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Italian Mash-Up: Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Saffron Rice Bake January 8, 2013

Eggplant Mozzarella and Saffron Bake

Happy New Year, dear readers! Like many of you, I’ve been plotting and planning for this coming year, trying to come up with ways to not only improve my business, but also myself, my marriage, my home (which looked like a tornado had gone through it just a few days ago while I was reorganizing just about everything), and this little blog.

I wanted my first dish of the year to reflect the way I’m feeling at the present—a little unsure about which way to go, but ready to grab life by the reigns and let it take me wherever the path may lead. And so I offer you this Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Saffron Rice Bake, which is in fact a combination of two classic Italian dishes, eggplant parmigiana and saffron risotto, although it’s a bit more healthful as the eggplant is baked instead of fried.

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Grill It! Bell Pepper and Quinoa Salad July 10, 2012

Things are (sort of) back to normal around here now that we’ve made it through the holiday and four surprise birthday parties in one week! Yes, you read that correctly: four. surprise. parties. How we managed for them all to actually be surprises is beyond me, but the important thing is that everyone is happy and feels well-celebrated.

This, my friends, is what summer is all about: enjoying (or avoiding) the summer sun together, eating and drinking until our hearts are content, and spending time with the ones we love. Since we returned from our honeymoon, I’ve actually had more time to do just that, and it makes me so happy that life is finally coming to a more relaxed juncture, one where I can actually enjoy my day, rather than just rush through it to make it to the next one because I have so many things that need to be done. (more…)

 

Recipe Flash: Fettucine alla Bolognese January 4, 2012

Happy 2012! I decided to start this year right and introduce some new columns to the Kitchen Bitch Blog right away. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’re already familiar with my man-friendly Man Meals column (see, for example, this post) and my ever-popular Feed a Crowd column (check out this post on Texas-style beef brisket, for example).

With life being so crazy, as it always is (I’m busybody, what can I say?), I wanted to establish a few columns in which I can share 1) cooking tips and tricks of the trade; 2) cooking gadgets and gizmos I’ve come to know and love; 3) brands and manufacturers I trust to make foods that taste great; 4) snapshots of my life in food and otherwise; and last, but not least, 4) tried-and-true recipes to which I’ve made little or no changes, because they’re perfect just the way they are.

And that brings us to today’s Recipe Flash column. I’ve actually featured a recipe for sugo alla bolognese before on this blog in the post, Sunday Supper: Not Your Mother’s Meat Sauce. And I do LOVE that recipe. But me being me, I just had to try a new version for the Christmas dinner I offered to host for my mom’s side of the family. After much searching, I decided to go with Anna Nanni’s Ragu alla Bolognese, featured in Saveur magazine. (more…)

 

Garden Fresh: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Pesto Salad August 16, 2011

Caprese salad is my go-to quick weeknight (or weekend) appetizer, especially in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak (we’re finally getting there, kids!). (more…)

 

Your Next Theme Party: Food on a Stick July 15, 2011

I jumped up and down when I opened my mailbox and saw a review copy of Matt Armendariz’s On a Stick! Everybody, absolutely everybody, loves food on a stick, and this is one area where I don’t differ from the crowd.

I had high hopes for Mr. Armendariz’s book, and in the end it did not disappoint. What better way to test recipes then by hosting a Food on a Stick Party? Doug and myself (actually my friend Rae cooked with me instead of Doug—go figure) and two other couples prepared three of recipes from the book for a total of 9 recipes, which I thought was a pretty good test run of any cookbook.

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Full Steam Ahead: A Mini Food Photo Montage June 7, 2011

I have to admit, blogging hasn’t been my No. 1 priority as of late. Doug and I moved our wedding date up to October 15, 2011, so I’ve been in mad rush to get everything planned, from the photographer and caterer to my wedding dress and the bachelorette party. If you don’t think a wedding can be planned in 4 months or less, than you’ve never met a Linnemann. Hell, my mom could have planned this whole thing for July. What can I say? I’m one lucky woman in both love and family.

Despite all the craziness, I’ve still been cooking. And baking. Lots of yummy things, like genoise cake with vanilla Italian buttercream and Campari-spiked simple syrup between the layers and chocolate-dipped strawberries on top. I’ve made Vanilla-Ginger Creme Brulee, eclairs filled with coffee-flavored pastry cream, and I even attempted a guava cheesecake a month back. It was the first failed dessert I’d made in a long time. It looked alright, but the guava was overwhelming. Some tweaks definitely need to be made to the Cooking Light recipe.

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Vegetarian Delight: Spring Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna May 12, 2011

It’s finally happened. Spring has come to Chicago. It seemed like in just one day my street went from brown and boring to green and glorious, and I couldn’t be happier. My lovely mother ventured to my favorite garden store with me and bought me not one but TWO new red pots and filled them to the brim with gorgeous spring flowers. Besides that, she also got me a flat of marigolds to plant around my vegetable garden, which is finally sprouting from the seedlings I planted so many weeks ago.

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