Sous Vide Egg in Prosciutto Cups

Sous Vide Egg Cups

To start out Valentine’s Day weekend, I decided to make a fancy breakfast for my wife. This may have been a bad idea, as I’m extremely sick, but I went ahead anyway. Dishes were broken, steps were forgotten, and I realized I REALLY should have rested, but the end result was quite amazing. I cooked the eggs with a little cream in a sous vide bath, though you could also cook them in a bowl set into a pan of simmering water. I also baked some prosciutto in mini muffin tins, browned some butter for a finishing sauce, and topped it all with Parmesan and basil. Quite delicious little bites!

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Vacuum Sealing Cookie Dough

Vacuum Sealed Cookie Dough

Today is about more of a process or a technique than any actual recipe. For reference, the actual cookie recipe I used was blogged here. This post, however, is about what happens after you make the dough but before you bake the cookies. Sometimes you’ll hear about refrigerating dough overnight for better cookies. Lifehacker, for example, has an article about it. However, I’m an impatient man. I don’t know about you, but when I bake cookies, I want them NOW, not tomorrow sometime. So how do you get that amazing left-overnight taste and texture without waiting? You vacuum seal the dough!

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Quick Omelette Muffins

Quick Omelette Muffins

I’ve done quick scrambled eggs for breakfast many times, but until recently I never thought of making them into finger food. This is a wonderfully versatile recipe, that takes 20-25 minutes on a Monday morning and can get you breakfast for 2-3 days, depending on how many you make. The beauty of it is, like most omelettes, stews, stir fries, etc, you can toss whatever you have on hand. Today was broccoli and cheddar, later this week could be ham and mushrooms and swiss cheese. This weekend it might be crumbled bacon, spinach, and smoked gouda. Mmm bacon…

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Strawberry Orange Jam

Strawberry Orange Jam

This jam is amazing. It was also an insane labor of love between me and my wife. You see, jars of this jam were the wedding favors at our wedding back in November. We ended up making more than 160 jars of this jam, and somehow, I STILL never got an actual photo of the finished product. Not even the wedding photographer took one. So instead, you get a cell phone picture from one of our guests who still had a jar around.

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Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup

This roasted acorn squash soup is perfect for a cold winter night, or even a drizzly spring one. I was originally going to post a healthy broccoli cheese soup here, but when I took all the photos for it, my memory card was still in the computer. So, I’ll make it again and post it next week. It was certainly good enough to repeat. In the meantime, here’s a recipe I cooked for a dinner party shortly before Thanksgiving, using a beautiful Staub pumpkin pot. The spice rub used here would also be fantastic with roasted root vegetables, which I hope to try soon.

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A Return to Blogging

It’s been a long three months since my last post here, and for that I apologize. Between getting married, going on our honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and work, I’ve been buried. On the other hand, it’s been a productive time off of blogging, and I have lots of amazing recipes in development for you all. Perhaps the most important changes, though, are in the future. I have two blog-related resolutions this year, and one of them will result in a slight change in the format of this blog.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Flu season is here with a vengeance (I should know, being engaged to a teacher!) so here’s one of my favorite soups to cook when someone is sick. It’s basically chicken noodle soup with lots of spices and vegetables and optional hot sauce, to clear out your sinuses. Even if you aren’t sick, though, this makes a perfect fall comfort food. As an added bonus, it can be made in a slow cooker while you’re at work!

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

In trying to get in shape, one of my biggest problems is coming up with side dishes that are easy, tasty, and healthy. My go-to side is just salad, but that gets old after a few days in a row. I’m slowly coming up with a few side dishes that I turn to that I’ll cook over and over again and not get sick of. One of those is this chili garlic broccoli, and another is this roasted tomato dish. A little olive oil and some spices followed by a an hour in the oven make these roasted tomatoes both simple and delicious. Add a little feta cheese at the end, and yum!

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Smoked Berry Cobbler

Smoked Berry Cobbler

 

When you’re in a bbqing mood, why stop at dinner? That was the thought behind throwing this cast iron skillet cobbler into my smoker on the 4th of July instead of in the oven, and it turned out fantastic! The smoker adds a little wood smoke flavor that pairs wonderfully with the rich berries. This recipe can, of course, be done in the oven, but it’s much better baked over real fire!

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Spiced Pickled Peaches

Spiced Pickled Peaches

This is an amazing pickle. I had never tried spiced pickled peaches before, but my fiancee had them every Thanksgiving growing up, so when I got a bunch of gorgeous, fresh peaches for this year’s Canbassadorship program from SweetPreservation.com, I had to pickle some of them! They turned out absolutely delicious. Sweet, tangy, and full of flavor.

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