Month: December 2010

Sausage Mascarpone Crostini

Why is it that the best foods are usually the simplest, having the least amount of ingredients.  A sharp hunk of cheedar cheese with a slice of apple… toast with butter… bacon and eggs.  All bring such satisfaction to the palette and belly.  This is one of those foods.  It only has 3 main ingredients: sausage, mascarpone cheese, and bread.  A little spray of Pam if you like on the bread and some chopped parsley for garnish are lovely too, but not necessary.  This combination is so wonderful–I serve it all the time as an appetizer at parties or even just with a salad for a light supper.  Everyone always loves it.  I never have leftovers.  And amazingly, with such a short list of ingredients, most people can’t quite identify them. The origin of this dish is in Italy.  My mom was taking a cooking class there, and during one of the days, the chef took her to a local market for sausage.  Once back in the kitchen, the chef simply crumbled the meat, cooked …

Pumpkin Spice Bars

I love all-things-pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin ravioli, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin in salads, and even just staring at hundreds of pumpkins displayed on a farm for picking.  (Why do I feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump right now?  “shrimp salad… shrimp creole… shrimp scampi… ) They just smile Fall and cute and cozy to me.  I had a small group for Thanksgiving this year, and I wanted to do something different for dessert, and pumpkin pie was just too conventional.  So I turned to the Food Network for ideas: Voila.  Paula Deen.  The queen.  And she didn’t disappoint.  (Does she ever?)  With over 630 positive reviews, I had to check it out.  This recipe has tons of pumpkiny moist goodness, then topped with that awesome tang from cream cheese icing.  A pumpkin recipe match made in heaven.  So moist, a hint of spice.  It took me immediately to my dreamy pumpkin patch. Pumpkin Bars Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen, FoodNetwork.com Ingredients Bars: 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 15-ounce can pumpkin …