Avocado Artichoke Dip and Cilantro Mango Dip

So I feel like I’ve been MIA for a good month now. With weddings and my application to college for the fall… it’s been busy. Well enough of that!  Back to the food! I’ve missed writing here and sharing more experiences with you. Since I last talked to you all I’ve:

  • Been to 2 weddings
  • Took a wine making course (post to follow soon)
  • Bought my first wine making kit.. it’s going to be a Malbec!
  • Got accepted into the Honors Program at the college I applied to! Woot!
  • Learned some new recipes
  • Found out that ignoring your garden can still get you something
  • Was shown a raised garden and given advice for my future gardening endeavors.
  • Went to an amazing tea shop in Portland Maine called Dobra Tea.

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30 Minute Mozzarella Course at Beer Wine Hobby in Woburn, MA

Apparently June 4th was National Cheese Day. I find this post very appropriate for June now, and I’m glad I waited on posting. If you have never tried Groupon, I suggest looking at their deals. I’m finding I’m able to sign up for more classes and activities than I did the previous years without bankrupting myself. This was one of the deals, and I took my mom with me. It was an hour-long course with a starter at-home kit to make the cheese.

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Homemade White Corn Tortillas

I had picked up the June copy of “bon appetit” and found this very easy recipe for making homemade tortillas. I loved the idea of fresh, hot tortillas made from scratch. I searched everywhere for a tortilla press that they mentioned in the magazine, but none of my local stores had one. I will have to order one online or look in a kitchen specialty store. For today, I just used wax paper and my hands. My Nana mentioned using a rolling pin might of helped, but I kind of like the uneven look to these mini tortillas.

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Connecticut Adventure and Free Green Overalls

So I took a trip down to Connecticut on Tuesday and stayed overnight. Megan convinced me to take a lovely mini vacation and the temptation of girl time/ Starbucks was dangled in front of my face. I came out of this trip with a treasure chest of goodies. I got:

  •     Green overalls (my 90s love is making me tingle when I wear these. All I need is a necklace with a baby pacifier)
  •     Blonde ground coffee for my French Press
  •     Blonde willow coffee beans as well
  •     A new Venti cold tumbler. You save 10 cents at Starbucks when you bring your own cup. It adds up.
  •     A new tall blue/white mug. She has a matching one.
  •     A bag filled with mixed teas from her collection
  •     A great dinner
  •     Entertainment from the movie “Lars and the Real Girl”

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Garlic Rosemary Lamb for Easter Dinner

This lamb was for Easter and it melted in my mouth. My dad took care of fixing up the lamb and he did a great job.

Garlic Rosemary Lamb

You need:

  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • oregano
  • granulated garlic
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 5 1/2lbs lamb (or however much you need you can figure out how long to cook from there)

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Soy Nut Butter Blossom Cookies

This cookie has my peanut allergy brother approval.

 

I’ve had this idea to try making a “peanut free” version of my favorite peanut sweets. This is one of my weaknesses. Considering we avoid nuts in general in the house, I wanted to make something so that my whole family felt like we could share. When baked, soy nut butter tastes so very similar to peanut butter. Enough that my friends Erin and Ryan felt it wasn’t too different at all. My brother hasn’t tried peanut butter since he was around the age of one or two. So this was a completely new taste to him.

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Guest Cook: Erin Ryan’s Basil Pork Chops

Erin invited me over on the 5th for a special new recipe she found. We had a couple of our close friends over, and then we feasted on her fine cooking. As I walked into her apartment, I could smell this aroma of brown sugar and basil with the savory scent of pork. Erin was busy in her kitchen finishing up the last touches and having me try a couple of roasted potatoes in the oven to see if they were done.
“What is that you are making that smells like a love affair soon to be in my mouth?”