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Silken Turnip and Potato Soup with Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Mushroom Salad

mushroom and grilled asparagus salad

A few weeks ago, I noticed on my geek holidays calendar Tolkien Reading Day is tomorrow.  Only after learning about the origins of Tolkien Reading Day did I realize how truly geeky my geek holidays calendar really is.  None the less, I figured if there is any way to celebrate this sham of a holiday it would be by serving a meal a hobbit would adore.

Of course, with hobbits, the question is which meal.  (If this isn’t your first Tolkien Reading Day celebration you undoubtedly already know that hobbits eat at least seven meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and (later in the evening) supper.  You might also know that if you’ve recently looked up hobbits on Wikipedia.) Read More

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Greek-Style Mahi Mahi

Greek Mahi Mahi with marinated tomatoes and saffron, fennel orzo

I have a little game I sometimes play before dinner.  I imagine a place, a lovely place I’ve probably never been, and then plan a meal to go with my vision of that far-off, vacation destination.  Today, I invite you to play with me.  To get started, take a moment and check out this gorgeous slideshow of images from Greece.  Now, close your eyes and breath deeply for a while while you think of the ocean, the smell of salt in the air, the warm winds on your skin…

I can’t take the credit for finding this wonderful Greek-Style Mahi Mahi recipe (thanks Kirk!) but it fits perfectly into my game.  Originally published in Gourmet last year, it’s very simple to make and boasts dramatic, rich flavors.  While most Greek Mahi Mahi recipes I’ve found call for Kalamata olives to add the Mediterranean punch to the dish, this one focuses on rich, salty feta.  This is made into a simple aioli that is smeared atop the fish prior to cooking under the broiler for a mere 15 minutes.  The resulting tangy dish is stupendously good.   Read More

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Corn Fritters with Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche (and a delicious vegetarian alternative)

Corn Fritters with Smoked Salmon Créme Fraiche

With the start of Lent last week I find so many around me abstaining from meat, either every day until Easter or, as is more traditional among my Catholic friends, on Fridays.  And, while I still think it a little odd this sacrifice doesn’t typically include fish (let alone chicken stock or beans made with ham hock) I recognize we each show reverence in our own way.

With this in mind, I’m adding a new offering for the Lenten season: Fish for Fridays.  Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t consider a wonderful vegetarian meal.  But I eat seafood, usually a few times a week, and know how truly delicious it is.  However, as this is the first of my Lenten series (and I didn’t even get it up on Friday), I will include an absolutely amazing vegetarian alternative. Read More

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Gingered Baby Carrots

Gingered Baby CarrotsRecently I planned to spend the evening dining out at local fave Dolce Vita to celebrate a friend’s birthday.  But then, in a rash decision inspired by both the economy (dining out is so expensive) and the desire for a relaxed, festive celebration I found myself hostess for a dinner party for nine.  The only challenge: dinner was to commence in less than six hours!

Thank God for good friends, especially those with incredible talents!  L came to the rescue with an offer to “whip up” what turned out to be a fantastic mushroom lasagna, guests brought perfect breads from the bakery and a variety of wines, especially Italian, to complement the meal.  The only thing still needed was a couple of side dishes to round out the evening.  And, of course, L’s neighborhood famous cupcakes.  (Simple but perfect chocolate with buttercream icing on this chilly Friday evening.) Read More