Senior year of college, I went through a phase (honestly probably one of my favorite phases to date) where I would come home from a bar, make bagel bites, and eat them in bed at 2am while watching the Food Network. Party animal over here! While I eventually moved on and discovered Jumbo Slice after graduation, my love of pizza bagels remains true - for dinner now, not just as a late night snack. Although, now that I think about it, this would be a pretty great (and easy enough to be post-bar-friendly) late night snack too...Read More
Like so (so, so, so) many others, I am jumping back on the healthy eating train this January, or, as my family calls it, "the plan". "What plan?" well-intentioned friends ask, continuing on to list as guesses the many brand-name diets out there. "It's just, you know, THE plan," we explain uselessly. Basically, a commitment to stop treating our bodies like garbage disposals. We issue this declaration somewhere around once a month, spend a week or two getting back on the plan, and then, come vacation, holiday, or crammed social calendar times, fall off again, only to declare that we're getting back on again. It's a vicious, vicious cycle.Read More
I've never really understood why this is a thing, but come Christmastime every year, it's baked goods galore everywhere I go. From holiday gifts to cookie exchanges to random plates of cookies in my friends' and family's kitchens, tis the season to fire up the oven and make some sweets. I'm no exception and spent last weekend making gluten-free pumpkin bread mini loaves for my coworkers and Paula Deen's Pine Bark for Tim's office and my cookie exchange. After the rave reviews the Pine Bark got (both from myself and the many people I've foisted it upon), I decided I had to share my version of the recipe with you all. Feel free to use the original recipe, but I made some adjustments to the ingredients and the directions to make it even easier and (in my opinion) more delicious! Plus, by switching out almond extract for vanilla extract and topping with sea salt, my version uses much of what is already in your cabinets, so it's a little less expensive as well. Run, don't walk, to the nearest grocery store, because I think Santa might leave a few extra presents under the tree when he tastes this candy on Christmas Eve!Read More
It's beginning to look a lot like SOUP WEATHER! While I unabashedly crave soup year round, even in the hottest summer months, winter makes it feel more like a need. Especially when the cold is paired with the wind we've been having, I need something to warm me up. I use mugs of tea as hand warmers at work, but when I get home and have full access to my kitchen, anything goes. Saturday morning, I woke up cold and craving chicken soup, so I headed to the grocery store and grabbed a bunch of stuff that looked good. Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of a pho addiction, so a lot of the ingredients ended up being very pho-like. I threw them all together in a big pot and created what Tim called "maybe my best recipe yet"! When asked if it was blog-worthy, he said it was something that everyone should make - so take it from him, it's kind of the best!
After re-making this in the Instant Pot (on sale again for only $80!) the other night (meaning yes, Tim and I have had this soup for approximately 6 separate meals this week), I decide to provide the Instant Pot instructions because a) I keep telling people how great the Instant Pot is without actually publishing any recipes for it and b) this is even EASIER in the Instant Pot and, dare I say it, more delicious because less broth evaporates and it is a brothy spicy bowl of wonderfulness. Instant Pot instructions have been added below!Read More
Long time no read! My soon-to-be mother-in-law (hi, Didi!) reminded me the other night that I've been seriously slacking on my book club posts, and for that I truly apologize. Especially since I've read some really good ones recently! This season is the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine and a good book, and it's something I look forward to almost as much (okay fine, just as much) as the big holiday parties this time of year is known for! Check out some of my favorites here and some new selections below!Read More