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[personal profile] foxfirefey
This is inspired by a place by my work that does something similar, but with pear compote.


* Sharp white cheddar (mine came from CostCo, the Coastal stuff)
* Rosemary bread (mine came from Trader Joe's)
* Lemon curd (another thing from Trader Joe's)
* Butter (I did unsalted, the cheddar is plenty salty enough)


* Toaster Oven
* Frying pan and oven


* Lightly toast one side of the rosemary bread in the oven
* One one slice of rosemary bread, put a pile of chopped up white cheddar chunks on the toasted side. Put it back into the toaster oven until the cheese gets pretty melty.
* While that's going on, spread lemon curd on the other piece of bread, on the toasted side.
* Put a pat of butter in your frying pan and melt it
* Take your melted cheesy bread out of the toaster oven, put both pieces together so the cheese of one side is against the lemon curd of the other
* Put your sandwich into the pan, swish it around, flip it to the other side--this will make sure that both sides have butter as you pan toast.
* Toast both sides of your sandwich in the pan with the butter, flipping as necessary. When it's toasted to your liking, put it on a plate.
* Tada! Fancy grilled cheese.
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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] niqaeli
These are an incredibly simple recipe I acquired from a family friend a long time ago and are always super popular at parties: they're a small, nibbly form of protein, which is often not a big feature of most party foods.

They don't reheat very well but they taste just fine cold or room temperature. (You can reheat them once and they're fine while hot, but they turn to leather if you let them cool back off at all.)

Dietary and accessibility notes: )

Prep time: ~30 minutes, altogether
Bake time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: )

Directions: )

Despite the spiciness of the sausage, I have not found the end results to be spicy for most people. The cheese cuts through it quite a lot and it seems like you lose some of the sausage flavour if it doesn't have some kick to it.
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[personal profile] monksandbones
A new deli has opened in my neighbourhood recently, and a couple of weeks ago I stopped in to check it out. As soon as I ordered my vegetable sandwich, the owner had me pegged as a vegetarian, and she spent the rest of my wait for my sandwich explaining the vegetarian options she already offered, and asking me for my suggestions. She tried to induce me to try some roasted red pepper-smoked gouda soup, but my takeout preferences run to things I can't make nearly as well myself (like amazing delicious sandwiches on massive sesame-challah buns) and soup doesn't fit that category. However, having determined that roasted red pepper-smoked gouda soup is a thing, I decided to make some.

I used this recipe as a guideline, and came out with some pretty delicious soup. If the prospect of grating up a bunch of fancy cheese and melting it into a pot of pureed veggies sounds like something you'd enjoy, this is definitely a soup for you.

Dietary note: This is largely vegetarian, depending on your tolerance for cheese that may use animal rennet. If you only eat rennet-free cheese and rennet-free smoked gouda is something you can get your hands on, not a problem. If not, I'm afraid the cheese is what makes this soup (although you might be able to get something similar in taste with a combination of liquid smoke and some kind of sharp white vegetarian cheese).

Accessibility note: This is a pretty easy soup chopping-wise; it's pureed, so no need to be finicky about chopping the veggies. It does require an immersion blender (or at least some kind of blender) and opening some jars, though.

Smoked Gouda, Roasted Pepper, and Tomato Soup )
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[personal profile] redsnake05
I'm going to a potluck tonight, and I am taking these little morsels of delicious. I found them originally at Jelly Toast, but made several changes to the recipe.

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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I found this recipe at a County Fair and again on the internet when I lost the original copy and have made it several times since then. It is delish and easy (as long as you have a food processor, otherwise chopping is done by hand). Very good for low spoon days. My one quibble is that it uses an oven, so it's best not to make it on super hot days. Otherwise, it's a great recipe for using old bread and delish seasonal tomatoes and basil. Cheese is optional, so it can be made either vegetarian or vegan.
Savory Tomato Bread Pudding )
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I was on Facebook tonight and noticed a friend's post. Her fiance wanted her to make him a bacon cheesecake and she was freaking out. EWWW was her response. But it got me thinking. The problem wasn't with his request but her preconceptions on what a cheesecake is. (ie: dessert only.) So I went googling and found the following recipe which I shared with her. It is an appetizer but is definitely a cheesecake. I would serve this in thin slivers with a selection of good hearty breads and crackers.

Apple Blue Cheese Bacon Cheesecake

This unusual savory cheesecake is rich from Parmesan, blue cheese, and cream cheese. The sweet apples and salty bacon are a nice counterpoint to the richness of the cheese. The method requires long slow baking, so plan ahead. As you can tell, this is not a dessert, but an appetizer fit for the finest party.

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I wanted a bit more out of my chicken alfredo so I played around with the recipe and came up with this...

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[personal profile] cougars_catnip
This is a wonderful dish for pot lucks, cold winter nights, or game night. Creamy, spicy, cheesy, yumm! 

Read more... ) Many thanks to the Homesick Texan.
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[personal profile] cougars_catnip
This is basically heaven on a plate.    The mascarpone absorbs the chocolate/hazelnut flavor, and the powdered sugar almost caramelizes as it melts on the warm buttered bread. 

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So I was just on face book and someone had shared some recipe from Hormel for a Cheeseburger Dip. I thought mmm that sounds so good. So I go look..... And my thought is OMG artificial cheese and meat products?????? ICK. I can do better than that!  So I wrote this recipe. 



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[personal profile] cougars_catnip
Three cheeses, chicken and spinach blend to make a very  different take on the classic lasagna, any time I take this to a potluck it is one of the first dishes to be finished.

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[personal profile] cougars_catnip
Using some convenience ingredients takes the work out of this classic side dish.


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[personal profile] feuervogel
(Or lazy-ass lasagna.)

Serves 4.

You will need:
1/2 lb pasta (penne, rigatoni, fusilli/rotini, bowties, etc. Not spaghetti, angel hair, etc.)
16 oz jar pasta sauce (one you like)
15 oz tub ricotta
6-8 oz mozzarella, shredded

8x8 baking dish, sprayed with non-stick spray

Step 1: Cook 1/2 lb pasta as directed on package. Drain.
Step 2: Return pasta to pot.
Step 3: Pour approximately half your pasta sauce into the pot with the pasta. Stir.
Step 4: Spoon approximately half your ricotta into the pot with the pasta and sauce. Stir until thoroughly mixed. (Sauce may appear unpleasant at this stage.)
Step 5: Dump contents of pot evenly into baking dish.
Step 6: Cover with shredded mozzarella.
Step 7: Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

This can be made vegan by substituting soft or silken tofu for the ricotta and your favorite cheese substitute for the mozzarella.

You can easily double the recipe for larger groups. Use a 9x13 baking dish instead. This is my go-to potluck dish if I'm pressed for time.

(crossposted from my journal)
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[personal profile] cougars_catnip
As a misplaced ex-pat Texan living in New England I sometimes get very homesick for the tastes of home. This is one of the dishes I make when I really miss home.

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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] 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.)

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

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] highlyeccentric
Tasty, tasty pilaf with mild spices, sultanas/raisins and delicious haloumi. What more can you want?

This recipe is: Vegetarian*; not absolutely reliant on having nuts (although they're delicious)
Accessibility notes/ this recipe requires: A fair bit of chopping and fine motor work, quite a lot of faffing around taking things in and out of a hot frying pan, a number of small individual steps, and at least two pots/pans.
Serves: 4-6
Credit: Original recipe here.

* Although it occurs to me that I have no idea if Haloumi contains rennet, so depending on your standards of vegetarianism you may want to check that.

And lo, a recipe )
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[personal profile] silvercaladan
 Its christmastime in the south, and the heat is afoot. But whether its 20 degrees or 70 (wahoo, Texas) outside, you can always enjoy this family classic: Corn Casserole.

Its about the easiest and most delicious thing you can make, and makes a fabulous side dish to go along with your Christmas Ham... I hear some families make turkey, but in my family, you eat (deep fried) turkey only for Thanksgiving. I'm sure the casserole'd taste awesome with both.

Deliciousness below... )
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[personal profile] amalnahurriyeh
WTF Should I Make For Dinner?

No images, but not work-safe language. (Hint: I have abbreviated the title of the page.)

After informing it that "I don't f***ing eat meat" and refreshing a couple of times, it suggested parmesan cheese and walnut tart. I think that sounds delightful, don't you? If only I had parmesan cheese or walnuts in the house.

(So as not to be totally off-topic, here's a recipe I found for such an object. Looks quiche-y.)

(Or the mods can just delete this.)


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