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Entries from March 2008

The Mini-Meatball and Pasta Dinner

March 31st, 2008 · 66 Comments

I’m always looking for a new way to jazz up a mostly-store-bought pasta meal. While shopping the Upper West Side gourmet markets this weekend (Fairway and Zabar’s), I picked up fresh spinach ravioli and a killer Lidia Bastianich brand marinara sauce. But is it really a meal without meat? On impulse, I bought some ground […]

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Tags: dinner · italian · quick fix · recipes

About Mushrooms

March 30th, 2008 · 43 Comments

Working as a culinary intern at the Hotel Villa Real (in Madrid, Spain), one of my many tedious tasks was to clean mushrooms—boxes and boxes of beautiful exotic-looking mushrooms. I didn’t know what kind they were and I can’t tell you now. (My Spanish language skills are mediocre on a good day.) Four years […]

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Tags: dinner · italian · recipes · salad · spain

(Almost like Grandma’s) Cinnamon Rolls

March 27th, 2008 · 86 Comments

I discovered, through the course of random conversation, that Geoff had never had a homemade cinnamon roll. This boggled my mind! When I was young, my Grandma Lois would alternate between making cinnamon rolls and kolaches almost every weekend.
Grandma Lois was not a recipe filer by nature. She owned hundreds of cookbooks full of dog-eared […]

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Tags: baking · dessert · recipes

About Dinner

March 26th, 2008 · 6 Comments

So. . . this is how you start a food blog. . .
Why dinner with Kirsten? Believe me, if I woke up every morning with time on my hands I would cook pancakes and cupcakes all day long. But the reality is that I work 9:00 to 5:30—I eat Trader Joe’s Oatmeal or Kashi Cereal […]

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