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Oreo Cake

2015 March 9
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I sent out a 411 to some of my favorite bloggers asking what cakes were on their to-make list.  Elly from Elly Says Opa! mentioned that she was planning on making an Oreo cake.  She didn’t give me a recipe but the mention got me off searching through blogs and websites for inspiration.

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What I enjoyed about this is not only does it use Oreos as an ingredient, but the cake itself almost mimics a giant Oreo, too.  The whipped cream frosting was a nice break from the usual sugar-sweet buttercreams that predominant most cakes.  It was also super easy to make but makes quite an impression.  I recommend it for sure!

 

Armenian Lentil Soup

2015 February 2
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Brr!  It is cold today.  I stood in the parking lot after work and the wind just whipped through me.  The sun was shining brightly and gave the appearance of a warm welcome when I looked out my office window – how disappointed I was.  If only I had a soup like this to come home to.  This is a meal I enjoyed last weekend with a close friend.  She is an adventuresome eater so I know that this soup filled with an oddball combo of ingredients like apricots, eggplant, and lentils would not be unwelcome.

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The flavors are so perfect and exotic while also being homey and hearty.  A dollop of yogurt adds nice contrast but is totally not necessary.  This soup was a great break from my usual vegetarian main courses in the winter.

Chicken pot pie

2015 January 11

My mom went through a cooking strike for quite a few years when I was a teenager.  And who could blame her?  My mom never was particularly talented at cooking but she certainly tried to get dinner on the table for her family.  And when she finally set the food in front of us she heard a litany of complaining (and honestly I don’t think the food was that bad…we were just being brats).

So, she did what any strong woman would do.  She said she wouldn’t cook anymore, loaded the freezer up with prepared meals, loaded the pantry with ingredients for us to cook things ourselves, and let us fend for ourselves.

One of my favorite ready-made dinners was Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pies.  Nowadays, I am the first to say I am not a pot pie connoisseur as it is not a dish that I am particularly drawn to.  I’ll eat it when served but I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to prepare it.  Until now.  It seemed so labor intensive for what often appeared to be slop-on-a-plate.  But this recipe turned me around.  This is a meal you crave.  And Marie’s frozen pot pie doesn’t hold a candle to this homemade version.

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