Wednesday, February 22, 2012

avocados & cherry tomatoes with lemon pepper

My parents introduced me to California bagels after they had them while in CA for my cousin's wedding-- with avocado, tomatoes and lemon pepper, and I found the combination a winning one. The topping by itself is simply satisfying. Lately, this has been a favorite snack of mine.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

banana oat muffins

From 02/19/2012 (by Eye-Fi)
I needed to use up a couple of spent bananas.... these had just the right amount of sweetness...


  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • <1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas


  1. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter among them.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuscan bean and sausage soup

From 02/15/2012 (by Eye-Fi)
I love tomatoes, my husband, and generally my children, do not. The girls are both sick and didn't try any, but Jack (and Mike) gave it the thumbs up. He is a particularly easy child to feed, so it was no surprise. At any rate, I thought this was a great, savory simple meal on a cold day (served with some crusty bread-- this photo was taken before the cheese was added).


1 lb Italian sausage links, removed from casing and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 yellow squash, sliced
2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Italian tomatoes, undrained
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups spinach, shredded
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 Tbls. romano cheese, grated


In a soup pot over medium-high heat, brown sausage and fully cook. Drain grease. Add onion and garlic and cook till translucent. Add squash and saute about 1 min.

Add remaining ingredients except cheese, and simmer till heated through, about 10 min. Serve with cheese on top.

recipe adapted from Saving Dinner