Occasionally when I’m testing and retesting and reretesting and rereretesting (you get the drift) a recipe, well, even if it’s great, we’ll get really sick of it. I mean, night after night of the same thing? Not necessarily fun. This is not one of those recipes.Read More
Homemade cranberry sauce. Have you gone there yet? If not, go there this year. Go! I promise you won’t regret it.Read More
I’ve decided to try a slightly different angle this year when it comes to winter: I’m going to fully, enthusiastically embrace each phase of the season as it comes.
Rainy but mild? We’re donning raincoats and wellies and heading out to splash in puddles. Dark and dreary? Time to haul out the big blanket and cuddle in front of the fire. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day … there will be crafts to make, books to read, events to attend. A snowman will happen, and hot chocolate afterwards. And, of course, recipes to make for every season. Lots and lots of recipes.Read More
One thing that’s kind of a bummer about moving is that you’re usually always moving away from the things you do and the people you love. So the cool thing about this last move is that we are now closer to friends, family, job, activities … not farther. Less time spent in the car has been pretty great, I must say. Really, really great.Read More
We watched an episode of 30 Rock last night, one where Liz Lemon sports a “slanket” (you know, a Snuggie? A blanket with sleeves? Of course you know).
And that reminded me of the time when, a few years back, I walked by a coworker’s office and saw that she had a large swath of sapphire fabric draped across her front and, I, thinking she was wearing a Snuggie – ironically, of course, she’s a sassy gal – stopped cold and was all, “Heeey. It’s a Snuggie! Nice!”Read More
Today is how-to day, I guess. How to cut and cook winter squashes, more specifically. My kitchen, as you can imagine, has been Squash-a-Palooza of late. And that’s a good thing. Here on Kitchen Treaty, I shared How To Cut Up a Butternut Squash (without Losing a Limb). And over on Potluck at Oh My Veggies, I wrote about How to Make Pumpkin Puree!Read More
Years ago, I remember Martha Stewart tweeting something like, “ask me anything about winter squash!” And because, at that very moment, I had a giant and intimidating butternut squash staring me down from its perch on the kitchen counter, I shot back, “Well … how do I get the PEEL off the thing?!”Read More
I feel terrible about this, and I really don’t even remember how it happened, but somewhere along the way our almost-two-year-old daughter picked up a little phrase.
“I want beer!”
Not just “I want beer.” But “I. Want. BEEEER!”Read More
Chili – with its endless variations and, more often than not, the inclusion of protein-rich beans – lends itself perfectly to vegetarian diets. And the Crock Pot is the perfect place to brew up a warm, hearty vat of chili. And so I thought, hey! I should do a round-up of slow cooker vegetarian chili recipes!Read More
We are up to our ears in firewood right now. A giant, half-dead hemlock towered over our new place, and I, ever the worrywart, wanted it down immediately after we moved in.
So the professionals climbed up and it came down. And we were left with wood. Lots and lots of wood.
We rented a log splitter and my guy, my brother, my nephew, and my sister spent the majority of yesterday taming the giant rounds – some were coffee-table-sized, I’m not kidding – into manageable hunks of firewood. Me, well, I primarily took up residence inside, working on chili recipes, including this one – Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili.Read More