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Cathy Thomas

Farro Plays Deliciously with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By December 15, 2021

For a meatless Monday meal, I often turn coarsely chopped greens (such as spinach, collard, chard or kale) into a delectable dish. How? I cook greens in just enough broth to make them tender-crisp, then toss in some cooked farro. The semi-pearled farro makes the concoction nutty and delectably chewy. It adds a subtle sweetness, turning a boring dish into…

Whimsical Vampire Faces Float in Brownies – They Are Peanut Butter Cups!

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes, Uncategorized By October 27, 2021

These delicious brownies are designed to be delicious as well as fun to prepare. Peanut butter cups are set into the rich chocolate batter and serve, after baking, as rounded vampire faces. Whimsical Vampire Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Yield: 24 to 30Nonstick cooking spray and aluminum foil2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into several pieces if cold (or use…

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake – a perfect kid-made treat!

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By October 25, 2021

This ever-so-slightly ghoulish sweet is designed to prepare with the kids. The pumpkin cake goes together very quickly, requiring only 3 ingredients. While it cools, make the cream cheese frosting, a topping that is so delicious you could spread it on an old boot, and it would probably be kinda’ delicious! Put on aprons and turn on some daunting classical…

Delicious Whimsy – Halloween Chocolate Ganache Ghost Tartlets

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes, Uncategorized By October 19, 2021

Quirky Halloween ghosts tickle me, especially if they are piped out with Seven-Minute Frosting and adorned with googly eyes. But when it comes to Halloween history, in early days, folks weren’t focusing on goblins made with marshmallow-like frosting. No, those ghosts where taken more seriously and were the focus of a Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival in which revelers lit…

BROCCOLINI At Its Best

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By September 22, 2021

BROCCOLINI – Tender-Crisp Yum Broccolini (sometimes labeled “baby broccoli”) is a cross between gai lan (Chinese Broccoli) and common broccoli. The stalks are as skinny as asparagus, the leaves and tender buds alluringly tender. Spicy Sauteed Broccolini (or Gai Lan) with Garlic Yield; 6 servings 1 1/2 to 2 pounds broccolini (sometimes called baby broccoli), ends trimmed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin…