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Dessert Lasagna

This week’s Blogger Secret Ingredientdried fruit.

I spent all week brainstorming what I would make.

Even though I had dried fruit in the apartment, I decided that I wanted to use cherries.  I made a special trip out to Trader Joe’s.  (Okay, I’ll admit, I’ll take any excuse to go to Trader Joe’s and/or Whole Foods.)

While cooking up my BSI submission, I debated going as a mummy for Halloween:

IMG_3637Aka, I burned myself and Dan went a little overboard with the gauze.  All the cushioning felt better, though.

It was a very stupid mistake, and I prefer to not go into the details.  Let’s just say I do not recommend testing your “mummy skills” while baking this…

Luckily, this morning my fingers felt good enough to go down to this:


But you aren’t reading this to learn about how I burnt myself, now are you?

I hope you’re reading this post to see this:

Dessert Lasagna


  • 3/4 of a package of lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 2 c. ricotta cheese
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the ricotta, granulated sugar, and lemon juice in a medium bowl.  Beat until smooth. IMG_3635
  3. Melt the butter.  Combine with the nuts and brown sugar.  Toast in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.
  4. In a 9×9 pan coated with non-stick spray, create 1 layer of lasagna noodles.
  5. Smooth over a layer of the ricotta mixture, followed by cherries and nuts.
  6. Create another layer of noodles in the direction perpendicular to the last layer.  Again, spread the ricotta mixture, cherries, and nuts over the new layer of noodles.  Repeat until ricotta mixture is used up.
  7. Sprinkle top layer with powdered sugar.  Cover with foil, and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until noodles are soft and the ricotta mixture is bubbly.

IMG_3640Mmm… sweet dessert lasagna.

Other dried fruits would work too, but I prefer cherries.

Next time, I might add a plain noodle layer to the top, and top it with a sweet wine sauce.  Mostly because I want to try making a sweet wine sauce.  The lasagna is pretty stellar as is, too.

I was originally going to use cream cheese instead of ricotta, but I was worried that it would be too sweet.  The ricotta definitely worked out well.


And don’t experiment with being a mummy in the process. 😉


October 30, 2009 at 9:38 am 7 comments

A day for soup

Today was rainy.  And cold.  And gross.

You know what that means!  It was also a day for soup!

I’ve only recently discovered a love of soup.  It coincided with my discovery of how easy it is to make soup.  Soup from a can just cannot measure up!

If you’ve looked at my “Recipes” page, you can tell I’ve been experimenting with soup recipes.

Tonight, I made another winner.

And ate it in a Panera bread bowl.  Mmm…


Loosely based off of this recipe from Cooking Light, I present to you:

Spicy Corn Chowder


  • 1 T. butter
  • 16 oz. frozen corn kernels
  • 32 oz. vegetable broth
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 4 oz. neufchatel cheese (cream cheese works, too)
  • 5 Hungarian wax peppers, or other hot peppers of your choosing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Roast whole peppers in oven at 425 degrees for 12 minutes, turning halfway through.  Set aside.
  2. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, cut off the tops and remove the seeds.  Chop peppers into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the corn, stock, buttermilk, and cornstarch.
  4. Bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the neufchatel cheese, peppers, salt and pepper.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Stir until the neufchatel has completely melted.
  6. Enjoy!


October 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm 5 comments

Jazzed-Up Mac & Cheese and Apple Crisp

I had so many ideas for dinner swirling around in my head last night.  In the end, I decided to use up some leftovers before I cooked any new dishes.  With Dan out of town the past few days, our fridge was full of leftovers.  He’s back now, so I’m guessing those will disappear soon. 😉

To start, I roasted the rest of my brussels sprouts. Rather than making them fancy with maple syrup or chai tea, I simply tossed them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.

IMG_3610I’m definitely picking up more brussels sprouts at the Farmer’s Market this weekend!

There was 2/3 of mac ‘n’ cheese from the other night in the fridge, but eating it plain didn’t sound appealing.  So I jazzed it up!


Jazzed-Up Mac ‘n’ Cheese


  • 1/3 box of mac ‘n’ cheese
  • 1/2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 T. asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 T. white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
  • Lots and lots of oregano

Instructions: Mix and microwave.  It is that simple.  And it tastes pretty gourmet for a dish with a boxed mix as its base!

I have been meaning to clean the apartment for ages, but keep putting it off.  I’ve been so busy that when I finally have some free time, I’d rather spend it relaxing than cleaning.  Last night was finally the night to catch up.  And catch up I did!

Check it out:

  • Took all the burners off the stove and clean them.
  • Clean the rest of the stove.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Run the dishwasher.
  • Clean the kitchen counter.
  • Clean the bathroom.
  • Organize my desk.
  • Re-organize the kitchen.
  • Clean the kitchen table.
  • Put away all laundry.

Tonight, I’m cleaning the rest of the living room & vacuuming, and I will have cleaned the entire apartment!  Between Dan and I, he is definitely the cleaner one.  He’s quite proud of my cleaning job this week. 🙂

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I bought almost 20 pounds of apples.  About 10 apples were left, and they were at that point where they were too soft to eat plain, but not mealy.  Naturally, I didn’t want to throw them away, so I made an apple crisp!

IMG_3613Apple Crisp:


  • About 4 cups of apples, sliced thinly
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. raw sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread apple slices in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix the oats, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and raw sugar.
  4. Mix the butter into the bowl until coarse crumbs form.
  5. Pour the oats mixture over the apples.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup, and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

This apple crisp is Amazing!  Using the graham crackers in addition to the oats made such a difference.

I had mine a la mode with a little chocolate frozen yogurt.  I may or may not have gone back for seconds… 😉

Oh, and as far as workouts go, I did 10 pushups last night.

This morning

I’ll make this quick, since this post is getting lengthy!


Same green monster as yesterday.

1/2 c. Kashi Go Lean Crunch with skim milk.


How do YOU “jazz up” your leftovers?

October 28, 2009 at 9:59 am 5 comments

(Almost Vegan) Pumpkin Fudge Brownies

As promised, here is the recipe for those delicious pumpkin brownies I made last night.  They paired wonderfully with a warm glass of Hallowine. 😉

These brownies are rich, so just a small piece will likely satisfy you.  The pumpkin and cinnamon add a creamy, festive flavor.

Without further ado….

(Almost Vegan) Pumpkin Fudge Brownies


  • 1/3 c. no-sugar-added applesauce
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. honey.  To make it vegan, replace with granulated sugar or brown rice syrup.
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. cocoa.  I used 2/3 Dutch process cocoa powder, and 1/3 regular cocoa powder.
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate “chips.”  I used chopped Candy Cane Kisses to give the brownies a festive color.  Use non-dairy chocolate or carob chips for a vegan recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients together.
  3. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.  Stir until well-blended.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter into a greased pan, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.

IMG_3592Look at that delicious-ness. Who would guess that such a rich and fudgy brownie was so easy to make?



October 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm 4 comments

Chai Brussels Sprouts

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat tonight.  So I ate a little bit of everything.  Problem solved.

I’ve been seriously lacking in the fruits and veggies department lately.  This is highly unusual for me, so I was craving all kinds of produce at dinner.

IMG_3580An apple with peanut butter.

IMG_3579Kale Chips.

IMG_3576Chai Tea Brussels Sprouts. Yes, you read that right.  Chai. Tea. Brussels. Sprouts. It sounds weird, but give it a shot.

  • Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, olive oil, 1 chai tea bag
  • Instructions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Wash and cut the brussels sprouts.  Toss with olive oil.  Cut open the tea bag and sprinkle some of the tea leaves over the brussels sprouts (I only used about half the bag).  Roast for 15 minutes.

It is super easy, and gives the brussels sprouts a sweet and spicy flavor.  I’m sure it would work with other teas, as well.  Try it!

IMG_3577And a little bit of mac ‘n’ cheese.

All together now:

IMG_3584I love having a bunch of mini dishes instead of one big main dish!

I’m going to go crack open our bottle of Hallowine from yesterday, and enjoy a glass with one of the pumpkin brownies that just came out of the oven.  Recipe to come tomorrow. Bonus:  they could be made vegan very easily!

How did you spend your Sunday?

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October 25, 2009 at 9:14 pm 4 comments

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup.  One of those things that sounds gross.  And weird.  And gross.  Especially because of its attractive yellow-green color.  I was always afraid to try it.

And then Dan & I went to a Mediterranean restaurant, where we were served split pea soup.  AMAZING.  I loved it!

I was craving it again the other day, so rather than pay money for it at the restaurant, I decided to make up the recipe on my own.

This may be the easiest recipe ever created.  Seriously.


  • 2 1/4 c. dried split peas
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 T. curry powder
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice


  1. Pour all ingredients into a crock pot.
  2. Cover pot.
  3. Cook on High 4-6 hours or Low 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve.

Seriously, that’s it.  If you can measure and pour things into a pot, you’ll be good to go.

IMG_3489The soup was the star of tonight’s dinner, and was paired with a sharp cheddar quesadilla. Aka, sharp cheddar cheese in a whole wheat tortilla, toasted on the Foreman grill.  I was craving something simple tonight, obviously.

I also made up some kale chips, which were delicious, but the photograph is super-blurry.  Sorry, folks!

The kale chips recipe came from Kath.

Rewinding a bit, my afternoon snack was some trail mix. This x4:


I also went to Pilates Reformer training. Now I’m super sore.  That class is INTENSE!  I love it.  🙂

What’s your favorite soup recipe?

October 21, 2009 at 9:41 pm 13 comments

Acorn Squash & Apple Pizza

Going to bed at 8 am and getting up at 1:30 pm makes for a very weird day.  Regular food blogging shall return tomorrow!

Originally, I was planning on just throwing together a quesadilla or something for dinner, but I decided that I would feel better if I actually cooked a real meal on my first night back home.

I’ve been wanting to participate in Blogger Secret Ingredient for awhile now, so I decided that this was the week to finally submit a recipe.  Megan is hosting this week’s contest, and the secret ingredient is…. acorn squash.

And so, without further ado,  here is my recipe for

Acorn Squash and Apple Pizza


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 small apples
  • 1 pizza crust of your choice
  • 3 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 oz. gorgonzola
  • 5 T. plus 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt, pepper, and cinnamon


  1. Prepare your pizza crust.  I had this mix I needed to use up, but a handmade crust would work just as well. IMG_3460IMG_3461
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Start by cutting the acorn squash in half and scooping out the seeds and stringy insides.  Remove the skin.
  4. Cut the squash into small cubes (1/2 inch or less).
  5. Toss the squash cubes with 2 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and 2 tsp. cinnamon.
  6. Bake the acorn squash for 18 minutes. Keep the oven on, but increase the temperature to 450 degrees.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the onion. Remove the top and bottom, and cut the onion in half from top to bottom.  Thinly slice the onion, and cut the circular slices in half.
  8. Heat 3 T. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  When the oil is hot, add the onions, along with 1/8 tsp. salt.
  9. IMG_3458

  10. Stir the onions regularly until they are softened and browned.  If they are sticking too much to the skillet, add a bit of water or white wine to “deglaze” the pan.
  11. When the onions are caramelized to your liking, remove them from heat and place them in a separate bowl. IMG_3462
  12. Slice the apples thinly.
  13. Add another 3 T. olive oil to the skillet, and add the apples and 1 tsp. sugar when the oil is hot.
  14. Similar to the process with the onion, stir the apples regularly until they are softened and browned, deglazing as needed.
  15. When the apples are caramelized to your liking, remove them from heat.IMG_3463
  16. Spread the goat cheese over the pizza crust.IMG_3464
  17. Top with the apples, squash, and onions.  Sprinkle with gorgonzola.IMG_3465
  18. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes.IMG_3469



October 20, 2009 at 12:20 am 14 comments

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