madame Pearlman, was very impressed with my cooking. It is a wonderful, fool-proof recipe, good enough to serve for company, easy enough to make during the week.

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[personal profile] fish_echo
Slight rambling wrt motivation for cooking with lavender. )

There are two dishes here, the lavender-and-corn and the summer squash. They go rather well together and combine to make a light supper, although if you'd rather have a full meal, I'd suggest adding a nice toasted starch-- ideas I contemplated were: naan, lightly toasted cornbread, a very not-rich biscuit, fresh tortillas, or maybe a simple quesadilla. (Um, yeah, and I also was thinking that a bit of my father's homemade beef jerky would have gone quite well too. Which is clearly not a starch. So, um, let your tummy guide you.)


QUICK DESCRIPTIONS
Recipe 1: Corn with Lavender
A subtle play of flavours in a refreshing summery dish. The warm and soft corn is nicely complimented by the cool and crisp lemon cucumber. It requires a little bit of time and attention during the cooking but isn't inherently difficult.
Recipe 2: A Basic Summer Squash Sauté
Quick, easy, tasty.

Time and serving sizes for making both
1.5 hr-ish
2 people for supper

Photos
I took pictures with my phone, but it's new and I'm having a devil of a time getting it to talk to my computer. Once I get around to figuring that out, I'll update this with pictures. When I do that, I'll drop a quick note to the comm whenever that happens, because I know some people find pictures helpful.


Corn with Lavender )


A basic summer squash sauté )


I'm sorry that this is all very rough and informal! :( If I'm unclear or if you have any questions, drop a comment and I'd be happy to help!

And if you have any suggestions, observations, etc etc, please also drop them in comments!
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[personal profile] explorer0713

This recipe is sweeter than my usual cornbread recipe but not overly so.   It is also moister than usual and doesn't dry out overnight as some do.

Bonus - super simple.  It would be a good recipe to use for a cooking lesson with a child.


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[personal profile] iamshadow
death cake picture
Click for recipe, and my notes!


Very very adaptable recipe with brilliant GF results. Completely diet destroying (unless one is aiming for butter, fudge, chocolate and nuts).
For those who can't have coffee, chocolate, nuts, etc - this is a surprisingly good recipe for you, as it's entirely adaptable to what you like and what you have lingering in your cupboard. I've made a bunch of suggestions for alternate ingredients, but feel free to go wild with ones I haven't listed. I'm sure your results will be ace.

Also, if you DO make it GF, ask people to taste it, then tell them it's GF. Nobody will believe you. I've done this half a dozen times, and the reaction is always the same.
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[personal profile] facetofcathy
The original recipe is here. I have halved the amount and made a few minor changes to the instructions.

This is a recipe that takes the French yogurt cake idea and makes it with a fairly standard North American coffee cake configuration. The result is a not too sweet, firm-textured but moist and delicate cake that you can eat for breakfast, or any other time. You can grab a hunk of this and eat on the go or, you know, use a plate and possibly even a fork if you have the time.

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