Delve into these personal-sized cheesy garlic potato gratins that go with almost any meal.
Bella mushrooms and sweet leeks swim happily in this creamy soup. Takes less than an hour and looks so pretty!
It's almost too hard to wait for the pasta to be added before you slurp a taste of this Italian Cheesy Meatballs in Alfredo Casarecce. The tri colored mini peppers make it doubly wow!
There's no question roasting tomatoes before blending them into this creamy soup imparts a complex flavor that is so satisfying on chilly days. My Creamy Roasted Balsamic Tomato Soup has lots of cream and roasted garlic cloves all pureed into the goodness of every bite.
Want to see how each dish came together? Check out this slide show below.
When I was 19, I was the Homecoming Queen at the University I attended. Yes, I know. I did the whole 'world peace,' thing, and got really good at waving in parades. I'm not afraid to say pageants paid for a lot of my schooling even factoring in the cost of having my shoes dyed to match every evening gown, bathing suit and interview ensemble.
But I digress.
During the halftime at the Homecoming football game, I had to walk across the field and wave. Staging myself at the 50 yard line, about 2 minutes prior to the half-time show, I was very close to the action. Unless you have played football, you have no idea what it sounds like when 250 pounds of men, running at top speed and covered in gridiron pads, collide. It literally sounds like a car wreck. Yes, that loud...
Last night watching Super Bowl, I ached for everyone of them thinking about how much each one of them will be keeping a doctor on their payroll for life. Makes me happier than ever to we wearing an apron as opposed to a protective cup.
But I digress!!!
To celebrate the occasion, I created a couple of dishes that were healthy and satisfying, even if football isn't. To honor the apple producing state of Washington Seattle Seahawks, I made mini-apple cinnamon ginger pies. And for the Patriots, I created a stuffed butternut squash with spinach, ham, and some New England cheddar cheese. T'was a stretch I admit, but at least they were Super yummy...and that was the "goal!"
In my design business, there are a lot of rules that must be followed. Especially when preparing a document for print or output. You can't just hope that something turns out right, you have to take steps to insure it will. Measurements, process color percentages, bleeds on documents; and so many more. Violate those rules and, well. No fun.
I think that's why I love cooking so much. Sure you have to measure more adeptly when baking. I mean, without leavening a cake won't rise. Without oil, meat will stick, and so forth. But I love the fact that you can take building blocks and create new combinations almost every time. It makes me feel so free and creative...and rebellious as well.
Take this quick recipe for baked chicken thighs. Colorful, balanced, and composed with just things on hand. The only rule? be nice to the person sitting next to you. The rest! Nosh on!
Watch my short video about getting comfy in the kitchen.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.