Smashed Blueberries and Lemon Loaf Pan Cake

I forgot to add the baking powder.

This is why the smashed blueberries and lemon loaf pan cake you see, which I made about a month ago, is flat on top. Never one to make excuses as to why something didn’t turn out, this time I felt not adding the baking powder pretty much guarantees some kind of failure since its sole purpose is to help baked goods umm rise, so it was warranted here. But, it was still delicious and moist, though not something I wanted to post on this blog.

Smashed Blueberry Lemon Loaf Pan Cake made with Nonfat Greek Yogurt. 95% fat-free, and just like a full fat giant blueberry muffin!

Without baking powder, I’m a sad, weepy cake.

“Why not?” You ask? (I just need an excuse to explain).

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Tourte Milanese – A Meal en Croute

Good to see you again, Ms. Tourte Milanese! You’re looking as beautiful as ever!

Yes, there is a story behind that unusual welcome to an edible, inanimate object.  I’m weird, but not that weird.  I hope.

Tourte Milanese - layers of herbed eggs, ham or turkey, cheese and vegetables encased in puff pastry! A great brunch stunner and easy!

Remember when I told you about the computer crash of 2011 where I lost almost everything? It was mainly tons of photos of some of the best goodies I’ve ever made, most of them pretty labor intensive. You see, I was on this roll from September 2010 to January 2011; a fancy shmancy crazy roll.  Once or twice a week I was creating showstopping sweet and savory dishes like they were going out of style, and as luck would have it, getting some good clicks of them.

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Broccoli Kale Basil Arugula Pesto (Quadruple Pesto), and a Tribute of a Sort

Before I get to this Quadruple Pesto, I need to talk about a few things.

About two weeks ago, the Sunday after the bombings in Boston, I started to think about life in a whole new perspective.  It’s not a perspective I might follow, just errant thoughts, pondering, and weighing options.

These thoughts led to my remembering an old friend, someone who was there for me through thick and thin for many years, as I was for her. She had some issues that were alarming at times, so much so that I found myself subtly pulling away from her bit by bit, a slow, torturous break-up.  She was starting to scare me, and I told her so many times.  She would just laugh wickedly.

Fettuccine with Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Kale Arugula Pesto

Soon life took us in different directions, and our once solid-ice friendship thawed to a drip-drop.  We spoke one more time about 4 years ago, catching up and such.  I could tell she wanted to renew our friendship, but I had my own problems and didn’t think I could handle hers at the same time.

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