Bacon strikes a primal nerve. Far from being just a breakfast food, bacon puts a wonderful tang in my spaghetti sauce. Vegans can use soy or tempeh bacon. For some fabulous ways to have fun with bacon, like weaving bacon placemats or making bacon cups for serving salad, see my Pinterest board.
Even if you take the worry out of pumpkin carving by just drawing a jack-o-lantern face for your pumpkin design, it's fun to get in the Halloween spirit. Each of these slides provides: pumpkin design ideas, steps for roasting and seasoning pumpkin seeds and tips for selecting pumpkins and for carving them.
Bruschetta, slices of bread brushed with olive oil, rubbed with garlic, and toasted to light golden, often topped with chopped tomatoes and herbs, is the kind of food I call "Antidote to Worry." For toppings, you are limited only by your imagination. A fun way to serve bruschetta is to put out the golden bruschetta toast and bowls of veggies, cheeses, nuts, beans, herbs, pestos, so guests can make their own.
Next week I'll be asking Bobby Flay a few questions during his book tour visit to the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Enjoy this preview of his new cookbook, Bar Americain, to be released September 20. The recipes are to salivate for.
The sandwich, convenient and versatile! Enjoy it on pita, bagel, focaccia, in a wrap or in a lettuce leaf. The sandwich makes great travel food and the ideal picnic meal. See the last slide for a list of some unusual ingredients to put inside a bun or between 2 slices of bread.
Dessert recipes often get neglected by those of us who focus on the rest of the meal and then grab some ice cream or sorbet for dessert. As for weight, some of these dessert recipes are diet-friendly. Others throw caution to the wind. I love a great dessert, but I hate to feel full; I place a high value on physical comfort. So when faced with a bowlful of calories, I can be content with a small portion of deliciousness.
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My book club doesn't always turn to our vegetarian recipes, but I know I can count on one fabulous meal each month, when my book club, The Gourmet Readers, meets. We rotate homes and the host provides the drinks, while the rest of us bring the meal.