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The Annual Holiday Bake-Off – “Batter up”

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Belmont Room

One of my favorite co-workers and friends, the lovely and talented Maria B., is constantly dreaming up ways to make the office a more creative (and in this case delicious), place to work. She’s organized two annual company-wide contests; the pumpkin carving contest, and the holiday bake-off competition Batter up. And by organized, I’m taking [...]

Honey Sesame Chicken

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Honey Sesame Chicken

Before the holiday baking begins, let’s talk Chinese food–more specifically sesame chicken. Although I’ve embarked fearlessly on Asian cuisine in past recipes; ginger fried rice, sesame-crusted salmon, and Asian chicken salad, I’ve always been intimidated when it comes to frying. Not just because of the fat factor – I am also terrified of burning myself with hot [...]

Met Opera Holiday Bake-Off

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 5:23 pm
Met Opera Holiday Bake-off

Love baking and the opera? Enter the Met Opera Holiday Bake-Off on facebook for a chance to win 4 orchestra tickets to the production of your choice. Be sure to upload your cookie creations on Dining Detour too!

Creamed Spinach

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Creamed Spinach

Happy belated Turkey day everyone! Steve and I spent the holiday with his family this year and my mother-in-law did an amazing job with all the cooking. I brought along this creamed spinach, and my all time favorite Vanilla Pear and Candied Walnut salad. Please share what you made! Now let the holiday shopping begin… [...]

Dining Detour on Pinterest

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Pinterest Dining Detour

Have you checked out Pinterest yet? I first learned about this site when I started seeing some extra traffic surrounding my Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe which was pinned. I went to sign up to see what all the hype was about and realized quickly that access is not granted to just anyone. You need to be invited [...]

Twice Baked Broccoli Cheese Potatoes

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 11:15 am
broccoli cheese potato

Here’s a little carb-centric recipe I’ve been saving for a rainy day such as this. Steve and I have been focused lately on grill creativity, and have been branching out beyond the typical baked potato and grilled chicken. This could also easily be made in the oven. Enjoy! Twice Baked Broccoli Cheese Potatoes Ingredients 2 [...]

Eggplant Parmesan

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm
eggplant parmesan

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the first day of Fall already. This summer flew by! Below is a transitional recipe to ease us into the season. Eggplant parm is classic comfort food, but the eggplant is baked, and the cheese is reduced fat. Maybe I am reaching. This is however, one of those meals [...]

The Ben & Jerry’s truck came to the Met!

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Ben and Jerry's Truck

The Ben & Jerry’s truck came to work today to hand out free ice cream thanks to one of my wonderful co-workers. Want them to swing by your office? Follow the truck on twitter or facebook and make your co-workers day!

Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 2:32 pm
crab cake

Memorial Day weekend marks the official kick off to summer, and what a weekend it was! Along with the BBQs and Patriotism, Monday also brought along a heat wave that sent temperatures into the 90s across the East Coast. Thankfully we were at the beach and had the benefit of a nice ocean breeze. Even [...]

Spring Shells with Peas and Hazelnut Pesto

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Pasta with Peas

Rumor has it that as soon as Monday, I may be able to put my parka jacket in the closet for some much needed rest. I celebrated this potential event by bringing some Spring into my kitchen. I thought maybe if I cook and dress like it’s above 40 degrees, then maybe it will start warming [...]