Entries from Candi's Corner: Wanderlust and Passions tagged with 'recipes'

Shrimp Lasagna

Since I bought Bobby Flay's book, Bobby Flay Cooks American, I had my eye on his recipe for Crawfish Lasagna. Patiently waiting for crawfish season and finally it is here, but I still can't coordinate it with the fish market...

Sunday Slow Suppers #8: Braised Turkey Thighs

I am not really sure which week we are on now with the Sunday Slow Suppers Group, I missed a couple during the last two weeks of Great Lent, and I am now trying to catch up. During Jan's week,...

Palm Sunday Dinner

"Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). Palm Sunday is the one of two feast days during Great Lent where the Church deems it appropriate to eat fish (the...

Citrus Bread

Trying to satisfy my sweet tooth during Lent, I tried a sweet citrus bread recipe I stumbled upon in the Love Food Baking Cookbook. The recipe is easy to make (especially with a kitchen aid), but it does require some...

Sunday Slow Suppers #7: Vegetable Green Chili Casserole

It was Marcia's turn this week to pick out a recipe for the Sunday Slow Suppers cooking adventure. This is what Marcia had to say about choosing the casserole category for her week: "I picked casseroles for a variety of...

Goan Potato Soup With Spiced Pea Samosas

One of the things that I have been really enjoying in having a home base is the kitchen that has everything I want and use. Although all the places we were housed in during our assignments had all the essentials...

Sunday Slow Suppers #6: Vegetarian Take on Rachael's Zuppa Osso Buco

Sheri chose Rachael Ray's recipe for Zuppa Osso Buco for her week in Sunday Slow Suppers. Everyone in the group seemed to have enjoyed this easy recipe, some using ground turkey in place of the veal. Since Great Lent is...

Papaya and Watercress Bisque

Watercress is a super-vegetable. It is a great source for vitamins A, C, B1, B6, K and E. It is also loaded with iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and potassium. Watercress's health benefits can't be underestimated. But up until recently,...

Sunday Slow Suppers # 5: Vegetable Tagine with Fennel

It was Deborah's turn to choose a recipe for the week. She chose a Moroccan recipe for Goat Shanks with Fennel and Olives that she found on this Figments blog. I have to say, I am not so sure about...

Mahi Mahi Macadamia Crust Saute with Tropical Fruit Salad

Bill loves Maui and anything that has to do with it, so for Valentine's Day dinner main course I thought I'll prepare flavors that will take him there. I remembered bookmarking a recipe on Mama's Fish House website and decided...

Easy English Trifle

We had a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner last night, with lots of food, good wine, watching the Winter Olympics and enjoying each others' company. I thought I'd start blogging from our last course: the dessert. I wanted to make a...

Sunday Slow Suppers # 4: Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

After taking last week off cooking for Sunday Slow Suppers, we come back to my turn for choosing a cooking category and main course. I was a bit torn between stir-fry and pasta, since these two are my go-to dishes...

Decadent Ganache Tart

Every time I flip the pages of the Incredibly Easy Desserts spiral, I find something that catches my fantasy, and because they are so easy to make, and mainly use on-hand ingredients, generally, that evening I am eating more than...

Lemony Blueberry Cheese Tart

I found another recipe in Pil Incredibly Easy Desserts that caught my eye; there is just something about blueberry and lemons that they go well together, add cheese to an already winning combination and you are sure to have a...

Roasted Cheese with Salsa

Did anyone else love the Super Bowl game last night? I sure did. Despite the slow start for the Saints, they pulled it off really nicely; it was a very fun game to watch. And some really funny commercials too....

Baked Potatoes with Stir-Fried Chicken and Veggies

Stir fries are my go-to dishes when I need to make a quick healthy meal or have some veggies that are due to be used. I generally just slice the veggies I am using, cut the chicken (if I am...

Sunday Slow Suppers #3: Risotto al Granchio e Gamberi

It was Jerry's turn this week to pick a dish for our Sunday Slow Suppers, and I'd say he made a fine choice with Risotto al Granchio e Gamberi. I love crab, shrimp and risottos, so the combination was brilliant...

Simple Coconut Cream Pie

I had some shredded coconut leftover from a dessert I made over the holidays, so I was searching for a quick and easy recipe to use it. I came across a very simple coconut cream pie dessert in Pil's Incredibly...

Sunday Slow Suppers #2: Squash, Pepper, Chard, and Corn Stew

Continuing with week two of Sunday Slow Suppers, Shannon shared her go-to stew recipe. She said: "It makes me feel healthy just eating it, and it is delicious too." I agree, a very healthy vegetarian stew; loaded with vitamins and...

Bobby Flay's Sweet Potato Biscuits

I tried another Bobby Flay recipe last week: Sweet Potato Biscuits, and we loved them. These biscuits are very delicious, pretty and easy to make. The pale orange color and slightly sweet flavor make them great on their own or...

Sunday Slow Suppers #1: Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken

The talented cooks from Slow Talk have embarked on a new cooking journey with sharing main dish recipes this time. Every week, the assigned cook chooses a cooking category and shares a supper recipe (Don't you just love the logo!)....

Yellow Squash Tart

I've never baked a pie or tart from scratch until last week when I made a squash tart and wondered why I haven't tried making a tart shell from scratch before and always opted for the ready-made refrigerated ones. Of...

Bobby Flay's Curry Chicken with Mango-Yogurt Sauce

I decided to challenge myself in 2010 and cook at least one new meal a week. I mostly cook without a recipe, just kind of combine what I need to get rid of from the fridge and/or the pantry to...

Sunday Small Bites: Fried Chickpeas

The train that has reached its station in the Sunday Small Bites journey. What a great fun and so many amazing recipes that was! I was late making a dish so many weeks, but I think I actually only skipped...

Sunday Small Bites #18: Eggplant and Pesto Tartlets

Moving on with the Sunday Small Bites schedule, this week was Eden's turn to choose an ingredient. She (very brilliantly I may add) chose eggplants. I love eggplants, but it is one of these vegetables that I don't cook much,...

Sunday Small Bites # 16: Shrimp and Edamame Spring Rolls

Woo Hoo, it is 2010! I wish you all health, happiness and peace, may your dreams come true. I can't believe that I am in the mood to actually write about FOOD! It seems like all I've done in the...

Sunday Small Bites #15: Baked Artichoke Italian Appetizer

Sharon L of SlowTravel chose artichoke for this week's small bites ingredient. I am very thankful for her choice; healthy and delicious. The first thing that came to my mind was some artichoke dips, I love these and eat them...

Sunday Small Bites # 14: Smoked Prosciutto, Brie and Pineapple Jelly Cups

Sandi (bugalu) from the WhistleStop Cafe Blog fame chose brie cheese as this week's ingredient for small bites. I was very excited when I checked the small bites schedule and saw it was time for Brie. An appetizer that I...

Sunday Small Bites # 13:Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

I actually made this last week, but just got around to posting the recipe now. The week's ingredient was potatoes, and it was chosen by Maria. Since I made this the night before Thanksgiving, I chose to work with sweet...

Sunday Small Bites #12: Cranberry-Brie Biscuits

I ran a little behind with making Sunday Small Bites last week. The ingredient was cranberry, and it was chosen by Jan. I drink a lot of cranberry juice, add dried cranberries to my salad and eat cranberry chutney in...

Sunday Salad Samplers #10: Parmesan and Herbs-Stuffed Mushrooms

It was my turn this week to select the secret ingredient for the appetizer, and I chose mushrooms. I love mushrooms and cook them very often. I love them on pizzas, I saute them with green beans for side dishes,...

Sunday Small Bites #9: Giada's Fried Olives

The secret ingredient for week nine is olives and it was selected by Jerry. As soon I saw Jerry's selection, I knew exactly what I was going to make; fried olives. I first had fried olives in a small restaurant...

Sunday Small Bites # 8:Pumpkin Soup

It was Deborah's turn this week to choose the ingredient for Sunday Small Bites, and she chose pumpkin.Honestly, I am not a pumpkin kind of girl, and I can count on one hand the times I've had pumpkin in my...

Sunday Small Bites #3: Pesto, Cream Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Bread

I am almost caught up with the weeks I missed in Sunday Small Bites.Sunday Small Bites is the food challenge hosted by ST foodies,with a different ingredient picked out each week, and everyone trying to use it in an appetizer...

Sunday Small Bites #1: Shrimp and Mushroom Wontons

I know we are supposed to be using pecans this week, but since I missed the first week ingredient(shrimp) and it is a favorite food for me, I am going back to week one this week. Shrimp was chosen for...

Sunday Small Bites #4: Avocado and Cream Cheese Toasts

Still attempting to catch up on the weeks I've missed in Small Bites. The fourth week ingredient was chosen by Annie. Avocado is a rich fruit, and too much intake will cause high cholesterol, so a balanced diet is advised....

Sunday Small Bites #2: Broiled Crab Cakes with Chive and Caper Sauce

Since I've been on the road during the first few weeks of this awesome food challenge, I am now attempting to catch up. Sunday Small Bites is a little more challenging assignment than what the ST group has been doing...

Sunday Small Bites #6: Smoked Salmon,Fennel and Goat Cheese Toasts

With an attempt to catch up with Sunday Small Bites, I am combining week five ingredient(goat cheese) chosen by Nancy, with this week's ingredient smoked salmon, chosen by Marcia. I found this recipe in Bon Appetit, December 1999 issue.I love...

Last Sunday Salad Sampler: Tortellini Salad

With a full stack of delicious and nutritious salad recipes, we approach the end of the salads sharing era, and we are about to enter a different era:Sunday Small Bites. For our next "project", we decided to change it...

Southwest Quinoa and Chicken Salad with Creamy Salasa Dressing

This was originally my first choice for my Sunday Salad Samplers week, I changed it to Ceviche at the last week because we had just had Marcia's delicious chicken salad, and were due for some fish and seafood salad....

Sunday Salad Samplers #17:Warm Potato Salad

This week's salad comes from Sandi from the Whistlestop Cafe fame. She chose potato salad and was generous to share two versions with us. This is what Sandi says: I know there are as many recipes for potato salad...

Sunday Salad Sampler #6: Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

I know, I am going way off schedule here, it is not a Sunday and this is not this week's salad. This was actually Kim's salad choice for the May 31st weekend, but I was in Thailand and missed...

Sunday Salad Samplers #16: Couscous Salad with Chickpeas, Dates & Cinnamon

As we reach the sixteenth week of making salads, one may wonder if we are getting bored with it, or if we are running out of recipes, or if we are ready to start a new thing. Well, I...

A simple blueberry pie

I grew up in a pie-less house. My middle-eastern mom never baked a pie in her life, she bakes great cakes, and makes some delicious middle eastern pastries, but pies are out of her radar. So I still remember...

Sunday Salad Samplers #15:Tropical Rice Salad

This week's salad was chosen by Palma of Palmabella's Passions blog. It is the perfect summer salad;easy to make, healthy and loaded with flavors. We had a baby shower potluck on Thursday at work, and I decided to make...

Sunday Salad Samplers #14: Thai Beef Salad(Yam Neua)

This week's salad selection comes from Maria of My Place In The Sun. The original version calls for using tender beef steak, and I can see how that is heaven for beef lovers, not me though, so I was...

Tiramisu Cheesecake

I am really bad at keeping cooking notes together, I try to blame it on moving a lot, but really I have no excuse since I can just add my notes to my bookmarked recipes page. Oh well, I...

Sunday Salad Samplers #13:Israeli Salad

It is Sunday, and this means it is time for another salad from the creative ST group. Terry selected this week's salad: Israeli salad. This recipe is actually a famous middle eastern recipe for a staple salad dish all over...

Sunday Salad Samplers #12:Ceviche

It was my turn this week to select the salad for our ST group to make. I had few options in mind, but finally settled on Ceviche since we haven't made a fish salad yet(I think). Ceviche is a...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 11: Watermelon Salad

This holiday week recipe was chosen by Nancy of A Winelover's Wanderings blog. She chose watermelon salad because it was the fourth of July weekend. Nancy gave us choices in listing a few recipes for us to select from,...

Sunday Salad Samplers #10: Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon Pesto

The salad for this week's sampling was chosen by Marcia.She got it from the April issue of Bon Appetit. It was a perfect spring/summer salad. Very tasty, healthy and easy to prepare. The tarragon pesto is very different and...

Sunday Salad Samplers #9: Grilled Romaine Salad with Citrus Ceasar Vinegrette

This week's delicious salad was chosen by Cindy Ruth of Baked Alaska blog. It was very simple to prepare and super delicious. We enjoyed it with a grilled bass fillet, and a side of mashed potatoes. Here is what...

PhotoHunt:creamy

The theme for this week's photohunt is creamy. Last evening I decided to reproduce one of the desserts we learned to make in the cooking school we took in Chiang Mai couple weeks ago, and it turned out very...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 8:Shrimp Salad

This week's salad recipe was chosen by Jan of Keep Your Feet in the Street blog. It is the perfect salad for a nice summer day or evening. It is also very easy to make, I actually(for the first...

Sunday Salad Samplers #7: Roasted Corn and Wild Rice salad

I can't believe we are on the seventh week of making salads already. I missed a few weeks and hope to play catch up soon.But today, me and Bill are celebrating our first year wedding anniversary. With that too,...

Sunday Salad Samplers #2:Balck Bean Salad

The selection for this week's salad was made by Judy, aka TourMama, of Slow Travel. This is what Judy writes: In honor of Cinco de Mayo,I decided for May 3rd to share a great recipe for a Latin flavored...

Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

I have always heard good things about ricotta cheesecake, and decided to make one with my fresh homemade ricotta. I took my time, browsing through many internet recipes for ricotta cheesecake, and thought about making Cindy's ginger ricotta cheesecake....

Curds Our Whey #2: Whole-Milk Ricotta

Our cheese selection for the month of April is Whole-Milk Ricotta. An amazingly easy cheese to make, with very little ingredients too. Again, we used the recipe from Home Cheese Making,by Ricki Carroll, to make whole-milk ricotta: 1 gallon whole...

Sunday Salad Samplers #1:Foraging the City Eden's Salad

As the weather has changed from winter to spring, the Slow Travel cooking group switched from soups to salads. A welcomed transition in our house. Although we loved soups, nothing beats a fresh, delicious salad on a beautiful Maui...

Easter baking: Making Mamoul

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I got the mamoul recipe from my mom couple weeks back, bought the ingredients last week and set a date to make my very first mamoul batch alone. On the evening before the day...

Bangkok Sweet and Sour Fish

On Palm Sunday, I wanted to prepare a delicious and easy fish meal for us. Of course, I could have just baked some salmon, or grilled some ahi, but I had my eye(and appetite) set on the recipe provided...

Middle Eastern Cooking: Okra stew

I hardly ever cook anything with okra;it is hard to find most of the time,and it is not my favorite vegetable. However, as a kid, my mom made okra dishes at least once a week. It is a popular...

Sunday Slow Soupers #20:Hot and Sour Soup

This week's soup was chosen by Annie of Churches in Venice. I absolutely loved this soup,and was amazed at how easy it is. I was thinking that making an ethnic soup that I always enjoyed at Chinese restaurants,would be...

Lokmat-al-qadi: My mom's recipe

My mom is a very good cook when it comes to middle eastern dishes.Actually, maybe too good, because she never measures, doesn't really know "how much" ingredients she uses, she just eye balls things. So when I ask"Mom,how do...

Sunday Slow Soupers #19:Coconut Chicken Curry Soup

This week's soup selection was by Marta of Postcards from the Trail.She chose an awesome Asian soup from NY Times recipes. Here is what Marta says about her soup: My selection is from a recent NY Times recipe. It...

Sunday Slow Soupers # 18: Carrot Ginger Soup

This weeks soup was provided by Debrah of Slow Travel. It is indeed a very interesting soup. It uses very little ingredients: onions, garlic, carrots,ginger root,soup stock and orange juice. I have never combined ingredients like this before, specifically...

Sunday Slow soupers # 17: One of each Soup

This week's soup recipe was provided by Jan. It is called one of each, and it uses one of each ingredient mixing some fruits with vegetables and curry powder. I was anxious to try this recipe, and a bit...

Dulce de Leche: Could it really be that easy?

In our brief stop in Portland, OR last month, and during our sushi dinner with our friend M, somehow we got talking about Dulce de Leche. I mentioned that I've never had it before, and M said she would send...

Pizza Caprese

I am not the greatest cook, but I enjoy cooking. I especially enjoy trying to create and re-create dishes without a recipe. Sometimes, I end up with a delicious product that is worth sharing. I am not much of...

Sunday Slow Soupers # 16: Winter Minestrone

This week, we had a little misunderstanding as to who provides the soup recipe, so rather than skipping a week, Shannon found this winter Minestrone recipe in the Jan issue of Gourmet. I was very excited to make this...

Sunday Slow Soupers #15: Lentil Soup

This week's soup recipe comes from Kim Here is what Kim writes: Lentil Soup Recipe By :My Mom 1 Cup Lentils 4 1/2 Cups Chicken broth/stock (I use the fat free stuff) 2 1/2 sprigs parsley -- snipped 1...

Sunday Slow Soupers # 14: French Onion Soup

This week's soup recipe was provided by Sharon of Slow Travel. A very gourmet french onion soup. We enjoyed this one immensely. It is perfect for dinners and lunches, and very yummy. Here what Sharon writes: French Onion Soup...

Sunday Slow Soupers #13: Baked Potato Soup

This week's soup was provided by Anne( Anneo123). It is not your traditional baked potato soup, but a healthy just as good recipe. Below is the recipe and my notes on it....

Sunday Slow Soupers #12: FIive Islands Seafood Chowder

The recipe for this week's soup was provided be Sheena. Sheena writes: This recipe serves 12, and leftovers do not freeze well. Unless you are feeding a crowd either cut the recipe in half, or divide and freeze a...

Sunday Slow Soupers #10: Gumbo

This is my very first(of many I hope) participation in this wonderful tradition. I know I am a week off the schedule(sorry), but we love gumbo,and I've never made it, so I wanted to take the opportunity of having...

Shrimp and vegetables skewers

I enjoy cooking. Most of all, I like creative cooking. It is really hard for me to follow recipes, I always have this one missing ingredient, and I never feel like going to a grocery store, so I end up...