For the past few weeks I’ve been giving cooking lessons in my home! Two awesome middle school girls, Morgan and Caroline. We’ve been having fun and cooking whatever they choose to make from my blog. They chose this pesto pasta salad which has been on homebeccanomics for a long time -the pictures were terrible and I used copious amounts of exclamation points in the introduction. After tasting the end result, though, I knew it deserved a facelift because it’s so ridiculously delicious that you shouldn’t let poor photography put you off for one second.
This was the first year, since resigning from my teaching job, that I was involved in a school setting again. Tessa goes to a great church preschool two afternoons a week. I had volunteered for three helping days and my first was “apple extravaganza”. I helped the kids make an apple pie and after tasting the deliciousness I squirreled away the recipe sheet with an idea in mind.
This healthy soup was purposely made after a birthday lunch at the new Victory Brewery in Kennet where I shared Thai mussels with my bestie and devoured a handcrafted burger (basically a mostly organic version of a Big Mac) that pretty much rocked my socks off. My appetite vanished for hours, probably due to the calorie bomb burger, but that Thai coconut flavor nagged me, begging to be reproduced.
This bread is so completely tied to a memory that I feel I must share it with you. It involves babies and mothers and girlfriends – a trifecta of love, if you will.
You know what I won’t be doing on a typical weeknight? Stuffing chicken breasts. Maybe down the road when my kids don’t want to physically be on my body all of the time, there will be stuffed chicken. Yet here we are – a recipe for stuffed chicken. My husband’s birthday was a worthy cause, don’t you think?
Stracciatella – is that not just the sexiest word? It means “little shred” and before it found it’s way into a Haagen Dazs commercial it was a sort of Italian soup; the ice cream was inspired by the soup. I have been using this technique for years with my Christmas Eve Holiday soup, but I never knew what it was called.
I do enjoy baked oatmeal. It’s pretty much a whole different animal than oatmeal cooked in a saucepan – a bit drier which calls for a splash of cold milk. This particular oatmeal isn’t necessarily the healthiest, what with the chocolate and all, but man is it good.
You should be making homemade soup. I know that sounds bossy but truth be told, I’ve been called bossy too many times to count (so I’m sort of okay with it). It’s just so EASY that it’s actually hard to mess up.
I tend to be a moderate, even when it comes to healthy eating. I’m always reading how current research has discovered the next superfood when in reality, all fruits, all veggies, all nuts and seeds have something to offer. Now – that being said – there are certain fads that I don’t think are fads, one being coconut oil.
Have I mentioned before that I can’t throw out food – especially produce? Probably at least a dozen times. Well last week my mother in law gave me 12 giant carrots from her Costco haul, so I got to searching, inspired by my incredible meal at Estia in Philadelphia (fab Greek food). Would I typically make this for a weeknight dinner? No, but I figured I’d share for the foodies out there who’d like to shake things up in the veggie department.
This dip was an easy hit over the holidays and one that works as well at Christmas as it does in the summertime, so I will most definitely be making it again soon. Though the photo above shows sugar cookies, it was best with strawberries for the dippers – something about that combination was absolute heaven.
Every time I type “thyme” I think of the truly countless high school students who, over the semesters, would come to my counters saying they forgot to get them “thime”. Ok this app is what’s UP if you want easy, delicious, “real” and crowd pleasing. Hopefully you’re nodding your head “yes” by now.
The other day my cousin Claire called me from the grocery store with an urgent shopping question – what was “white chocolate bark” and where could she find it? I thought immediately of my favorite Christmas treat but since it was listed as an ingredient for crockpot chocolate peanuts, I figured that was an incorrect assessment. I consulted Google, which I do nearly five times a day.
Going back about 5 years now, I used to teach my students how to make pinwheels using Pillsbury dough. They were delicious, obviously, but pinwheels are really meant to be made with puff pastry. For a few reasons, really…
I like to snack on granola, but it’s one of the more important foods in which to consider serving size. That being said, when you make it yourself you control the sweetener, the fat, and the add-ins. Purchased granola is a rip on your waistline as well as your wallet because it’s just so dang easy to make yourself.
You know those quizzes that pop up on Facebook? I don’t ordinarily click but you might figure the one that got me had to do with food. It was “how picky of an eater are you?” It turned out there were two foods out of 82 that I dislike. So…not very picky. Ok folks, what two ingredients have you never ever ever seen listed on homebeccanomics before?
Alright – it’s December. That means cookies. Maybe this makes me a bit scroogy but I’m not one for red and green desserts. I find them kitschy. I don’t need my desserts to be shaped like trees or reindeer, and no faces are required. I just want them to taste really, really good.
This cake is “PALEO”. I have a general idea of what this means though I do not eat this way. If you do, this cake is for you. If you eat like me, this cake is also for you (I swear – I made two cakes within 48 hours).
I heart puff pastry. I mean – it’s awesome. I don’t understand why anyone would ever make it because it’s just so fantastically flaky and perfect and comes right out of the box. You can also do about a bajillion things with it (roughly a bajillion – give or take).