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)
I know it’s just under the wire, but I wanted to sneak this post in before the month, and the contest, were up! If you’ve been following my Facebook feed, you may have noticed a contest I spoke about called Cook For Health September. It’s the brainchild of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, over at the amazing A Couple Cooks. They’ve partnered up with Green BEAN Delivery, my favorite organic produce delivery group, to help promote healthy eating and meals made with healthy, seasonal, unprocessed foods…especially in their home state, and my home state, of Indiana.
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Spring is coming. I can feel it. It’s a balmy 49* here today, and next week it may creep up into the 60’s. Eeeek! It’s coming!
One of my favorite Spring veggies is asparagus, so I try to work it into our menu as often as possible when its peak asparagus season. I came across this chowder recipe recently, and I thought it might be a great way to ring in the Spring…when it’s still kind of chilly out. Read more...(1039 words, 10 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
Ah, the “After Holiday” season is now upon us. We are all bloated, and overfed, over-wined, over-cheesed, over-cookied, and sporting a couple of extra pounds. We’re ready to banish rich food from our lives for at least a little while, right? This simple, slow cooker stew is not only hearty enough to get you through a “polar vortex” (assuming you can get to the store), but also healthy enough to make you feel good, and refreshed, as you start the new year.
I started by prepping my potatoes, onions and garlic. I diced up a pound of red potatoes, skin kept on, chopped up an onion and minced up some garlic. Read more...(652 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
I’ve mentioned to you before that, while I love to cook, I am not very good at making up my own recipes. I’ll never write a cookbook, because I’m just not THAT creative. If I have a recipe in front of me, I can usually tweak it to improve on it, or mess around with the concept a bit, but to come up with something out of thin air? It’s a rare occurrence. Read more...(1106 words, 10 images, estimated 4:25 mins reading time)
Despite washing my hands a kazillion times and always keeping hand sanitizer nearby, I’ve managed to catch my first official cold of cold and flu season. Either that or it’s allergies. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, and it seems like allergy season never ends down here!
Regardless of the cause, right now I’d love to just snuggle up in my PJ’s, grab a cup of tea, get cozy, and eventually, take a nap. Sadly, that’s not happening. As all of us know well, life must go on, even when we have a cold. Read more...(648 words, 7 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
The Easter Bunny is enjoying a well deserved vacation today and, if tradition holds, a lot of us have leftover Easter ham taking up space in our fridge! I figured that since this is the case, I’d share our favorite go-to ham side dish.
A couple of years ago, we were lucky enough to enjoy a delicious dinner at a friend’s house, where she served up these amazing potatoes alongside some equally amazing braised short ribs. After the meal, I knew I had to have the recipe, so I immediately pestered her with an email once I got home. Thankfully, she passed it along! The potatoes make a few appearances on our dinner plates each year and when they do, we’re always very happy to see them. Read more...(733 words, 9 images, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)