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Comfort foods: things that warm you inside and out.  Soups, mac&cheese, pasta dishes, and anything involving potatoes always fall in this category.  Combining any of these dishes create a whole new level of comfort, and when it is snowing outside and the sky is grey this super comfort meals are the ones to go for.  For me there is nothing more comforting than a delicious soup, such as cream of broccoli, with delicious latkes.   Latkes use to be a labor of effort, that normally involved cursing while trying to cut the potatoes in to even pieces and then attempting to julienne them.  Then I got: the mandolin!  Suddenly things are easier and faster and my fingers are no longer at risk of being sliced/diced/julienned or otherwise removed! Needless to say between this and my immersion blender I am chopping, slicing, blending machine.  (yes i have a slight addiction to kitchen gadgets, but that’s okay).   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:14]

In wedding news: invitations have been picked!  Have mailed the check to the venue and reserved the block of rooms.   I have an insanely crazy busy weekend coming up soon, just waiting for the MOH to get in town!  Still left to figure out: food, booze, music, and flowers.  (trying to not focus on that part tho…something about stress)

Baking · Dessert

Mama said…

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

Everybody has “those days”, you know the ones I’m talking about.   The ones where everything seems to go wrong regardless of how hard you try, where the only thing that makes it all better is a bubble bath, a good book, and an insanely decadent dessert.  While I can’t help with those first two, I can most certainly assist in the decadent dessert category.  These cupcakes also fall in the category of don’t ask how many calories because chances are you don’t want to know so I recommend finding someone to share them with.

If you decide to do these with the brownie filling, prep the filling the night before.  The harder the brownie dough the creamier it will taste once baked.  If you are looking for more of a brownie inside of a cupcake then don’t worry about chilling the dough and just go straight to the cupcakes.  I prefer the creamy dough filling but nothing wrong with a brownie cupcake!  For an extra punch of chocolate top with a small (or large) piece of chocolate!


In other (wedding!!!) news: the honeymoon is mostly booked and venues are being inspected this weekend!  Hoping to have the venue set by Monday and vendors by the end of the month 🙂

Italian · Vegan

Celebrate Good Times

Eggplant Cacciatore

2012 has arrived and so far it’s been a very exciting year, starting with Joe and I getting engaged!  Ok I know this is a food blog but I had to get that out first, and will do my best to keep this from fully turning in to a wedding blog. Right now things are in the early stages but moving along nicely and I’m looking forward to meeting with all the caterers (and the cake bakers!)

So on to the real reason everyone is here: the food!  I know I’ve been absent for awhile but I promise that I’ve been busy in the kitchen and will have lots of fun new recipes to share. This recipe is a highly modified version of a dish my mom served growing up and like her version this can be done on the stove top or in a slow cooker.[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:12]


For a richer taste sub out 1/2 cup of the vegetable stock for a dry red wine.  For my New Years resolutions I promise to be better about posting this year and will also be doing my best to stay on topic!