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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Punxsutawney Phil gets a bad rap. He is just a cute little groundhog who gets blamed for a prolonged winter if the sun happens to be out.

Whether you want to blame Phil or Mother Nature, the cold weather is sticking around a bit longer. For me that means creating warm and comforting soups like this one, which combines hearty squash with a hint of sweet apple.

No fancy ingredients or complicated cooking, just a simple saute with nutritious food.

Warm your cold winter chills with this Fat and Happy Squash and Apple Soup and let Phil live out a peaceful spring at Gobbler's Knob.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cheese Grapes and Champagne Gelee


You can't have too many appetizer recipes, you just can't. Hummus is great but it isn't exactly elegant, and how many times do you feel the need to 'take watch' to ensure no double-dipping is going down?

These adorable little cheese-stuffed and covered grapes are cute and require one bite, a bonus for those times you don't want to carry around a plate with you (you need those hands for drinks and shaking.)
When I put this tray together I wanted something special on it - like edible flowers. But since we are in the midst of a polar vortex, even non-edible petals are hard to come by, that wasn't going to happen.  The tray didn't really need more food on it, but it needed just a little something to set it apart. The guest of honor and I have a penchant for Champagne, I began to look for ways to incorporate.

Yes it was a fancy and stylish party and yes, jello shots (or in this case gelee) fits right in. These aren't the nasty little neon jello shooters you get from a half-naked girls at the local club. These Champagne gelee cubes are light, tender and the perfect accompaniment to the grapes. Just a little square or two is needed; though a couple of us polished off the remainder of the pan in record time later in the night.

Below I've listed two flavor options for the grapes and a couple of options for how to put them together too. My goat cheese and lemon with toasted pine nuts version is super lovely while the more traditional blue cheese and walnuts arrangement is just a classic taste combination. In both cases, the grapes are a wonderful sweet vessel for the ingredients.

Take your next appetizer tray to a new level with Fat and Happy Grapes and Champagne.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Arugula and Prosciutto Appetizers


Quick and easy appetizers that are both gluten and dairy free don't have to be lame on taste. How many times do you stand at a snack table and see the same boring offerings of crackers and cheese? Or fattening dairy dips?

Next time bring your own noshes to table and say goodbye to the cracker box. These tasty Arugula and Prosciutto morsels offer a little spicy crunch from the arugula, a touch of salty from the prosciutto and a hint of sweet from the jam. The last time I set these out among a plethora of other goodies, they were the first to go.

Keep yourself fat and happy with these simple nibbles.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread

Being gluten free doesn't mean giving up everything. What if I could give you a wonderful little recipe that requires no kneading, no rolling and no more than 1 flour? You whisk the ingredients while the oven is heating, pour the pancake-like mixture in the hot pan and let it cook. Done.

This is my gift to you today.  It's something like a socca or a farinata, if you are familiar with either of those. It's similar to a pancake, in a way. But if you are gluten free, this is your new go to bread.

Don't take my word for it, make your own and then write and tell me how amazing it is. Serve as a appetizer with cheese, olives and roasted veggies or use it to round out a big bowl of soup or pile a few toppings on it and a call it a pizza or an open sandwich. It's gluten free and it's a recipe you will keep for a long fat and happy time. You're welcome.

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