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Clementine Marmalade

Clementine Marmalade

So we’re just going to get it over with a sing a chorus of “Oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine …” because naturally that’s what pops into my mind when I hear the word clementine. Sorry we can all suffer together. Misery loves company or something like that. What I should be thinking about is clementine marmalade. Ours is a small batch recipe. This means that once you’re finished whipping it up you’ll have a few jars to keep in the fridge and slather on just about anything and everything you like. Not 2 dozen jars to store or give out to each and every one of your neighbors (not that that’s a bad idea, especially with the holidays coming up. Okay scratch that maybe we should double or triple the recipe) Did I mention that in this recipe there’s absolutely no canning to deal with? It’s pretty much a win win situation.

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Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs
Meatballs. You gotta love ‘em. I mean come on. They’re fun sized spheres of meat. Okay we’ll just stick to calling them meatballs, that’s much more appetizing. Whether you like to bake them, fry them or stew them in sauce. Totally up to you. Want them made with multiple types of meat? Press on. Want to stuff them? Have at it. Options. You know we love those. A lot.

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Amaretti Tiramisu

Amaretti Tiramisu
If you’ve been around my little corner of the web or have known me for more than 5 minutes you know my absolute two hands down favorite things to eat are Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Tiramisu. Hands down. No need for me to even think about it. Those will always be my answers. Always. I get glossy eyes and glaze over just at the thought of them. At this very moment I’m contemplating making Carbonara for lunch. ^&**(!)%). If I didn’t have to get into this little black dress this weekend I would be all over that. Sigh. I’ve been trying to be better about portions, which isn’t my strong suit. These little jars of individual Tiramisu are the perfect pick me up dessert and help me keep my sweet tooth in a proportionate check. Well mostly.

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Plum Frangipane Tart

Plum Frangipane Tart
Tarts sound so fancy but in actuality they’re super simple to make. Especially if you start out with a prepared pie crust. It’s not that I don’t know how to make my own, because I do, but sometimes a girl needs a shortcut. Well unless you’re Wonder Woman and then you probably don’t need any. I however do, thank you. I found gorgeous black plums at the market and knew I wanted to turn them into a deliciously decadent dessert. If you can’t get your hands on plums, peaches would be loverly as well.

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Grilled Fruit and Mascarpone Bruschetta

Grilled Fruit Bruschetta
Summer is winding down. I’m not sure I’m ready to let it go yet though. I love the warm weather, riding around with the top down music blaring (yes I’m that girl. I do however turn it down at stoplights because otherwise it’s just obnoxious), long sunny days, flip flops, sun kissed skin, and the smell of food cooking on the grill. Pretty soon I’ll have to default to my grill pan but until then we’re going to keep the cover off our grill and the charcoal stocked. In fact (for those of us living in the states) I’m betting that a lot of you (us included) will be firing up your grills today and tomorrow to celebrate Labor Day. Work hard and play hard right? Right.

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Butternut Squash Carbonara with Fried Sage Leaves

Squash Carbonara

 

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my FAVORITE dish on the planet. Hands down. It’s not even close. Every single time you ask, that’s the answer you’re going to get.  I do love food (hello food blogger) so naturally there are MANY MANY foods that I love. Dishes that make me swoon practically lose my balance fall off my chair and even roll my eyes back into my head but there’s only one that’s always twisted around the top of my trophy fork and that’s Carbonara. It’s not a complicated dish to make but it does take a little finesse. It’s about the timing and this isn’t a meal that you step away from when it’s done. It’s meant to be eaten straight away. Which for someone who doesn’t like to wait on much, is a very very good thing.

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