thanksgiving favorites!

November 17th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Can you believe that in four years of blogging, I’ve never posted a Thanksgiving turkey recipe?

Well, it’s true.  But over the past four holiday seasons, I’ve posted a lot of other delicious Thanksgiving recipes, so I thought that I’d highlight a few of them for you (you’re welcome).  This way they’ll be fresh on your mind when you’re grocery shopping next week!

Starting off, it’s not Thanksgiving without a plate of traditional stuffing — we put dried apricots in ours, and they’re absolutely to die for.  I usually hate celery, but Thanksgiving stuffing is the one recipe where I love it!  And then on the side, take your pick of glazed carrots, roasted green beans with shallots and almonds, a root vegetable mix, or any other fallthemed side dish (yes, my family once cooked farro for Thanksgiving).

And for dessert — obviously, you guys are going to make my mom’s apple pie recipe!  How could you resist?  But in case you want a wider variety, I have excellent holiday recipes for incredibly easy

Tags: appetizers · desserts · food · side dishes

roasted artichokes

November 7th, 2011 · 9 Comments

There are very few simple dishes that look more beautiful than whole artichokes. 

For my next dinner party, these will absolutely be the appetizers.  Artichokes are incredibly healthy (unless you go crazy with aioli for dipping) and they’re absolutely stunning while requiring almost no work.  You can throw these in to roast when the first guest arrives, and by the time you’re done with cocktails, they’re ready for the table. 

During our move, four plates of our wedding china got broken, and I realized I was even sadder because I’d never even used them.  Chad and I have been married for two years already, and I haven’t even taken them out?  Insanity.  So I’ve decided to make an effort to use them more, even just for day-to-day type things.  It’s kind of nice to work special-occasion pieces into ordinary days — and how beautiful do they make every dish look?

Roasted Artichokes

To prep the artichokes, first cut off the stem and peel off a layer of the lowest, outer leaves.  Then take scissors and cut of the tips of all of the remaining leaves, and then slice the artichoke about 3/4″ from the tip, all the way through. 

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.  Rub the outer layers of the artichoke with lemon juice.  Place each artichoke on a square of tinfoil and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Wrap the foil around the artichokes and bake for about 45-60 minutes. 

To eat, peel off each of the leaves and eat the fleshy part at their base.  Serve with melted butter or aioli (my recipe is Tags: appetizers · side dishes

scallop salad with fresh corn and pomegranate

October 10th, 2011 · 10 Comments

This month, I’m doing something especially fun with my food posts — I’ve partnered with Noritake China to create some dishes beautiful enough to live up to their gorgeous china! 

For my first dish, I created this scallop salad full of colorful, fresh ingredients.  Scallops are a personal favorite of mine — more delicate than shrimp, and more bite-size than a full fish fillet.  I can hardly ever resist them on a menu.  And the craziest part?  I made these in our toaster oven — just a slow bake and a quick broil, and you have all the flavor with exactly zero mess.

To bring out the deep brown tone in the Colorwave place setting, I wanted some bright, vibrant ingredients in this salad — crisp, hand-torn romaine, fresh corn, bright green chives, and juicy pomegranate seeds.  Can you think of a better combo? 

So what do you guys think?  What would you pair with this place setting?  I can’t wait to show you the other recipes I have lined up!

For step-by-step photos of how to prepare this recipe, check out Noritake’s Facebook page!  And if a pattern catches your eye, use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 10% off the merchandise in your cart on the Noritake website!

Scallop Salad with Fresh Corn and Pomegranate

INGREDIENTS
8 large sea scallops
1 ear corn, husked
2 tbsp pomeg

Tags: appetizers · food · salads · side dishes · sponsored