Frilling Recipes: Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper and Kalamata Olive Mac n Cheese

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I HAD to post this recipe. I just HAD to share the love with you. Do you ever find a new recipe, get all excited, try it, and it turns out totally lame and disappointing? I’m pretty sure it happens to me, like, 95% of the time. 

Not so with this recipe. Besides the fact that macaroni and cheese just HAPPENS to be my guilty pleasure, this dish is full of flavor and excitement! Roasted red peppers, kalamata olives (I added green olives, too), artichoke hearts, and garlic. Mix it all together with a creamy goat cheese sauce and some feta and top with Mozzarella. Whoa..  I’m drooling again. Why didn’t think I think of this?

Jump on over to Closet Cooking to get the recipe, and check out my version below: 

- Aurelia

May 19, 2011 11:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , ,

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad

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I munched on delicious cabbage salad ALL weekend. My friend Kayla has a fab recipe that just TASTES like spring time. It’s green, crunchy, and fresh. I LOVE IT.

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad:

Combine in large bowl:

  • 1/2 C Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Small head of Cabbage (shredded or chopped)
  • 4 Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Packages Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles (crushed)
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper

Combine in small bowl: 

  • 2 Tbls Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Accent Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Packages seasoning from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 C Oil

Toss dressing into salad, chill, and voila! 

- Aurelia

March 22, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Hummingbird Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing

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Man, it’s hard to have a sweet Saturday when projects and deadlines loom about me. Luckily, cupcakes exist. Cupcakes are SWEET. Cupcakes are FRILLING.

Today I made Hummingbird Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing. Mmm, Mmm. I got the recipe from 500 Cupcakes, a bakebook Fran gave me years ago. I plan on trying lots of new recipes in the coming weeks. 

The Hummingbird Cake is a delish concoction of orange zest, banana, pineapple, coconut, and carrot. Jealous yet? These turned out absolutely lovely. The cake tasted almost muffin-like (not too sweet), and the icing turned out thin, almost like a glaze. 

What made your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

March 19, 2011 5:26 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , , , , ,

Sweet Saturday

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As the only Louisianians in our group of friends from Truett, my husband and I (and by “my husband and I” I mean, ME) feel it our DUTY to make Mardi Gras a tradition of importance each year. This year we settled for a simple, but intimate dinner party. 

So on this Sweet Saturday, I’m dreaming of delicious friends and happy times and munching on leftover King Cake and Crawfish Etouffee.

Sadly, this is the best picture I could get of what turned out to be a most lovely King Cake. It was SUCH a hit. Fran gave me the recipe last year, and it was such an involved process that I vowed to never make it again. However, a pregnant friend of mine has CRAVINGS, and I, a soft spot for her. The Good News: A year’s worth of extra patience and a bigger kitchen made the process smoother than ever. It was so much fun to make this time around!

Mmm. I can always count on my mom (in-law) for the BEST of the best recipes. Especially when it comes to Louisiana/Southern cookin’. 

I plan on enjoying the rest of my Saturday in the sunshine, playing Ultimate Frisbee with the best friends a gal could ask for. 

What’s making your Saturday Sweet?

March 5, 2011 2:37 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , ,

On the not-so-pretty days..

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Ya know, not every day feels pretty. Some days, it takes a conscious decision to find the pretty. Some days, it’s just HARD. On not-so-pretty days it’s very important to work extra hard at cheering yourself up. After all, there’s bound to be SOMETHING pretty about not-so-pretty days. Even if it’s a tiny thing. Even if it’s hard to find.

I had one of those days today so on I went to the supermarket. I needed to console myself, and I decided a specialty cheese would do the trick. What an occasion! I picked a Havarti with Jalapeños. What a treat!

Look at all the fun ways to use cheese in ONE meal:

Cubes of cheese and olives provided a very hungry Husband with a before dinner treat.

Havarti Cheese melts so perfectly and tastes delicious on Ciabatta bread.

Crumble your cheese on top of a lovely salad. Use Zea’s Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette dressing. It’s the best. EVER.

Top your tomato soup with a thin slice, too. Laugh when your husband begins dropping cubes from the olive assortment into his. 

I found the pretty in my not-so-pretty day. Now I just hope I can poop tomorrow! (I figure since it’s my blog, I can say “poop” if I want.)

- Aurelia

February 23, 2011 8:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, For the Home | Tags: , ,

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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