Monthly Archives: April 2010

Basil, Ginger & Pine Nut Crusted Salmon

I love doing crusted fish; it adds such a great texture, and you can do so much with different flavors. Last night, I decided on one of my favorite flavor combinations–basil, ginger, garlic & pine nut. It’s pretty much a pesto coating, with ginger added for an extra little kick. I used my immersion blender…

Chewy Maple Nutmeg Granola Bars

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I love granola bars. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a gluten-free and dairy-free store bought version that I like, so I continue to experiment with homemade (also, so much cheaper this way!). This time I used maple syrup, nutmeg and chopped almonds, with a honey-brown sugar mixture as…

Recipe Remix: Indian Spiced BBQ Tofu

For dinner a few nights ago I wanted something quick and easy, but also delicious. I’ve had some garam masala sitting in my cabinet that I’ve been using much more slowly than the other spices from my Penzey’s purchase (smoked paprika, mustard seed, sesame seeds, spicy cinnamon, Aleppo pepper), so I decided to do another…

Crispy Roasted Carrot Chips

I was going back through a bunch of my old food magazines and found a great recipe in Cooking Light for smoked paprika roasted carrots. I made a lot of modifications: I halved the recipe since I only had just over a pound of carrots; I scrubbed rather than peeled the carrots so I wouldn’t…

Sneak Preview of My New Look & Blog Update

Dear Readers, I a very excited to show you a sneak preview of my new look! I’ve been working with a fantastic designer to give my blog a visual makeover. Over the next few months I’ll also be working to transfer my blog over to my own hosting, with a new url, www.pennypinchingepicure.com. In other news,…

Tomato Basil Scramble

I spend the first half of Passover with my sister and her family in Dallas. Her in-laws have a sheep farm where they also raise chickens, and we took a trip up there to visit. And brought back some beautiful eggs my nephews collected that morning! If you’ve never had a farm-fresh egg, I highly…

Fire-Roasted Tomato Chicken w/ Capers & Onions

As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of fire-roasted tomatoes (see previous recipe). They provide this chicken dish with a wonderful depth of flavor, and the capers a nice vinegary bite. At the last minute I also threw in some mustard seed because I really like the texture it adds. One thing to…

Smoky Rosemary & Fire-Roasted Tomato Beef Stew

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club. This month’s challenge didn’t really appeal to…

Lemony Zucchini Cake

This was the dessert course for my St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party, and it was a huge hit. I’m sure you’ve heard (or read) me talk about lemon zest before, but it really is a magical ingredient, brightening up an entire dish and taking it to the next level. If you don’t like/want lemon, you…

Garlicky Lemon Caper Chicken w/ Rosemary & Thyme

This chicken recipe is high up on my favorites list along with my onion smothered chicken and mustard seed & smoked paprika chicken. The rosemary and thyme add a nice earthiness, and the capers add just the right amount of mouth-puckering kick. Garlicky Lemon Caper Chicken w/ Rosemary & Thyme Ingredients: 1 tsp olive oil6…