Monday, December 03, 2007

Recipes From Other Blogs....

No time to really write much today so I thought I'd post a couple of things I'd made recently. Both were from other blogs.....when you read as many food blogs as I do, who needs cookbooks?!?! These people are so talented and give us all access to such wonderful photography and commentary that it's hard not to be inspired.

Farro, Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Kale

I saw Heidi's Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash and knew I had to make something like this since she combined two of my favorite foods. I used her recipe as inspiration and cooked my farro is chicken stock, then tossed it with butternut squash I had roasted with olive oil, thyme and garlic. I also added my new favorite vegetable black kale which I had also sauteed in garlic and olive oil. Some dried porcini mushrooms had been hiding in my pantry so I reconsituted those, chopped them roughly and added them as well as a bit of their liquid to the whole thing. Tossed with some sea salt and lots of black pepper, it has quickly become one of our go-to side dishes.

Fig and Almond Tart

Although mine doesn't look nearly as gorgeous as Jules' version on her beautiful blog, stonesoup, it tasted delicious and had my husband clamoring for more. I've always loved frangipane with any fruit (especially pears) and the combination of the almonds, eggs, butter and vanilla creates one of the best sweet flavors ever.

Hopefully I'll have some time to get my holiday baking started. Speaking of which- if anyone has a foolproof, easy-to-handle sugar cookie recipe (meaning easy to roll and cut from) I'd love it if you could share. Although I really enjoy baking Christmas cookies, I'm not the biggest fan of cut-out cookies since a lot of the dough is so fussy.

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