Saturday, February 11, 2006

Romain Lettuce, Green Apple, Cheddar Cheese and Walnut Salad

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Tonight, B wanted to have leftovers for dinner (stirfried pork, veggies, and egg noodle). Of course, I was dissapointed, because I wanted to cook! Well, since I didn't want to cook a full four serving meal just for me, I decided to make a salad pour une. And not just any old salad. So, I turned to my trusty The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook to see what sort of interesting salads I could whip up with what I had in my fridge. What I found was a Bibb Lettuce, Green Apple, and Cheddar recipe, with their Basic Vinegrette salad dressing*. The final product is what you see above, with this really yummy multigrain rye bread that I bought for the first time.


  • Romain lettuce, instead of Bibb lettuce
  • Added walnuts
  • Added cucumber

* The ATK Family Cookbook's Basic Vinegrette is really tasty. It consists of: olive oil, red wine vinegar, diced shallot, minced garlic, salt, pepper, dijon mustard, and oregano (they also suggest other herbs you can choose from).

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Pasta Alla Amatriciana

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This was my serving-size for dinner. I'm trying to hold back on seconds. This is Pasta Alla Amatriciana. The recipe used is from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It was really good. Also, fast and easy. It basically consists of: chopped bacon, diced onion, pepper flakes, diced and crushed tomatoes, linguine, and grated Romano cheese.

My version: chopped bacon, diced onion, pepper flakes, sliced yellow pepper, sliced zucchini, 1 can stewed tomatoes, linguine, and grated parmesan cheese.

I think I'll go have another forkfull...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

My Favorite Dessert: Mini Brownie with Ice Cream

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Warm the brownie; top with your fav ice cream (vanilla/strawberry cheesecake); and voila! The simplicity of ready-made dessert makes it all the better.