Walnut and Pistachio Baklava


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I made this baklava and it was sticky-gooey-good!  It rivaled any I’ve had at Greek restaurants and pastry shops.

The walnuts and pistachios are a perfect blend to go with the sweet honey and flaky pastry.  Store-bought phyllo dough makes this easier to prepare than it could be.  (My mom once made baklava from scratch, including making the dough.  It was a long ordeal!)

I should not have attempted this recipe on a day that I knew my baby girl was going to interrupt me soon – layering the pastry requires time and patience.  My work was worth it with the results, though!  I took this to a family gathering and everyone slowly savored their sweet slices over coffee.  I’ll be making this one again, but maybe after my daughter is old enough to enjoy it too!

This recipe was originally printed in the April 2011 edition of Bon Appetit and can be found here on epicurious.com.


Blueberry Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese


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This is one of my favorite standby salads.  I usually can’t wait until blueberry season so I can enjoy it again.

The salad is very simple to prepare:

Blueberry Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

2 cups torn romaine lettuce
1/4 c fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted
1-2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
italian salad dressing

Place the romaine lettuce in bowl and top with remaining ingredients.

– Serves 1