So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper. I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning. I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell. And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen. Read more...(1151 words, 10 images, estimated 4:36 mins reading time)
Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am. And you know what? I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year. I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to. The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table. Read more...(850 words, 15 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year? Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet. I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood. It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know. I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.
I love gazpacho in the summertime. And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough. This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.
I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor. It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly. So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things. That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made. Read more...(788 words, 10 images, estimated 3:09 mins reading time)
I think it’s here, folks. For real this time. I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again. I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time. I really do.
A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots. The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available. It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious. They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try. Read more...(864 words, 10 images, estimated 3:27 mins reading time)
My goodness, this Easter has come up quickly. If you’re feeling as holiday crunched as I am, and you’re hosting dinner, then this is the perfect speedy quick, yet impressive, dish to serve your guests. It’s embarrassingly easy…but nobody needs to know. For some reason, chilled soups seem extra special, and this one was always a favorite of ours when we’d visit Disney World, of all places. Read more...(407 words, 8 images, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
This, my friends, is EXACTLY the recipe we need for today. This morning, at 5:00 AM, my phone pinged, telling me that my kids officially had their first two-hour weather delay of the season. We only got a couple of inches of snow overnight, but it came down at just the right time to throw a kink in the bus schedule. The kids were thrilled, I was excited to set my alarm for a little bit later, all was well with the world. My husband texted me a while later and suggested I stay at home, if possible, because the road conditions stunk. OK, sounds good to me. Read more...(961 words, 12 images, estimated 3:51 mins reading time)
This winter has been so weird. Balmy on Christmas, then a three-day monsoon and flooded roads, and now we’ve finally reached “kind of chilly”. This soup is the perfect thing for those crummy days when all you want to do is snuggle under a blanket, read a good book, and watch the weather do strange things. It takes all of the flavors I love from my favorite lasagna recipe and puts them right into the middle of a creamy, cozy, bowl of soup. Read more...(739 words, 9 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
It’s official! The first new slow cooker dish of the fall season was a huge hit! This delicious variation on regular beef stew was just the perfect thing for dinner last night. I had one of those days where I was running around right up until dinner time. I needed something I could throw in the Crock Pot, and forget until dinner time. This was the amazing result. Read more...(757 words, 11 images, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)