Vanilla Simple Syrup

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I am a vanilla fiend.  It’s my favorite flavor of ice cream and I add vanilla syrup to coffee and tea with disturbing regularity.  Apparently, the fact that vanilla is my favorite ice cream flavor means that I am a “colorful, dramatic risk taker who relies more on intuition than logic; emotionally expressive and idealistic, [I] tend to set high goals for [myself], and push [myself] to meet and exceed them.”  Apparently I also enjoy close family relationships, am gregarious and live a hectic life, as well as being easily suggestible, expressive, and idealistic, and a private person. Continue reading “Vanilla Simple Syrup”

Pasta alla Norcina alla Madness of Joy (U.B.C. – Day 27)

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Traditional pasta alla norcina is a dish that combines flavorful pork sausage in a light cream sauce. I loved this type of a dish as a child, however, since making the decision to keep a vegetarian diet, I’ve been trying to rework many of my old favorites. Because a large number of standbys are so dependent on meat, I’ve ended up creating entirely new recipes, and the one below is no different. Continue reading “Pasta alla Norcina alla Madness of Joy (U.B.C. – Day 27)”

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip (U.B.C. – Day 25)

A perennial favorite in my house, it always gets gobbled right up.  I could eat a batch of this by myself for dinner.

This recipe makes 10-12 servings.  Although I call for Parmesan or Romano cheeses, you can use just about any type of cheese you want.  Cheddar always makes a good dip, and Fontina makes a really mild dip that goes well with lighter flavored crackers.  I use white pepper in all my recipes, as it provides the flavor without so much of the bitter taste so common in peppery recipes, but it’s all a matter of taste.  Make it your own! Continue reading “Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip (U.B.C. – Day 25)”

National Jelly Bean Day (U.B.C. – Day 22)

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Today is National Jelly Bean Day (NJBD).  Who knew there was such a thing?!  According to the National Confectioners Association, there are a plethora of fun candy holidays throughout the year, including one I’m quite sad to have missed back on January 8th:  National English Toffee Day. Continue reading “National Jelly Bean Day (U.B.C. – Day 22)”

Artichoke Squares (U.B.C. – Day 17)

I reverse engineered this recipe from something I had at a Halloween party ten or so years ago.  It was my only option as I never could find out who had made them … a hazard of attending party at which the only people I knew were my sister and her friend.  Little squares of artichoke and cheese heaven.  My cobbled together version tastes a little different than the original, but pretty good nevertheless.  It’s also easy to double the recipe for larger groups. Continue reading “Artichoke Squares (U.B.C. – Day 17)”