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Butternut Squash Soup 12/01/2010

Filed under: Awards,Soups,Squash — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 22:43
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I have so many things to share with you today.

Lately it seems I’m the most awarded person around here. My latest reward comes from Dimah , my friend from Syria, she makes lots of delicious cookies.  Thank you so much for thinking of me.

One of the rules of this award is sharing 7 things about yourself, so here are 7 things about me :

 

1. I was born and grew up in Romania.

2. I start cooking when I was almost 30.

3. I could eat chocolate all day long.

4. Love all kinds of flowers.

5. My favorite color is green (I think you all guessed)

6. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

7. My favorite season is spring.

 

my list of 7 blogs out of 15 ( if you want to see more blogs added to the list let me know and I’ll edit the post)

1. Droopi’s everything but the kitchen sink

2. Guvi’s

3. Aphextwinz’ Blog

4. Laura Laurentiu

5. Pansy’s recipes

6. Life and coffee beans

7. Culorile din farfurie

 

Today Romanians celebrate 92 years of national unity.

December 1st, 1918 – the National Union of all Romanians

 

LA MULTI ANI ROMANIA !!

 

Today was the first time I attended MOPS meeting. I’ll talk about it tomorrow.

 

Finally, the recipe of the day :P

Butternut Squash Soup

 


Ingredients

~ 2 lbs butternut squash

1 big potato

1 onion

3 tbsp butter

5-6 cups stock

1/2 to 3/4 light cream

paprika, salt, pepper

 

Directions

Melt the butter and cook the onion until soft

 

Add the chopped squash, potato, stock, paprika, salt and pepper.

 

Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the vegetables are cooked. Cool slightly and purée. Return to pan and add the cream. Heat gently. Do not boil.

 

Serve warm to hot.

 

 

This soup goes to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays

 

 

Oregano Ricotta Knots and more awards 11/23/2010

Filed under: Awards,Baking,Breads,Cheese — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 23:35
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I know, I said I’m not going to post any recipe by Thanksgiving but I have some recipes I didn’t have time to write about when I made them and if I don’t post know I have the feeling I’m not going to do it soon. Plus, I still have to give the Lovely Blog Award to 30 more bloggers.

Today I’m going to share with you a Oregano Ricotta Knots recipe. Those of you who don’t like baking will say : ahhhh, another baking recipe but this is an easy one, actually I rarely do hard ones (I’m afraid of failure).

The ricotta cheese makes the knots stay moist even after 2-3 days, but for best results serve them warm to appreciate the oregano flavor.

Let’s start baking.

Gather on your working bench

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 package dry yeast

~ 1 1/2 cup warm milk

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

2-3 tsp dry oregano

2 tbsp butter

1 egg for brushing

and leave them at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour.


In a small bowl cream the dry yeast with a little lukewarm milk. Leave aside 5 minutes or so.

In the mixer’s bowl mix flour, ricotta, oregano, diced butter and yeast mixture.

Slowly add enough milk to form a soft dough.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with foil and leave until doubles in volume.

Divide the dough into 12 balls

Take one piece of dough and roll it on your working surface into a rope.

Lift one end of the rope over the other to make a loop. Push the end through the hole to make a knot.

Place the knots on baking sheets, cover with foil and leave to rest for about 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size. Brush them with egg wash.

Bake them in preheated oven at 425F for 16-17 minutes or until golden brown.

 

inside view

 

 

Yesterday I posted the list with 15 lovely blog, tonight I’m going to post 15 more blogs and for the rest 15 please let me know which blog you think deserves the award and I didn’t mention.

1. Lisa from Korean American Mommy

2. Sara from CaffeIna

3.Andreea from Andrea’ s wellness notes

4.  Raven from Ravie Nom Noms Blog

5. Nancy from Spicie Foodie

6. Lindsey from Gingerbread Cake

7. Koci from La Kocinera

 

 

8. Yesim from Yesim Style Kitchen

 

 

9. Zerin from Give Recipe

 

 

10. Dionne from Try Anything Once

11. Cardamom Hills

12. Spice Sherpa

13. Black Book Kitchen Diaries

14. Torview

last but not the least, ladies first, right?

15. Chef Dennis from More than a Mount Full

I also want to thank you all for you kind comments, they make me go on and brighten my day. From the bottom of my heart a big Thank you

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, hope you are surrounded by great people and delicious food

 

A Lovely Blog Award 11/22/2010

Filed under: Awards — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 12:59
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A while back I was more than honored when Elishabeth from Food and Thrift Finds http://foodandthriftfinds.blogspot.com/2010/11/lovely-blog-award.html Livya from Eat Greek http://eatgreek.net/2010/11/my-first-award/ and Alisha from The ardent Epicure http://www.theardentepicure.com/2010/11/whats-for-dessert-baked-brie-croissants.html let me know I was given the Lovely Blog award. Thank you so much.

It took me a while to come up with a list of 15 blogs I like, it’s so hard, it’s harder than making a cake from scratch. I promise I’ll post a list with 30 more blogs.

Most of you I met on FoodBuzz  http://www.foodbuzz.com/ . I’m so happy to be part of this big community where I got my languishing blog off the ground ha ha ha and met so many wonderfully talented writers/cooks/photographers . I’m so thankful to all of you for those wonderful recipes/stories/photos you share everyday.

Back to my 15 blog list, gosh, this is hard

1.  Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food , is one of the Moms I admire, she has three wonderful kids and still has time to share with us wonderful stories and recipes. I wonder if her day has 36 hours or more, hmmm. Check out her latest “freaking good” walnut blondies http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com/2010/11/walnut-blondies-with-dark-chocolate.html and let yourself carried away to a land of nuts and low carb chocolate  chips. You will also find lots of low carb/gluten-free recipes.

 

2. Monet from Anecdotes and Apple Cores, she’s one of those people whom you get along so easily. She’s a great writer and baker. Oh yes, she does love baking, check out her latest cranberry bread http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/1/post/2010/11/moist-cranberry-bread.html and tell me if you can resist  those moist breads.

 

3. Sommer from A spicy Perspective,  is on a Cranberry mood lately, check out her Christmasy Candied Cranberries http://aspicyperspective.blogspot.com/2010/11/gear-up-for-holidays.html and start playing the carols. Christmas is right around the corner.

 

4. Lora from Cake Duchess, as the title says, her blog is about cake, cake and more cake. Her latest Cranberry and apple cake http://www.cakeduchess.com/2010/11/easy-cranberry-and-apple-cake.html makes you want to be on her Thanksgiving guests’ list.

 

5. Letizia from For the Love of Food, tho I can say lately she can call her blog : For the Love of Chocolate since her Ultimate Chocolate Cake http://letiziagolosa.blogspot.com/2010/11/ultimate-chocolate-cake.html would satisfy every chocoholic’ sweet tooth.

 

6. Roxan from Kitchen Meditation, for her well-balanced dishes and great photos, tho I might give the award to her husband for the dinner he put together http://kitchenmeditation.blogspot.com/2010/11/guest-chef-husband-makes-fish-tacos.html#more . Didn’t he do a wonderful job, I do believe he did.

 

7. Claudia from Foodessa. If i have to explain why I always go back to read for blog, I would not know the answer : the stories, the recipes, the photos. I’ll go with all. See her autumn photos http://www.foodessa.com/2010/10/october-in-quebec-share-and-tell.html and you’ll fall in love .

 

8. Dimah from Orange Blossom Water, most of her posts bring something new to me, I love the way she takes the time to explain the secrets, tips and ingredients of Syrian cuisine and the cookies, oh, the cookies http://www.orangeblossomwater.net/index.php/2010/11/19/eid-al-adha-sweets-2010/ how I wish she’s be my next door neighbor.

 

9. Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker, I don’t know is she’s a brown-eyed girl, but I do believe she’s a baker. Those of you who are still looking at the turkey and have no clue how to cook it, read her tips at http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/11/17/thanksgiving-cooking-turkey-tips/

 

 

10. Kristi from Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right, her recipes are so easy and healthy and reading your blog you’ll feel like she’s one of your girlfriends talking about weight watchers. Check out her latest soup http://motherrimmy.com/wordpress/?p=6985

 

 

11. Marvellina from What to cook today. On her blog you’ll find lots of Asian recipes, great stories and wonderful photos. Also check her post about post natal diet http://whattocooktoday.com/postnatal-traditional-chinese-confinement-period.html

 

12. Sarah from Baking Serendipity, yup, another baker :d I found her blog a while back and kept going back for more recipes, tips and stories and since she confessed that “I sometimes eat dessert for dinner” I started to like her not just the blog :P. Her Apple Cinnamon Bread http://bakingserendipity.blogspot.com/2010/11/apple-cinnamon-bread.html just calls your name this time of the year.

 

13. Norma from Platanos, Mangoes and Me. she puts in one blog Spanish and Latin flavors and shares with us recipes learned from her mom and the ones she passes to her granddaughter. Oh, and she’s so funny and full of life and a great chef, look at the wonderful dinner she put together http://platanosmangoesandme.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-pom-wonderful-dinner-party.html you can tell by the photos how much fun they had. Did you notice the apron ;)

14. Kylie from A hungry Spoon, another dessert lover and if you don’t believe me check out her chocolate-peanut butter cookies http://ahungryspoon.blogspot.com/2010/11/girls-night-ganache-goodness.html and envy her for the girls night out (I did)

 

15. Julie from Mommy Cooks. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for the perfect apple pie or want to impress your guests with a lattice pie, check out her how-to clip at http://mommiecooks.com/2010/11/22/apple-pie-recipe/.

 

 

 
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