Monthly Archives: May 2012

Patty’s Pistachio Torte

Today is a very special birthday for a very special lady — our family friend, Patty.

I spent this weekend at one of my favorite places in the world, Mayfield Lake, in Southwest Washington, with Patty, her family, and my parents. I soaked up the sun breaks and relished the mid-70 degree weather. Oh, and I cooked. And ate. And we cooked and ate some more.

I love, love cooking in the kitchen at our family lake house. It has a nice, big kitchen and the view is incredible. Looking out the windows, it’s all green. Green tree tops, green water, and if you’re lucky, blue sky.

Not only is it a gorgeous place to cook, but it’s also a fabulous place for photography. The light is sweet, and my photos always turn out a million times better out there.

For me, this weekend was all about writing recipes, cooking and photographing what I made to share with you. Get ready for some great posts coming up.

Every time Patty comes out to the lake, my mom makes a special request. It’s not even a request as much of a demand. She always asks Patty to bring her pistachio torte.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 2

Dorie Greenspan’s Perfection Pound Cake Topped with Summer Berries

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having some friends over for dinner. When I heard they were into ribs, I immediately went back to a previous post and made some mighty fine ribs, baked beans topped with bacon and potato salad.

Really, one of the perks of being a food blogger is being able to go back and have an easy reference to recipes you love.

But what to make for dessert?

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 3

Mother’s Day & Chicken Sausage, Goat Cheese and Asparagus Penne

I come from a long line of pasta-loving women.

Growing up, my Oma would babysit me, and feed me loads and loads of “butter noodles” — pasta with butter, Parmesan cheese and pepper.

That’s still my go-to comfort food and always will be.

I take after my mom in that instead of typical breakfast foods, I prefer leftovers for breakfast. It may sound odd, but for my mom and I, a little leftover pasta for breakfast is how we like to start the day.

Not every day, of course. Just when there’s something good waiting for us in a Tupperware container in the fridge.

With this being Mother’s Day weekend,  I could think of nothing better to put me in touch with my maternal side and bring back some fond memories.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 0
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