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Roasted Vegetable Galette

I found a new cooking magazine at the store the other day.  It's called "Fine Cooking."  I was perusing the latest issue earlier today when a recipe caught my eye.  I say it was a recipe, really it was a technique.  It consisted of roasting a pan of whatever veggies you have on hand, then wrapping them in a cream cheese based pastry and baking until golden brown.  I knew right then, I had a winner of a dinner.

I don't remember what veggies the magazine used.  I used summer squash, red peppers, potatoes, onions and swiss chard.  I chucked in some rosemary, thyme and lemon set, and roasted them in a foil covered brownie pan at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.  I put the veggies aside to cool while I made the crust.

The pastry crust was pretty simple.  I put 1 1/2 cups of plain flour, 6 oz of unsalted butter (cut into little pieces), 6 oz of cream cheese (also cut into little pieces) and about a teaspoon of salt in my food processor.  I pulsed it about 20 times, then …

Pizza Toast

Ah, pizza toast, how I love you!  Pizza toast reminds me of being a kid.  When my sister and I were old enough to come home from school and fix our own snacks, this became a favorite for me.

My childhood version was slightly less cosmopolitan.... It usually consisted of a piece of white sandwich bread, a swipe of Ragu Pizza Sauce straight from the jar, and a pile of shredded cheddar cheese.  Popped into the toaster oven for about 5 minutes- this constituted gourmet after school dining!

Fast forward about 30 years (really? ouch!) and I've updated it a bit.  I mentioned in an earlier post today that I bought a loaf of soft French bread to make the bananas foster French toast.  It worked like a charm, but that means I had more than half a loaf of bread left to do something else with.  Whilst rummaging around in the ice box searching for something to throw together for lunch, I spied the wrapped loaf on one of the higher shelves.  Suddenly, I had a blast from the past, and thought ab…

Bananas Foster French Toast

This was really good.  And it wasn't all that difficult.  But I can assure you it will be added to our weekend breakfast rotation.

A few weeks ago, we went to my favorite new restaurant in Glenwood Springs, Smoke.  We went on a Saturday, so they were serving brunch.  Devin ordered the bananas foster french toast.  He has a wicked sweet tooth, and this played right into it.

When I tasted it, I knew I could recreate it at home, I just needed to do a little research.  I went to Pinterest and searched "bananas foster french toast."  I saw lots of recipes, but none of the pictures really grabbed me.  So, I took off the french toast part of the search.  Low and behold, I found a pin I really liked, and it was from an old favorite- Pioneer Woman.  She had the recipe for bananas foster, which she intended to serve over ice cream.

Fast forward to this morning.  I purchased a loaf of soft French bread (because I can't get challah in my little dinky town) and decided to try my…

Sushi Salad

When am I going to learn not to take blog photos under my stove light?  It makes everything look yellow and boring.  Sigh.

So this is sushi salad, or as the blog I stole it from called it, "Lazy Sushi".  I like this idea for several reasons.  First, I'm lazy.  Second, it would make it possible for me to eat sushi way more often than I presently do.  Thirdly, there are literally thousands of variations you could dream up for this.

I pinned the recipe from a blog called Lea's Cooking.  I followed her recipe pretty exactly and it turned out great.  The only change I will make next time (and there WILL be a next time) is, I will leave out the canned tuna.  It was ok, but honestly, I would just use the crab or maybe even throw in a few sautéed shrimp.  The tuna didn't see to fit in.  I think I might also throw in some edamame next time.

I added the baked egg roll wrapper crackers.  I like the different crunchy texture they brought to the party.  You could fry them, b…

Weekend Silliness

Devin and I have made a pact that we will try to get out more on weekends and do fun stuff, so our day jobs don't drive us certifiably insane before we have a chance to retire.

To that end, we headed to Glenwood Springs yesterday for their little Oktoberfest celebration.  Our friends Greg and Jan went along for the ride.

The event itself was fairly low key.  It was really more like a craft fair with German oompah music, than an Oktoberfest.  There was only 1 beer tent.  Wha???????

That said, though, I had a nice time.  We went to one of my favorite new restaurants in Glenwood, Smoke, for lunch, then walked down the street to the festivities.  I was designated driver, so no beer for me.

We watched some older couples dancing to the traditional German music, and ate donuts from a relatively new bakery in town, Coloradough.  I had an apple fritter, which was arguably the single biggest pastry I've ever seen.  I couldn't eat all of it, because it was so sweet and greasy and …