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Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

This is, no joke, a really quick and easy recipe (in fact, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe it’s so easy.)  It’s also crazy-delicious.  It is so quick, easy, delicious, and easily made from items I have on-hand, that it was the perfect dinner solution last night (and saved us from ordering pizza.)

See, Gist and I had been camping all weekend, and arrived home smelling of campfire, in desperate need of showers, hungry, and totally relaxed (in other words, there was no way I wanted to cook anything complicated.)  Warning – camping bliss detour ahead:

Day 149 - Sunday, May 30th 2010
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Veggie Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

Wow, I made this on May 20th, almost a month ago!  And while it is a little weird to be making a hearty dish like lasagna in May, those of you in New England know that this spring has been incredibly cold and wet.   Continue reading


Guess what’s in season right now…

One of my absolute favorite vegetables…


Rhubarb!  And I’ve definitely been on a kick – the latter part of May 2009 will forever be known as Rhubarb-palooza. Continue reading

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Leek, Chèvre & Walnut Pizza

Leek, Chèvre & Walnut Pizza

The original recipe is actually Leek, Ricotta & Walnut Pizza, but Gist and I are both huge goat cheese fans, and I thought its tanginess would complement the leeks and walnuts perfectly.  I was right and this pizza was amazing (but I think that it would also be good without the addition of goat cheese…)  It’s an easy recipe that packs a huge flavor punch – I think the combination of leeks, cheese and walnuts would also make a nice galette filling. Continue reading


Penne with Green Beans & Pine Nuts

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by because of the Lowell Sun article and the blog links, Facebook posts and tweets that followed – welcome!

This weekend has been an exciting one here in Lowell – the second annual Lowell Film Festival.  The theme of the festival was “Food, Fair Trade and the Global Economy”.  The theme made for an interesting mix of films – I was able to see three.  Friday and Saturday nights’ headline films, The Garden and Battle in Seattle, were both very interesting and thought-provoking.

Battle in Seattle is based on the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and it stars quite a few big-name actors.  It didn’t have a wide theatrical release, probably because of its political content,  but it’s available on DVD – I definitely recommend it.

The Garden was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 and it follows urban farmers in South Central Los Angeles and their struggle to keep their farm.  I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say any more about the movie except that it is a must-see.  It has also given me my new favorite curse word – JAN PERRY – after the LA Councilwoman (used to describe someone who is being a pest, as in “You’re being such a JAN PERRY!  Stop it!” or “That’s so JAN PERRY of you!”).

My favorite of the films that I saw during the festival was Tableland (the link doesn’t seem to be working), it was by-far the most cheerful.  I saw it at Life Alive, a local organic cafe.  The place was packed!

Day 27/365 - Saturday, April 4th 2009 - Lowell Film Fest

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