Mushroom Pockets

An Apron What is a mushroom pocket, you ask? Delicious goodness for dinner.I got the idea from this dessert recipe. I fully intend on making the actual recipe one day. However, mushrooms did the trick. – Heat oven to 400– Thaw pastry sheet as directed– Saute 1/2 diced onion in EVOO.– Add 1/2 medium sized bell pepper, diced– Cook until tender– Add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic– Spice with Oregano, Chili Powder, Salt, and Pepper– Add 1/4 c. graded fontina cheese– Cut pastry sheets into 6 even pieces– Create an egg wash of 2 tbsp. water and 1 egg white–
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Nashville – The Finale – The Farmer’s Market

Family Photo at Farmer’s Market One of my Favorite places in Nashville was the farmer’s market. It really was just a large food court, with a flea market and farmer’s market located on the sides. I really loved it. We ended up eating at the food court twice and enjoying the walk through bicentennial park as well. When we got to bicentennial park, we met the cutest kitty. We would have given her a home (I’m sure LuLu would have loved sharing attention), but we had a 6 hour car ride, and our hotel didn’t allow animals. We all were
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Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Scallop Squash

The squash Until recently, I didn’t even know a scallop squash existed. This was another of my farmer’s market mystery vegetable buys. Once again, Tyler wasn’t sure exactly what it was. But I searched online and found this website, here, with recipes for scallop squash. However, most of them had meat as an ingredient. This doesn’t fly in our family, so I made up my own recipe. I found the squash were easy to work with and Tyler and I both loved the end result, especially the filling. Cut and Cleaned Out Prep the Squash– Cut off the tops –
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What to Do With Figs

Layering the Sandwich Recently I went to the farmer’s market and bought produce I’ve never used. One of my buys was a little pint of figs. Tyler’s response was, “What are those?” I was vindicated in my purchase. I decided it was time to try something new. I found a great recipe from Martha Stewart for Fresh-Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Of course, I altered it a bit, and Tyler loved his first fig experience. Here is my version: Ingredients:1 loaf ciabatta breadTrader Joe’s Fig Butter1/2 pound Fontina Cheese, sliced1/4 cup Goat CheeseSliced Uncured Black Forest Ham5 Fresh figs, washed and
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When Germans Visit…

We eat food Jenny and I stand face to face…no Skyping required Tyler and I wear cooler shirts than usual We smile more often Tyler wears his pants inside out…  We have have Altbier! Matt and Jenny look confused. Quelf. The Billy Graham Library awaits We eat delicious pastries from Amelie’s
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A Splendid Experience

Welcome to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Front Door By recommendation of a Florence friend, Abigail Campbell, a college fashionista at Belmont University, we visited Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in East Nashville during our vacation. It was so cute and amazing, I decided to give it it’s own blog post. Yep, that’s right. Not only is the logo really fun, but the shop was inviting with it’s fresh flowers in reused Boylan soda bottles. They also used chalk boards to write their menu, which is something I really like right now. I have yet to implement it in my house, but
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Quinoa-Stuffed Red Peppers

– Prepare one cup of Trader Joe’s Organic Tri-Color Quinoa or any other quinoa product (For extra flavor, I prepare it in vegetable bouillon instead of just water)– Saute 1/2 onion,  1 clove garlic, and 1 cup chopped mushrooms in olive oil until cooked– Season mixture with s&p, cumin, and dried oregano– Add pre-cooked black beans, chickpeas, or lentils to the veggie mixture until heated– Add 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese to mixture– Pre-heat oven to 350– Cut 2-3 red peppers in half and take out the seeds and guts– Spray or brush the outside of the red peppers with olive oil– Stuff
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Nashville, Part 1 of ?

“Hey, do you guys want to go to Nashville?” Silence.   “ABSOLUTELY!” LaCross Family This is how the conversation went with Tyler’s parents a few months ago when they said they were going to Nashville for a vacation. Oh and they wanted to take us, too! I’d never been to Nashville and had never spent a whole week with my in-laws (including my brother-in-law) so I was a bit nervous. People always tell you it’s super hard to spend time with your in-laws for a whole week. Sometimes it’s even hard to spend time with your own family for that long. Ethan
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Produce Explosion

Pam’s Garden Bounty Look at this amazing selection of produce my mother shared with me! The question is: how do I use this all before it goes bad with a family of three? I don’t. I use some of it and preserve the rest until later. Hanging out in the cold water bath Finished product. I decided to blanch and freeze the green beans because I already had some in the fridge. I broke the rules and used scissors to cut off the ends of my green beans. I know that may be “bad” but I found it much faster,
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Pita Pizza Recipe

Oven-Roasted Herbs Using the scrumptious pita bread I made yesterday, I made one of Ethan’s favorites for dinner. However, this time everything was a bit more legit. My mother finally has a garden!!! She’s been wanting to have an official garden for years now, and my father finally built her one, complete with a fence to keep deer from eating all the goodness. So before I left last weekend, she gave me pounds of tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and peppers. She has a whole entire green hand, not just a thumb. With all these extra goodies, I decided to make my own pizza
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