A few reasons I love biscotti. 1 – you can eat them for breakfast and the world (especially Europe) deems it totally acceptable. 2 – you can slice them thin or thick, long or short, etc, depending on how you like them. 3 – they last for two weeks. 4 – they bake all at once (no switching cookie sheets). 5 – they taste really really good.
True story – I made these two weeks ago and we ate them all before I could snap a photo! Literally we ate all 30 truffles in less than 24 hours. I ate more than my fair share but the two greedy culprits were husband and 3 year old! She gobbled them down and kept asking for more treats. When you read the ingredients you’ll see why I had no problem giving her as many as she wanted. These babies are pure!
Pudding cakes are kind of a throw-back dessert, but I find them fascinating in a scientific way (and delicious in a my mouth way).
One of my tips for keeping dinner interesting, appetizing, and simple is to only make one aspect of the meal “fancy”. For instance, when I made this sauce I put it over plain grilled chicken, with simply roasted potatoes and salad (with a basic vinaigrette). If you have too many players on the plate the meal seems juxtaposed and you run the risk of flavor clashing. It’s also the lazier way.
I just love big ol’ bowls of Italian food that don’t include pasta. It’s all the flavor with literally a fraction of the calories. It was also pretty quick – thanks to a few changes I made to the original America’s Test Kitchen recipe. Life is short and when there are cranky babies (or any number of other annoyances you’re dealing with), you need a quick version of healthy foods. Kim Kramer – you just told me my recipes have too many ingredients. This one’s for you!
If you’ve tasted the grape tomatoes at a farmer’s market (or from your back yard) then you, like me, are ruined for the grocery store variety. They’re like candy in comparison. We get a box every Saturday morning and they’re gone by the end of lunch. This appetizer is especially good with those little gems, but could technically work in all seasons.
There are foods I’ll cook for just the fam, and foods I’ll cook for special occasions. Like with desserts – I’ll bake cookies, muffins, scones or biscuits on any ordinary day. Pie, cake, or anything with choux pastry is strictly guest-food. EXCEPT for this pie. This pie took about fifteen minutes to make, true story. And my husband ate three slices in one night.
Today’s big idea can be titled, “Pasta Water”. Once I figured out how to use it correctly, I realized I could make a pasta dish from a combination of any veggie, any pasta, and any cheese. The world was my pasta oyster. Now I want to introduce it to you!
While I was making this pizza I got a really annoying phone call. I was peeved, but then I thought about how good the pizza was going to be, and I got over it. Is that like, comfort eating? No, this pizza was just THAT GOOD. Haven’t enjoyed a meal this much, I dare say, all SUMMER!
I really don’t like meatloaf. The words “meat” and “loaf” are fine, but they shouldn’t ever be set next to one another. Meatloaf is a generational thing as none of my friends make it anymore but I’m pretty sure it’s still part of my mom’s repertoire. I’m not hating – seriously, because it was my mom that first made this incredible recipe!
The woman I babysat for in college (and then had as one of my bridesmaids because even though she’s older than me, we became besties) almost always had a 9×13 of banana cake with cream cheese icing on the countertop. It was her husband’s fave. I would play the old “clean up the edges” game with that cake like it was my job (when my job was, in fact, babysitting).
I ran into a friend toward the end of my pregnancy that keeps up with my blog – she asked me if I thought I was having a girl. I said, yes, but why do you ask? She said “you’ve been posting lots of sweet baked goods lately”. It’s true, my 80/20 rule of healthy eating was more like 20/80 in those last few weeks. The fun, my friends, is over.
There seem to be certain foods that are untouchable – you’ll never hear a bad thing from the health industry. Salmon is one of the golden “super foods” that I know I should be eating at least once a week and I’m lucky if I eat once a month. Why? It’s kind of expensive. Enter – canned salmon!
I’ve had this cookie on my website for a while but it was an oldie; I love “hybrid” cookies and this one is my very best. It was definitely time to remake the post!
Have you noticed at most farmer’s markets the zucchini is one of the most inexpensive items for sale? I don’t garden but I’d imagine they are easy to grow and yield prolific results. When we walked up to our market on Saturday and realized we had a total of 10 dollars in cash to spend, I ended up with a whole heck of a lot of zucchini.
When I made these for the first time it was because I found a recipe in the King Arthur Flour cookbook that I thought could be adapted to the ingredients I had on hand. I liked that only 1 stick of butter was needed to make an entire pan of cookie bars (this is abnormal, in case you didn’t know). Why have I made them several more times? Because they’re memorable.
These little guys are a hybrid blend of sweet scones and flakey, fluffy biscuits. With the jam center and some fresh whipped cream and strawberries, they’re a simple and adorable dessert.
I find that appetizers tend to fall in one of two camps. On the one side, there are the myriad mayonnaise- and cheese-loaded dips that taste delicious but leave you with the sinking suspicion that you just ate a day’s worth of calories. On the other side, you have to healthy choices like crudités with yogurt dip—definitely lower in calories but also lower in fun.
I know some of you might disagree with me, but I personally believe that red meat has its place in a healthy diet if you enjoy it and it makes you feel well; it provides nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, and iron, not to mention a boatload of protein. If your budget allows, choose grass-fed, locally raised meat, as it’s better for the environment and your body. My husband, though generally happy with how I cook for our family, wishes we ate more red meat. If this sounds familiar, consider this salad. Under 300 calories per serving but he doesn’t need to know that.