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21Aug/162

Vegetarian Beet Burgers

Well Dined | Vegetarian Beet Burgers

A month ago, Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) asked for my help coming up with toppings for these gorgeous beet, quinoa, and black bean burgers. How could I refuse?!  Before I tell you what we decided on, let me tell you about the burgers themselves.

Well Dined | Vegetarian Beet Burgers

The are firm, full of flavor, have great texture, and are a little bit smoky.  Everyone always says this, but they do taste very meaty.  I swear.

Well Dined | Vegetarian Beet Burgers

Veggie burgers rely on many ingredients to make a good product.  They can be notoriously mushy and fall apart.  This recipe seems to hit all the right notes to make a great burger.  Mushrooms, onions, and beets give moisture and flavor; quinoa gives texture; and black beans and ground nuts hold it all together.

14Oct/150

Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

I love homemade pizza, you know this.  And I really love burrata on homemade pizza - it is so creamy and gooey and just heavenly.  It's great with tomatoes in the summer, but when paired with caramelized onions it becomes this luscious and sophisticated fall combination.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

The onions are caramelized slowly with butter (this takes time and patience), and finished with balsamic vinegar.  They are piled on pizza dough and topped with torn burrata, no sauce needed.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

Then it is baked and topped with fresh basil.  Oh. My. Gosh.  It is just so good - rich and creamy and perfect.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

My thanks to Melissa from Smells Like Brownies, for suggesting that we make this and for teaching me to stop rolling my pizza dough out so dang thin!

23Dec/140

Holiday Round-up

If you are starting to panic because Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) is closing in and you don't have a dinner plan yet, fear not - I have you covered!  I have a round-up of all of my holiday recipes, from protein to sides to dessert, and even breakfast!  So please enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Well Dined | Holiday Meal

Perfect Roasted Turkey, Apple Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cider Gravy

Well Dined | Brined and Roasted Pork

Brined and Roasted Pork

Well Dined | Slow Cooked Cider Ham

Slow Cooked Cider Ham

Well Dined | Dr Pepper Glazed Ham with Prunes

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham with Prunes

Well Dined | Garlic and Herb Crusted Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Garlic and Herb Crusted Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

23Jun/142

French Onion Mac and Cheese

Well Dined | French Onion Mac and Cheese

I know it's way too hot out to be making this sort of thing, but I don't care.  It is sooooooo good.  This is a French onion soup inspired macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions, boatloads of cheese, and a buttery breadcrumb topping with thyme.  Yum, yum, yum.  Oh yeah, and a little bit of white wine (shoutout to Broken Dreams - my fave white of the moment).  I made this with Melissa of Smells Like Brownies and it was one of those magical recipes that is so much fun to make and doesn't stress you out during the process (though that may have been the wine taking effect...).

Well Dined | French Onion Mac and Cheese

Step one is to get the onions going, of course.  Can't have French onion soup without onions!  Pop those bad boys into a heavy bottomed pan with olive oil, butter, and thyme.  Is there any better flavor combo than onions and thyme?  I like to start them at medium high heat, then reduce heat to medium low once they are translucent.

Well Dined | French Onion Mac and Cheese

After 15 minutes, they should look kind of like this.  Add a splash of white wine and a sprinkle of salt and keep cooking for another 15-20 minutes.  Remember to take out the thyme stems when they are done.

12Nov/130

Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac and Cheese

I'm not really sure how to do food styling for mac and cheese - as you can tell from this photo.  Oh - a chunk or orange stuff, yum.  Well don't let my bad photography fool you - this mac and cheese is the bomb.  It's the ultimate comfort food, and I should know.

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Look at that sweet face.

You see, I lost my cat last month to illness.  Other pet owners out there might understand this - he and his (adopted) brother were my first pets as an adult.  That is a whole different situation from childhood pets, or even pets you get later as a family.  I literally think of my boys as my children, so this was extremely difficult for me.  It was also very sudden.  Animals, as you may know, hide their sickness so that they won't be perceived as weak.  Which means that by the time they start acting sick, it is often too late.  In our case, we took him in the same day he was acting weird and found out that night that there was nothing we could do.  He was gone the next day.

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac and Cheese

The grief affected me like the flu - I had fever, chills, and nausea.  The only thing I could stand to eat was macaroni and cheese, and after a couple of days of my husband making me the boxed stuff, I finally started cooking again.  I made this butternut squash mac and cheese and lived off it for a week.  It was definitely very comforting.

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac and Cheese

It's ooey gooey with both cheddar and Gruyere, with a bit of caramelized onion, pops of salty bacon, and sweet butternut squash - partially mashed so that there is sweetness throughout, but also some chunks here and there.  I even splurged and used regular, white pasta so that I could get my favorite shape - gemelli.

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac and Cheese

The top is sprinkled with more cheese and buttery breadcrumbs.  Perfection.  This is possibly the most delicious food ever.  So whether you are sad or you just like macaroni and cheese, go dive face first into a bowl of this stuff.  You won't regret it.

11Feb/130

Quinoa and Kale Crustless Quiche

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Here is a dish that is simple, easy, healthy, and totally delicious.

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All you do is mix together cooked quinoa, wilted kale, caramelized onions, eggs, and cheese; then bake until set.

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It sets up a bit like a frittata.  So simple!

Quinoa and Kale Crustless Quiche
adapted from Food 52
serves 4-8

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch kale, stems removed and cut into ribbons
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (or whatever you like)
3 oz reduced fat cream cheese (or Laughing Cow), cubed
4 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a 9" pie dish (either butter the dish thoroughly or spray with baking spray).

Rinse the quinoa.  Combine the quinoa and water in a pan.  Bring to a boil on medium-high heat and then reduce to a simmer.  This will take about twenty minutes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, start to caramelize the onions.  Heat the olive oil in a large saute on medium heat.  When the oil is shimmering, add the onions.  Slowly cook until the onions are soft and browned.  Remove the onions from the pan, and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Add the kale into the hot onion pan.  On medium heat, cook until the kale is wilted and bright green, about two minutes.  Allow the greens to cool.  Squeeze out any extra liquid using a sieve or a clean dish towel.

Add the kale, quinoa, garlic, cream cheese and cheddar to the mixing bowl.  Stir the ingredients so that they are evenly distributed.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs so that they are well combined.  Pour over the quinoa/kale mixture.  Stir until the egg clings to the greens.  Add salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture in the prepared pie dish.  Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and the pie has started to pull away from the edge of the baking dish.  This dish is delightful hot, but even better at room temperature.