The Live Well Network week was AWESOME! Rocky start with some tears leaving Tess but turned out to be one of the most crazy yet amazing weeks of my life! The show will air in late Nov/Dec and you’ll have to watch to see who wins (unless we’re friends and I’ve already told you) I’ll let you know about the air date. Now.. onto something food-related.
I used to nanny for a family of 5 boys – mom didn’t work outside the house but in the summer she liked to have an extra hand around for the obvious chaos that five children, let alone boys, will bring. She became one of my best friends and I even had her as a bridesmaid in my wedding. She helped make me who I am; a person who loves Reese’s Puffs cereal.
Mousse is like whipped, airy pudding, and pudding is awesome. Typically with pudding/mousse there is egg tempering (or raw egg whites) which makes this pumpkin mousse extra fab – it’s egg-free!
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. Anyone else’s parents indoctrinate 60’s music into their children at young ages, like mine did? If not you may not follow the above quote. Anyways – I AM going to San Francisco and I want to tell you why because it’s presenting major excitement in my quiet content little life.
If you frequently read this blog, you may have come across an old post from my FaCS (home-ec) classroom days. The pictures are blurry and the posts are full of cheerful, eager anecdotes that no one really needs to know. This doesn’t mean, however, that the recipes themselves are bush league. Take this mindlessly easy, decadently gooey and rich chocolate lava cake recipe, for example. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!
So I’m aware that this is weird, but for some reason I feel like fruits and vegetables are a little bit alive and if I let them rot in my fridge, uncooked, I’ve killed them. Partnered with this is a fact that many of you can likely relate to; when the vegetables are already prepared in tupperware, I eat more vegetables.
An easy weeknight chicken dinner – yes, another one. I don’t know about you but I feel like too many of these recipes is never enough. We, as a people, love us some chicken breast.
Cake is generally a dessert that gets a lot of love, but the fact that layer cakes serve 16 makes it a rarity in my kitchen. That’s why I love jelly roll-styles! A pumpkin roll is a pumpkin/cinnamon flavored sponge cake that is rolled up tight with a cream cheese frosting filling – it only serves 8 and I haven’t yet found a person who doesn’t love food that is rolled, so you can’t really go wrong.
I pulled a recipe out of a Self magazine at least four years ago and have wanted to make it a million times – I never seemed to have the right ingredients. It was a Nigella Lawson holiday goodie and because of how much I enjoy watching her eat food, I figured what she bakes must be incredible. Today I searched for these specific ingredients in Giant only to realize they were un-findable, as in not there. I decided, undeterred, that I’d try it with easier-to-find swaps. As always, perseverance pays off.
During a rare but wonderful naptime Pinterest session last week, I saw a recipe that combined peaches, basil and brie. I didn’t pursue it further but I found the combination so interesting that the idea stuck with me. And then I couldn’t get it out of my head…
Off to my husband’s football game with some friends and their kids. Question of the night? How long will a 2 year old watch a high school football game? Snacks were a must, this much I knew.