Posts categorized as Recipes

Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

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This was my first try at homemade icing. I don’t have much baking experience and so this was an attempt to gain some. It was so easy and guess what… it tasted like real frosting! I want to try different flavors next time and add nuts or strawberries. I found this recipe on delish.com. My only tip is to make sure the frosting is at room temperate before using. I’m sure all the bakers out there are laughing – you would think this is intuitive but I made the frosting the night before and put it […]

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Melissa’s Sweet and Tangy Homemade Dressing

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My friend Melissa brought over homemade dressing the other night and wow, it was delicious. Not only is Melissa a creative talent (she’s a jewelry designer) she is an excellent cook. Making dressing in advance means less mess. Prepare it for the week and your not bringing out the oil, vinegar, and spices every day. The dressing is sweet, tart, and rich – but not overpowering. I used it on salad. The dressing would also work very well over roasted chicken or sautéed veggies – yummers! Give it a shot and get creative. I want to experiment with Melissa’s dressing and maybe add chopped […]

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tomato olive salad

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I’ve been making this tomato salad for a decade, at least. Gosh, that sounds like a long time doesn’t? The weather is getting colder and my inclination is to eat cheese, bread and meat but I’m really trying to keep the veggies in the forefront this fall.  I over-bought  tomatoes last week and thought this was the perfect dish to make with them. This salad doesn’t take much time to prepare. I like making it in advance so when I’m hungry and looking for something  to eat, it’s ready to go. […]

Pan-fried Tilapia With Coconut Cilantro Sauce

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Summer is the best time to eat fresh fish! I love it and so does my husband. I’ve been trying to make fish once a week. Rockaway people – if you can’t make it to the Cross Bay Market, Stop and Shop on 70th street actually has a great selection. I recommend buying your fish the day of, wherever you get it. I found this tasty recipe on the FoodNetwork.com. It’s easy to make and only takes about a half hour, start to finish. The sauce is Indian inspired – creamy and full bodied with a kick. You can […]

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New Motherhood cooking

Ohh hey GT fans! Long time no speak. As most of you know, I had a baby girl this past April, Annie Cassidy Gehrhardt. Yes, she is the cutest baby you have ever encountered. Here she is rocking a Queens onsie. Being a mother is the best job I have ever had and I am loving every minute of it. Since pregnancy, I haven’t been cooking as much. While I was pregnant, I was working the same hours I had been prior to pregnancy and making dinner at night was […]

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Mint Cashew Dahi Chutney

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This chutney has punch and the flavors are complex – sweet, spicy, nutty and a tang all in one. It’s simple to make and has major “wow factor”. Make it as an appetizer with naan or as a dressing over tofu or chicken or as a sandwich spread. I want to explore more chutney recipes because of this versatility. As you know, I’ve been learning to cook Indian food and this dish was a big win with my official taster – the husband. I found the recipe on rugallivingnw.com  INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup) 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves 1/2 c. fresh […]

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Curried Cauliflower

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to cook Indian food and become really good at it. If I make two dishes a week that’s 104  times cooking Indian. Surely not enough to become a master but If I stick to this schedule, by next year I’ll have learned so much and be pretty good at cooking this delicious food. So far I’ve made Saag Paneer, and killed it! I cooked curried eggplant but got to drunk and screwed it up. I made curried cauliflower twice. I got the recipes from […]

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Let the Carrot Speak for Itself

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Carrots are rich in flavor, they don’t need much seasoning. Let the carrot speak for itself. Below is a simple side dish recipe that’s delicious. It’s perfect with a nice cut of beef and mash potatoes. Ingredients: 1 lb. bag of carrots 3 sprigs rosemary Good butter (Kerry Gold or Plugra) Salt and pepper liberally Directions: 1. Peel carrots and cut them in half. Cut long ways if they’re really thick 2. In a frying pan melt the butter and cook the carrots on high heat for about 5 min until they […]

newlyFED: Thanksgiving Edition

Our Thanksgiving table.

I love Thanksgiving. It may be an understatement – I really, really love Thanksgiving, a holiday that focuses on food and family. Whats not to love about that? While for years I enjoyed the day as a guest, the past couple of years my mom has let me cook with her. I have mostly focused on sides, and I get so excited I wind up making a lot of them. Last year I made more than a dozen sides, and the problem was with timing all the sides with one oven. It’s not an easy […]

10 minute meal- Italian stuffed portobello

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Here’s a great one for a weeknight meal. Cook time – only 10 minutes!  The stuffed portobello is healthy, savory and also vegetarian. Directions (of course double, triple, etc. if you want to make several) 1 large portobello mushroom Extra virgin olive oil Parmesan cheese Fresh Mozzarella 1 clove garlic 1 small tomato Parsley Salt, freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Thinly slice tomato, mozzarella, and garlic – set aside 2. Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil on the stovetop, set the flame to high 3. Lightly coat the mushroom with oil […]

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