My family has made this recipe every Christmas since I can remember. Before I was of much use in the kitchen, my job was to unwrap the Andes Mints. Now I bark at people who come in my kitchen and eat from the bowl of unwrapped Andes Mints. Too much unwrapping has hardened me…
So, eating dairy free isn’t that hard when I’m in my house. I like a lot of foods, so I’ve just been buying and eating foods without dairy. It’s SUPER ANNOYING, though, when I’m out to dinner at a restaurant or a friend’s house. Cheese is great, and everyone knows it (except my 6 month old, apparently).
I read an article recently that recommended when going to a farmer’s market, do NOT bring a list. I’m a big time list girl for the normal grocery store but I realized I never have one with me on Saturday mornings. I buy whatever looks fresh or strikes my fancy most and then figure out how to cook it (or I talk to the farmers – they know what’s up).
I’ve said this before but I dislike super “involved” recipes or meal plans. I just saw a triple chocolate mousse cake that, while beautiful, was essentially three separate desserts eaten as one. I mean, I love food and it’s my passion, but I got things to do! These caramelized crispies were a GARNISH for a tart that would probably take four days to make; crispy chocolate candy is all I need – you can keep your tart.
Have you seen the movie The Family Stone? I love it. I file it under the category title “movies that make me sob uncontrollably but I watch every time they’re on TV”, right along with Stepmom and P.S. I Love You. I can’t hear the phrase “breakfast strata” without thinking of S.J.P and the neurotic woman she plays so well in Family Stone.
Cauliflower is getting it’s moment in the sun if you haven’t noticed – I haven’t tried the cauliflower pizza crust (on purpose), but I’m generally very pro-cauliflower. I typically just roast it like I do broccoli, with olive oil and salt and pepper in a high heat oven. When I came across a recipe for risotto that used chopped cauliflower instead of arborio rice, I was intrigued.
Back when I was a teenager and ate whatever fit my fancy, I drank a lot of hot chocolate. I’d fill a huge mug with milk and then stir in a tad too much Ghirardelli “Double Chocolate” hot chocolate mix. It was divine.
You can put pumpkin in anything (just ask Pinterest), but for me the classic pumpkin pie reigns supreme. This has nothing to do with the fact that it’s the “healthiest” of the pies – that’s just a lucky break. Now I can go on about the fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C this dessert provides but there’s no getting around the crust. Great news – we don’t need it!
Cataloging my kitchen endeavors with a blog definitely keeps me out of any ruts, but no ruts also means no traditions. I think if you asked my husband what his favorite dinner is, he wouldn’t have an answer – that’s because rarely will I make the same exact meal. Now there are plenty of flops in there, trust me, but generally a total lack of routine (i.e. we don’t do taco Tuesday). There are a few exceptions, which I usually note in here, of recipes that are so fabulously tried and true that my search has come to an end.
A seasonal hybrid! If this monkey bread recipe and these pumpkin cinnamon rolls had a baby, this is what it would be. “Pull-aparts” are wonderful because it’s nearly impossible to gauge how much you’re eating, which means you can’t feel guilty. Hey that’s my theory and I’m going with it.
I read an article recently that says the reasons diets fail is because the dieter returns to his or her original patterns after losing the weight. I definitely weighed about 15 pounds more in college than I do now and no, I haven’t spent the last ten years on a diet. The only way to lose the weight and keep it off is to actually overhaul the way you eat.
These bars were the “practical final” for my level 1 class. This basically meant that I didn’t give my “tips, tricks, and explanations” introduction. Since high school students don’t really listen anyways, it was pretty much just a normal cooking day but worth more points. These bars consistently turned out fab – which essentially means that it’s nearly impossible to mess up this recipe.
So we’ve been watching The Voice lately. Good stuff. I have a major girl crush on Gwen. We keep hearing over and over again that “if you’re prepared, there’s nothing to be nervous about!” (says the coaches to the singers). I want to chat about dinner preparedness for a second.
This recipe was originally put on homebeccanomics in 2012. Not only were the pics pretty bad but I noticed I’d made it in three small loaf pans. Not very many people have three small loaf pans. I wanted to make it again to get new photos and to check the timing for a standard 9 x 5 loaf pan. What I did NOT need to touch was the recipe itself, because it is by far my favorite pumpkin bread of all time. We (Rich and myself) ate the entire loaf in under 48 hours. I feel shame.
Have you heard of “monster cookies”? They contain oats peanut butter, m&ms, and chocolate chips. They’re delicious. They’re also “kid cookies”. Brightly colored and exactly what a kid would want to snack on. When I gave this thumbprint cookie to my 3 year old she said, “I don’t like that”. I asked her why and she said “I like chocolate chip cookies”. This made me frown-y so I taste tested the cookies on LOTS of people.
I used to crush pasta. I’d come home from high school sports practice and devour platefuls of rotini. Seconds, thirds, forget about it. Pesto has always been a favorite of mine, flavor-wise, but I don’t make it so often.
What do I bake the most? These cookies. These exact cookies. They are a general crowd pleaser and can be ready to go in the oven in the time it takes your oven to preheat. These have been on my site for years but deserve a re-do with careful explanations and this is why…
Creamy without cream alert! Pureed white beans makes this soup rich, creamy, and HEALTHY. I know I talk about beans a little too much but they are SO good for you, SO cheap, and I daresay so delicious. This soup is exactly what I’d want to come home to if I coached football and someone else cooked dinner for me every night (you’re welcome very much, husband).
If you’ve read this blog before you’ll see that items like cool whip, jello pudding mix, ranch seasoning packets and dried lipton soup packs are quite the rarity. No judgment. We all buy, cook, and eat our own items that suit our own tastes. Perhaps it’s my mother’s fault – pretty sure she wishes she lived in colonial days.
Was tempted to call it cilantro “crema” because every time I see that on a menu I go, “yummm crema I’ll have that”, when in reality I think it’s pretty much the same thing. Regardless, these burgers are tasty and a nice balance of healthy and indulgent, which is how I like all my meals to be.