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[livejournal.com profile] heliopsis asked us to bring a salad and we had squash from the farmshare burning a hole in our rotter, so I decided to try #89 Summer Squash Salad )
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[livejournal.com profile] heliopsis asked us to bring a salad and we had squash from the farmshare burning a hole in our rotter, so I decided to try #89 Summer Squash Salad )
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I recently read about baked cucumbers in Julie & Julia, and since I've been getting cucumbers in my farmshare, that seemed like a good thing to try. And I have this lamb sausage that I wanted to use. So I came up with this idea for a deconstructed baked gyro kind of thing.

I started with #79 Roasted Tomatoes )

Then I made #80 Baked Cucumbers )

While the cucumbers were baking, I put the lamb sausage on a baking sheet and let those bake--possibly too long. They turned out a little dry--those are some very solid, meaty sausages. But I had all this yogurt-cucumber sauce and that moistened them nicely. I served the tomatoes and sausage over the cucumbers, with pita chips that I toasted while I was cutting up the lamb. I'm not sure it was worth all the work, but it made a tasty meal and it's certainly something to do when you have too many cucumbers.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo for being tonight's test subject!
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I recently read about baked cucumbers in Julie & Julia, and since I've been getting cucumbers in my farmshare, that seemed like a good thing to try. And I have this lamb sausage that I wanted to use. So I came up with this idea for a deconstructed baked gyro kind of thing.

I started with #79 Roasted Tomatoes )

Then I made #80 Baked Cucumbers )

While the cucumbers were baking, I put the lamb sausage on a baking sheet and let those bake--possibly too long. They turned out a little dry--those are some very solid, meaty sausages. But I had all this yogurt-cucumber sauce and that moistened them nicely. I served the tomatoes and sausage over the cucumbers, with pita chips that I toasted while I was cutting up the lamb. I'm not sure it was worth all the work, but it made a tasty meal and it's certainly something to do when you have too many cucumbers.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo for being tonight's test subject!
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I'm not a huge beet fan. I mean, they're ok. But Jason loves them, so when I noticed them at the farmer's market, I grabbed a bunch.

#78 Roasted Beet Salad )

Overall: totally delicious and I will do this again early and often.
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I'm not a huge beet fan. I mean, they're ok. But Jason loves them, so when I noticed them at the farmer's market, I grabbed a bunch.

#78 Roasted Beet Salad )

Overall: totally delicious and I will do this again early and often.
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I decided to host my family for Easter dinner today--any excuse for new recipes!

#34 Herb-Stuffed Boneless Leg of Lamb )

#35 Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Greens )

#36 Greek Style Potatoes )

#37 Green Beans with Feta Cheese )

#38 Baklava )

The latter was served with the Oatmeal Carrot Cookies from Friday night and deliciously creamy homemade vanilla ice cream, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo. She also showed up bright and early this morning to take the savory cheesecake over to her house for baking. For the many of you who've expressed interest, the recipe for that is here. She also did yeoman work cleaning up.

Anne & G. brought a huge salad (and another guest, Divia) and [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis brought biscuits and sartorial splendor to the occasion. [livejournal.com profile] bex77 brought beautiful blue hydrangeas and took Alice off for the morning while we were in last-minute prep frenzy.

Special mention also goes to my father, who sat and picked thyme off the stalks for about two hours yesterday. He picked more thyme than I needed--about a cupful--which was just amazing and luxurious!

And many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bookly who dropped by yesterday, all unsuspecting, and ended up snapping all the beans for a meal she couldn't even stay to eat.

Lastly, Jason continues to be my hero--he helped so much all around the edges and listening to me talk out the various decisions and then entertained Alice all evening after our guests had left so that I could get a much-needed nap.

I love making big meals for the family, but it's especially nice for it to be such a joint effort.
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I decided to host my family for Easter dinner today--any excuse for new recipes!

#34 Herb-Stuffed Boneless Leg of Lamb )

#35 Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Greens )

#36 Greek Style Potatoes )

#37 Green Beans with Feta Cheese )

#38 Baklava )

The latter was served with the Oatmeal Carrot Cookies from Friday night and deliciously creamy homemade vanilla ice cream, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo. She also showed up bright and early this morning to take the savory cheesecake over to her house for baking. For the many of you who've expressed interest, the recipe for that is here. She also did yeoman work cleaning up.

Anne & G. brought a huge salad (and another guest, Divia) and [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis brought biscuits and sartorial splendor to the occasion. [livejournal.com profile] bex77 brought beautiful blue hydrangeas and took Alice off for the morning while we were in last-minute prep frenzy.

Special mention also goes to my father, who sat and picked thyme off the stalks for about two hours yesterday. He picked more thyme than I needed--about a cupful--which was just amazing and luxurious!

And many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bookly who dropped by yesterday, all unsuspecting, and ended up snapping all the beans for a meal she couldn't even stay to eat.

Lastly, Jason continues to be my hero--he helped so much all around the edges and listening to me talk out the various decisions and then entertained Alice all evening after our guests had left so that I could get a much-needed nap.

I love making big meals for the family, but it's especially nice for it to be such a joint effort.
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Tonight I had a potluck to attend and wondered what to bring. So I turned to the What Can I Bring? Cookbook.

#30 Mushroom and Gruyere Cheesecake )

Now I'm thinking of other variations to try. I've seen basil and tomato ones and once a recipe for one with salmon that would make an awesome brunch dish. The recipe suggests going with broccoli and cheddar, but that's not really exciting me. If you've got other ideas, let me know--maybe I'll show up to your next party with one!
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Tonight I had a potluck to attend and wondered what to bring. So I turned to the What Can I Bring? Cookbook.

#30 Mushroom and Gruyere Cheesecake )

Now I'm thinking of other variations to try. I've seen basil and tomato ones and once a recipe for one with salmon that would make an awesome brunch dish. The recipe suggests going with broccoli and cheddar, but that's not really exciting me. If you've got other ideas, let me know--maybe I'll show up to your next party with one!
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One of the motivations for doing this challenge was to actually use some of my many cookbooks that are too often ignored in favor of searching the net for what I want to make.

I started with The New Basics Cookbook:

#26 - Pork Chops and Scalloped Potato Casserole )

Then I decided to try something from The California Cook. Well, three somethings:

#27 - Lemon Chicken with Roasted Garlic Sauce )

#28 - Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Basil )

#29 - Roasted Onions and Baby Potatoes )

Thanks to Drea and [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis for being game to try new things with me!
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One of the motivations for doing this challenge was to actually use some of my many cookbooks that are too often ignored in favor of searching the net for what I want to make.

I started with The New Basics Cookbook:

#26 - Pork Chops and Scalloped Potato Casserole )

Then I decided to try something from The California Cook. Well, three somethings:

#27 - Lemon Chicken with Roasted Garlic Sauce )

#28 - Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Basil )

#29 - Roasted Onions and Baby Potatoes )

Thanks to Drea and [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis for being game to try new things with me!
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Tonight we had the pleasure of [livejournal.com profile] saraheeyore and [livejournal.com profile] wellstar's company for dinner. With reference to both this recipe and this one, here's what I came up with:

#24 Polenta with Mushrooms )
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Tonight we had the pleasure of [livejournal.com profile] saraheeyore and [livejournal.com profile] wellstar's company for dinner. With reference to both this recipe and this one, here's what I came up with:

#24 Polenta with Mushrooms )

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