Month: January 2013


Pear & Proscuitto Panini

Once upon a time, I discovered a sandwich that was so good, my life was forever changed.  To my grandmother, aunt, mother, sister, and I it became known simply as “the sandwich”.  If one of us suggested we go out to lunch for “the sandwich”, there was a common understanding among us all. One day, the bistro that served this sandwich closed.  It was a sad, sad day.  We all lamented the death of “the sandwich”. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. I was in the store recently and saw a lone block of harvarti in the cheese case.  I thought to myself, “Hey, when was the last time I had some harvarti?”  At that moment, happy memories of “the sandwich” came running back. I’ve decided to bring back the glory that was “the sandwich” and share it with the world with a few tweaks. The reason we became such addicts to two pieces of bread and the fillings in between, is because it had all the best …


Cranberry Frozen Greek Yogurt Sundae

Do you have a sweet tooth the size of Texas?  I do. My all time favorite calorie splurge is ice cream.  If that wasn’t evident from my 30 day ice cream marathon back in June, I don’t know what is. Given the push to enter the new year in a healthier way, I came up with a sundae that’s been filling the sweet cravings lately. My new favorite find is frozen Greek yogurt.  I’ve been eating Greek yogurt for breakfast for awhile now so any other excuse to nosh on it is good in my book. This sundae takes a grand total of 2 minutes to put together.  Toss a scoop or two of frozen yogurt in a bowl, warm a few tablespoons of fruit butter in the microwave, pour over the yogurt, and top with some dried fruit and nuts. For this version, I used cranberry apple butter from Trader Joes, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The options really are limited by what you have in your fridge and pantry. …


A Very Foodie Christmas

 Well howdy!  Happy 2013!  Remember me? As I’m sure you can all relate, life has been a little more than hectic around here.  We logged about 2500 miles in the car over the holidays and we’re all still recovering.  Just ask Walter. Once we returned home (as if I didn’t have enough to do with unpacking, cleaning, etc), I joined a family genealogy site on a whim and have been completely consumed.  My husband feels abandoned and left to forage for his own food, laundry hasn’t been done in days, and I’m starting to see swirls of names and badly copied records everywhere I look.  It’s been amazingly fun and I’ve uncovered a lot about our family history but I’ve been less than “present” recently. I finally snapped out of it (or took a short break, let’s be real) and am back with some of the best foodie gifts I received this Christmas. People collect all sorts of different things; coins, stamps, or if you’re my uncle, those giant, touristy pencils.  I collect cookbooks.  I …