Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bacon, Leek & Mushroom Pasta to die for

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Two pasta posts in a row! I guess I’m on a pasta kick lately. But pasta is one of those things that I just never get sick of. It’s also the ultimate comfort food. Then, when you combine leeks, bacon, and mushrooms in a creamy sauce and pour that over the pasta, it’s pretty much heaven in a bowl.

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I have a confession. This was my first time cooking with leeks. I love the flavor of leeks so I don’t know why I’ve never cooked with them before. I guess because they are a pain to clean and always look a little intimidating in the grocery store. Also, I’ve never really made anything and thought, “you know what this is missing? Leeks!”, but needless to say, they really are a delicious veggie. They have a great mild onion flavor and they go really well in pasta dishes and soups. Trader Joe’s also sells pre-trimmed leeks (is that cheating??) and I guess that made it a little easier for me. But I can assure you, this will not be my last time cooking with leeks and next time I may even buy the untrimmed, unwashed version and do it all myself! Sometimes you gotta take risks… Continue reading

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Vegetarian pasta with grated zucchini and mushrooms

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This may be the best pasta dish I’ve ever made. You won’t miss the meat at all, I promise. The pasta is full of flavor with beefy baby portabello mushrooms, grated zucchini, and freshly grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese. Seriously, I could have eaten the whole thing in one sitting. I ate about half…Self control.

Anyway, make this pasta. It’s delicious. Continue reading

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Healthy toaster oven burrito

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There are so many good things I can say about this burrito. First and foremost, it’s super healthy and packed full of foods that we should all be eating. Side note, I’ve been watching “The Food Hospital” on Cooking Channel, and it’s really making me think more about the things I am eating. I think that might have been what inspired this recipe. Second, this recipe literally takes 5 minutes to throw together (maybe less) and then another 5 minutes to bake. Third, it’s a toaster oven recipe, and therefore, requires very little cleanup. It also happens to be delicious. Continue reading

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Breakfast Casserole with creme fraiche

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Saturday morning I had a brunch to attend. I also needed to make a breakfast/brunch casserole to bring. I searched the internet for breakfast casserole recipes and finally settled on one that looked good. However, this week has been a bit hectic for me and as I went to make the casserole the night before (at about 11:30pm, yikes), I realized that I forgot to stop at the store and that I didn’t have many of the major components of the dish, like crescent rolls and milk (hello)! Continue reading

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