Dinner, Lunch, Sides

Cauliflower Steaks with Pistachios and Browned Butter

Cauliflower is really underrated, in my opinion. A lot of people think it is bland or flavorless. The white color doesn’t exactly do it any favors either. But you can really use it as anything from a base to a soup to “rice” to in this case, a “steak”. It’s really hearty, flavorful with the nutty brown butter and can truly be used as a substitute for a real steak. I’d serve this to a vegetarian friend, wouldn’t you?
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

“Creepy Oreos” :
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Vanilla Filling

I don’t do a lot of baking for Halloween. I *like* Halloween, and if I had more occasion to do so, I’d come up with some creepy ideas for sweet snacks, but as one can’t hand out homemade cookies to trick-or-treaters, I usually just limit my baking to one thing. This year, it’s these sandwich cookies. I used one of those imprinting rolling pins which didn’t work particularly well, but c’est la vie. Next time I will skip the baking powder in the dough. They taste great though.

PS: I think that the skulls look a little like Star Wars Storm Troopers, but I might just be imagining things.
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Dinner

Beef and Mini Mushroom Stew

Dinner on the Menu for tonight: Beef and Mini Mushroom Stew with roasted veggie and ‘tatoes. Easy to make (mostly the oven does the work for you), filling and enough to feed a small army. The sauce of the stew is positively luscious.
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Cranberry Custard Apple Tart

Yup, it’s fall. I guess it’s officially been autumn for a few weeks, but the air is finally cooler. Which means what? Apple pies! Custard-style apple pies are my favorite. They are not so sweet, and have a creamier (not no sticky) flavor. This time I added some cranberry sauce (and yes, I was lazy and just bought store-bought — home made would have been so much better, but I still need to wait a few weeks for cranberries!) which added a tart little punch.
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Candy, Sweet Snacks

Coconut Cardamom Ladoo, for Diwali

Next week is Diwali (Deepavali). I’m not Hindu (nor am I anything else), but in one description I’ve read, it described Diwali as a celebration of victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Those are ideals that I can get on-board with. One of the things that many of my Indian friends have done is have given sweets for Diwali, so I thought that I would try making some myself. I’ve never made this type of sweet before, and I know that it isn’t a very traditional recipe in any way, but they were easy to make and taste amazing. So Happy Diwali to one and all!
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