Sweet Potato Creme Brulee

I recently had to explain to a friend the crazy world of blogging. I’d gone over to her shop to shoot (and “use her” to help me eat) a sweet potato creme brûlée recipe, which I’d prepared for a blog post. More specifically, it was for a virtual baby shower for a fellow blogger. When I told her what this whole thing was for, she gave me a funny look. A virtual baby shower?  For a blogger… a blogger you’ve never met? Yup. That’s right. We’re crazy. And awesome.

Most of us started blogs not just because we love food, but because we wanted to share our life experiences, both good and bad, with others. I don’t think any of us expected that complete strangers would read our posts.  It was all about keeping our friends and family updated on what’s going on in our lives.  But then others found our sites and commented on posts… and a community was formed.

I really have no idea how I first started chatting with Bev (the creator of the site BevCooks).  It was through our blogs though that we connected; leaving comments, often humorous, on each other’s posts.  I adore Bev’s sense of humor… often laced with sexual undertones.  Our banter is pretty fantastic.  These brief conversations soon turned into the occasional e-mail to check in to see how the other person was doing.  And, earlier this year, I thought I’d reach out to her to see if she’d be up for doing a guest post for the cocktail blog, The Boys Club.  She responded immediately, explaining that she wouldn’t be able to do a post at the time… not because she didn’t want to, but because she had been trying to get pregnant.  So, no booze for her.

That was in the spring and, not long after, I got word that she was preggers. With twins. A boy and a girl. Yay for happy endings!

So, here we are! A group of us bloggers got together to throw this crazy woman a little online baby shower.  Now, if you could keep this a secret, that’d be great… but I spiked these bad boys with bourbon.  Sure, you could leave it out if you wanted… but everything’s better with a splash of bourbon in it.  At least that’s what I think.

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JennDecember 10, 2013 - 3:28 am

This is such a creative idea, I love it! What an awesome sounding dish, and I think the bourbon sounds perfect :)

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Sarah | The Sugar HitDecember 10, 2013 - 4:55 am

Seriously, sweet potato creme brulee? HOW have I never seen this before?? It looks freaking amazing! And congrats to Bev. The blogging community is the best.

Belinda@themoonblushbakerDecember 10, 2013 - 5:27 am

Yay for sweet potato love. I have done ice cream, buns, chips, donuts all in sweet potato but never creme brulee!

I can only imagine how creamy this is. What a wonderful tribute to your friend Bev.

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autumnDecember 10, 2013 - 7:01 am

Brian, I love this! It looks fantastic and such a welcome, unique take on a classic.

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Katrina @ WVSDecember 10, 2013 - 8:30 am

This seriously looks perfect! I love the flavour!

shelly (cookies and cups)December 10, 2013 - 8:41 am

This is the perfect combination of flavors I never knew I needed!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlDecember 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful photo of a cooked sweet potato.

Averie @ Averie CooksDecember 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Brian this is gorgeous! I just ate a huge sweet potato last night. I should have made this with it! Pinned

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)December 10, 2013 - 10:03 am

I can almost taste this just looking at the pictures! Almost being the operative word, haha. Such a great idea! And I’ve been loving all of these virtual baby shower posts this morning–she must be feeling the love like woh :)

Aimee @ Simple BitesDecember 10, 2013 - 10:10 am

Brian, I am making a plan to skip appys and salads and head straight for dessert at this baby shower. You in? Oh, we’ll need a drink, too. ;)

Seriously though, this virtual sweet table rocks. I LOVE your contribution – it’s both creative and sophisticated. Kinda like you.

Happy Holidays – let’s party!!

DessertForTwoDecember 10, 2013 - 10:20 am

Wow, so gorgeous!

It was nice celebrating with you :)

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Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 10, 2013 - 10:49 am

Aaaaaand I’m dying.

A) This is fabulously gorgeous and I LOVE creme brulees. I’m seriously going to make this. I better do it soon before I birth two humans and never cook again.

B) You’re SO sweet to be a part of this amazing surprise! I’m a teary hormonal mess. It’s wonderful.

C) SEXUAL UNDERTONES?! I’m laughing so hard! You thiiiiink they’re sexual undertones. I’m really just a shy little girl. Okay that’s a lie.

thank you thank you! xoxoxo!

Heather || Heather's DishDecember 10, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Your photos are always so stunning, but I LOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEE the one with the skin coming off the sweet potato. I can literally feel and smell it just from that one shot!

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthDecember 10, 2013 - 4:00 pm

so decadent.

Cinthea MartinsenDecember 10, 2013 - 4:17 pm

I’m thinking this recipe should lend itself well to pumpkin too! I love sweet potatoes, and will definitely try it as written (minus bourbon) but right this minute I’m in a pumpkin state of mind!

naomiDecember 10, 2013 - 4:37 pm

This is absolutely to die-for!!

ShainaDecember 10, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I love the splash of bourbon in these! Absolutely gorgeous, Brian!

TieghanDecember 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

This is gorgeous, Brian!! Wow, I am wishing this would just magically appear in front of me! :)

JulieDDecember 10, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Wow, I’m blown away by this! So gorgeous!! LOVE IT!

brandiDecember 10, 2013 - 9:27 pm

this is so beautiful! almost too pretty to eat….almost.

MeganDecember 10, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Bev and Brulee – two words that just go together! This is heavenly and so fitting for our favorite girl!

Susan PolkDecember 10, 2013 - 11:28 pm

It would be super helpful to have a measured quantity or raw weight for the baked sweet potato. Some are huge, others not, and I think that proportions could really be skewed.

Lisa [With Style & Grace]December 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Oh yeah. This is just gorgeous. It’s too bad this wasn’t a real shower so I could stick my face in this. I mean try it.

Laurie {Simply Scratch}December 11, 2013 - 12:09 am

These look amazing. I just love when my spoon breaks through that sugar crust… I’m seriously dying over here!

Kathy - Panini HappyDecember 11, 2013 - 12:42 am

I must concur – sweet potatoes are definitely better with bourbon. :-) This dish sounds incredible…and seasonal!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 11, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Everything is better with a little splash of booze, wish I had this for dessert tonight!

JoanneDecember 12, 2013 - 7:36 am

Oh. man. This community really is a crazy awesome thing. But this brulee might even be crazy awesome-er. For real.

aida mollenkampDecember 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

Um, what are you talking about with this awesomeness? I want one of these for breakfast!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 12, 2013 - 9:02 pm

So dreamy Brian. Mmmm!

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.December 12, 2013 - 9:50 pm

too fabulous for words

AggieDecember 12, 2013 - 11:00 pm

I love that you spiked it with bourbon :) this looks so amazing!

And yes we are quite the awesome community of bloggers aren’t we? It’s pretty darn fantastic if you ask me. Happy Holidays Brian!! xo

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesDecember 13, 2013 - 12:26 am

This sounds sooooooo good. Creme brulee is a huge weakness for me, and this one is definitely intriguing me!

Gerry @ foodnessgraciousDecember 13, 2013 - 12:42 am

I usually always will pick creme Brulee in a restaurant. since I began blogging I’ve met some of the best people I can easily relate to :)

CarolynDecember 13, 2013 - 7:26 am

That might be the most perfect looking brulee topping I’ve ever seen!

TidyMomDecember 13, 2013 - 9:09 am

This recipe has my name all over it!

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Cindy MartinDecember 14, 2013 - 5:33 am

Bev is the bomb! What a great idea to have a virtual baby shower!

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sippitysupDecember 14, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Happy baby. Happy post. I grew up with sweet potato pie and this is a more sophisticated version of all that love. GREG

MonetDecember 15, 2013 - 11:58 pm

This looks beautiful Brian, and what a great way to celebrate Bev and her little ones! So much love here. And even though I normally don’t love creme brulee, this looks fabulous! I would take two, maybe even three! (you can tell I’m hungry tonight!)

Honey What's CookingDecember 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm

This looks so delicious. I have never seen a sweet potato creme bruelee. Very innovative. I see everyone is giving Bev a virtual baby shower. Very sweet.

ChristineDecember 18, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Wow, that is quite the menu…who gets to keep the leftovers;)

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Currants

I forgot that the arrival of winter means that I want to eat everything in sight.  Oh, and that I have zero interest in going to the gym. Yeah, it’s not good. Thankfully, between walking the dog and needing to get out to go to a variety of gigs, most of which result in me lugging around a massive bag of equipment and props, I get a little bit of exercise here and there.  But, oh gosh, if I could stay inside all day, I would.  And it doesn’t help that I’ve done a couple of shoots for a local chocolate company, which means that I’m left home alone with these dark treats that just won’t stop calling my name.

I have been trying to keep the foods in our house on the lighter side. Healthy (though hearty) soups and stews. Roasted root veggies. Big bowls of quinoa.  I’ve never been fond of really heavy and fattening dishes this time of year, but I do want to be left satisfied.

Last week, I roasted a head of cauliflower and proceeded to eat the whole thing. It’s not just cauliflower, though. Give me a bunch of beets… I’ll boil and dress them, sprinkle a little goat cheese on top and that’ll be my dinner. Strange, right?

It may not be easy to see the simple pleasure of a bowl of cauliflower, but it has a lot going for it.  A bit of sweetness comes through when roasted and just a few additions really make this something special.

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Praveen @awesomecuisineDecember 4, 2013 - 8:23 am

I love cauliflower and this looks quite good.

TieghanDecember 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Oh my gosh, you should see it here today. It is a stay in side kind of day. Full winter snow storm. Roads closed and lot of pretty white snow falling! I kind of love it!

As do I love this cauliflower! Sounds so good!

Sandy @ REDecember 4, 2013 - 9:17 am

I can just taste this with Trader Joe’s dried blueberries, too. Fantastic, Brian! Hope you’re having a great week!

Lail | With A SpinDecember 4, 2013 - 9:40 am

This sounds wonderfully flavorful and delicious.

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthDecember 4, 2013 - 10:20 am

absolutely love roasted cauliflower and will be trying this new twist :)

LirenDecember 4, 2013 - 11:00 am

I feel your pain! I’m actually dressed for the gym but seriously considering ditching it – there is too much to do, too many deadlines, and much too much food involved :) When it comes to eating, all I want are foods like this, so I don’t blame you for eating the whole thing!!

naomiDecember 4, 2013 - 11:24 am

You are not alone. Winter turns me into an eater too. I love this simple dish!

EileenDecember 4, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with eating everything in sight–especially if what’s in sight is a plate of this amazing-looking roasted cauliflower! NOM. :)

Joshua HamptonDecember 4, 2013 - 1:49 pm

I love the simplicity of this dish. The cauliflower looks beautiful. And I think we need moments of simplicity every now and then in this season of feasting.

Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 4, 2013 - 2:13 pm

This is exactly what winter eating is for me, too. Well, add cheese.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarDecember 4, 2013 - 8:18 pm

haha I totally understand wanting to stay inside all day! And with a big bowl of this comfort!!

MonetDecember 4, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Roasted cauliflower is amazingly good. We tried roasting it last year for the first time and we’re hooked. I can’t wait to try this variety. Don’t pine nuts make anything and everything better? Thank you for sharing! I hope you guys are doing well!

Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)December 5, 2013 - 6:41 am

Oh my, I wish I had been fed cauliflower like this when I was a kid!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingDecember 6, 2013 - 8:16 am

I have to say cauliflower was not a vegetable I liked growing up, but now I can’t get enough when it’s roasted as beautifully as you’ve done here. My kids even like it and I make it about once a week. Roasting definitely gets rid of the sulphur smell that I think turns so many people off.

Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingDecember 6, 2013 - 2:31 pm

What a great way to incorporate cauliflower. Would you recommend also cooking this on the stove?

LauraDecember 6, 2013 - 2:43 pm

This is just the kind of thing I’ve been eating lately. Lots of roasty veg, good spice + flavour and tasty garnishes. I get lazy in the winter too. I just want to cozy up and cook and read. Once the holiday hubbub is out of the way, I’m going into full on nest mode. No shame.

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saraDecember 8, 2013 - 7:18 pm

So yummy! I love love love roasted cauliflower. :)

CarolynDecember 9, 2013 - 9:12 am

Not strange to me! Lately I’ve been making big batches of Brussels sprouts in browned butter and I will make a whole meal out of it.

ShainaDecember 10, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Roasted cauliflower is a favorite here. It’s become a weekly staple in the winter kitchen. I love the currants in this recipe.

anna @ annamayeverydayDecember 11, 2013 - 10:39 am

This looks so delicious, I know I would love this!

A Selection of Shots from Improper Bostonian Article

Oh… is Thanksgiving over?  Whoops!  Well, maybe you’d like these recipes as you gear up for your next holiday feast.

A few weeks ago, I photographed a spread for our local alternative magazine, the Improper Bostonian.  Featured are recipes from local chefs Jody Adams, Jeremy Sewall, Tiffani Faison, and Lydia Shire.

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MonetDecember 1, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Beautiful Brian. You are so talented. Truly an artist. I love visiting your blog because it makes me think of you (such a lovely and warm person) and it inspire me (your photographs are works of art). Thank you for sharing! Here’s to a wonderful first week of December!

Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 2, 2013 - 8:21 am

I LOVE it all. Even that scary fish. I love it.

naomiDecember 2, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Beautiful as always, Brian. Of course–I would love the scary fish best!! :)

JulieDDecember 2, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Love love!! :) It’s so beautiful!! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!!

JoanneDecember 3, 2013 - 6:53 am

Gorgeous! So much of thanksgiving food is pretty brown and beige but your photos are popping with color!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 3, 2013 - 9:12 am

Gorgeous photos, Brian!

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Cranberry and Kumquat Sauce and A Thanksgiving Cocktail

You know those foods that leave a lasting impression?  The ones where you remember your first introduction… the exact place and time you had your first bite and exactly how it tasted and smelled?  Well, I had this with kumquats. Yes… kumquats. It was at the office of a documentary production company I had just started interning with (and would later work for) and one of my fellow interns was always bringing in foods I’d never heard of.  One day she brought in a bag of kumquats and I was amused by their shape.  What are those? What do they taste like?  She was quick to offer me one, explaining to slowly sink my teeth into the peel before continuing into the flesh. I did as instructed. Oh, it’s sweet. Oh, it’s tart! Oh, I want another!

This may or may not come as a surprise, but the inspiration for this sauce stemmed from a cocktail recipe I started working on a few weeks ago.  My mother in law, a cranberry sauce lover (she makes it all year long… not just around the holidays), left a container of her’s at our apartment and, after tasting a spoon, I thought it’d be fun to incorporate it into a drink.  I wanted to keep it refreshing, so I went with gin, a bit of Aperol, some lemon juice and a little simple syrup to sweeten it up (despite what many cranberry sauce recipes say, the less sugar you add the better. Tart is the way to go).

I made this sauce for our Friendsgiving dinner last weekend and it was a huge hit… not as a side dish, but in the drink we served with appetizers.  Either way, folks will be pleased.  I mean, how can you go wrong with booze?

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Jeanne @ CooksisterNovember 27, 2013 - 7:31 am

Haha – I remember my first kumquat too – my older sister gave me one as a kid, mostly to see my confusion as I bit into it!! Gotta love older siblings… I am in love with this sauce, but I am even more in love with the cocktail you describe!

CarolynNovember 27, 2013 - 9:49 am

What a great twist on cranberry sauce. And you are welcome to make me one of those libations any time!

NaomiNovember 27, 2013 - 10:18 am

I love kumquats and cranberries so this is a winner for sure- cocktail first though! :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarNovember 27, 2013 - 3:12 pm

This is definitely perfect for the holidays. Love the flavour!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingNovember 27, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Love how pretty your cranberry kumquat sauce looks – my mom used to preserve kumquats but I haven’t used them before. I’m sure they must make a festive Thanksgiving cocktail. Happy Thanksgiving!

KaseyNovember 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Oh! I saw a very similar recipe in Bon Appetit, made with wine. Yours sounds intriguing. Aperol?! Yum. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

MonetNovember 27, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Goodness. What gorgeous flavors AND colors here. I would want to make it just so I could but that orange and deep maroon into one pot! And you can’t go wrong with a recipe inspired by a cocktail, can you? Thank you for sharing! I hope you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

JoanneNovember 30, 2013 - 8:07 am

It’s probably a foodie bad on my part that I’ve never had kumquats. FOR SHAME. Even so, I kind of love the idea of them in cranberry sauce…and love even more that you mixed the cranberry sauce up into a drink! My leftovers have never seemed so appealing.

Kale and Shiitake Mushroom Bread Pudding

I’m not a stuffing fan. I mean, I don’t find it offensive or anything, but it’s not what I go for first. I’m much more into cranberry sauce and green beans and sweet potato casserole (who can resist those crispy marshmallows on top?). As I make my rounds at the Thanksgiving buffet, I’ll load up my plate with every other side, leaving only a small corner for stuffing.  I’ve just never been blown away.  But bread pudding… that I can get behind.  Something about the addition of heavy cream and eggs and cheese makes it more appealing.  The idea came to me as I sat down to develop a recipe for the McCormick Go4Gourmet campaign, in which I was asked to prepare something that included ground ginger, kale, shiitake mushrooms, and vegetable stock. You’d think coming up with a dish with those ingredients would be easy… but it wasn’t. I struggled for weeks.  It wasn’t until I brainstormed some ideas with Eric that this popped into my noggin.  And thank goodness… because it’s changed my view of what stuffing can be.

If I don’t see y’all before then, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.  We’ll be staying in Massachusetts this year, which I’m kind of excited about. It’s exhausting traveling during the holidays… I’m looking forward to staying put for a few days.  Of course, I’ll miss my parents and sister and my nieces.  But I’m sure I’ll make it down there soon.

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Dearna @tohercoreNovember 20, 2013 - 1:57 am

I love a good savory bread pudding! This looks delicious :)

TieghanNovember 20, 2013 - 9:08 am

This savory pudding looks so good, Brian! I love kale and mushrooms, so it is perfect!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarNovember 20, 2013 - 3:08 pm

This bread pudding truly looks perfect! Lovely recipe!

MonetNovember 20, 2013 - 11:28 pm

A savory bread pudding…now this sounds like the kind of dish I can sell my family on. We wanted to do a few new dishes this year but we’ve had a hard time agreeing on which ones. Clearly, this would be a winner. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

JoanneNovember 21, 2013 - 8:08 am

No one ever thinks to make vegetarian stuffing for me, and I have so many other things I love more, so I haven’t eaten it in YEARS. But the good thing about bread pudding is that you can eat it year-round without getting sideways glances. So this is happening.

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingNovember 21, 2013 - 8:46 am

Love the idea of kale in this hearty bread pudding recipe – shiitake mushrooms are one of my favorites too – our local Asianstore sells them for a lot less than the supermarket.

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionNovember 21, 2013 - 9:52 am

This is a gorgeous dish, Brian… I love the idea of a bread pudding instead of stuffing. I am not really a huge fan of stuffing either, with the exception of cornbread stuffing. Though, now you have me questioning the cornbread stuffing… How much more amazing could it be as a bread pudding? Hmmm… :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenNovember 22, 2013 - 5:24 am

This sounds way better than stuffing and a wonderful alternative to the traditional side.

CarolynNovember 22, 2013 - 9:46 am

Funny, I sort of think of stuffing as a savoury bread pudding like this. Whatever you call it, it looks delish!

Mallory @ Because I Like ChocolateNovember 22, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Mmmm mushrooms. I love shiitakes! This is a super great take on savoury bread pudding!

Marlene Heckman DanielsNovember 23, 2013 - 2:54 am

i have a question………which mixer paddle would you use to make mashed potatoes

sarahNovember 23, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Such beautiful photos, Brian! And this sounds amazing.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Russell at chasingdelicious.comNovember 25, 2013 - 2:46 pm

What a fantastic idea for a bread pudding! I love taking it in a savory direction.

Bev @ Bev CooksNovember 26, 2013 - 8:45 am

Why am I not cuddled up in that thang? UGH. So hot.

Lora @cakeduchessNovember 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

I just love this idea, Brian. I could eat this alone and forget every thing else. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing:) Happy Thanksgiving to you, E and your family. xx

Alison LewisNovember 26, 2013 - 12:52 pm

this is my favorite recipe i have seen in a while!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveNovember 26, 2013 - 12:55 pm

So delicious, Brian! Love the flavor combo in this! Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

ShainaDecember 2, 2013 - 11:36 am

My sweet potatoes have a praline top, but I’m with you on reaching for those before the soggy stuffing. This one, however, makes me want to redo Thanksgiving all over again.

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Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Lemon Ricotta

Eric and I have started the process of looking for a house again after putting things on hold for a bit when I transitioned into freelancing. We’ve lived in the same apartment since we got together.  I moved in after eight months of dating and this place has been good to us.  It has everything we need and is conveniently located within walking distance to Downtown Boston.  But because it’s a rental, we haven’t done much to give it any flare. The walls are white, the furniture a mishmash of things from college and hand me downs from our parents.  Then there’s the furniture we’ve acquired via Craigslist, which we haven’t replaced because, why would we when we don’t know where we’ll be living?  We’ve been saying that for years.I think we’re both ready to start a home together… one that’s decorated the way we want. One that has a yard for a garden and, ideally, a fireplace.  At least we have a vision, so I hope it won’t be an arduous process.

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TieghanNovember 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

So simple and pretty, but so good!

Good luck house hunting!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlNovember 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

These photos are stunning. Such a perfect recipe. Good luck with the house hunting!!

Bev @ Bev CooksNovember 13, 2013 - 10:17 am

Favorite, favorite, favorite. FAVORITE.

sorry to scream.

Dan from Platter TalkNovember 13, 2013 - 10:36 am

Love this idea, great post!!

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthNovember 13, 2013 - 11:33 am

good luck house hunting. Love this lemon ricotta idea :)

Elin RiggsNovember 13, 2013 - 2:19 pm

This looks awesome! I am always looking for new recipes and since I make my own ricotta cheese sometimes its a new way to use that as well.

EileenNovember 13, 2013 - 2:29 pm

This is totally the kind of simple yet delicious dinner I want to eat right now. Bitter greens for the win!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarNovember 13, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Stunning! And looks absolutely gorgeous!

Tracy NevilleNovember 13, 2013 - 4:08 pm

This looks so light and fresh. Great Idea!

MonetNovember 13, 2013 - 11:24 pm

Can I please come visit when you happen upon said home? I’m so excited for you guys. I know that you’ll bring so much love and character to a house. Yipee! I’m also totally digging this pasta dish. I need to pack on the pounds to get ready for winter here. I’ll be making this soon!

Jenny @ BAKENovember 14, 2013 - 2:50 am

These photos are amazing! I particularly love the first one of the spilled dried pasta. I can’t wait to try this dinner it sounds delicious! good luck with your move I really hope it all goes well!

Jocelyn Delk AdamsNovember 14, 2013 - 4:21 am

The sound of lemon ricotta sounds incredible. Nice idea.

CarolynNovember 14, 2013 - 7:23 am

I do NOT envy you the house-hunting. Keep warm out there!

Jeanette's Healthy LivingNovember 14, 2013 - 3:14 pm

I love broccoli rabe – haven’t made it in a long time, so craving this dish right now!

Tina @ Tina's Chic CornerNovember 14, 2013 - 4:14 pm

I love how simple and light this dish is! Definitely need to add this to my rotation. :)
Good luck house hunting!

ElizabethNovember 14, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Sounds like such an exciting time! I hope you both find the home of your dreams. My husband and I are gearing up to buy in the next couple of years and I have to say, I can’t wait to have a place that is truly ours. I also love this pasta recipe––so simple and perfect for chilly fall days.

StaceyNovember 14, 2013 - 5:49 pm

YUM!! That’s so exciting that you guys may be ready for a house. :)

KaseyNovember 15, 2013 - 12:54 am

You’re describing my dream! Good luck with the search!

caraNovember 15, 2013 - 8:28 am

Your apartment sounds like our apartment. Good luck looking! And, naturally, this pasta looks amazing.

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveNovember 15, 2013 - 9:10 am

Oh Brian, this looks magnificent.

Kay FrishmanNovember 16, 2013 - 12:41 am


Alison LewisNovember 16, 2013 - 2:08 pm

this looks mouthwatering

MarciaNovember 16, 2013 - 11:16 pm

House-hunting is fun…as long as you don’t feel rushed into a decision. Good luck in your search!

That pasta looks amazing!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveNovember 19, 2013 - 9:50 am

Such a delicious and light pasta dish!

Aimee @ Simple BitesNovember 19, 2013 - 7:12 pm

I think your vision sounds lovely. Hold onto it and don’t be afraid to dream big.

In the meantime. THIS pasta!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionNovember 21, 2013 - 9:54 am

Best of luck with the house hunting… I won’t tell you how many places we looked at before we found our house. Let’s just say we have a very patient realtor. :)

And, I love everything about this pasta…I cannot get enough broccoli rabe. Stunning!

ChitraNovember 22, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Oh wow this looks amazing. I love ricotta and anything green together, so pretty too!

Jeanne @ CooksisterNovember 25, 2013 - 8:22 am

Oooh – exciting! House searching and buying is stressful, but the rewards when you find The One are huge. Good luck with the search!

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