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Friday Eats: Graduation Fare

Friday, May 21st, 2010 | Permalink

Well, I’m not surprised to say that Martha Stewart and gang have outdone themselves again!  There will be tons of recipes in this post to cover a broad range of palettes, from fancier get-togethers to backyard simplicity still bursting with flavor.  These recipes are from blogs and sites that I adore, and trust with all my culinary endeavors.  Good luck!

These recipes are the perfect complement to warm summer days and good friends and family gathering around for special occasions.

Prosciutto and Basil Crostini, image courtesy of Martha Stewart

Prosciutto-Basil Crostinis.  I’ve made my fair share of crostinis, and they’ve all been more difficult than this recipe appears to be.  The prosciutto and basil combination alone should make your mouth water.  Crostinis are also great with combinations like roma tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, brie and apple, goat cheese and olive tapenade, and the combinations go on for days.

Shrimp Cocktails.  These are not rocket science.  Really, I promise.  But they are easy, a great cold appetizer, and of course, perfect as a finger food.  You can pair the shrimp with a traditional cocktail sauce, or infuse it with other ingredients, like mango or jalapenos, to make it standout.  Or for a savory, grilled version of shrimp, try Emeril’s Lemon-Herb Grilled Shrimp.

Try your hand at an Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Pecans from Ezra Pound Cake.  She (yes, “she” not “he”… her name is Rebecca, actually) has a really neat story behind her blog and her recipes have never steered me wrong.

Rosemary Fried Chicken, image courtesy of Martha Stewart

And to round it up, this Rosemary Fried Chicken from Martha Stewart is a slight twist on a classic favorite for any summer get-together.

I hope for those of you who are celebrating big with graduations (or maybe just little, personal picnics and fun), have a wonderful weekend!

Friday Eats: Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

Friday, May 14th, 2010 | Permalink

Have you ever used the box mix to make pancakes?  You know, the kind that you just add a little water to?  Yeah, been there and done that.  But this Friday Eats is about inspiring you to wake up a little earlier than 11:00 tomorrow morning and try your hand at making some pancakes from scratch.

For me, cooking and baking from scratch has become a bigger part of my lifestyle and sometimes it’s way easier than the preconceived notions we might have.  Part of the reason why I’ve switched to making pancakes from scratch is due to none other than Joy the Baker.

I mean, look at these pancakes.

Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes, image courtesy of Joy the Baker

So, if sometime between tonight and Monday you’re able to squeeze a few extra minutes into the kitchen, you can come out with a plateful of these.

Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes, images courtesy of Joy the Baker

For full recipe, please visit here.  And a full-stomach thank you to Joy for sharing a perfect weekend recipe and these eye candy photos.

Friday Eats: Mother’s Day

Friday, May 7th, 2010 | Permalink

Eggs En Cocotte, image courtesy of Ceramic Canvas

Is anyone else out there wondering what to make their mom for the perfect Mother’s Day?  Whatever it is, I can tell you that you won’t find it at a fast food chain or your local steakhouse.

Seriously, we’ve rounded up a couple different recipes and resources for you to create the perfect meal for your mom, whether a light breakfast, a hearty brunch, or even a dinner to remember.  Whether you have an hour or three hours to prepare a celebration for your family, you can find something wonderful in here.  Our feature recipe is Eggs en Cocotte: a savory combination of bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cream baked in a ramekin.  If you’re any semblance of normal, I had your attention at “bacon,” I know.  This dish comes courtesy of Ceramic Canvas, who I immediately became a fan of for his wonderful photography and the personality of the food he cooks–vibrant, comforting, exciting, and second-helping, please!  For the full recipe, click here.

But, if somehow bacon and eggs and potatoes and cream are not your thing (is there such a world?) and you’d like to try your hand at something healthier, or even a lunch or dinner dish, check out twelve great ideas from Southern Living here.  They cover the gamut from a low country boil to a rack of lamb to a towering chocolate cake.

And if you’re still set on the restaurant thing, or if you have a recipe already in mind for your main course, try out this recipe for Blackberry Jam Almond bars from 17 and baking (one of my favorite new baking bloggers).

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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