Ravioli and Tomato Soup

It is getting warmer here, in general. Occasionally we still have rainy chilly days as spring gets its gears moving. We had one of those days recently, and this soup was perfect that day. It also happened to fall on one of my harder days of work (there is a student who is a bit challenging….), so it was nice to come home to comfort food. All we had to do was throw some ravioli in boiling water and put it in a bowl. We’re also filing this recipe away for a good freezer meal. It makes a bunch, and you could even store the soup separate from the ravioli and keep your options open for future meals.

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Learning to Cook for Three: Part 1

I don’t know how many installments this will have, but here is the first one! I am hoping it will have a bunch since this will be sort of an ongoing adventure for our family. My husband K had the realization recently that he knows how to cook certain dishes really well, but hasn’t had to do as much cooking since we’ve been married. As a result, his cooking progress had hit a plateau. He wanted to get back in the kitchen and learn to make some dishes we have had in the past and enjoyed. This sounded like a good idea, and one we should start immediately so that we could make him feel better for the future and give us another couple-y activity to do.

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S’More Pie

Now maybe you knew that there is no way I wouldn’t have a pie for pi day. I am a cooking math person after all. On top of that, I had a friend visiting who loves chocolate and marshmallows. This was the perfect time to make this pie!

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I loved this pie. It was a bit sweet for K, but to me it was perfect. I liked that there is a lot of chocolate, and less marshmallow. It was the perfect ratio for me! I also liked that I could taste the filling and topping before serving because they didn’t have raw eggs in them. Yay!

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Green Onion Sauce with Chicken and Rice Noodles

This recipe sounded really fresh and perfect for this time of year. I adapted the sauce and used it with chicken. It turned out really well. I could definitely see using this sauce with chicken, beef, or any other protein. It is like a pesto, but perfect for an Asian-styled meal.

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Cheese and Green Onion Scones

You may think that savory scones sound weird, but they make me think of biscuits. Especially after I made the cranberry scones. The texture is so fluffy and biscuit-like, that I knew this recipe would work well with a savory twist. When we went to one of our favorite local bakeries recently, they had a cheddar and sage scone which was delicious. To be honest, I think I prefer the ones I made, though. I looked through a cookbook that I knew had a cheese scone, but it involved lots of fancy steps (and lots of fat). Part of the reason I liked this recipe is that the scones are almost healthy and you don’t need to spread them with anything because they still taste tender and buttery. I made a number of changes, so this is not really the same recipe as Cook’s Illustrated, but I still want to give them credit for the base recipe.

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If you wanted, you could easily make these for dinner instead of biscuits. They are savory, but would also go well with scrambled eggs.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Birthdays

Today is my dad’s birthday! I think I can give him partial credit for this blog because I have made a bunch of recipes I wouldn’t have made if it wasn’t for him. Irish Soda Bread is one that I definitely wouldn’t have felt up for. He’s so important to my baking, that he has a whole section on here of recipes I have made for him. You might say that there aren’t that many there, compared to some of my other categories. But, my dad has a weakness for certain recipes. As a result, he gets lots of duplicates throughout the year.

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Cranberry Scones

My dad is apparently a big fan of scones. I started making scones about 4-5 years ago, and I have made many iterations since, mostly for him to try. Not all of them have appeared on the blog, but today’s recipe needed to be seen. I liked it so much, I made it again within a week. And then I made it with a different mix-in that I will share on Wednesday. Part of the reason I like it so much is that it is easy. The food processor takes care of the bits of butter (and you really taste the bits in the final product) and a small bit of mixing takes care of the rest. I made these with the disc method, but the recipe on Wednesday will show what they look like if you just scoop out portions. Both were successful, but the scooping was a bit easier. So, feel free to take the easier way out, especially if you make these in the morning and are a bit sleepy still.

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This recipe is a bit healthy (I used half and half instead of cream, and cut back on the butter). You won’t realize it and will enjoy them just the same. If you’re curious, I used dried cranberries from Trader Joe’s and they were really tasty in this. Not tart at all, if you’re worried about that.

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