As I write this, I’m laid up on my couch, RICEing. Not much cooking has been going on here since I injured my foot. In fact, not much getting off of the couch has been going on here since I injured my foot. I’m totally bored out of my mind and anxious to get back to my life and the holiday baking season. But until the pain goes away, it’s Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation for me.
Since I’m assuming you’re still mobile, I’m hoping to live vicariously through you and your food adventures. So do me a favor and make these Pickled Red Onion and Pimento Cheese Crostini. This recipe calls for quite a few steps, like canning the Pickled Red Onion and assembling the Pimento Cheese; but trust me, it is sooo worth it! Read More
The other day I was in the car heading to pick up my Big Brother Big Sister Little, the girl I’ve been mentoring for almost two years now. We were planning a night out of birthday shopping for her mom and maybe a quick dinner if we were feeling hungry. I was running a bit late to pick her up and doing that unsafe thing where you try to clean out the backseat of your car while stopped at traffic lights.
As I reached far, far back to grab a pen stuck between the seats, the armpit of my shirt ripped. Not just along the seam, but all down the sleeve. I had been putting pressure on the body part of the shirt, holding it taunt against the driver’s seat as leverage for my reach, and the extra push to grab that pen put too much tension on it. Read More
Back when Roark and I lived in our very first apartment, we happened to be next door to one of the best Italian places in the city. It’s one of those places run by a guy right off the boat, where when you walk in you feel like you’ve been a regular for years, and they happily bring you appetizers on the house just so you can taste their delicious food. We thought it would be nice to take my Grandparents and Uncle there one night while they came into town. Since my Grandma’s family is from Italy, we figured it would be a walk down memory lane for her.
As soon as we opened the door we were hit with a wall of Pavaritti and garlic; I knew we made the right choice. Read More
Granola is hands down one of my favorite snacks. I can eat it by the handful, but I’m also pretty partial to topping off a bowl yogurt with it or mixing it in with some milk for a cereal. Making granola at home was a revolutionary idea at first, but now that I’ve realized it’s cheaper than store bought versions, makes my house smell amazing while baking, and that I can customize my flavors, I’ve been whipping up homemade batches ever since.
The trick to a crunchy granola is to not over crowd the baking sheet. Granola should be baked in a single layer so that steam doesn’t get trapped in between the oats making it soft. Also, let it cool entirely on the pan; moving it too early into a container can also cause this same softening effect. Read More
This year has seen a lot of changes for my family, the biggest one being me cutting down to working part time. While the change has made our lives run much smoother and stress-free, it means we do have a little less money in our pockets, especially when we like to save and spend all the extra on travel.
After watching our grocery budget for the past few months, I came to the conclusion that we were spending way too much on food. Since we’re not eating out anymore, our grocery bill has increased as we eat all our meals at home, but the cost was getting pretty extravagant.
I challenged myself this month to try and spend $100 a week on groceries. And as an incentive, if I spend less than $100, we can use the remaining money for a dinner out. Read More