Creamy Shells and Peas

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I love peas. Like, a lot. So much that it’s a problem. The problem is that I don’t often measure when I add frozen peas to a recipe. I just pour until I think there’s enough, and often my definition of enough is too many peas for Jeff. It’s not that he doesn’t like peas. It’s that when I make something like chicken pot pie, if I’m not restrained I will add peas until it  becomes a chicken-and-pea pot pie. Jeff would prefer it remained chicken pot pie with some peas in it. It’s probably one of the biggest sources of dinner tension in our house. I try to rein it in most of the time, but if the recipe calls for peas I generally add the full amount and then some. But this recipe in its original form called for a pound, A POUND, of frozen peas. Fellow pea-enthusiasts, it is glorious!

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Tortilla Pizza

If you open any freezer in America, chances are good that you will find a frozen pizza. Or maybe that was just a 90s thing. The one you would find in my parents’ freezer circa 1996-2004 was Celeste. It’s a single-serving bar style pizza with a crust that’s not thick or thin, and the cheese goes out…

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Blueberry Almond Tart (6 of 6)

Almond-Crusted Fruit Tart – The Year of Pie

The town over from where I grew up had a bakery that made a particular fruit tart. You know that kind I mean. The picture-perfect, glossy fruit tart with a thick and sweet pastry cream under the fruit. It made a regular version during the year, but on Passover it made a kosher-for-Passover version that…

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Meatloaf Turnovers (6 of 6)

Meatloaf Turnovers

I’ve made Jeff a few promises since starting this blog, about things I’d cook at some point. This is the first one I’ve kept (sorry Jeff!). We were wandering around Green Apple Books, and I was oohing and ahhing over the Pie and Pastry Bible. We debated about whether to buy it, if the recipes…

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Pesto (3 of 5)

Pesto Proportions

I have a really hard time following recipes. Not that the recipes turn out wrong, but that I am almost incapable of following all the steps as written to get to the end result. I skim through the list of ingredients, making mental notes about substitutions for the things I don’t have or don’t want…

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Yellow Rice (1 of 1)

Yellow Rice – Not A Recipe

I’ve been making yellow rice for years now, and never really thought much about it until I recently served it to a friend who asked me how I made it. I didn’t know really how to answer that question, since it’s not a recipe. It’s just rice and I add some seasoning at the start…

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Winter Fruit Salad (8 of 10)

Winter Fruit Salad

I’m not a particularly exciting person. I like to be in bed around 9:30 most nights, cuddled up with a book. If the clock strikes 11 pm and I’m still up on a work night, it’s not a happy day. Which means I’m not a big fan of weeknight dinner parties. People inevitably want to…

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Carrot and Avocado Salad (4 of 4)

Carrot and Avocado Salad

A few weeks ago I was in Santa Monica and found myself with an excuse to visit Huckleberry for brunch. Their cookbook came out last year, complete with a showstopping picture of berry swirl bread on the cover, so there was really no decision to make – we were going. When we walked into Huckleberry the…

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