It’s finally here! The unofficial kick off weekend to my favorite time of year: SUMMER. Though I live in Minnesota, land of the cold (at least from December to March), I am a warm weather girl all the way. I love nothing more than bare feet and summery dresses on a perfect 80 degree day. I also love summertime eating, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, frequent grill meals, and creative cocktails by the water. This week’s edition of Good Food Reads is inspired by all of the summertime goodness I can’t wait to get cooking (and eating!). Happy reading…and eating!…
If there is one thing I love, it’s a good salty-sweet combo treat: kettle corn, popcorn mixed with dark chocolate m&ms, and chocolate covered potato chips. My husband has much more of a pure sweet tooth, however, and one of his favorites is peanut brittle. I usually try and buy a box of See’s Candies Peanut Brittle at Christmas for his stocking. Unfortunately this year all of the local kiosks were sold out one week prior to Christmas (I know, I was procrastinating but I had a 2 month old!) and I didn’t have time for an online order so his stocking was a little light on the treats. I’ve been feeling slightly guilty about it since then and decided to take matters into my own hands (and kitchen) and make some peanut brittle with a twist. What resulted from my kitchen adventures is Salted Peanut Brittle with a Hint of Lime.…
Like most people, every now and then I get a craving for something slightly outside of my regular food rotation and I need to have it now. When I was pregnant with my daughter, those cravings involved milk (not something I typically love) and veggie subs (so random). This past weekend, I was sitting in my kitchen and looked over on the counter to see a whole bag of fresh lemons that I had picked up at Costco on a whim. I was suddenly struck by the feeling that I needed to have some lemon bread as soon as possible. As I dug out my go to recipe for quick breads, I realized that there was one big hurdle to my lemon bread dreams: I was out of butter. Now, as a food blogger and home cook, that was a major oops. And since my husband was out running errands and I was home with the kids, my choices were to either take the kids to Target for butter or get creative and make something up. Since I’d rather suffer the consequences of an unfulfilled dessert craving than brave the craziness that is Target on a Sunday afternoon, I opened up my fridge and got to work. The result of that kitchen experimentation was this Easy Glazed Lemon Bread. …
It’s Friday and it’s Cinco de Mayo, so who’s ready for a fiesta? I know I am! The weather is finally turning around here in Minnesota (we had SNOW on May 1st – it was a cruel joke) and I am ready for some good food, good drinks, and time on our porch with friends. With those things in mind, this week’s Good Food Reads is full of recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration, a relaxing weekend gathering and a few other great finds. Oh, but before you plan your menu, better check out this Washington Post article on the current avocado shortage. Say it isn’t so! …
I’ve always been a voracious reader (and eater, truth be told) and when e-readers first came out, I swore up and down that nothing – nothing! – would ever replace a physical book in my mind. I loved the feel of them in my hand, the smell of the paper, and seeing them stacked up on my bookshelves. Well, fast forward a few short years later and my kindle is one of my very favorite things. I love having so many books at my fingertips and not having to carry so many heavy books when I travel. The one thing it hasn’t replaced? My cookbooks. I will confess that I probably have a bit of a cookbook addiction. I love them. I read them like novels, pouring over the beautiful photos and stuffing bits of colorful post-it notes onto the pages of recipes I want to try. Growing up, my grandmother had the most impressive collection of cookbooks I’ve ever seen and I’m fairly certain my love of cookbooks comes straight from her. Some of the best books her in collection? Small town church cookbooks. Those little gems are filled with home cooking treasures and I love to read them for inspiration from fellow home cooks. This week’s recipe for Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad was inspired by a recipe for curried cauliflower I found in just such a cookbook. …
I just returned from a lovely vacation in the Arizona desert. It was filled with sunshine, wonderful family time, and (of course) some seriously good food. As I attempt to reset my diet – and (let’s be honest) reintroduce vegetables to my body! – I am craving all of that amazing southwest food we indulged in. So, with that being said you’ll have to forgive the slightly spicy bent to today’s Good Food Reads. What can I say? I’ve got big, bold flavors on the brain and I’m not feeling sad about it.
Like I mentioned, I’m attempting to dial back the indulgences this week while keeping all of that amazing flavor. I was so excited to find this recipe from Cooking Light for Chicken and Poblano Stew with Polenta. This recipe has chipotles in adobo, which is one of my favorite ingredients, but also roasted poblanos so the smoky heat should be amazing.
Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor, via Half Baked Harvest. Because there’s no reason that my current cravings should stop at breakfast! Also, they have pineapple in them. GENIUS.
And because I can’t stop, won’t stop: Carne Asada Burrito Bowls. This recipe does require a little advanced prep with the steak marinade, but they payoff should be worth it. I’m planning to double the recipe and bring some bowls to work this weekend!
You know I can’t resist a good sheet pan recipe. This week I really want to this recipe for Sheet Pan Roasted Jambalya. There is just something about those pictures full of wonderfully bright vegetables and fresh shrimp that I can’t stop thinking about!
Another batch prep for me this week: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup. Even though things are starting to warm up here in Minnesota (hellooooo spring!), I’m still loving soup. This gorgeous soup from Dana at Minimalist Baker is vegan and gluten free. Plus, it uses coconut milk and dill for a little something extra. YUM.
As I noted earlier, I’m trying to up my vegetable game this week but I’m just not feeling my usual salads. I’m hoping to try these Sweet Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts tonight. The mix of sweet chili and soy sauces is right up my alley!
Ok, admittedly, this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake recipe has absolutely nothing to do with my recent travels/cravings and everything to do with the arrival of strawberry season and the crazy gorgeous photos from Broma Bakery.
And finally, I give you: Mexican Chocolate Churro Rice Krispie Treats. Oh my heavens. Are these for real?!?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to make some yummy food and dream of the warm dessert evenings. Send us your tips, tricks, and favorite recipes – we’d love to include them here on Good Food Reads!
Another Friday has come and that means a new edition of Good Food Reads. With Easter only a few days away, we have a few holiday themed recipes (of course) but we also have some recipes for the post-holiday hangover. I don’t know about you, but after all the busy prep for big holiday meals, I find myself avoiding the kitchen for a few days. As a result, I love to have some easy, prep ’em and leave ’em type recipes in my pocket to get my family fed and keep my sanity intact. Here’s hoping you enjoy our picks for Good Food Reads as much as we have enjoyed finding them!
Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes, if you’re still looking for that perfect dish for this weekend’s festivities.
One Pot Chicken and Coconut Curry Noodles. Another recipe for my one pot meal list!
I have a long love affair with Indian food. I don’t love all the hours over the stove, however. Enter: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken from Dinner: A Love Story.
Salad for breakfast. Yup, for those days when you want to feel super virtuous. Or just eat a really yummy breakfast! And after you eat that salad, feel free to indulge in Blueberry Pistachio Coffee Cake.
After two vacations in the last two months, I’m feeling the need to focus a little more on whole foods and less carbs (gulp). I’m thinking these Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps will make a satisfying meal that doesn’t feel like diet food! I’m also looking forward to trying the Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad from Pinch of Yum.
Everything Greek Pork Pitas. Another slow cooker gem, but with a lighter twist for warmer weather.
Friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to enjoy the holiday weekend with family. For those who celebrate, Happy Easter. And for those who just enjoy an abundance of Peeps and Cadbury eggs, happy eating.
Well, it’s been a crazy few days around here. As many of you know, Lane spent the last week in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. In a fun twist of fate, we actually had booked overlapping trips and had great plans for a fun dinner out in the land of sunshine. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the spectaular Delta scheduling debacle last weekend and my flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix was ultimately cancelled and we didn’t make it to Arizona in time to reschedule. I decided to drown my sorrows in some baked goods. Enter: Lemon Rosemary Shortbread.
I’m going to be very honest with you. There is no real theme for this week’s Good Food Reads. And I’m 100 percent ok with that. What we do have is a collection of really good recipes from around the blogging world to hopefully fill your kitchens this weekend. I’m gearing up for a busy work weekend so I’ve selfishly included a number of easily portable, healthy salads. Similarly, I am planning to reinstate meatless Monday at my house and so I’ve dug up a tasty looking vegetarian soup recipe that I’m excited to try. What are you cooking this weekend? Here’s my wish list:
Because every Friday needs Jalapeño Queso Dip with Homemade Spiced Chips.
It’s asparagus season!!! Otherwise known as the time of year my husband will actually eat vegetables. So, these gorgeous Pesto and Ricotta Filled Asparagus and Radish Tarts are happening in my house ASAP….
Last December, we shared our favorite recipe for Maple Granola with Quinoa and Cranberries. Well, now we’re back with a new version just in time for spring: Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts.
Just like our Maple Granola, this tropical version is easy to assemble and uses common ingredients found in any grocery store. Our recipe features dried pineapple, mango, papaya, and bananas but feel free to go wild and add or subtract ingredients that fit your family’s tastes. In addition to the fruits, we’ve tossed in some chopped up macadamia nuts for good fats and a bit more indulgent flavor, but the granola is equally good with cashews! A handful of unsweetened coconut mixed in at the end of baking adds a bit of color and a light, tropical flavor without extra sugar. One word of caution: do not be tempted to mix the coconut in at the beginning. It will definitely burn! …