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Have a Heart: Stuffed Artichokes

Last weekend my mother-in-law made one of my favorite dishes, stuffed artichokes.  Besides the act of stuffing, this recipe is relatively easy.  Best part – you can do the prep, freeze and serve later.  Impress your guests and follow the steps below.

Ingredients:

Pack of 9 artichokes  –  1 Egg  –  1/2 cup Grated Romano Cheese  –  Parsley  –

Garlic  – Italian Bread  – Olive Oil  –  Potatoes

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1.  Start with a pack of nine artichokes.

2.  Prepare artichokes – Cut off top of artichoke, stem and peel outer layers to reveal the tender heart.

3.  Run artichoke under water to open up heart and prepare for stuffing.

4.  Create stuffing:  Mix egg, cheese, and torn Italian bread (about two big slices).  Mash until consistency is like a paste.

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5.  Stuff artichokes – fill each leaf (as best you can) with mixture.

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6.  Put artichokes into a saucepan with cut up potatoes.

7.  Fill saucepan with water, 1/3 cup of olive oil, cut garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

8.  As artichokes cook, they will absorb the water.  Make sure to fill water once absorbed until cooked.  Artichokes are cooked when a fork can easily go through.

9.  Enjoy!

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Thirty-one

Hubby turned thirty-one today.  It is strange to think ten years ago was his twenty-first birthday.  My, how the years have passed.

I left work early to surprise him with a Spring pasta dish and a yummy treat to complete the meal.

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon is much less complicated than it sounds.  As long as you have a blender or food processor, this recipe is actually quite easy… very minimal chopping!

Below are ingredients:

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1.  De Cecco Linguine  –  2. 1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes  –  3.  1/3 Cup Olive Oil  – 4. One Clove of Garlic  –  5.  Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon  – 6.  1 Cup Green Olives  –  7.  Salt & Pepper  –  8.  1 Cup Packed Basil  –  9.  Grated Parmesan Cheese

Click the link above for step by step directions.

For desert I stopped by Magnolia Bakery, a landmark bakery here in New York City.  I picked up a small Red Velvet Cheese Cake, perfect for just us two.  I would have loved to be able to find these little bomb candles…  I’ll have to keep and eye out.  We ended the meal with some Elderflower Soda – a light citrus tasting soda in this pretty bottle.

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10.  Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cheesecake  –  11.  Belvoir Elderflower Soda  –  12.  Bomb Candles

Cupcakes and Denim

Today I headed upstate to bake away with a friend in anticipation of New Years Eve.  We made the most delicious champagne cupcakes with champagne butter cream and edible pearls to mimic bubbles.

On a more fashionable note, HUGE sale at Zara!!!  I made out like a bandit!

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Zara Jeans and Top, Christian Louboutin Shoes, J.Crew Crystal Cuff, Tiffany Bangle

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