Craving alert! Well, not really a typical pregnancy craving. It was more like a desire to eat a warm healthy lunch, kind of craving.
I don’t have much in the house in the way of fresh produce at the moment. I used all my spinach in the Turkey Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups, I don’t buy tomatoes off season (except for a pint or two of grape ones for snacking) and my CSA (the farm) season is over. :( Read the rest of this post
I’m not a baker. You’ll be able to tell with this recipe and my lack of basic baking equipment like parchment paper and piping bags. Don’t get me wrong I find baking fun but honestly, I’m a rebel in the kitchen. I don’t follow recipes or recommended cooking techniques. I simply don’t believe there is a “right” way of cooking. If I cook it and I like it, it’s “right.” End of story, case closed.
And an empty cookie tin means… Read the rest of this post
Or what I really want to call, the I-don’t-have-enough-of-any-one-ingredient lasagna. Here’s the story, I had a pot of homemade sauce I made a full days ago. Normally we go to town and just have pasta for like 4-5 days in a row. The Little Guy and I stick with varying shapes of whole grain and the Husband to his boring old non-whole grain rigatoni. The only pasta shape he eats besides spaghetti.
There was only one problem, I ran out of rigatoni! Such a catastrophe in the husband’s eyes but for me… Read the rest of this post
Sometimes I make things and wonder — Am I the only one who would like this? Maybe my tastes aren’t as picky since I’m the chef.
Last night I had 20 minutes to whip together dinner before running errands with the family. I had fish defrosted and I wanted a rice based side dish. I love rice and fish. It’s such a classic combo but sometimes not a very filling one. Plus I only had 1 filet of fish for each of us. Read the rest of this post
I’m so excited for the contest! Instead of your basic run of the mill random drawing we are holding a contest for the most creative spice set. What would be in your dream spice collection? The set can be inspired by anything–the holidays, your favorite cuisine, what was in mom’s pantry, whatever! Read the rest of this post
I STILL haven’t gone grocery shopping since before Thanksgiving. Do you believe it? I just haven’t had the time and frankly, I don’t want to spend the money. Between traveling this weekend and Christmas shopping I’m spent in both the time and money department. Ahhhh gotta love the Holidays! note: Actually I DO love the holidays.. I’m just whining. :)
Anyway, I knew yesterday was going to be a busy day so I decided to pull out the old crockpot. Read the rest of this post
I whipped this up the other night for dinner in a bit of desperation. I really haven’t grocery shopped since before Thanksgiving and even then I was only buying stuff for the holiday. So my stocks are down. Once the leftovers were gone I really had nothing left to make for dinner.
I scoured the freezer and pantry and found a pound of frozen shrimp, a bag of frozen peas and of course there’s pasta in my pantry. I always keep whole grain pasta on hand. I find pasta the easiest thing to use when whipping up a fast dinner. Read the rest of this post
You guys know me by now. I share my successes AND failures. Anyone remember this one? It still makes me laugh.
Anyway, today I attempted to make Roasted Butternut Squash Muffins. I’ve been craving muffins something fierce plus it’s been awhile since I had some alone time with my kitchen. What can I say, sometimes I just need to bake. Read the rest of this post
My initial idea to use the remaining leftover Thanksgiving turkey was a white chili, but then I realized I didn’t actually have any chilies, or peppers for that matter. So I’ll call this a “stew” instead. Whatever it is, it was GOOD! I knew I’d be the only one eating it so I decided to spice it up a bit. Topped with just a bit of colby/jack cheese and some fresh cilantro, it was a warm bowl of goodness on a cold rainy day. Read the rest of this post
So I’ll admit it, I’m sick of turkey leftovers at least in the traditional sense of making a plate with all the fixins. Having cooked poultry in the fridge on the other hand, totally inspiring.
Tonight I used those leftovers to make something completely different, enchiladas! All it took was some pantry items, a couple of veggies, taco shells and a bit cheese from my Thanksgiving spread. Read the rest of this post
My experimental salad was a hit! I had some fresh greens from the farm and decided to get creative on Thanksgiving. I figured the worse thing that could happen was a full of bowl of salad at the end of the meal.
To my surprise there was an almost empty bowl! I just polished off the rest for dinner tonight. There’s just something about the combination of Read the rest of this post
…even though the Little Guy immediately thought so. I can not believe how fast he’s being influenced to think vegetables = gross. I have no doubt that two years ago he would have not reacted the same way. Regardless, I shall not give up. As you’ll see in the video, he’s willing to try and we still have fun! Read the rest of this post