A Dozen Recipes I Recommend

via links below

Chana Masala
– This recipe has one bazillion ingredients, but it takes almost no
time to make. This was great for serving a group because when we
suddenly had six people for dinner instead of four, it was easy to just
throw in a bunch of extra chickpeas. 

Blueberry BBQ Salmon – I know it sounds weird, but it was not. I will be hard pressed to go with a different salmon recipe from here on out.

Basil Butter Garlic Bread  – A fantastic way to use up a bazillion cups of basil leaves (which is the story of my summer). I used this bread.

Granola Cookies – I used the granola recipe from Perry’s Plate
(and left out the nuts in the granola – best granola I’ve ever made, if
you’re wondering), then used all wheat flour. Some of my favorite
cookies of all time.

Broccoli Cheese Soup – I do not care for broccoli, but when it shows up in the CSA box, this is a recipe that makes me eat it straight from the pot.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars – I tend to go for the more unusual desserts, but this dessert convinced me that maybe I should stop doing that and just make ridiculous over-the-top desserts because it was so gratifying to go home with a completely empty plate and a bunch of compliments about how amazing these were. 

Almond Joy Cookies
– I used sliced almonds instead of slivered and cut down the amounts of
almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips (about 2/3rds as much as she
suggests). I also added 1 tsp of vanilla and used all wheat flour. They
bake up better, too, if you refrigerate the dough for at least fifteen
to thirty minutes (or they spread quite a bit). The cookie itself was
amazing, not just the add-ins, which really impressed me.

Coconut Lemon Meltaways – My friend Meghan made these and I couldn’t believe how good they were (and how they weren’t loaded with sugar and butter). 

Barefoot Contessa’s Hummus – I am embarrassed to tell you how many batches of this I ate by myself in the last few months.

Chewy Cherry Almond Bars – I bought a really high-quality cherry jam and these were fabulous. Also, mega easy.

Black Beans and Rice – I pinned this recipe nearly a year ago and kept skipping it. One day when I was desperate for something easy for dinner, I threw it in the crockpot and voila! We loved it.

Apple Pie Muffins – Mine never look as pretty as the picture and it makes about 12 for me, rather than nine, but. . . .they are delicious.

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  • Reply Michelle July 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    need to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars !!!

  • Reply Erica July 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Those cherry almond bars a lot like the raspberry almond muffins I make (it's just raspberry jam so you could easily switch the two). I think I'll stick with the muffin type because that way I don't feel as bad about consuming 3/4 of the muffins. Bars = dessert but muffins = breakfast even if the ingredients are almost exactly the same.

  • Reply caitlinjacobs July 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    These all look amazing! I've tried a few of them – I'll have to check out the rest.

  • Reply Saskia July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Sounds delicious–I'll have to try some of these recipes.

  • Reply Creole Wisdom July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I love when you rec recipes because I know they will be a) healthy b) not too horribly expensive to make. I cannot wait to try that salmon recipe!

  • Reply Claire July 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Yes!! These all look so good! I'm excited to try them. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply emandtrev July 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Ah, you know how I love when you post about food and recipes! I recently made those chocolate chip cookies you posted about a week or two ago. Awesome! I doubled the recipe, but they were still gone in no time flat.

  • Reply Kate July 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    One amazing thing to do with loads of basil is make cheesy pesto. I make a quadruple batch every week or two and use it on everything, as homemade pizza sauce, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta bakes, tortilla pesto wraps, dips with crackers, etc. It is ridiculously good and super easy!

    Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender:

    1/2 cup basil (chopped)
    6 cloves of garlic (I use a Tbsp or so of minced)
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    2 oz cream cheese (softened)
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp fresh lemon thyme (I usually use 1/4 tsp dried thyme instead)


  • Reply Chelsea July 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Can't wait to try the Masala & Salmon. I've been making the Black Beans & Rice for over a year now! It's one of our favorites!!!

  • Reply Debbie July 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    You blog about books AND recipes? Okay, I could be your mother, I'm sure, but you are my new BFF. I just found your blog. where have you been all my life? hahhaa…I'm just excited. Books and food!! 2 of my favorite things.

  • Reply Rachel July 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Yea! Something else to make with all my basil

  • Reply preethi July 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

    We make that chana at least every few weeks. And I love that even though it has a million ingredients, 90% are spices, so I always have them around. Since I always have dried chickpeas and tomatoes, too, it's the perfect must-go-to-the-store-tomorrow meal. And yes, that was an entire comment on chana masala.

  • Reply C July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I have the same basil situation – may have to try that recipe! Also want to try that granola and the black beans and rice. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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