This has certainly been “one of those weeks”. Every night this week has been a little bit crazy, and when nights are a little bit crazy, I need dinners like this.
Stir fries are a great way to throw together a complete meal in a hurry, and this one was really tasty. There are a couple of extra steps with this one, but it’s still a really simple meal to throw together when time is short and life is nuts. Read more...(827 words, 11 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
In my few short years as a food blogger, it’s become commonplace to discuss the “Blogability” of the recipes I make for my family. I’ve had plenty of people over the years ask me how I manage to pick out so many great recipes to make. Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t always pick great recipes. Sometimes, I screw up. Big time. There have been plenty of nights where we take a bite, make icky faces, and I swear never to make that meal again. I just don’t share those with you. (You’re welcome.) Read more...(816 words, 9 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
I was feeling kind of gross. That gross kind of feeling you get when you’ve eaten your way through a weekend (er…summer), and know that you need to kick good habits back into gear. Not that I didn’t have fun doing it, I had a great time, but it’s time to get serious again. So, when it was time for me to make up my weekly grocery list and plan out my meals for the week I started to look for some meals to get me back on track this week. Read more...(682 words, 9 images, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
As I was getting ready to begin this post, it dawned on me that I seem to have a thing for tomato pies in the summertime. I’ve posted a couple of different versions, and here is yet another. I can honestly say that this one, right here, may be my favorite…so far, at least. Not that the others aren’t delicious, but this one was really something special.
There is nothing like summer sweet corn, and no tomato ever tastes as good as a homegrown, summer tomato. Put both of those together, and you’ve got some summer magic! Read more...(1147 words, 11 images, estimated 4:35 mins reading time)
It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down. My girls start school a week from now, but I know a lot of kids that have already started…and a few that don’t start until after Labor Day, so those of you in that category can just ignore my end of summer talk for a while. What a summer we’ve had. I fully intended on this summer being a little less busy than last summer, when I felt like I was constantly going, going, going. Well…it didn’t happen. We had a busy, but wonderful, summer and it’s flown by in the blink of an eye. Read more...(1054 words, 9 images, estimated 4:13 mins reading time)
Old, passed down recipes are the best, aren’t they? I have my fair share of fancy cookbooks, but I love looking through my old recipe cards and seeing food memories reappear right before my eyes. I have my recipe cards stored in a large photo album, because my recipe box was bursting at the seams. It makes finding that perfect recipe just a little less frustrating, and when I look through it the way it’s organized now, it’s like revisiting an old vacation photo album. I find torn pieces of paper with recipes scribbled in “I don’t have time to write it exactly” code, beautifully written recipe cards, and tattered magazine clippings. I find notes from friends and family who are no longer with us, and the beaten up corners and over-folded fold lines in cards that have been passed on from generation to generation. It’s food memory after food memory, tucked away for me to rediscover every once in a while. Read more...(902 words, 10 images, estimated 3:36 mins reading time)
If my kids ask what’s for dinner, and I say “Chicken and pasta”, I’m usually safe from the “Uuuuuuugh! Noooooo! WHAT? Eeeeeew!” that would have accompanied scarier responses for them like “We’re having fish” or “I’ve decided to experiment with tofu today”. I can mix other things in with the chicken and pasta, things that they don’t usually like, and they won’t complain a whole lot because they just focus on the chicken and pasta. Those are their comfort foods…their no complaint foods. So, I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up the ordinary and introduce them to new and exciting flavors and variations on their favorites. Read more...(1264 words, 11 images, estimated 5:03 mins reading time)
I love a good Caesar salad, and I have to say right off the bat that while this salad is awesome, this is not your everyday Chicken Caesar Salad. The dressing is not creamy, it’s a tangy vinaigrette, and it’s served warm over the salad. The chicken is coated in tangy lemon pepper seasoning. And, it’s minus all things slightly anchovy-like…which is the mark of a true, traditional Caesar salad…and something that I love, but a lot of people don’t. If you’re not an anchovy person, THIS is the salad for you! Read more...(614 words, 9 images, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)
This is one of those recipes that I’d pinned to my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it. Now, I’m bugged that it took me so long! This easy, healthy, baked quinoa dish makes for an absolutely delicious side, or in heftier portions, a super satisfying meatless main dish. It’s chock full of fresh summer flavor, and takes just minutes to throw together.
I started by cooking some quinoa. One cup of dry quinoa yields about three cups of cooked grain. You need about two and a half cups of cooked quinoa for this dish. So, while that was cooking on the stovetop, I prepped my other ingredients. Read more...(525 words, 9 images, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)