Behind The Scenes

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Yesterday involved two hard drive crashes and one huge blog crash.

Happy Friday?

For the past several months, I’ve been having issues with my blog going down or being slow to load during peak hours, so I finally decided to move OSG to a Dedicated Server and as anticipated there were some major hiccups!

The good news is that the blog is now on its own private server! It’s roomy, sleek, speedy, and it should have much less (if any) downtime as compared to the previous set up. Yes, I’m knocking on wood…

The other good news is that Eric was able to recover the content from the two crashed hard drives. We’ll never know why two of our hard drives decided to crash 24 hours apart, but I’m thankful that I have a tech savvy husband or I’d probably still be using a typewriter and rotary phone.

Although, some days its tempting…

(Dad, can I borrow yours?)

Housekeeping complete, let’s get down to the stuff you didn’t see on the blog over the past couple weeks!

As you may know, I only post my favourite recipes on the blog, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Check out the pictures below for a little behind the scenes action over the past couple weeks.

This fruit pizza was my pride and joy.

All that gorgeous chopped fruit, the sweet sauce…the photographs…

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and one bad crust made from Teff flour.

[I should have made this cinnamon sugar fruit pizza crust!]

I scraped the fruit and sauce off and we enjoyed it sans crust.

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I made grilled peaches on the BBQ and I concluded that I like peaches way better fresh. They were just plain ‘ol mushy and sad looking. What did I do wrong?

I made a wildly addictive Parsley Walnut pesto for dinner one night, adapting this recipe.

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It basically involved me spoon feeding myself over the processor bowl until Eric had to pry it from my lifeless hands.

If you’re classy and whatnot, you can have it over pasta with a classy sprig of parsley.

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I prefer spoon feeding, personally.

I whipped up a creamy Avocado Lime Dressing. It was great over pasta. I used my 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta sauce as inspiration, and added some lime & lime zest, apple cider vinegar, decreased the garlic & oil, etc.

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One lucky day I was actually able to snap a picture before I inhaled my lunch.

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I’ve been enjoying a huge stir-fry with some type of protein (chickpeas, beans, quinoa, etc) and my favourite instant creamy dressing for lunch lately.

Instant Creamy Dressing: Mix 2 tbsp hummus with apple cider vinegar (just enough to thin out). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Instant. Addictive. Try it!

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Confession: I’m so addicted to this dressing, I sipped it from a mason jar once.

Maybe more than once.

That’s a bit embarrassing.

A couple weeks ago, I made cheezy stuffed peppers with brown rice.

Great in theory.

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Bad in outcome.

The filling was super tasty on its own, but once cooked in the peppers it got all watery!  What’s the secret to non-watery stuffed peppers?

I must find out.

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Happy Caturday!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 23, 2011

That fruit pizza looks amazing!!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 23, 2011

are you baking the peppers in a bit of water? maybe it’s too much. when I bake my peppers I put less than an inch of water in the baking dish … but then again I don’t do much for the filling, usually just brown rice and beans with some dry spices then out of the oven I add avocado

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Julie - StressStories July 23, 2011

I never had watery stuffed peppers and I don’t know if this is the solution, but I always include some kind of breadcrumbs or its like. It might be that this absorbs the water… I also cut my peppers in half and stuff each part of the pepper separately, lying them on a piece of baking parchment. This way any excess liquid can evaporate while baking.

Hope this might help. And good to hear that the blog is now in tip-top shape :-) I have a techie for a husband as well and I’m telling you I wouldn’t survive two days without his help (somehow I mess things up quite a lot :-) )

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Julie - StressStories July 23, 2011

Oh and I never bake with any water! Just cut them in half, put the filling in, place on parchment and pop in the oven.

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kaila @ healthy helper! July 23, 2011

Even if these recipes didnt necessarily turn out how you would have liked….they sure look delicious! Especially that pesto! Wow! All your pics make any food look amazing!

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Lauren-Rose Burke July 23, 2011

Wonderful Angela! That pesto looks incredible!! Must make it for dinner tomorrow night!!! :) xxx

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Meredith July 23, 2011

That fruit pizza looks soo good, too bad the crust didn’t turn out! I’m sure the toppings were super yummy by themselves :).

Thanks for sharing some ‘behind the scenes’ photos!

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Anne July 23, 2011

Gizmo and Beethoven, say Happy Caturday back at you. LOL

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2011

hehee

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Kelsie July 23, 2011

I’m not sure if you’re already doing this, but try filling the peppers after cooking them. I’ve always done it that way and have never had a problem with watery-ness (:

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Baking N Books July 23, 2011

Hi Angela, I don’t know how you survived your crash – I would never want to be near a computer again after that!

As for the peppers – if you boil them in water for about 4-6 minutes first (just enough to cover the bottom 1/3 of peppers) – then bake them – they come out “stiffer”.

I never heard of adding ACV to hummus! I always plop hummus on my salads but it doesn’t “spread”…

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 23, 2011

love these recipes! they ALL look so so addicting! glad the housecleaning is done! ;)

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Bee Goes Bananas July 23, 2011

I need to try all of those recipes stat! They all look too delicious to eat!

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Radha July 23, 2011

I will be right over. I know you need someone to help eat those great dishes.
My hubby is a techie guy too. What a blessing. We are creating my blog together…..or should I say he will be teaching me how to do it all. I am a good student though and I show the teacher my appreciation with great food treats :)
Thank you for your blog Ange. It is a must read for me.
I hope you are doing well. You are a light in this world…..don’t forget that.

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 23, 2011

I love the sound of the instant creamy dressing – you can’t go wrong with hummus! :)

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Danielle July 23, 2011

What a cute picture of sketchie! What was the temperature you baked them at? Maybe it needed to be a bit higher. Also, i find if you use watery vegetables in the stuffing that happens. If that is the case, cook them to get rid of the water before stuffing the peppers.
I still need to make that Avocado pasta sauce…I’ve been eyeing it forever!

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 23, 2011

Good luck on your new server– hope there is no more crashing in your future. I don’t know if I can handle any more OhSheGlows withdrawals ;)

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. July 23, 2011

I’d love to hear what the recipe is for the pizza topping!! I love fruit pizzas in the summer :)

The photos are phenomenal, so even if it didn’t taste good, it all looked great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2011

I highly recommend the fruit pizza sauce that I linked to…its an avocado based one and super yummy with fruit pizza!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 23, 2011

Oh my gosh I wish I had the time you do to experiment with recipes and have fun in your kitchen! All of these adventures look so fantastic, even if they didn’t turn out. It’s to bad you don’t have a dog, I’m sure he’s love some of your blogging mistakes, I know ours do!

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Jenny July 23, 2011

Have to agree – hummus that has been thinned out a little bit with some sort of liquid is such an addictive dressing! I’ve also made your creamy avocado pasta sauce with lime before… and I added in cilantro to give it a Mexican flair. :)

So glad to hear you managed to recover your files from a crashed hard drive! Three cheers for Eric, I’d say, for doing it for not one but two hard drives. It’s so scary when that happens… and worse when it’s irreversible. :\ I have a tech savvy brother, and thanks to him I’ve become ten times more competent when it comes to computer stuff than I otherwise would have been. (Those techies are definitely unbelievably valuable treasures in today’s technology-dependent world, aren’t they?! I guess the more business-y term would be “assets”…)

Being able to access your site easier at peak times = just pure awesomeness. Thank you for going through all that trouble! :D

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Brittany July 23, 2011

Cook the peppers and the filling separately :)– slice the peppers in half before you cook them
Uses an extra pan & is not quite as stuffed pepper-esque as you might have been imagining it, but it definitely works well!

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Ivette July 23, 2011

My moms recipe for stuffed peppers takes raw rice in it, and she cooks them for a while in the oven with the tops on to and covered with foil so the liquid from the peppers and the tops and foil cook the rice.

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kris (everyday oats) July 23, 2011

Your food is always so vibrant and beautiful!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat July 23, 2011

I hear you on slurping dressing from the bowl. I can’t keep from dipping my fingers into your Lightened up Lemon Tahini dressing.
2 hard drives crashes in 24 hrs? That’s the techie gnomes being very mean. Glad you have recovered.

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Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 23, 2011

Don’t you hate it when the pictures are fabulous and the food isn’t! I sure do. Your cat is amazing, by the way.

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Halley (Blunder Construction)b July 23, 2011

Maybe cook the peppers some separately, so you don’t have to have the stuffing in the as long absorbing water.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 23, 2011

ouch – that is a bad friday! you’d think it was a full moon or something.

for the peaches – it sounds like you may have sliced them too thin and/or cooked them too long. you have to get the grill really hot and just sear them for a min.

LOVE the idea of mixing the hummus with cider for a vinaigrette – i have some basil pesto hummus that sounds perfect for!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 23, 2011

Too bad about that pizza, the pictures are making me drool right now! Do you add any sort of breadcrumb or binder to the stuffed pepper mix?

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katie@ KatieDid July 23, 2011

I use apple cider vinegar to condition my hair, but I might just have to take the bottle out of the shower to try out this instant hummus dressing you speak of. Would that be gross haha? Ok maybe I’ll buy a new bottle.

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lindsay July 23, 2011

I think it really depends on the peaches you’re using. If they’re not very ripe yet then they stay better on the grill. Also in my family we don’t eat grilled peaches without ice cream so that could be what was missing ;)

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lauren@spicedplate July 23, 2011

These all look so tasty — and your photography is inspiring!

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Lindsey Stu July 23, 2011

my husband always says “saturday is caturday!” so i looove your tagline!

i simply don’t like grilled fruit because fruit is supposed to be cold and fresh unless there is cobbler topping involved. perhaps that is what your brain is thinking too?

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Lindsay July 23, 2011

It’s totally freaking me out that someone else named Lindsay has already mentioned this (and just a couple comments ago), but I will second it – the not-ripe stone fruits I’ve found to work better grilled. The ones that you would wait a few days before eating. Also, thicker slices and ice cream would certainly help! :)

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Nikita July 23, 2011

Have you ever made stuffed peppers in a slow cooker? That is the best way to cook them in my opinion- the slow and even heat cooks them to perfection every time! And they only cook about 4 hours as opposed to a soup or chili that would take 8. You can check out my favorite stuffed pepper recipe here: http://cocinaencantada.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/bell-pepper-stuffed-with-coconut-rice-black-beans-and-mango/

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Mina July 23, 2011

All of this food looks so yummy! I wish I had a solution for your watery bell peppers problem, but I do have a suggestion for the grilled peaches. I’ve done them before, and to keep them from turning into a hot, mushy mess you need to buy them suuuuper UN-ripe. They should be pretty hard, with little to no give, but still smell like a peach when you bring your nose near the unbroken skin.

If you get a chance to try grilling peaches again, please post about it! I would love to see if it works out :)

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littlemissami July 23, 2011

I don’t know how you cooked the filling, but my boyfriend’s mother gave me some hints on this. She sears them in a saute pan (on all four sides) with olive oil, then before stuffing them sprinkles salt in the insides to absorb the water. Also for the rice filling, cook it in a sauce pan with onions, slowly adding water spices etc. more like a risotto letting it absorb little by little and stop before it’s all the way cooked so it finishes in the oven. You can also seal the tops with oil so it crisps to a nice golden brown. I could eat stuffed peppers everyday. Hope you find the right balance.

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lisa July 23, 2011

when i make stuffed peppers i boil the peppers in water on the stove. just enough to soften them up a bit. then i make the filling. i put the filling in the cooked peppers then add layers of some sort of sauce. and put the sauce on top. then i eat them. never put them in the oven or anything like that.. mine are never watery! always good!

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Natalie S. July 23, 2011

Your food photos always look sooo delicious! I’ve grilled peaches before — I think the trick is to grill them when they’re juuust short of ripe and still a tiny bit tart. I sliced mine up and grilled them on the George Foreman and they were deeelish.

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Lo July 23, 2011

I’m not sure if someone has already mentioned this or if you did this already, but when I make stuffed peppers I blanch them first, so they only need to cook a little longer in the oven to get all the flavours mixed. I’ve never had watery stuffed peppers that way.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2011

Thanks!

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Julie @ Shining From Within July 23, 2011

Ahhhhh you gotta share that pesto recipe, I have parsley coming out of the wazoo. And the red pepper filling mmmmm looks so good! Maybe roasted the peppers before, fill, then re bake again?

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Liz @ Something To Chew On July 23, 2011

That fruit pizza looks awesome! And so does the pepper…even if it didn’t taste great, presentation is pretty dang important :) have a lovely weekend!

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Sarah July 23, 2011

I have been meaning to tell you for a while that one of my favorite things you do on your blog (other than your personality, obviously) is show that not every recipe is a total success. I love that, because up until the past couple of years, I felt like trial and error was just plain wrong, and recipe flops were the sign of a bad cook. It’s only been in the past year or so that I’ve been more willing to experiment in the kitchen, and since then, I’ve found so many new recipes that I love and I’ve tweaked some old ones to make them things that I now love. And even more shocking to me was the fact that once I started experimenting, THAT was when I started to love to cook.

You have a lot of amazing recipes here, so thanks for sharing the great ones. And thanks for showing us the times that they weren’t so great either.

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