miscellaneous

“keen” on quinoa: stuffed peppers

"keen" on quinoa: stuffed peppers

March 20th, 2015

See? I told you I would use it cooked! I’d never made stuffed peppers before, though they’ve always held an appeal to me – for presentation value alone they seemed worth a try. And then I came across this recipe – using not only quinoa (cooked!), but beans, corn, cheeses and lots of spices – […]

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“keen” on quinoa: toasted coconut quinoa & oats cereal

"keen" on quinoa: toasted coconut quinoa & oats cereal

March 13th, 2015

Do you see where this is going? This is only my second quinoa post, yet both recipes use it uncooked. For someone who doesn’t like the taste of cooked quinoa, I have to admit that something magically delicious happens when it’s toasted. And this cereal is a perfect example. I LOVE everything about this cereal. […]

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halloween “in the house”: vampire teeth!

vampire teeth

October 21st, 2014

I love these: And while I wouldn’t call anything involving mini marshmallows “healthy”, it is Halloween after all – and at least you’ve got apples and nut butter, no? This would work just as well with Nutella or speculoos (homemade if you’re feeling it) too. Boo! Vampire “Teeth” (makes 8; may be doubled or tripled) […]

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101: mexican street corn (and a giveaway!)

mexican street corn

September 25th, 2014

Disclosure: I was compensated by Hampton Creek for the writing of this post. Hampton Creek also kindly sent me their Just Mayo collection to sample. All comments and opinions expressed here – as always – are completely my own. When the folks at Hampton Creek asked if they could send me their “Just Mayo” to review, I […]

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favor-“ette”: the easiest way to peel a mango

easiest way to peel a mango

August 12th, 2014

You’re doing it wrong. Peeling mangoes, that is. Is it me, or are mangoes one of the more annoying fruits to prep? First, you’ve got that awkwardly shaped, gigantic pit to contend with. And then there’s the peel – I can never seem to find just the right tool to use to get as much […]

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sriracha caramel corn & a giveaway!

vermont maple sriracha caramel corn

August 7th, 2014

So there was this: See – I told you it was going to be a good week! When Jackson sent me a bottle of his new sriracha sauce I knew that I wanted make something sweet as well as savory. Yes it was fabulous in that chicken, but I had a feeling that it would […]

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speculoos (a.k.a., “cookie butter”)

speculoos (a.k.a., "cookie butter")

June 3rd, 2014

So yeah – I’m the last living person to discover cookie butter. Which is odd because it is totally my thing. A sweet, butterscotch-y, non-chocolate-y dip/spread/treat? Where have I been? Clearly NOT on Pinterest (where an infinity number of variations and ways to bake with this stuff lives), OR Trader Joe’s – who apparently has […]

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waffled hash browns

waffled hash browns

May 13th, 2014

Ready for the best lunch of your life? All you need is a potato. And an egg. Oh – and your waffle iron…… Ever a fan of the multi-tasker in my wardrobe, I feel just the same when it comes to kitchen tools and equipment. I avoid, at all costs, “one-note” gadgets (okay, except for […]

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favor-“ette”: apple peel “twigs”

apple peel twigs

November 5th, 2013

Still got apples? Me too. And what’s worse is that Noah will NOT eat an unpeeled apple – in fact, none of my kids would “eat the peels” when they were little. Which results in a lot of discarded peels. So you could imagine my delight upon discovering this genius use of apple peels – from […]

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favor-“ette”: bread and butter

banana bread and strawberry butter

October 29th, 2013

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It […]

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