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Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta

Ummm…CHEESE.

Do I really need to say anything else?

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta

I guess I’ll tell you a little bit about this PARTICULAR cheese. Because this PARTICULAR cheese (ricotta, b-t-dubs) is topped with an insanely yummy roasted red pepper balsamic sauce (HEY-O) and then baked in the oven and then topped with some parsley and then slathered on some garlicky, buttery crostini and then shoved into one’s face with great abandon. You with me? Yes? Good.

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta

This is a great appetizer option now that we’re all gearing up for the holidays (WAIT, WHERE DID 2014 GO?!) Make the red pepper sauce ahead and keep it in the fridge if you like, then assemble and serve the baked ricotta whenever it strikes your fancy. Pro tip: This is the perfect amount for a small dinner party (or, y’know, my lunch on a Tuesday), but double it if you’re feeding a crowd.

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I lurrrrveeeeee pasta.

Shellfish Spaghetti with Pesto Toasted Bread Crumbs

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30 Minute Creamy Corn and Tomato Pasta

Quick, easy dinners are the best kind of dinners. This particular dish has only six ingredients (unless you count salt and pepper, which are basically like oxygen or butter or anything else that makes life possible, so obviously I don’t) and takes less than 30 minutes to throw together. It even has cream cheese, which I actually almost never use but is sometimes just completely 100% necessary. In this case, it makes a delightfully creamy sauce that lends a great richness to the simple combo of pasta, corn, and tomatoes.

30 Minute Creamy Corn and Tomato Pasta

I am especially in need of fast and easy meals this month, because I have been traveling nonstop over the last few weeks while still trying to keep up with the whole grad school thing (WHAT was I thinking) and planning this oh-so-awesome conference that you should all go to. I was in Portland with my parents for a few days (HI, PARENTS) and then in Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference (full recap coming soon! ish). and THEN I was in Pennsylvania for the Big Harvest Potluck. It was all a whirlwind, but SO much fun. Except now I’m catching up (sort of) on sleep and work and blogging and more work. So cooking a whole big delicious meal, while high on my list of priorities, isn’t really happening. [read more…]

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Corn and Tomato Pizza with Bacon and Gruyere

PIZZA! I love it. And THIS pizza? It’s a gamechanger.

Corn and Tomato Pizza

In fact, I loved this pizza so much that I almost didn’t share any with Kyle. But then I DID share, and we were both in full-on pizza heaven. HOW have I never put sweet corn on a pizza before? It’s definitely the best idea I’ve had in a long, long time.

Corn and Tomato Pizza

The gruyere on this pizza is really what takes it all over the top, though. It’s such a distinct flavor but doesn’t overpower the amazing produce. The bacon gives the pizza just the right amount of smokiness (although you can leave it off to make the pizza vegetarian!)

Corn & Tomato Pizza

This is also the perfect way to use up any end-of-summer produce you have left as the weather cools off (don’t use it ALL up, though, because I have one last corn and tomato recipe comin’ atcha this week! Are you sick of this combo yet? No? Good, because you’re not allowed to be). Maybe after my corn and tomatoes are all the way gone I’ll feel a little better about fall. Maybe I’ll even be in the mood for a pumpkin recipe or two. But just maybe.  [read more…]

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Bacon, Brie, and Apple Grilled Cheese

Well hellooooooo, internet friends! Have I got a TREAT for YOU. Not only am I about to tell you all about this Bacon, Brie, and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich (umm…OMG) – I am ALSO going to offer you a pretty fantastic opportunity to win yourself 25 gift card dollars from UncommonGoods.

Bacon, Brie & Apple Grilled Cheese

First, let me tell you about these SWEET plate/bowl combos (the ones you see in the photos!) that UncommonGoods sent my way. Kyle and I are ALL ABOUT THAT SOUP, BOUT THAT SOUP during chilly fall and winter months, but 90% of the time we try to balance a bowl on top of a plate and then oh, we need some bread on top of that, and then the walk from the kitchen to the table balancing all of the plates and bowls and utensils and bread is straight up PRECARIOUS. So the second I saw these plates, with their handy built-in bowls, I knew we were meant to be. I’m completely in love with them – they hold just the right amount of food and are stinkin’ stylish. Plus, no danger of your soup bowl sliding off the plate and onto the floor. Which is just the best. [read more…]

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