Candied pecans flavored with whisky and cinnamon? Yes, please! These are wonderful on a buffet table, in small containers packed in lunches, or fresh from the oven while standing in your kitchen. Enjoy! Continue reading
I first shared the post you see below in January of 2016, and am sharing it again in her memory. See you on the other side, my friend.
If you don’t have a friend like Pilar, you don’t know what you’re missing! Pilar is the type of girlfriend with whom you can have a serious, soul-searching conversation one day, and know she’ll never break a confidence. The very next day, you might find Pilar wearing a tiara while mixing blue cocktails never-before-enjoyed by anyone over the age of 21 (and somehow, she won’t look ridiculous). Pilar keeps her friends guessing – and laughing – and isn’t that what makes life fun? This is Pilar’s Spinach Noodle Casserole recipe. Like Pilar, it is fabulous. Enjoy!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
8 ounce package of frozen spinach
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
8 ounces of wide egg noodles, cooked
8 ounces sour cream
1 pound container of cottage cheese
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to garnish
Step 1) Sauté onion and garlic in butter until golden. Add frozen spinach and cook until thawed. Allow excess liquid to cook off of spinach mixture.
Step 2) Add nutmeg, tarragon, salt and pepper to spinach mixture and stir well. [Note: I substituted herbes de provence for the tarragon because it’s what I had on hand, and this recipe still turned out lovely.]
Step 3) Add spinach mixture, sour cream, and cottage cheese to the cooked noodles. Stir gently and ladle into a greased casserole dish.
Step 4) Sprinkle with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. As Pilar says, “Bake at 350 degrees until golden, eat until you are full.” I baked this Spinach Noodle Casserole for approximately 20 minutes.
Perfect with brunch or afternoon tea, these little cookies offer lovely and surprising flavors. Because they are crisp (perfect for dunking), they will keep well in a sealed storage container on your counter or in the freezer. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
King Crab Rolls just might be my very favorite special occasion food. While King Crab is expensive, it is spectacularly delicious. Alaskan King Crab is a wild caught (never farmed) product, and is sustainably harvested. I feel much better about splurging on a pricey ingredient if I know my purchase is not harming the environment.
Everything about this recipe, from the decadent seafood to the homemade rolls toasted with real butter, shouts “Special Day!” Whatever you happen to be celebrating, King Crab Rolls will make your mealtime grand!
1 1/2 pounds shell-on King Crab legs
1/2 pound bay scallops (optional)
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning blend
1/4 cup real mayonnaise
1 loaf of fresh Simple Bread
1/4 cup butter
Step 1) Drop crab legs into a large pot of boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of seafood seasoning blend. Leave crab legs in boiling water for 3 minutes if they were fresh, or 10 minutes if they were frozen (typical).
Step 2) Drain crab legs and crack with a hand held nutcracker or clean pliers. Extract meat using a small fork (a fondue fork works well, if you have one). King Crab legs are spiny – hold them with a potholder to avoid hurting yourself! Be patient with this step. It may take 30 minutes or so to extract all of the meat. Your effort will be worthwhile!
Step 4) Gently combine crab meat, scallops, mayonnaise, celery, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning blend. Try not to break up the crab meat. Refrigerate.
Step 5) Cut four generous, 2 inch thick slices from your loaf of Simple Bread. Then, cut through the middle of each slice from the top, stopping 1 inch from the bottom crust. Your slices should open in narrow “V” shapes, as shown above.
Step 6) Place 1/4 cup of butter on a baking pan with low sides, and melt by placing in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. Watch carefully, and remove pan when butter is just melted!
Step 7) Place each of your four “V” shaped bread rolls down on the melted butter, then flip over so that each of the two outsides are buttered. Return pan to oven to toast your bread rolls for five minutes.
Step 8) Remove your toasted bread rolls, and carefully fill with equal quantities of your seafood mixture. Serve right away, while the rolls are warm and the seafood is cold.
Enjoy your special occasion!
Here’s a super fast side dish that’s fantastic with chicken or fish. Ready… set… GO!
A cross between a pancake and an omelette, Pannekoeken (to the Dutch) or Pfannkuchen (to the Germans) makes a lovely breakfast no matter how you choose to pronounce it! Today we’re making this simple dish with cherries, for a sweet and cheerful twist. Continue reading
When you want a dessert that’s not too sweet, Tangy Citrus Cookies are a great option. Layers of lime flavor add a pleasant ZIP! to this recipe, which pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea. Continue reading