Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quinoa Mandarin Little Bit Salad #vegan

This is a Little Bit salad because I made it by adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that until I liked it.

We had a BUNCH of quinoa, which we had flavored with cumin, left over from another dish, so I started with that. I peeled two mandarin oranges, cut them sideways in half, and pulled the pieces of one of them apart. I squeezed the juice out of the other one into the quinoa. I added a little bit of mint, a little bit of cardamom, a little bit of lemon juice, a little bit of olive oil, a little bit of salt, and a little bit of honey.

I loved it, and so did #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian. Charlie was Meh. He usually is.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Thin Mint Cheesecake

Did you go overboard with the Girl Scout Cookies this year? Is some lucky girl headed off to camp because of your contribution? Never fear. There are some amazing desserts that you can make with Girl Scout Cookies. This Thin Mint Cheesecake is a great recipe to help you use up some of your stash.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wee Pizza

The Jay C Food Store had a sale on mini-Naan, so of course I got some. Then I was like, "Charlie hates Indian food. What do I do with these?"

When you ask that question of veg, you make soup. With meat, you make chili. With bread, you make pizza.

Take a Naan round (or, you know, whatever). Top it with tomato sauce or pizza sauce or white sauce or Alfredo sauce or, you know, whatever. Then put -- you know what. We used mushrooms and green olives. Top it with cheese and bake it until the cheese is melted.

These are very nice, quick, easy, and just right for a light lunch. YMMV

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, February 17, 2017

World's Best Lasagna

What is it about lasagna that makes it so delicious? It's a go-to comfort food for many and has been served up in so many romance novels you'd think that's all fictional women know how to make. Seriously, though, it is a romantic meal that will have your husband begging for more. Whether you're looking for romance or just need that honey-do list to be knocked out, you'll love having this recipe on hand.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Seems Too Good To Be True -- But Truly Good! #vegetarian #GF

When I saw this recipe on Delish's Facebook page, I was all like, "Nuh-uh. That'll be narsty."

Still, I had about half a head of cauliflower threatening to go manky, and that much cheese will make just about anything palatable, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Yes, it really is that good!

425F for 25 minutes. Dee-vine!

Imma make that again!

Oh, what is it? It's Cheese Cauliflower Breadsticks. Mine weren't stiff enough to be breadsticks, more like flexible pizza, but SO GOOD!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Homemade Truffles

Is there anything more romantic than chocolates? And when it comes to chocolates, truffles win hands down. However, you may feel that truffles are simply too expensive. The good news is you can make them in your own kitchen. Best of all, they are super easy to make and you can customize them with extracts and coatings.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Corn Chowder #vegan

I got this recipe from the Humane Society's Meatless Monday newsletter, although NATURALLY I didn't make it exactly the way they said to.


  • olive oil
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • potatoes
  • Great Northern or other white beans
  • corn
  • Italian seasoning

Heat olive oil in a pan. Chop onions and add to hot oil. Cook on low. Slice mushrooms and add to pan. Continue to cook until onions are tender. Move onions and mushrooms aside and add beans (undrained). Mash the beans. Add the beans, mushrooms, and onions to the potatoes. Add the corn and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes to get all the flavors swapped around.

GREAT for a cold, yucky day!

Meanwhile, peel and cube potatoes and cook in salted water until tender.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Want to give your sweetheart a sweet treat? These Valentine's Day cookies are easy to make and sure to put a smile on his or her face. Have fun decorating them with different colors of frosting and sprinkles. You can even decorate them to look like Conversation Hearts.