I’m back! After the craziness of our recent move (we bought a house … ah!) and a family vacation, it feels good to finally have my computer set up at my desk in the new house and to be working on this blog again. I have been wanting to tell you guys about this recipe for SO LONG. It’s from the new book, Love Real Food, by Kathryne Taylor of the blog Cookie and Kate. I did some recipe testing for the book and I’ve been stoked about its release ever since. The recipes I tested for Kate became instant hits in our household and now that I have the complete book in my hands, I know it’s going to become a staple in my kitchen. [Read more…]
I don’t often develop savory recipes for the blog, but when I do it’s really fun. Recipe testing = making dinner. How convenient! As much as I’d like to, I can’t exactly eat chocolate chip cookies for dinner. Robert and I have enjoyed this risotto many times as I developed it, and we were definitely not upset about it. [Read more…]
It seems like I’m always searching for the perfect lunch food. It has to fit a lot of criteria: easy to pack, keeps well, requires minimal prep work, and it has to be filling but not too heavy while also being healthy and cheap. That’s a tall order! There aren’t many options that fit the bill for me, and then if I find one that works I tend to ride it out until I’m sick of it. Then the process starts all over again. I recently put together this sweet potato burrito bowl idea, and it has worked out perfectly for me. I like to eat this for one week straight, and then I shelf it for a bit so I don’t get too sick of it. [Read more…]
Green smoothies are my new favorite grab-and-go breakfast. My blender has been getting a serious workout over the last several months as both Robert and I have been hitting the smoothie train pretty hard. We started making them a lot back in the summer, but honestly it’s been slow-going for me to find my groove with them. I’m not a huge fan of bananas so I get sick of smoothies with them pretty quickly; I have to be in the mood for the ones with peanut butter, and I get stuck in a rut of making the same few recipes over and over again. It can be hard to get creative with your smoothies when you’re just trying to throw something in the blender that will taste good so you can run out the door with it. [Read more…]
For a while there I was eyeing up the “spiralizer” gadget on the internet. I considered putting it in my Amazon cart many times, but ultimately decided that it was just one of those things with one purpose and it would take up too much space in our small kitchen. But then around the turn of the new year (big surprise), Robert and I decided we wanted to start limiting how often we make pasta, hoping to incorporate some lighter meals into our weeknights more often. It can be really tempting to make a hearty pasta dish one night because it will last us through half the week, but that also means we end up eating pasta for 3 nights in a row. It’s tasty and efficient (cooking one meal for 3 days), but when that one meal is pasta, it can also leave you feeling heavy and bloated throughout the week. So with our newfound desire to start cooking lighter meals, Robert expressed an interest in getting a spiralizer (which I took as a major green light) and we bought one as a bit of an impulse purchase during our frenzy of “new year, new us.” [Read more…]
Sometimes you land on a recipe that becomes an instant classic in your home – a real staple in your weeknight arsenal, if you will. These recipes must fit a lot of criteria: they need to be delicious (obviously), require little prep work, use things you probably have hanging out in your fridge or pantry (or at least be easy enough to pick up on your way home from work), not make an enormous mess in the kitchen, work well as leftovers, and preferably be ready to eat within an hour or less. It’s no surprise that not many recipes fulfill all these needs. I’ve only discovered a few so far, like the Roasted Sausage with Broccoli and Fennel from Food52, Pesto and Pea Tortellini Soup from Bev Cooks, Honey Mustard Chicken from Foodiecrush, and the recipe this one is based on from Bon Appetit. [Read more…]
I may be a little late to this miso train, but I’m jumping on that bandwagon hard-core. As an ingredient I wasn’t really aware of until college, I had been a little skeptical of it, and had only ever heard of it being used in miso soup. Then I started to pay a little more attention, and I got curious. The miso glaze from Love and Lemons was like our gateway drug into The World of Miso. After that encounter, we became a little obsessed: Robert attempted to put that miso glaze on anything he could get his hands on, and I started pinning any recipe that mentioned that magical umami ingredient. Then there was the miso-creamed kale that rocked my world, and the miso-maple roasted roots that took our salad from “great” to “totally boss.” In case you can’t tell, I want to cook with miso some more. A lot more. As usual, Food52 came to the rescue by telling me all about how to cook with miso, and better yet – how to make a week’s worth of dinners with a batch of miso butter. I need to try that. Here are some other miso-centric dishes I want to try: [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.
I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.