When I heard about Alyssa and Faith’s brilliant Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, I knew I had to take part. I am a cookbook fiend – no better bedtime reading than a fresh, brand-spankin’-new-to-me cookbook. I’m weird.Read More
I try not to be a high-maintenance vegetarian. You know, the kind of vegetarian who demands loudly that things be made their way, all the time, no matter who else is eating?
Not that I’ve ever met that kind of vegetarian. In fact, such a vegetarian might not even exist. But in my fertile and dramatic little mind, they do. And I don’t ever want to be one.Read More
I’m really not sure if I should call these margherita quinoa frittatas or caprese quinoa frittatas. Either way it’s not the easiest to say. I probably should just call them cherry tomato, basil, and mozzarella frittatas.
Or maybe I’ll just call them delicious. And easy. And perfect to freeze for quick, healthy, filling future breakfasts.Read More
There are some definite cliches when it comes to writing for food blogs, and after attending a food writing workshop with the inspiring Kathleen Flinn earlier this month, I’m more aware of them – and the fact that I have used every one ad nauseam – than ever before.
I mean, I really, really want to talk about the weather right now. (The calendar says summer’s all but here, but it’s freezing out there and now I’ve got a miserable cold – what?!) And I’m pretty much obsessed with farmer’s markets, but if I ever find myself writing that I picked up some delicious-looking peaches at one and then decided to make a tart with them, I’ll now know I’ve officially jumped the blog shark (um, again).Read More
We all know a great pizza must have a perfect crust. Chewy with a few crispy bits here and there; delicious flavor all its own.
But an amazing “pie” is just as much about the pizza sauce, too.Read More
It makes me feel uncool to admit this because she’s so dang popular, but The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite food personalities. And you know what? I’m just going to say it. I think Ree is pretty awesome. I thoroughly enjoy so many aspects of her blog – her writing is engaging and her photography stunning – and I’ve always had success when I’ve tried her recipes. And her TV show is totally fun to watch.Read More
Mmm … soup. Loved, cherished, maybe even a little admired, and made very, very often around here once autumn comes around. It’s something that lends itself well to our mixed-diet kitchen: so many amazing soups start out already vegetarian, and so many more just need a little stock swap – a hearty, rich vegetable stock in place of chicken or beef broth. And then perhaps a little meat on top or simmered with half the batch for a few minutes at the end.Read More
This salad became a fast favorite when I dug into the first batch a couple of years ago, and it remains a fave – especially this time of year when tomatoes are in season, sweet onions are plentiful, and the garden overflows with basil and mint.
Protein-rich chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and hearty orzo pasta provide the basis for this delicious meal-in-a-bowl. Sprinkle in fresh halved cherry tomatoes, sweet onion, chopped mint and basil, then dress with a lemon vinaigrette and you’ve got a simple – and simply winning – salad.
(Wow. The word “winning” just really doesn’t work anymore, does it? Thanks a lot, Charlie!)Read More
My friend Megan is a seriously hard-working mama of two adorable (and busy!) girls. A version of this recipe appears in her family’s regular simple-weeknight-meal rotation, and it’s easy to tell why: it’s a cinch to put together, it’s delicious, and, well … it’s delicious. She even brought us all the fixings to whip up a welcome batch of Pesto Pasta when we were fresh home from the hospital with our newborn a few months back. We love Megan.
Megan’s version uses basil pesto, and it’s terrific. For this variation, I used kale and toasted walnut pesto for a slight variation in flavor along with some nutrient-loaded, omega-3 superfood power.Read More
The first time I read about this recipe, I was a doubter. Canned tomatoes, butter, and an onion? Sure, I thought, sounds okay and all. But it doesn’t sound like anything that would part the heavens and make the birds sing and force me to declare proudly that my life was now complete.
Which I guess it really doesn’t – it’s just food after all. But this sauce truly is more divine than you’d think upon reading the list of ingredients. Something about simmering these three ingredients together really does create magic.Read More
This recipe is unbelievably simple, yet so utterly delicious that once you try it, you’ll likely never go back to canned tomato soup.
With just six ingredients – tomatoes, butter, an onion, vegetable broth, garlic, and a little cream – it’s a cinch to put together. Tomato soup – especially super-delicious creamy tomato soup – is something just about everyone loves, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, so it’s likely to please every palate under your roof.Read More
This is one of those recipes that acts as a foundation for all kinds of great dishes. Lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, spaghetti pie. It’s even delicious as a breadstick dipping sauce.
About once a month, you’ll find a giant pot of Italian Tomato Sauce bubbling away on my stove, making the house smell scrumptious.Read More