Monthly Archives: February 2008

Caramelized Leeks with Roasted Salmon Fillets

Before I bought my first leek, I was kind of intimidated by them. I’d never watched anybody cook with them — or even knowingly eaten them — so I had no idea what they tasted like or how to clean or prepare them.
But a year or so ago, there was a recipe that I wanted [...]

Eggs get cute

This is the coolest thing ever:

 It’s an egg!
What a great idea for a fun, healthy Easter treat! Check out this post from for more information about egg molds, how to use them and where to find them.

An easy way to search food blogs

Vanilla Garlic tipped me off to a new recipe search engine created by another food blogger (yes, there are a lot of us) over at Simply Recipes.
Food Blog Search uses Google technology to search more than 1,000 food blogs (with more blogs being added to the list of sites searched every day). It’s pretty cool — and a [...]

Raspberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Buns

This has not been a great weekend in the kitchen.
I’ve managed to forget the eggs in a batch of muffins I made for my book club, under-cook my first quiche and turn a fancy vinaigrette into a solid mass of burned vinegar and sugar.
I’m think all this winter weather is getting to me.
Luckily, I had [...]

Finding chocolate in E. Iowa

Gazette file photo
A tray of chocolates at Chocolate Haus in Amana.
Where do you go for really great Valentine’s chocolate in Eastern Iowa? Skip the pre-prepackaged stuff at the big box stores and try treats from one of our local shops:
Simply Divine in Cedar Rapids
Betty Jane Candies in Cedar Rapids
Sweetopia in Hiawatha
Temptations Fine Candies in Atkins and [...]

Burrito love, or what kind of Mexican food are you?

We don’t have a Qdoba Mexican Grill around here, but don’t let that stop you from checking out their quiz that answers the question, “If you were a Mexican food, what kind of Mexican food would you be?” 
The quiz is the result of a scientific research study from Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research [...]