Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category
Monday, December 9th, 2013
I love a beautiful pot roast as much as the next girl (who occasionally enjoys meat and always enjoys a home-cooked meal). There’s just something about pot roast that says comfort food on a cool fall evening.
Did you ever notice how pot roast leftovers tend to dry out? (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
I’m sure this happens to you too. Every once in a while I think of an idea that is so simple, so right in front of my eyes, it astounds me that I didn’t think of it sooner.
Like my Stuffed Mushroom Casserole, which I could talk about for an hour nonstop. But I’ll stay focused.
This Butternut Butterscotch Latte is also the perfect example.
You could think of it as the cousin to the Pumpkin Spice Latte…but the cool cousin. The one who moved away to the big city and does raw juice diets three times a year and practices yoga every day. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013
I never knew the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie until recently; I found out, Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb and Cottage Pie uses beef.
To my knowledge, both are classic British fare, and decidedly wonderful comfort food. The kind of food that makes you want to pull up a chair to a rustic wooden table in front of a crackling fire in a cozy pub and stay a good long while as you thoroughly enjoy your meal.
It’s also the kind of meal you can easily whip up the day after Thanksgiving using all kinds of fabulous leftovers, and then enjoy at the end of the day after you’ve braved the craziness of Black Friday. (Because anyone heading out into the crowds on that day is certain to need comfort!) (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, if you’re anything like me, I bet you’ve been scouring the internet for new side dish ideas.
Of course there are the ever-present sides on our holiday table, like butternut squash puree, some variant of stuffing (cornbread-based stuffing seems to be everyone’s favorite), and some form of bean casserole (usually green bean casserole, but for some reason that hasn’t been such a hit for the past couple of years). And Brussels sprouts, which is my dad’s contribution to our meal; my mom hates them and refuses to go near them, but since they’re a favorite of his, my dad takes on the challenge every year. Sometimes he’ll make them braised, but if I’m really lucky, the sprouts get roasted. (more…)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Recently finding myself with a lone sweet potato in my fridge and hoping for some inspiration, I did a quick search on my site to see what sweet potato recipes I’ve shared with you.
Friends, I am hanging my head in shame. (more…)
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
How does your family do Thanksgiving dinner?
Pot luck-style with everyone bringing a dish to pass? Or maybe the person hosting makes everything and someone else hosts the next holiday?
In my family, dinner is always at my mom’s house, and she and I make everything together (except for the turkey, which my mom brines and my dad roasts).
We like to have an assortment of sides to please everyone because everyone has a different favorite. And it seems like there is always at least one person who is on a new diet or who found out that they are intolerant to something, and we also like to have a dish that fits their way of eating.
Enter this pretty little number. (more…)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
I’m one of those people.
You know, the people who get an idea stuck in their head and can’t sit still until it’s not just an idea anymore. I need something tangible to come from it.
Like the time I woke up with the idea of snack cake stuck in my head. It didn’t take long before my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake came into fruition.
Unlike that cake, these little hand-held treats took a bit more thought. All I knew was that “hand pie” was stuck in my head like glue and the idea wasn’t going anywhere until they were made. (more…)
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The other day Mike and I went to Al Mubarakiya, the old market here in Kuwait (if you’re interested, you can check out my photos of the old market here on my Instagram feed), with no intention of buying anything. For him, we came home with four pounds of mixed nuts, one pound of salted pistachios, and two pounds of fresh-roasted Turkish-ground coffee (ok, really the coffee is for both of us); and for me, we grabbed two pounds of raw walnuts and one pound of unsweetened dried cranberries. The problem is, there is a shop there that has the most insanely fresh coffee, nuts, and all manner of things of that sort. You walk in and you want to spend all day just smelling the air and sampling everything.
But of course I don’t think the shop owner would appreciate either of those things… (more…)
Monday, November 11th, 2013
Except for the rosemary leaves on top, this bread might look sweet; in addition to the herbs being a clue, the fact that it’s savory is also given away by smelling it. It’s softly scented of onion and savory herbs. Flavor and taste-wise, I’d call it say it’s reminiscent of a savory pound cake…but in a good way. (And of course this is much lighter than a classic pound cake; there is no pound of butter, sugar, or even eggs in here!) The best thing for smearing across the top? Kerrygold Irish butter, of course. (Has anyone else noticed that Kerrygold butter almost eats like a cheese? It’s dangerous, people.) (more…)