Cannot Spell Broccoli (aka Recipe Sunday!)

I have a thing for cooking shows.  I can spend all day watching Food Network.  Any show involving Ina Garten, Giada de Laurentiis, Bobby Flay (call me!), or Molton Brown, you name it, I’m there.  My friend Stacy has a thing for that annoying blond dude Guy Fieri.  I don’t have a point to make about that, I just wanted to out my friend for her weird taste.

Anyhoo, I wanted to share with you some fabulous recipes from my favorite gal, Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa.  ‘Sup, Ina?!  I have all of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and enjoy thumbing through them regularly.  To date, there are a few of her recipes that rank super high on the BACKFLIP METER.  They are Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli and Easy Sticky Buns. Ooh, and I just realized that I should share with you her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts.

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

I share this recipe a lot cuz I really lurv it.  However, as a result, I have discovered the fact that, for the life of me, I CANNOT SPELL THE DAMN WORD BROCOLLI, or BROCCOLI, or whatever it is!  SO, thank you spell-check.  Thank you.

Two notes about this awesome recipe:  1) It’s so delicious that you’ll want to make enough.  If this is a main course, definitely use about 1 bunch of broccoli per person. If this is for a side dish, then just follow the recipe’s quantity of 4-5 lbs.  broccoli.  2) If done properly, the broccoli will get nice and crisp and browned on the edges (i.e., roasted), so don’t be alarmed.  This makes it extra tasty!

Easy Sticky Buns

This is an incredible recipe.  My dad practically begs my mom to make these on the weekends, and they do not disappoint.  Ever.  If you don’t have experience working with puff pastry, get ready – cuz you will now.  Don’t worry – it’s super easy and makes you feel fancy, and who doesn’t love feeling fancy?!

My dear friend Amy might punch me in the face over this, because she’s completely in LOVE with The Pioneer Woman Cooks’ Cinnamon Rolls. This recipe makes like 7,000 rolls, so be forewarned.  You might need to build a bigger kitchen first.

Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts

Hooray for puff pastry!!  Yes, this crowd-pleasing and “ooh and ahhhh” inducing recipe requires puff pastry, so you might as well stock up on puff pastry from the market.

My mom served these for our first course at Thanksgiving last year.  It was so damn impressive – having a first course and all.  Maybe this is done elsewhere, but I got a kick out of it.  I’m totally stealing this idea for when I host Thanksgiving (gulp), but I should probably get a dining table first.  We’re a table-less home.

Special note:  If you’re not a goat cheese lover, you can substitute with feta cheese. If you want to be extra slutty, try using the marinated feta in a jar.  Uber slutty.  Just don’t bother with mozzarella – not enough flavor.  Trust me.

Okay, that’s all for today.  Enjoy getting fat!!

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