While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

Friday, October 28, 2011

Radiatori with Pumkin Sauce and Mackerel

Another gorgeous plate using pumpkin~

Via Flickr:
Sauce adapted from a standard pumpkin soup recipe. Fried pancetta, pine nuts and
parsley to finish. Maybe a bit out of season, but what the heck.

Party squash soup!

Party squash soup!, originally uploaded by domit.

Beautifully presented~

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup, originally uploaded by organicpixel.

This looks fantastic. I love this time of year, and pumpkins are so versatile~

Photographer's note:

Via Flickr:
Pumpkin soup topped with a sweet pepper and olive oil garnish.

Basic recipe (more or less);
Cut and clean pumpkin, remove outer skin and cut into chunks or cubes.
Place pumpkin pieces in large pot. Cover with water or your favorite soup stock for a richer flavor (chicken or vegetable stocks works well). Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until pumpkin is tender. As the pumpkin softens it will begin to break down and you’ll notice that your liquid is starting to thicken. Us an immersion blender to puree the pumpkin and stock mixture into a velvety smooth soup. Flavor as desired. You can add more liquid if you think your soup blend is too thick or continue simmering for reduction to thicken.

We’ve found that heirloom pumpkins offer much better flavor then the standard orange carving pumpkins so choose one that looks interesting to you and give it a shot. Also, don’t forget to save the seeds for making toasted pumpkin seeds.

Just like eating any other seasonal fruit or vegetable, eating pumpkin in the fall and winter offers many wonderful health benefits, plus it makes for a really great warm and satisfying meal on a cold day.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

spaghetti squash quinoa bake

Another way to enjoy quinoa - baked.

quinoa/ pink lentil flan

quinoa/ pink lentil flan, originally uploaded by FrenchBento.

Woo! Where have I been all these years? Fabulous!

Photographer's note:

Via Flickr:
cook 1 1/2 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup pink lentil in your rice cooker
use some thick tomato sauce in a pan, add a tsp of agar-agar (or kanten), boil for two minutes. Add oignon, garlic, spices to your taste if you want.
mix the lentil, quinoa and tomato sauce and put in glasses or silicon cup. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours till cold and solidified.

I ate it cold with a thick dressing of balsamic vinegar, walnut oil and garlic. yum.

quinoa, coooked

quinoa, originally uploaded by Delairen.

Via Flickr:
Making Quinoa Tabouleh. Recipe Available Here: blog.delementals.com/2009/07/03/quinoa-tabouleh/


Quinoa, originally uploaded by net_efekt.

Via Flickr:
Quinoa before flowering.

Quinoa (pronounced /ˈkinwɑ/ KEEN-wah or /ˈkinoʊə/ KEE-no-uh, Spanish quinua, from Quechua kinwa) is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal as it is not a grass. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited.


quinoa sprouts

quinoa sprouts, originally uploaded by apathyduck.

This just goes to show that food can be always beautiful and surprising!~

Via Flickr:
sprouted quinoa


Quinoa - IMG_3429.JPG, originally uploaded by Flickred!.

Via Flickr:
Grain-like crop from South America. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

Biryani Inspired Quinoa Salad

Biryani Inspired Quinoa Salad, originally uploaded by maggiehc.

Ooh, this one is gorgeous, too. Check out the link below for the recipe.

Via Flickr:
Recipe at Dog Hill Kitchen

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Citrus Quinoa Salad, originally uploaded by sleepyneko.

Via Flickr:
recipe at The Accidental Southerner

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad, originally uploaded by karenphotodesign.

The beauty of this simple seed is that it plays well with so many other tasty additions~

From Wikipedia:

Quinoa (play /ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

Via Flickr:
Quinoa with fresh farmers market vegetables

Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Pomegranate Seeds, and Persimmons

Oh my, this looks fantastic. This searching for quinoa salads is a happy one.

Photo note:

Via Flickr:
www.AsparagustoZucchini.com has the recipe for this Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes and more kick ass vegetarian recipes from A to Z!!! This site isn't only for vegetarians, it's for everyone trying to expand their cooking arsenal and find ways to use more healthy foods in their diet.

Red Quinoa Salad

Red Quinoa Salad, originally uploaded by Soundly Vegan.

I've been on a quinoa kick lately, and am hungrily seeking knockout salad recipes. So far, so good.

Photographer's note:

Via Flickr:
Recipe: soundlyvegan.com/2010/06/03/red-quinoa-salad/

Friday, July 1, 2011

4th flags

4th flags, originally uploaded by A Dozen Eggs1.

These are great!

Via Flickr:
I wish these weren't so sloppy, I'm trying Callye's technique of a stiffer icing rather than an outline and fill.
(that and I was conserving pastry bags, my supplier didn't ship my order and I ran out of small bags!!)

4th of july cake

4th of july cake, originally uploaded by jill elise.

Oh. My. This looks fabulous.

Photo note:

Via Flickr:
chocolate angel food cake, chocolate glaze, fresh strawbs.

www.heythattastesgood.com on tuesday, or, coming soon to a BBQ near you.

Food on table at 4th of July Barbeque

I love the color in this photo. Nice job~ Table spread with 4th of July offerings: cake with strawberries and blueberries, real lemonade, watermelon, salad, on a red and white checkered tablecloth with blue plates and cups. Perfect~

4th of July Dessert 2

4th of July Dessert 2, originally uploaded by cannellfan.

I couldn't resist. What a riot! I haven't had a twinkie in, well, forever!

Photo note:

Via Flickr:
4th of July dessert -- Twinkle Trifle, Twinkies, blueberries, strawberries, pudding, and whipped cream on top.

4th of July Cake

4th of July Cake, originally uploaded by cglphoto.

Via Flickr:
Beth's 4th of July Cake. Practicing food photography

Okay, this looks great! I myself love food photography, and this photographer did a nice job.

Cake with strawberries and blueberries~

Friday, April 29, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Shakespeare and Batman Comic Book Groom's Cake

Well done! What a unique groom's cake. A Batman comic atop a volume of Shakespeare - in cake.


Spawn, originally uploaded by Denestria.

Wait - this is a cake? Seriously? I'm impressed!

Spawn cake~

Spiderman Street Scene Birthday Cake

I am always amazed by the creativity of some cake makers. This cake is no exception. Here is the baker's/photographer's note:


I was excited to do this cake because it was a design I have been wanting to do for a while- so when a friend wanted a Spiderman-themed cake I jumped on the opportunity! I was really inspired by the Lego Batman cake that Elisa Strauss made, so I decided to do a similar style comic book street scene.

This was also very large- I bought the biggest baseboard I could find. ;) The two buildings are a dingy green (what I was going for ;) and since I still don't have an airbrush I used petal dusts for the first time to give me all the shaded effects.

The crazy thing about this cake was that it was bought as a show piece for the party! lol It was not eaten until after the party was over. I loved this cake- definitely one of my all-time favorites. :)

Small Comic Book Cake

Small Comic Book Cake, originally uploaded by tineypics.

Amazing cake! This comic book inspired cake would go over well with a kids birthday party~

Food Spider Pie

Food Spider Pie, originally uploaded by SyCalvin.

This is a great Calvin and Hobbes panel. Spider pie!

Anson Food Company

Anson Food Company_2.jpg, originally uploaded by qwazymonkey.

This is cool! And the food looks tasty, too.


COMIC STRIP, originally uploaded by cameosteph.

Okay, this one makes me laugh, and wish for vanilla ice cream with two marachino cherry eyes. . .

Photo note:

"The story lines that unfold while (my) son plays with his food. . . "

Hostess Twinkies

Hostess Twinkies, originally uploaded by plasticfetish.

I have to say, it's been years since I've had a Twinkie, so I missed out on this!

Photo note:

"Hostess Twinkies (DC - Superman box) c. 2010"

cauliflower pasta comic

More comic-inspired food pix.

Photo note:

"Comic 1# of the wishful pantry"

Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con 2010, originally uploaded by hawaii.

Okay, I didn't have food quite this tasty at Comicon 2011 in Seattle, but this photographer did.

Photo note:

"Attending the 2010 San Diego Comic-con"

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Knit Sweater2

Irish Knit Sweater2, originally uploaded by A Dozen Eggs1.

These Irish cable knit sweater cookies are so great! Love it!!

St. Patty's Day Assortment

Such a riot of color and festivity!

Photo note:

"A mix of regular and chocolate sugar cookies for my coworkers. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!"

And I imagine those coworkers were very pleased~ Nice work!

St Patricks Day Wheel of Fortunes

These look great, and wonderfully bright~

Photographer's note:

"St Patrick's Day Wheel of Fortunes

Treat them to a delicious treat and send them some Luck O' the Irish too!

Our cookies contain assorted Messages of Good Fortune inside!!"

To learn more about these cookies, click on the photo above. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Cake

Valentine Cake, originally uploaded by KebinH.

This is some kind of wonderful, too. Gooey, colorful, and layered, this cake looks good enough to eat.

Valentine cake

Valentine cake, originally uploaded by Honeytea.

Another pretty Valentine cake. Chocolate, with a yellow rose. Gorgeous~

Keep it simple Valentine's Cake Pops

Yum!  Can you say 'sprinkles?'

To learn about this confections, visit herocakepops blog:

"herocakepops.blogspot.com/2011/01/keep-it-simple-valentin...  "

Valentine's cake with roses close up

Okay, this Valentine cake is just beautiful in it's crisp simplicity. This is quite wonderful~

Photo note:

"Valentine cake for my darling sweet heart."

Chocolate Valentines Cake 3

Wow! This is an amazing cake, combining two of my favorite things - chocolate and strawberries~

This baker tells us:

"Heart shaped devils food cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and ganache. Then topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate swirls. The perfect gift for your Valentine sweetie. This was a "tester" cake and my family loved it."

I'm sure they did!


So pretty~

Here are the photo notes and links:


Red Ribbon, Valentine's Cake, Roses and Kisses, Kisses,cake, Hershey's


Valentine's Cake

Valentine's Cake, originally uploaded by Sweet Pea 0613.

Happy Valentine's Day~

Photo note:

"Six inch Valentine's display cake for work. All fondant. Airbrushed in pearl."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beautiful Brunch

I'm playing catch-up, as it's been a long time since I've posted to my blogs.  And, I wanted to share some of the wonderful brunch food we had at our Christmas gathering at my in-laws~

 The light on the oranges was irresistible~
 And the sushi, homemade by my sister-in-law, was fantastic.
As were the finger sandwiches.  All together, it made a very nice spread~

Foods to Love, Words to Savor

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