valentine’s day 2013

daisi - March 4, 2013
garlic scallops

This year for Valentine’s Day we stuck with our tradition of going out to dinner with Sam’s mom and this year, Alison was able to join us. We chose a very romantic meal… coneys. Nothing says love like chili and cheese! On Friday, we chose to celebrate our first married Valentine’s Day by staying in and cooking a delicious meal by ourselves. Sam wanted to …

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my february menu

daisi - March 1, 2013

Here’s what we made during February – some oldies but goodies! browned butter risotto | risotto? good. browned butter? good. browned butter risotto? GREAT! brined pork chops with spaghetti squash | these pork chops were to die for, I loved the sweet/savory flavor that the brine gives. My spaghetti squash technique needs some work though… I baked it for double the time listed in the recipe …

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brown butter risotto

daisi - February 4, 2013

Browned butter. Enough said. Just kidding… kind of. This is your basic risotto recipe that has been made better by browning the butter. This magical process transforms the butter into an even more flavorful, delicious product. It’s a meal in itself or you can add fresh roasted vegetables, shrimp, lobster, chicken or beef to make it a complete and satisfying meal. Using ingredients I always have …

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my January menu

daisi - February 1, 2013
my menu

Since I wasn’t really great at keeping up with my weekly menu recaps last year, I decided to try something different this year: a monthly recap. You can click most of the pics below to take you to the recipe. And, here is what I made in January… enjoy. Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls | Technically I made these in 2012, BUT we had them for breakfast …

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horseradish roasted potatoes

daisi - January 21, 2013
horseradish roasted potatoes

I borrowed this recipe from my friend, (and fantastic cook) Megan V. She posted the pic and shared the recipe on instagram. Thank goodness for social media, right? I know there are some who judge food pics on instagram, but I would never. I love getting ideas for new recipes and what better way to make you crave a dish than by posting yummy pictures? I made these for …

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Meatless Monday: Honey Glazed Carrots

daisi - March 12, 2012

Here’s another side dish for your meatless Monday collection. I used to DREAD cooked carrot day in middle school. I hated everything about them (texture, taste, look) and it’s taken me this long to attempt eating them again. Raw carrots are a completely different story. I made this recipe (adapted from here) hoping I could convert my adult self into a cooked carrot lover. And you …

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Oven-Baked Turkey & Cheese Sliders

daisi - March 11, 2012

This recipe was inspired by two separate recipes (one and two), both from Pinterest (follow me here). I took what I liked best from both and create a super recipe. So delicious we had them twice in one week. To quote the great Jo-Mom, “these are too easy not to make” or something like that. Here’s what you’ll need: 12 dinner rolls (or Hawaiian sweet rolls) 1/2 …

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Gnocchi Cooking Class [Urban Kitchen]

daisi - March 8, 2012
3 - mmmm

Last night I learned how to make gnocchi. Do you know how? I love it and I knew (had heard) it was easy, but I had never been brave enough to attempt it. So I took a class. Let me backtrack, I started taking cooking classes back in my OKC days at a place called Kam’s Kookery. If you live there, you have to go. …

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New Orleans Spicy Cajun Shrimp

daisi - March 3, 2012

As promised, here is the spicy cajun shrimp recipe to serve with those baked cheese grits. They are a perfect match, it doesn’t get any better! Combine the following for the Creole Seasoning: 1 Tablespoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons granulated garlic 1 Tablespoon granulated …

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Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake

daisi - January 26, 2012

I love a good dessert. But typically, I don’t want to be the one making it. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I was good at baking, but I don’t have the patience to measure everything and make sure it’s all perfect. That’s not my style. That’s why I loved this recipe a co-worker shared with me. It’s easy and fail-proof and has 2 sticks of …

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