Archive | November, 2010

Red Pepper Hummus

30 Nov

I used to live in Cleveland. I happened to be just out of college at the time, working my first job as a writer/editor, and as a result, I was very, very poor. I lived mostly off mac ‘n’ cheese, beans ‘n’ rice and egg salad sandwiches. Right around this time, I discovered the beauty of hummus – creamy, filling, great on veggies and sandwiches and cheese, healthy and best of all, affordable.

So, this week’s challenge is…

Challenge: Red Pepper Hummus

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Oatmeal Creme Pie

16 Nov
Oatmeal Whoopie Pie cookies

Homemade Oatmeal Whoopie Pie cookies

Little Debbie®. How I loved her growing up. Her, and her Swiss Cake Rolls, and her Nutty Bars, and her Star Crunches, and her Zebra Cakes, where you could peel off the outside layer of frosting as one treat, and then eat the middle cake + frosting mixture like a second dessert. But Oatmeal Crème Pies: these remind me most of my childhood, of being over at my friend Krista’s house, eating illicit snacks (my parents kept very little processed food around) and playing capture the flag long into the night. So, you can probably guess what this week’s face-off is…

Challenge: Oatmeal Creme Pie

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Preserved Tomatoes

9 Nov

There are few things I love more than a sweet, sun-warmed, just-picked tomato. Which is why, every spring, I overload my tiny veggie patch with tomatoes and baby them, and then let the rest of the veggies play Survival of the Fittest. And what do I do with my abundance of tomatoes? I’ve taken to freezing them, and then pulling them out in winter for sauces, soups, etc… I nearly went the whole of 2010 without buying a single tomato, fresh, canned or otherwise.

But this fall, I’m wondering: am I wasting my time/money? Would it be easier, cheaper or just plain old better to buy canned tomatoes? I could have a BLT Bonanza, or make an awesome soup from the freshies (yum!), and then buy canned this winter. Frozen and canned tomatoes work the same way, and they’re both preserved for a rather long period.

Fresh tomatoes

Worth the trouble to freeze?

Challenge: Canned tomatoes vs. frozen tomatoes*!

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