After a couple of disappointing baking experiments it dawned on me that I am trying way too hard to find new recipes to post on the blog. Why am I not just going with my tried and true favorites? Part of me could be subconsciously hoarding them for myself, I mean, I am an only child.
When it comes to cooking dinner I definitely stick to a handful of favorites. It’s a feeling like your dog ran away when you spend the entire day and all your grocery budget on a new recipe for dinner only to end up with something inedible.
My favorite dinner dishes use minimal special ingredients, use up what I have sitting in my pantry, require little prep and provide ample leftovers. This Chicken Picadillo that I spotted in Cooking Light years ago checks all those boxes. Continue reading
Remember that time when I was Paleo for three weeks? Yeah, that didn’t turn out well; it’s not a lifestyle I can commit to. And you’re all thinking ‘duh, you bake cookies every other day!’ Yeah, well, …. um… shut up! I’m glad I tried it though, because I learned a lot of cool stuff about food and cooking, like, cauliflower can be made into ANYTHING!
I knew it made for good soup already. And remember those Cauliflower Wraps? Well now, I bring you… Cauliflower Rice!
Is there anything this beige Brassicaceae can’t do? Continue reading
Ok kids, I confess: I totally fell off the Paleo wagon last week. There were cookies, there was ice cream, there was frozen yogurt, there were chips, there were fries and there were donuts. Gaw! I was doing so well! Maybe too well. Maybe so strict that when I saw a plate full of cookies I couldn’t help but eat five, because who knew when I would see cookies again!?! Actually, I baked several batches of cookies last week and I honestly did a good job of only eating one, to make sure they tasted right, and packing the rest away. Hmmm, so maybe it really means that I totally lose all my discipline when I leave my own kitchen. Damnit. This is going to be hard. Especially with those damn Chick-Fil-A waffle fries calling me like sirens to the drive-thru window… do you hear that? Continue reading
I’m back! Things have been a wee bit crazy the last couple of days, but we’ll talk about that another time. Instead, let’s talk about what everyone else is talking about: it’s cold! Sort of. In Atlanta, people are freaking out because highs are only in the 40’s. Back in Wisconsin, people annoyed that the temperature has been in the teens all week.
I love freaking people out with stores of winter weather in Wisconsin. What surprises people the most is that it’s the cold, not the snow, that generally caused problems. Snow can be removed. Snow can be prepared for. Snow melts. Snow is pretty. No amount of outerwear can prepare you for negative 12 degrees. It can not be shoveled aside. It is not pretty.
I clearly remember having more school cancellations because of freezing temperatures than snow. There was even a glorious day in fourth grade where we had two straight days of no school because it was so cold. Why, might you ask, do they cancel school when it’s cold? Do schools in Wisconsin not have heat? Well yes they do, but they also have a lot of kids that get to school via bus and if you can’t wait outside for the bus without getting frostbite within 40 seconds, then it’s difficult to get to school (even if your parents did build you a little shack at the end of your 1/2 mile long driveway).That and I’m pretty sure the teachers would have revolted at the thought of a full day of school without any recess.
Basically, growing up in those types of conditions (and ice fishing) is what prepares one to go to Green Bay Packer games at Lambeau Field shirtless. Continue reading