If it's one thing I do, it's bring people meals. I'm one of the first to offer to bring friends a meal after a baby, or surgery, or after a social media post that they're sick or had a miscarriage or husband lost a job or whatever it is, because food is my love language! It's one of the easiest ways I know and love to serve because it comes so naturally to me! One thing that is really so easy to bring to others is smokey spiced pulled pork tacos. I do the pork in my Power Pressure Cooker . . .
I've been dying to go to this restaurant in Utah that makes their pasta carbonara table side. They flambé the inside of a giant almost-hollowed-out parmesan cheese wheel (like bigger than you and your date's heads combined), pour in the hot pasta along with the raw eggs and everything else, and stir stir stir until it's all cooked and creamy and cheesy. UGH. I die. I really wish I had a giant parmesan cheese wheel. But since I don't have a giant parmesan cheese wheel, I opted to make my . . .
I recently ordered this salad at Goodfella's during a busy day at work. Spinach, bruschetta, grilled zucchini and chicken, capers, parm, and, wait for it......pasta! My co-worker and I shared it and after we both commented on how much we loved the penne in the salad! Salad? Good. Carbs? Even better. I went to Walmart and picked up a box of La Moderna penne. This stuff is golden, find it here!. It's a high-protein pasta, held together nicely after the perfect al-dente cook, has a . . .
Leftovers week is still going strong. I love Thanksgiving leftovers for like a day. Then I'm over it. I also need a change of cuisine, I can only take so much Americana.... So I wanted Mexican! I was thinking enchiladas but then I wanted some heat and peppers. Instead of battering and frying after the pig-out turkey fest, I opted for quick and easy and BAKED them. Bake until bubbly, broil until crispy and the peppers are nice and charred. I love asadero cheese for queso, so it does . . .
I grew up living next to my Grandma Moon, and she was an amazing cook. De.Lish. One of the recipes I was SURE to copy was her oatmeal raisin cookies. Just look at the ingredients and you'll notice these cookies have more than just cinnamon in them. Genius. Soft, cinamonny, spicy sweet goodness with the nutritional awesomeness of oats and raisins. The Husband is a chocolate-hater, so these cookies actually get made quite often. Extra bonus: your house smells like an oatmeal raisin candle . . .
Enchiladas are like tacos, the best food of all time. You can gussy them up about a million different ways, and they're good every.single.time. I went with roasting a bunch of red bell peppers, poblano peppers, and onions, and that served as the base of the filling and sauce. Those tortillas there are homemade...I'm still perfecting the recipe, I've tried about 8 different variations so far, but I'm almost there. Believe you me, I will post that sucker when it's done. They're so . . .
How many of you started out the school year making cute little color-coordinated lunches with cookie cutters and exacto knives and love notes for a lucky child? How long did those last throughout the year...? Yeah, me too. BUT! Holidays are the perfect time to get back into the groove. Once or twice around the holidays I like to attempt some creativity, makes me and the kid happy. Today we are partnering up with Beanitos for a fun Halloween lunch. Beanitos' first ingredient is, you . . .
It's FALL!!! I'm in LOVE with FALL and I don't care who knows it!!! Sorry, I'm quoting winter movies (Elf), and we just welcomed in fall. Fall is my favorite food to cook. Are we nerds because we think of food in seasons? While grilled chicken with mango salsa and a side of bruschetta mid-November never hurt anyone, it is fun to indulge in the fall curries, pumpkins, lentils, and squash. All of the squashes! You see that gorgeous pan above? That's All-Clad's d3 ARMOR Fish Pan. I'm . . .
Last day of summer, friends. THIS IS IT. I know some people are dying to bust out the pumpkins (OK, I just bought like 7 from Trader Joe's today and just set them out on my porch 5 minutes ago. DO NOT HATE ME!) and the soups and crusty breads and the holiday baking...and yes I am there too, but a little part of me is always sad to officially say goodbye to each season. So I will do so with a bang with this banging summer veggie and pasta salad! It comes together pretty quickly. . . .
Are you wondering where in the world the name of this dessert came from?! I grew up with my mom (and then me) making this dessert probably more than any other dessert in our house. It's got 4 layers, which is why it's called Barbershop Quartet! Weird, I know, but a lot more interesting than Lots of Chocolate and White Fluff, yeah? This is a pretty simple one to make, and even my chocolate-hating husband likes it. He claims the chocolate pudding doesn't taste like . . .