I was, admittedly, overwhelmed by December. I was so overwhelmed by the enormity of it that…get this…I often cooked dinner and didn’t take pictures. What?!?! I know. The first time I made this, in December, my family went nuts over it. They enjoyed it so much that I immediately regretted my laziness and wished I’d taken out my camera. When my family found out that I didn’t take pictures of the process to share with you, they were all pretty excited…because it meant they got to have it again in the very near future. Read more...(840 words, 11 images, estimated 3:22 mins reading time)
Well, this worked out nicely. I received my latest issue of Food Network Magazine
in the mail last week, and I opened it right up to this recipe. I made it, loved it, and now you get to have it. Let’s hear it for efficiency!
My family loved this simple take on traditional Chicken Parmesan. This is a one skillet dish, and with the added artichokes and chunky breadcrumbs, there’s really no need for pasta. It’s filling and hearty enough to go on its own. I paired it with a simple salad, and we were ready to go. Read more...(840 words, 14 images, estimated 3:22 mins reading time)
You know it’s officially fall when I go and break out the butternut squash. There’s just something innately autumn about it, and I don’t touch it until the time is right. Well, the air is crisping up, the leaves are starting to change all around me, Christmas decorations are arriving prematurely in the stores, and the beauty of fall is here and now, so here you go. One butternut squash dish coming right up! Read more...(692 words, 9 images, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind? You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire. Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory. Read more...(1011 words, 12 images, estimated 4:03 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)
When Winter comes along, there are some sacrifices we all must make. One of these sacrifices is often a decent tomato. We’ve all had that crummy tomato. Whether it’s the pale, pithy, icky tomato thrown on a restaurant sandwich in January, or the tomato that looks like it might just be OK, but has absolutely no flavor.
Winter tomatoes are often the pits.
Sometimes, however, amazing tomatoes sneak their way into the winter tomato bin at the grocery store, and that’s exactly how it came to be that I made this appetizer for a book club meeting I went to last week. Read more...(548 words, 8 images, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
As the mom of a Chicken Lover (as in “If it’s not chicken for dinner, I don’t want to eat it. Don’t tell me that salmon is chicken. I’m seven now. I don’t believe you anymore.”), I’m constantly looking for ways to jazz up a chicken dinner, and yet still keep it interesting enough to keep the rest of us happy at the dinner table. This dish did just that. Not only was it easy to throw together, every single one of us ate it happily AND Avery (The Chicken Lover) was so happy with the chicken, that she tried the green beans AND declared that she now likes green beans. Or, at least, she thinks she likes them. Something like that. She ate something green, and I was thrilled.Read more...(695 words, 8 images, estimated 2:47 mins reading time)
This dinner was a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be nice and light, and satisfy the family, but I honestly didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. For a meal packed with just a few simple ingredients, it sure was tasty. You’ve got to love it when that happens! Read more...(763 words, 10 images, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)
I have a few friends (I won’t name names) who have poked fun at my love of kale. Well, Friends, get ready to poke some more.
I don’t know why, but when other really green things have scared away my children, one in particular, kale hasn’t. It started when I baked up my first batch of Kale Chips. Both kids could eat an entire batch in the blink of an eye. So, I started adding kale to soups and salads, and even smoothies, in an attempt to get more “good” into my kids. Nine times out of ten, it works! Kale is really, really nutritious. I won’t bore you with the nutritional nitty gritty, but if you’d like to know more, check out there article here. (Not only will you learn something about nutrition, you’ll learn about “massaging your kale”, which I’ve never done, and I find hilariously funny for some reason.) Read more...(673 words, 8 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Just when you think I can’t possibly roast another vegetable…it’s happened again! This is yet another example of how roasting makes all veggies better. Really. Incredibly good. So good, that Emily’s eyes rolled back in her head when she tried it.
This time, it’s broccoli. I know, I know. I never would have thought broccoli would be a good candidate for roasting either, but then I ran across a roasted broccoli recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook Back to Basics. There, she tossed the roasted broccoli and garlic with lemon, Parmesan pine nuts, and basil. Looked good to me! I figured I’d give it a try that night with dinner. Read more...(510 words, 8 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)