Welcome to the 3rd annual Virtual Pumpkin Party! It’s that special time of year when everyone goes crazy for pumpkin, so a bunch of food bloggers have joined me in running with that theme – over 75 bloggers from across the globe are sharing pumpkin recipes today. We’ve got everything from cocktails to nachos to blondies to a pumpkin bread bake-off. What’s great about the pumpkin party is that it goes WAY beyond pumpkin spice. So if pumpkin spice ain’t your thang, we’ve probably still got something pumpkin-y that will get you interested. You can find all the participating recipes from this year AND past years over on my brand-new Virtual Pumpkin Party page. [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.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cook more meat. That probably sounds a little backwards, so let me explain. Robert and I don’t eat meat every day, and I don’t plan on trying to change that. I know that it is certainly possible to do. I also know that some people can’t have meat for many different reasons, for one it might be too expensive, or they might have something like a chicken allergy. However, I’m usually more drawn to vegetarian recipes or those where meat is a secondary part. Also, Robert is the one who tends to handle cooking the meat (since I am easily grossed out by raw meat). He hovers over the frying pan, doing his thing while I chop veggies and clean up around him. This works out well for us, but I want to start trying some new recipes where the meat is the highlight, perhaps serving it with a side salad or veggie. I did get a bit of a start on this goal last weekend when I made Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken, a dish I highly recommend. (Don’t skip the pomegranates!) I also want to do more of the meat cooking myself, getting more comfortable with it, possibly even reaching that point where I can cut apart a whole chicken from the grocery store – a skill that would allow us to save money and use more of the whole animal. As part of this resolution I recently purchased a shiny new roasting pan, so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use and perfecting a roasted chicken. Here are some of the recipes that have been inspiring me: [Read more…]