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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


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Guess what’s in season right now…

One of my absolute favorite vegetables…

Rhubarb

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


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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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