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Happy anniversary Dash and a Pinch! (Part 2 of 3)

My next item to recreate from last year’s failed first posts was the grilled corn.

When I made this last year, it was my first time attempting to cook corn on the grill. I had no clue what I was doing, but decided to barge ahead blindly and make something up. Well, that something resulted in the aluminum foil leaking out butter, which then caught on fire. Psh…rookie mistake, right?

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I wish. Pretty much every time I grill corn it catches on fire. I’ve learned several tricks since that first time though, and these result in actually edible (and delicious!) final products. Continue reading

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Popcorn chicken (made with real popcorn!)

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How was your memorial day weekend? Mine was fabulous!!!

I went to my second cousin’s Bar Mitzvah in NYC, and the party was beyond amazing. As in, I had caviar, lamb chops, center cut sirloin, pizza with truffle oil, dim sun, crab cakes, cheese of every variety, and there was an open bar, of course 🙂

I got to introduce the boyfriend to my family, and I was able to impress everyone with how much I’ve matured in the past year, as well as bore them with details of my new job.

You heard me correctly. I have a new job. 

YAY!!! Only weeks before my current research grant ran out, I was offered a full time position doing super exciting clinical research. I made those brain cupcakes after my interview two weeks ago, and they ended up being the good luck charm I needed! So there’s going to be a lot of changes in the next few weeks, and I have no clue how my schedule will adapt to blogging/cooking/photography. But hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up, because I can’t imagine my life without it.

And while I was recovering from my food induced coma this weekend I found this recipe for real popcorn chicken in my sister’s Parents magazine, and immediately tore out the page. I imagined it would be a fun thing to make, and I was right! Continue reading


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Pasta with goat cheese sauce, chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms

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You might notice a goat cheese trend on my blog, and there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this phenomenon: I freaking love goat cheese.

But the main reason is because my boyfriend is lactose intolerant, and as he loves to cook with me, we have been trying out some low-lactose dishes. Luckily, there are some amazing recipes with goat cheese out there, like this delicious pasta medley that incorporates the goat cheese into a tangy, alfredo-like sauce.

Disclaimer: the photography might not be quite up to par for this post, as I was cooking at Kevin’s apartment and he has little to no counter space to set up lights.  Continue reading

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Chardonnay white bundt cake with chardonnay glaze

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It’s Chardonnay week!

That’s my sad attempt to make a connection between sexy wine cake and rich and flavorful vegetable lasagna, both of which I made this past weekend. And both of which are out of this world amazing.

I’ll post the lasagna later this week, but first can I get a round of applause? I successfully made my first moist and delicious cake from scratch! I attribute my success to the some of the ingredients I used: cake flour, pudding, and wine (of course!).

But I’m not joking when I say this recipe blew my mind. It’s a white Bundt cake that uses a half cup of chardonnay right in the mix, which gives the sweetness a little bite. Then, after you cook it, you pour a chardonnay glaze onto the pan and let it seep into the cake, infusing it with more flavor and creating a nice sheen on the outside. Yum!

The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know by Cindi Leive. I’ve posted several recipes from there already (fried chicken, peppermint bark, chocolate and beer cupcakes with irish cream frosting), and I keep being pleasantly surprised by the recipes in her book. This cake in particular was called “Impress his family chardonnay cake,” and when I brought it to Kevin’s house for dinner I think I succeeded in impressing them. 🙂 Continue reading


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Grilled plank salmon with garlic basil butter

2011 will forever be remembered as “the summer of barbecuing.” On that first warm day in April, when I rolled the small, dirty grill out onto the driveway and when, after staring at it for a few minutes, I had to go back inside and ask my mom how they hell you light it, I had no idea that in just a few short months I would have acquired grilling skills to rival those of my father.

And then I would surpass him in skill (Sorry dad, if you’re reading this. There was that one time where you had a gas leak under the grill and it was engulfed in flames!), at least when considering variety of foods I prepared and the consistency of quality. (Again, sorry dad.)

So in August, when I found out that Woot.com was offering 12 cedar grilling planks for $9.oo, I jumped on that deal right away. I’ve always wanted to try grilling salmon on a plank, as apposed to the other hundred ways it can be prepared, because it seems so fancy. It was bittersweet when they arrived, however, because it had already started growing colder, it was getting darker much earlier, and I knew that grilling season was almost over.

But not before I tried out these planks!

You will need:

  • 1 cedar plank
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs salmon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 -7 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40-50 minutes
Serves: 4


The first step is to soak the plank in water. The longer you can do this, the better. In case you think you can get away with a ten minute soak, this is what happens:

That is me, holding a charred plank. It caught fire and before I could run in to the house, grab some water and run back out, it had completely ignited. The poor thing never stood a chance.

So yeah, soak your planks. You can weigh it down with a can of soup or spaghettios to keep it submerged.

*True story: my mom got really worried because she saw the can of spaghettios next to the salmon and thought I was taking my obsession a little too far, and was going to make spaghettios salmon. Gross…

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Cake batter rice krispies treats





 But seriously, who doesn’t? And when you combine rice krispies treats, sprinkles and just a hint of cake batter, you get the most deliciously amazing dessert, and will be the envy of all your friends.

Believe me, I know this from experience.

I’m not the first to make these, by any means. I got the recipe from How sweet it is, and it looked too perfect to adapt so I left it as is!

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Cauliflower mashed potatoes


I have a confession. Until today, I have never eaten a cauliflower.

I mean, look at it:

It’s weird looking. Like an alien plant.

Or like God opened up his vegetable coloring book (I like to imagine him with the box of 64 crayons) to the broccoli page, got bored halfway through and said “screw it, it’s finished.”

It doesn’t even taste as good as broccoli, in my opinion. But now that I’ve cooked with it, I’m willing to cut the poor albino veggie some slack. It’s not his fault he isn’t as delicious as his green cousin.

I digress. Cauliflower mashed potatoes! I got the idea from Can you stay for Dinner? but realized I didn’t have quite the right ingredients, so I read through her recipe and another one I found online, and then just combined them all and made some steps up. And to my surprise it worked!

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Grilled sirloin steak with blue cheese-chive butter

My boyfriend Jeremy is a big carnivore, so when I was thinking about what to make him for our mini anniversary, I of course decided on steak. I googled a couple different recipes and finally decided on this one.

The recipe called for flat iron steak, but it was crowded at Wegmans and I didn’t want to wait in line at the butcher, so I just bought a packaged sirloin instead (some of the comments on allrecipes stated they had used other cuts, so I wasn’t too worried about substituting for the sirloin.)

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Mediocre grilled corn

This is one of those “don’t follow this recipe” recipes. And by recipe, I mean I made this up and it came out pretty terrible. Edible, but only just.

Ignoring the recipes online that suggested soaking the corn and grilling it IN the husk, I decided to husk it and wrap it in aluminum foil with some butter. What could go wrong?




They caught on fire.



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