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...]

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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...]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin VinaigretteHi.  I’m back.  I took a little hiatus for a week or so there, because with the holidays and all, it was just too much.  Too much fun, too much running around, too much gorging myself on festive holiday food.  All that.  And more.  But here I am, back at it, with a complete lack of originality in giving you a salad in time for your New Year’s resolutions.  Don’t worry, since I’m still me, I’ll have a buttery, sweet confection for you in time to celebrate the Epiphany in a few days (and completely sabotage your resolutions).  You’re welcome. [Read more...]

Irish Cream Truffles

irish cream trufflesDo I really need to write a post for this one, folks?  It’s chocolate.  And booze.  Melted, mixed, rolled around in more chocolate.  Highly giftable, delicious, boozy chocolate.  Listen, we all have lots of stuff to do this time of year.  I, for one, still have to wrap gifts (all the gifts), do a bit more shopping, and think up a Christmas Eve menu.  You too, right?  So let’s just cut to the chase, and agree that these Irish Cream Truffles are just a good idea.  Ok, a really good idea.  If you need more convincing on why truffles are good to have around, just in general, check out this recipe.   Also, have your head checked, because it’s pretty obvious that truffles are good to have around.  Silly.   [Read more...]

The Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin marinadeOk, so I know it’s December and all, and everything is all about mulled wine and Christmas cookies and over-the-top pot-luck casseroles.  But the thing is, let’s be reasonable.  We all still have to eat dinner.  And if you’re like me, you  might want something a little lighter than a lot of things that are rolling across the food-blogging world right now.  Don’t get me wrong, I can scarf cookies, cakes, and heavy-cream laden desserts with the best of them.  But even I need a light dinner every once in a while. [Read more...]

Raw Spice Bar Giveaway

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I don’t do giveaways too often (ok, NEVER), but when RawSpiceBar contacted me about their product, I thought it was so cool that I wanted to share it with you!  So we’re teaming up to give two winners a month’s delivery of RawSpiceBar. Here’s a little bit about the company:

RawSpiceBar delivers 3 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door. They work with top chefs to create a unique and interesting spice blend for you to try out. Each spice box averages ~2 ounces of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 8-12 people.  All the spices use ingredients of the highest quality (and they opt for fair trade and organic spices where possible), sourced from global spice producers. RawSpiceBar includes an “origins, instructions and recipes” card for each spice blend that includes the blend’s history, cooking as well as suggested recipes.  RawSpiceBar also includes another 5-10 recipe ideas on their site, and they are sure to provide a great variety of options for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, gluten free and healthy eaters alike. 
Ok, so seriously, isn’t this a great idea?  For $6 a month, you get not only yummy, fresh spices, but inspiration and recipes, too!  I love anything that gets people to try new things in the kitchen, and I think this is an awesome way to get out of that dinner rut I’ve found myself in lately.  And I’m thinking this would make an awesome Christmas gift for a few people in my life who love to cook as much as I do.  Ok, so without further ado, go and enter!  There are lots of ways to enter!
To enter, check out below, or head over to the Facebook Page!  Best of luck!

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