Sunday, January 30, 2011

Megan's Pesto

My sweet little basil plant!
When I was in graduate school, I was OBSESSED with pesto. I mean, seriously obsessed. I had two basil plants in my room because it was more cost-effective than buying basil every time I wanted it…which was often. Anyway, I love pesto so much that when my friend and former boss Matt returned from Florence recently, he brought back some authentic Italian pesto. I can’t wait to try it!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crazy Nut Bread

Crazy Nut Bread!
I need to give a huge shout-out to my older sister Erin. I think I’ve officially decided that she is my editor. (I have my own website; I think I’m entitled to an editor.) Anyway, Erin is the first person I call when I have an idea about something I want to make and need help finding a jumping off point. She tastefully points out any spelling errors that I may have and calls me with comments, rather than posting them because she doesn’t want anything to sound overly critical. Just today, she asked me to text her when I post so she can be the first to read it. Obviously, she loves me and this blog, so why not give her title, right?

So when I needed a name for this recipe, who did I ask? Yup, Erin.

It started out as Orange Craisin Walnut Loaves. Very descriptive, very literal—you know exactly what you are eating with that name. But Erin is clever one…and came up with a few other suggestions/tag lines for this dish (some of which may be in poor taste…haha…poor taste.) Here they are:
  • Mental Illness Bread…because Orange=strange, Craisin=crazy, Walnuts=nuts. Strange, crazy, and nuts…I think you get the idea.
  • California Bread…because it’s the land of fruits and nuts.
  • Orange You Glad I Didn’t Use Lemon…because the recipe I adapted it from had lemon.
  • One Loaf Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…again because of the whole crazy thing.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

First of all, I want to share how excited I am to be writing my first post of 2011 AND my first post at this web address. A big thank you to my parents for giving me this domain name—what an amazing Christmas present! And thank you to Josh, my friend Vanessa’s boyfriend, for letting me know that I could redirect my original blog to this web address. It’s all so very exciting. I can tell that 2011 is going to be an incredible year and I’m so excited to share it with all of you! My goal for this blog is post on some regular basis (that is still to be determined) and to create some of my own recipes. I think that’s pretty good for this year. :)

Now, back to the cookies…Once upon a time, someone made mint chocolate morsels. I think it was Hershey’s, but maybe it was NestlĂ©. But it really doesn’t matter because I can’t find them in any stores. Luckily, we wrote down this recipe from the back of the package and it will be forever saved in our family recipe books, and now on my website. I adore these cookies. Some of my former USD coworkers think that these are the best things I make. Seriously, what’s not to love? Chocolate and mint is another one of those almost unbeatable combinations for me. It rivals chocolate and peanut butter and that is really saying something.

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