Like we need an excuse to drink margaritas, and munch on chips and salsa, right?
But if you’re looking for a lighter way to celebrate, try this white chicken chili.
I hadn’t made a white chili before, but it’s basically a standard chili without tomatoes…probably pretty obvious to those in the know, but I was always a little intimidated by the idea of a white chili. Continue reading →
If you follow the blog, or have the insider scoop to my life in general, you will have heard that I gave up potatoes and cheese for Lent.
Today, I consumed ice cream, a cupcake, and three oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. So as you can see, abstaining from typically fatty foods is going about as well as could be expected.
The upside to not having my old standbys as an option until April is that I’m experimenting with other types of cuisine. Thai, Indian, Chinese – no one from these countries seem to mind a noted absence of potatoes and cheese.
And while I do find these categories wonderfully delicious, I usually bypass them for my stereotypically American choices of cheeseburgers, fries (and/or tater tots), and pizza.
So imagine my delight when I discovered how easy it can be to make Pad Thai. Continue reading →
Happy New Year, everyone! Wait….what? I’m 9 days too late?
Yeah. I has been a while since I last posted, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, I’ve been holed up with the stomach flu since Friday night.
Trust me, the last thing you want to do when you have the stomach flu is update your food blog. Bleh.
Thankfully, I’m now fully recovered and eager to share some recipes I’ve been stockpiling over the past few days. My illness actually came at a really appropriate time. Heading into 2013, I had decided my theme for the year is “Transformation” part of this including living a more healthy lifestyle. And now that I’ve spent the first week of 2013 in sickness, I am better ready to appreciate the health. Continue reading →
Gotta love a dish that does double duty. This gratin works well as a side dish (Thanksgiving anyone?) or as a main, paired with some green veggies.
With the abundance of fresh fall produce, and the dark and chilly nights, what’s sounds better than a pan of cheesy, meaty, veggies and fruit? This is comfort food at it’s best. Filling, but not heavy, and loaded with vitamins to beat the winter blues. Continue reading →
Hello world! Can I have your attention please? I’m the girl bouncing up and down with the wooden spoon in her hand, grinning like a fool. Yes, that one, right there.
Everyone listening? Great! Now stop what you’re doing. Unless you are mid-surgery, or putting out a wildfire or something really important like that. Watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey for the 3rd time does not count.
Now, everyone go buy a lot of Roma tomatoes. I mean, a LOT of them. 10 pounds or more. Why? Because I just figured out how to make tomato sauce from scratch. And guess what?
It’s SO much better than anything you will find in a store. Taste-wise of course, but also in terms of added ingredients, sodium, oils, and all those other things that sneak into our sauces while we’re sleeping.
Ahh….pancakes. Pretty much the perfect food if you ask me. The flavor combinations are endless, you can put things inside them, or on top of them, and they are a fast and easy way to feed a lot of people.
I’m interrupting today’s regularly scheduled dessert post to bring you something better.
And it’s made with vegetables.
I know, I just saw the pigs fly by my window too, but seriously guys – you’ve got to try these. Right now. Go to your local farmers market, buy some zucchini, clear your schedule and make some zucchini fritters.
These ribs came to me from my friend Marisa. Now, I am not usually a big rib person, but after she made them for a dinner party, I demanded the recipe within two bites.
These are fantastic for people who either lack a grill, or the skills to grill in general because you make them in a slow cooker. The long cook time results in rib meat that literally falls off the bone – you may have a hard time getting them out of the pot in one piece!
These also got rave reviews from rib-lover and resident manly food expert, my boyfriend. Ribs are his number one favorite food, and he’s pretty pleased I finally found a recipe that let’s me love ribs as much as he does.