Monthly Archives: February 2012

Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Spinach

I made this recently and found it to be a satisfying winter pasta dish. Chickpeas are my favorite legume. Up until this past year I have used canned beans, but now I use a slow cooker to prepare dried beans … Continue reading

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Pesto Torta

My daughter requested pesto torta (her favorite appetizer) as part of her birthday meal last week. I first tasted this pesto torta at a post-wedding family gathering in Florida a few years ago at my Aunt Jo’s house. My cousin … Continue reading

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

My daughter has a February birthday and her favorite cake flavors are chocolate and gingerbread. So this year I decided to try combining those flavors for her cake. I looked at recipes and adapted from Canal House Cooking, Nigella Lawson … Continue reading

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake

My husband and I have two Valentine celebrations. We set aside one evening prior to the holiday and go to our favorite tapas restaurant by ourselves. On Valentine’s Day itself we always have a nice dinner at home with our … Continue reading

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Potato, Leek and Ham Soup

This soup, my daughter’s favorite, is surprisingly light but great for a cold winter day. If you have time to make it beforehand it benefits from a day in the refrigerator before serving. Cream is not required but adds a … Continue reading

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