Baked White Beans with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Baked White Beans with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Oh, spring, you tricky little vixen.  You’re hot, you’re cold.  You’re sunny, you’re rainy.  If it weren’t for the air being slightly, wondrously scented with the hint of rain, and the daffodils poking their heads through the grass, and the fuzz of green buds covering the trees, I would disown you all together.  Spring is maybe my favorite season, because even though I love virtually everything about summer, nothing can beat spring for how badly I want it.  How hopeful it makes me feel. Every beautiful spring day feels like a gift, you know?  You don’t take a single one for granted. [Read more...]

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Skillet “Bread Gnocchi”

Skillet "Bread Gnocchi"This is a weird recipe.  I know it.  So much so that for a long time I didn’t consider sharing it with you.  What’s more, I’m pretty sure I got the idea from Rachael Ray.  So half the world knows about it and the other half doesn’t want to know about it.  But here I am, soldiering on.  It’s just that it’s so delicious. [Read more...]

Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

I’m not a vegetarian.  Far from it: one of my favorite things in the world is a thick, juicy cheeseburger.  At one point in my life, I pretty much threw in my chips with the “a meal isn’t a meal without some kind of meat” crowd.  I imagine that my husband still thinks the same way.  But over the years, something funny has happened… we’re just not eating as much meat.  Without an effort, we’re eating more vegetarian meals than ever.  And it happens just sort of… accidentally. [Read more...]

No-Knead Pizza Dough

No-Knead Pizza DoughSo, I figured it was about time that I just went ahead and gave No-Knead Pizza Dough its own post.  Every time I toss a pizza recipe at you guys, I link up to the recipe that I use for dough as an afterthought.  But after taking down another fabulous pizza last night, and realizing that this crust is really what we are in love with, I thought it only fair to let it shine all by itself.  So while it’s not exciting, it’s one of the recipes I use over and over and over again in my kitchen. [Read more...]

Hibiscus Tea Punch (or… Natural Cool-Aid!)

Hibiscus Tea PunchYep, I’m still in baby-land over here.  (And toddler-land.  And laundry-pile-growing land.)  But I’m just dropping in real quick to share this yummy little tidbit with you.  It seems summer is sneakily creeping in, and this is an awesome new discovery that I’d thought everyone would enjoy before the heat really kicks up.

So… the first thing you should know is that this drink has two names.  If you serve it to guests, it’s hibiscus tea punch.  Ooh, fancy!  If you serve it to your kids, it’s Cool-aid.  It looks like cool-aid, and has that familiar tang and fruity flavor.  Just minus all the sugar, articial flavors, and food dyes.  So it’s actually yummy. And something you’d be happy to give your kids.  Win-win!  But seriously, in case you’re not familiar with the toddler and small child psyche, don’t try to tell them it’s hibiscus tea punch.  It’s cool-aid.  Period. [Read more...]