Hosting Holiday Dinner? These Recipes Are My Go-To!

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One of the most stressful holiday events can be the job of hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Having to take on cooking a huge meal, timing it all correctly, and having it actually turn out… well… the opposite of Griswold Family Turkey from Christmas Vacation is a lot. Cooking a turkey? Actually stuffing the stuffing? Yikes.

Two years ago, my man-friend and I decided to take the leap and cook our own Christmas dinner. We weren’t hosting a huge get-together thankfully – it was just us and the kids. We decided if anything went badly, we’d have steak and pumpkin pie for dinner. Turns out, from the turkey to the dressing to the gravy, everything was fantastic.

Here are the recipes we used that even we could handle. [Read more…]

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Book Buzz: Salt Fat Acid Heat

I want to learn more about cooking. I want to understand the science behind it all so I can enjoy cooking more than I do. I’ve come a long way from frozen fish filets and canned green beans in college (when I thought I was something), but I still don’t feel totally comfortable in the kitchen. Sure, I can follow a recipe, but if I don’t have a recipe, I feel looooost. Enter Samin Nosrat and her amazing game-changer of a cook book, that’s better than a cook book: [Read more…]

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

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Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. [Read more…]

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New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

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Things I Learned Making Ina’s Winter Minestrone Soup

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I’ve read about this soup from several different blogs and finally decided to give it a whirl.  This soup is yummy, but a big undertaking. I love finding new great recipes, but I dread making it that first time. Everything seems like it happens so quickly, I feel all spastic. Everything turned out great, and now this is my go-to recipe for having people over, but here are some good tips if you’re making it for the first time:

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Healthy Recipe Review


So you know when I was telling you about those healthy, low-fat, gluten free Banana Oatmeal muffins? What, you don’t remember? Ok, go here and get caught up.

So I made ’em and they were awesome! Here are my notes:

  • Recipe calls for oat flour. I didn’t have any and couldn’t find it at the store. I didn’t want to start driving all over creation looking for some, so I googled on the iPhone and learned you could just put your oats in the blender and blend away until you have flour-esque consistency. You may be like, “yeah, duh,” but I was unaware of this. Worked out perfectly!
  • Recipe calls for 2 very ripe bananas (e.g. brown ones). I only had 1 at home and the store only had green ones. Boo. So we had to make due with one brown, one greenish-yellow. Still worked, but didn’t have a very banana-y taste. I love bananas so I’m thinking of holding 3 bananas until they’re mushy to use for my next batch so I get more of the banana flavoring.
  • Be prepared to give some away. Eating healthy/yummy muffins is good. Eating 10 in one sitting kind of defeats the purpose. (I’m not saying I did this, I’m just warning you that they taste really good and you might want to over-indulge. If you’re prone to over-indulging, make a few baggies and give away as little gifts!)
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