Corn, Green Chile, and Potato Soup

Corn, Green Chile, and Potato SoupI like to think of myself as adventurous in the kitchen.  Apart from my recent cooking rut, I usually like to try a variety of new recipes, use new ingredients, come up with variations on old recipes.  But there are some things that I always wind up making the same way, over and over again.  Because they’re good, and good is good.  Don’t fix what ain’t broke and all that.  Potato soup was one of those for me. [Read more...]

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Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprout, and Turkey Hash

Sweet Potato, Brussells Sprouts, and Turkey HashDo you ever stop and marvel at how quickly a year goes by?  Sometimes I get caught up in the everyday of it all, only to be blindsided by the passage of months, whole seasons, then suddenly, a year.  Before you know it, it’s been 365 days since the last time you celebrated your child’s second birthday (cry), since you last cleaned under the fridge (whoops), since you took a romantic weekend away with your hubby.  It doesn’t feel that long sometimes, but it is.  For instance, I did a double take when I was thinking back on my most recent trip with my husband.  A year?  It can’t really have been a year?! Can it?  Oh yes, that’s right. We had one less child, and I remember it being cold, so yeah.  A year. [Read more...]

Spaghetti with Cauliflower Pesto

DSC_0216These days, if you’re looking at a recipe involving both pasta and cauliflower, chances are that it’s an attempt to turn the cauliflower into a sort of pasta substitute.  I get it.  People on gluten-free and low carb diets miss pasta.  I would, too.  That, however, is not the point of this recipe.  I won’t even go so far as to say that this is a healthy pasta dish.  Although it’s certainly a bit lower on the calorie count than an alfredo sauce, that’s not really the point either.  ”So what is the point?” you ask.  The point is that it’s delicious. [Read more...]

Vanilla Coconut Cashew Butter

Vanilla Coconut Cashew ButterMy boys love peanut butter.  Like, seriously love peanut butter.  Between the two of them, we go through large jars of the stuff like it’s water.  Now, I like peanut butter, but I can’t eat it for lunch every single day (like some toddlers I know… ahem).  But I do love a good smear of nut butter on a piece of toast or some apple slices now and again.  Now, while I think peanuts are dandy, cashews are pretty much my jam.  Their creamy texture and subtle sweet flavor make them the perfect candidate for turning into a spread. [Read more...]

Spicy-Sweet Celery, Tofu, and Peanut Stir-Fry

Celery, Tofu, and Peanut Stir-FryI’ll admit it.  Despite my previous scorn for the tradition, I made a New Year’s Resolution this year.  I know, I know.  I’m still giving myself grief about it.  But changes have to be made, and now is as good a time as any to tackle them.  My resolution is to get my kitchen mojo back.  See, I’ve been in a major cooking slump.  An unmotivated, uninspired, boring old cooking slump.  I just can’t seem to get as excited about thinking up something for dinner or lunch as I normally am.  I’ve been blaming it on the holidays (all the leftovers), the weather (sooo cold), and even the poor children (so many needs, these kids!) It doesn’t help that the few times lately that I’ve tried a new recipe, it’s either been a huge flop or it’s been great, but I didn’t expect it to be great, so I didn’t take pictures.  Either scenario leads to major food frustration.   [Read more...]