Turkish-Spiced Chicken with Green Olive Relish

Turkish Chicken with Green Olive RelishFor any of you who follow me on Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that when I fall for a new cookbook, I fall hard.  So you really shouldn’t be surprised that I’m writing about another recipe from A Bird in the Hand.  If anything, you should be surprised that I haven’t been posting about one of Diana Henry’s chicken recipes once or twice a week for the past month.  I’m pretty enamored of chicken right now.  And that’s kind of  a big deal, isn’t it?  When was the last time you got excited about chicken? [Read more...]

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Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola BarsYou know all those “10 things I wish I knew before I had kids” Or 5 things I wish I’d been told before I became a mom” lists that are always floating around Facebook and such?  They bug me.  Because I would have found nothing helpful about knowing how many diapers I’d have to change or how little sleep I could function on.  And the important stuff (like REALLY important stuff)- like how you feel like your heart has split in two and the other half is walking around outside of your body, or how you can literally ache when you’re away from your babes too long- you really can’t understand that until you experience it anyway. There’s no point in someone trying to explain that to you.  Parenting is kind of a learn-on-the-job experience. [Read more...]

Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and Feta

Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and FetaIs it just me, or is the internet a fickle pickle?  Because I feel like last summer, it was all about telling me what do with with the abundance of zucchini and other summer squash I had at my disposal at the end of the summer.  This year, it’s pretty much radio-silence.  Which is ok, I suppose.  But there’s still squash. Squash to be sliced and blanched and shredded.  Squash to be baked and frozen and sautéed.  A lot of squash. [Read more...]

Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn Cakes

Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn CakesThis may be incredibly shocking to you, but I don’t often serve my family cohesive, prettily plated meals.  I know, crazy!

All sarcasm aside, the way it usually works is I’ll pick something that sounds really great from a cookbook, blog, or something that I come up with to use up a special ingredient in my fridge, then I’ll just kind of “fill in the gaps” of the meal with stuff that kind of goes.  There’s usually a salad involved.  Maybe some crispy roasted potatoes. Then I plop everything (in the dishes I used to cook them) on the dining room table and we all say grace, help ourselves, and dig in. [Read more...]

Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable SaladThis recipe might fall into the “duh” category.  I should probably make that a thing on my recipe category side bar.  This salad would be in there, along with this and this.  You know- things that are so basic that you really don’t need a recipe at all.  But if there’s anything that I’ve learned from reading other people’s food blogs, it’s that some of the things that seem barely worth mentioning to them have become some of my most favorite, tried and true, staple recipes.  So while I sometimes shy away from posting recipes for things that seem mundane in my kitchen, I have to remind myself that for some people, it might be new and different and just what they needed to inspire their own spin on it.   [Read more...]