Archive | July, 2011

The Ch in Charla makes a simple dish from the garden

28 Jul

As a new wife (and now food blogger!), it’s important to me to always be prepared for the question: “What’s for dinner, honey?” But some days it’s just not possible, and as the long day gets longer, thoughts of homemade roasted butternut squash and spinach soup begin to give way to delivery pizza or Raleigh Take-Out.

Monday was one of those days.  It was rainy, my meetings were dragging on, and the week’s to-do list was getting longer..and ever so much longer.  When Charles came home and started sniffing around the kitchen, I was still on my laptop and ready to pull up the Capital Creations menu when his sniffing gave way to questioning. But something curious happened. As I continued to type away, I faintly heard a pot clang with a pan, and soon enough the smell of garlic reached me on the couch.  Curiosity killed the work-cat, and I quickly wrapped up my work for the day and went to the kitchen to see what was cooking. I came face to face with this:

Big pile of cheese!

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When Life Hands You Under-Ripe Tomatoes….Slow Roast Them!

26 Jul

Along with the oatmeal from Papa Spuds (see my oatmeal-fig cookies), I got a batch of roma tomatoes in my box this week that just weren’t there yet.

I’ve been wanting to slow-roast tomatoes for a while now, but when you get them perfect and plump, red and juicy, you really must enjoy them in all their glory – on a sandwich or in a sauce.  Then there are times when under-ripe tomatoes fall into your hands – true blessings in disguise!

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The Great Food Truck Debate

22 Jul

A guest post from Betsy

Over the past two years, there has been a great food truck revolution across America; dishing out some amazing, tantalizing quick serve meals to the working force that drives the country. I had been curious why this revolution had not made the sound in Raleigh that it had in Durham, so I started digging for answers.

Before we get into the whys, take a look at the current regulations on food trucks in the Raleigh area from our local Raleigh Public Record reporters.

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Hoot Hoot! Whole Wheat Oatmeal Fig Cookies

20 Jul

So I have this owl…cute, huh?

It’s been winking at me for a couple months now. Cute as can be, but alas, empty inside. That is until – Whole Wheat Oatmeal Fig Cookies!

Oatmeal raisin cookies were always a favorite of mine.  Chewy, sweet, soft and tender. So, when my Papa Spuds box came this week with an unannounced bag of oatmeal, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

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Brown Butter Banana Bundt

18 Jul

Alright folks! This is recipe #1 for The Fancy Apron!

Let’s begin with two things you should know about me:

1) I’m in a book club.

2) I love to play hostess.

The first book club meeting I hosted at my house, I made Aged Cheddar and Apple Scones. They were divine! Truly. The book club raved! Whew. My husband even went on to declare that they were the best thing I had ever cooked! I was on hostess cloud nine.

Needless to say, when it came time for me to host the book club again, the pressure was on. I started thinking about what I would make weeks in advance. This month, we read Ishmael, a clever novel by Daniel Quinn. If you’ve read it you know the main character is a gorilla, so…can you guess? I decided on banana as the main ingredient for this dish.

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