Strawberry Shortcake Roulade

Strawberry Shortcake Roulade

At Christmas time I made a chocolate roulade with oranges and cream, and it turned out to be one of my favorite desserts of all time. It was SO delicious, so elegant and cool looking that I thought i’d make another roulade–this time using seasonal strawberries, and a whipped mascarpone cream filling. I got the idea from cook’s country–but since you have to be a member to access the full recipe, I kind of just improvised! That’s my way of saying I was a little bit cheeky–and just substituted their secret jellyroll cake recipe for a perfectly delicious one from Paula Dean!

Chicken Parmigiana with Linguine

Chicken Parmigiana with Linguine

When I was pregnant with my first son, Braden I craved chicken parmigiana like crazy, and practically lived on it, then after I had him, I just didn’t want to eat it anymore. Then the other day we went to Spokane for the day with some friends and ate out at this awesome little Italian restaurant called the tomato place, and after ordering it for the first time in probably three years, I fell in love with it all over again! I knew I had to learn how to make it, because it’s something my little kiddos would love too! I found this recipe from the Pioneer Woman which is excellent, but if anyone out there knows how to get their hands on the Olive garden recipe–it’s my all time fave!

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Cute Easter Burlap Wreath

Cute Easter Burlap Wreath

A little while ago I saw the cutest Easter Burlap wreath on pinterest, and decided I wanted to have a go at making one too. It looked really simple and fun–and since i’m in the process of re-designing my Blog right now in my evenings–that’s exactly what I needed! I haven’t decorated a whole lot for Easter, but I can handle a quick, easy & cute easter craft!

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

IT’S FINALLY SPRING here in Mattawa! Today was the first really warm day we’ve had in months! The wind wasn’t blowing like crazy, driving me crazy, like it has for the past little while… and it just makes me so excited to start getting out and about more. I’m also getting excited to cook some really great seasonal recipes– a few of which involve one of my all time favorite vegetables–Asparagus, which is in season right now. This recipe, originally from Martha Stewart, is one of my all time favorite ways to prepare Asparagus… on a bed of Gruyere cheese and puff pastry! I mean, that’s pretty hard to beat. Here’s the recipe:

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

I have tried making pad thai a couple of different times now. The first time I followed a recipe by Tyler Florence. Every recipe I have ever tried of his has been to die for delicious, so I had some pretty high expectations–but sadly they weren’t met here. I don’t think it’s anything to do with his recipe, but rather how I “followed” it. I substituted a couple of ingredients, including the Tamarind paste for worcestershire sauce– because I just couldn’t seem to find it anywhere!

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