Since welcoming my daughter in October, I’ve been on a bit of a mini-maternity leave from the blog, focusing mostly on Good Food Reads each week while Lane (bless!) has really taken over the cooking posts. As many of you know, having a newborn really limits the time for cooking and kitchen shenanigans. Well, I’m starting to slowly dip my toes back into the land of the cooking! As I think about things that I’m excited to make (and combine that with the constant hunger associated with nursing a baby – wow! I could eat ALL THE TIME), I continually get excited about Good Food Reads and have found so many things I want to share. …
I woke up early this morning to the most beautiful of winter snowfalls. Big, fluffy flakes falling softly and covering the still dark streets in a blanket of white. Days like this make me crave comfort foods like soups and stews and rich desserts even more than I usually do and have certainly inspired my picks for this week’s Good Food Reads.
Herby Lentil and Sausage Soup from Cooking Light is on the menu for tomorrow night. I’m hopeful that this one will even get the thumbs up from my preschooler! I’m also looking to try out this other recipe from CL for Hearty Tortellini Soup.
Speaking of my preschooler…are you guys familiar with Weelicious? It’s a great website for anyone with kids who loves food and wants to feed their kids real food that adults will love as well. This week, I’m loving their 15 Hacks for Store Bought Rotisserie Chicken and can’t wait to try out the California Style Cauliflower Rice and Beans as well.
Like many others this time of year, I’m trying to reset a little in my diet after a season of pure indulgence. I’ve always found that when I eat a hearty, healthy breakfast, I tend to snack less throughout the day and generally make better choices. These Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups will be perfect for days when I want a great breakfast but don’t really want to cook! (via Better Homes and Gardens)
And for those days when I want a really comforting breakfast but don’t care about calories (i.e. just about every Sunday!), I give you: Blood Orange and Cardamom French Toast (Spoon Fork Bacon).
I bought a large chunk of feta cheese last week for an appetizer I was making and have quite a bit left that needs to be put to use ASAP! I think these Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts should do the trick (via Better Homes and Gardens).
And finally, an easy dessert sure to please just about everyone from Kelsey Nixon of Cooking Channel fame: Caramelitas.
Friends, those are your Good Food Reads for the week. If you have recommendations for recipes, helpful cooking websites, or cookbooks to feature on GFR, let us know! We’d love to share the love.
Until next week…
Here we are: 2017. After a crazy end to 2016 in so many ways, I am enjoying the mental reset that a new year brings. I’m not generally one for a whole list of resolutions, but I do tend to enjoy the common January focus on health, organization, and goal setting. This week’s Good Food Reads definitely reflect my current need for light, cleaner foods, and ways to get myself a little more put together – especially in the kitchen!
As we begin the new year, we are also looking to bring some changes to the bl0g. We’d love to know what you want to see more of in this space. We always love to hear from you and would be so grateful if you took a minute or two to drop us a line via email, Facebook, or Instagram and share your thoughts.
Good Food Reads for January 4, 2017
I’ve been keeping my eye out for new smoothie recipes that I can use for a quick snack or breakfast with my little guy. To be honest, I’m a bit over the green smoothie and I think this Carrot-Orange Smoothie might be just the thing to change up my routine a bit.
When it comes to breakfast, there’s very little my son loves more than pancakes. In an attempt to get a little more nutrition into those glorious carb filled breakfasts, I’m going to try these Cottage Cheese Pancakes from Weelicious.
The end of my maternity leave is fast approaching and I’m looking for some go to recipes to bring for lunches and dinners when I’m at work. The nature of my job means that I need something nutritious, easy to eat, and that doesn’t really require heating. I think these Lentil Protein Bowls from Heartbeet Kitchen will be a great option!
You guys know I’m a huge sucker for a one-pot recipe. I love to cook. I do not love to do dishes. My latest find is this recipe for Garlic Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes (Cafe Delites).
Mini Salmon Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta from Andie Mitchell. These little beauties are on my menu for later this week. Can’t wait to try them!
I will never stop loving brussels sprouts. I know, I know. But pair them with some salty bacon or prosciutto and they really are a thing to behold. Here, they are placed in a salad with pomegranate seeds, prosciutto and feta cheese. So many of my favorites all in one dish! Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Prosciutto (Happy Foods)
Simple Carrot Ginger Soup from Love and Lemons. This is one of those recipes that makes me feel all virtuous in my food choices. It’s also just really darn good!
And…because I’m really not that virtuous in my food choices: Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Let’s Eat Cake. It’s all about balance, right?!?!
The countdown is ON. With only a few days until Christmas (and Hanukkah, too!), my kitchen is a busy place. With a newborn at home, I’m leaving most of the holiday baking to my amazing mother and focusing on simple dinners for my family – hearty, comforting foods that warm up the cold Decmeber days. We’ve been eating a lot of soups and slow cooker dishes, but also experimenting with roasted fish and comforting curries. This week’s Good Food Reads are basically what I’ll be making this week in my home. What are you cooking these days?…
Happy Wednesday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m smack in the middle of holiday preparations around here. Christmas is coming and with it – lots of food and fun (and presents to wrap!). While I’m busy planning our holiday menu contributions, I’ve also got a family to feed each day and this week I want festive but easy things to fill our table. This week’s Good Food Reads are a little selfish because they’re all things that I want to cook this week! I’ve got some healthy-ish things on my list as I like to save room for those Christmas cookies that inevitably find their way into our home. Also included are some appetizers and a great chicken salad dip as well as a recipe for gorgeous linzer cookies. Finally, I’ve got a great list of cookbooks, perfect for gifting. I hope you enjoy this week’s Good Food Reads as much as I do! …
Oh, friends, do I have some good recipes for you in this week’s edition of Good Food Reads. I’ve scoured the ole internet in search of food inspiration and tricks and have a list that is filled with sweets, treats, and comfort foods! As we amble on towards the holidays, I know we could all use a few recipes for appetizers and cocktails, so you’ll find some of those below as well. And, because all of those holiday festivities are usually bookended by busy work days and weeks, there are a few easy crockpot recipes in there to add to your own collection of Good Food Reads and go-to recipes. Now, let me introduce your Good Food Reads for December 7th!
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Joy the Baker. Joy is always an inspiration when it comes to really tasty baked goods and this recipe for carrot cake cinnamon rolls looks amazing. I’m hoping to bake up a pan of these along side my usual Christmas morning cinnamon roll recipe.
Roasted Salmon Glazed with Brown Sugar and Mustard via the NYT. My three year old loves salmon, which I usually serve simply roasted and topped with a dollop of good pesto. This recipe coats the lovely fish in a mix of brown sugar and mustard, which should provide a great blend of sweet and tangy. YUM.
Bacon Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion Tart from Dinner, Then Dessert. Oh, you guys, I need to make these. Bacon is essentially one of my love languages and now that I’m no longer pregnant, I’m back on the Blue Cheese train full time. Bring. It. On.
Holiday Cocktails, featuring an Orange Cranberry Mimosa (yum!) from Wear + Where + Well. No explanation needed for this one. It’s the holidays. Have a cocktail. Or two.
Toffee Apple Eclair Cake from Lemons for Lulu is a great, no-bake take on the classic refrigerator cookie cake. I’m thinking this would be fun for New Year’s Day!
I have had really good luck with a lot of the recipes from Weelicious, which focuses on family and kid friendly food that isn’t “kid food.” Great, right? Next up for our family is this Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken.
A Healthier Take on Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha Latte from the genius folks at Cooking Light, because we could all probably use a few more dollars and a few less calories right now. Oh, is that just me?!?!
I’m always looking for new options for Meatless Mondays around here and this Winter Vegetable Curry via the NYT might be my next recipe to tackle. I’ve found that often Indian and other southeast asian recipes can easily feel overwhelming with the number of unusual spices but this recipe uses kitchen staples and seasonal produce. It’s already a win in my book!
Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Butter (The Lemon Bowl) is another option for Meatless Monday and also a great, vegetable centric option for holiday meals.
And finally, Weeknight Crockpot Meals from The Gingered Whisk, because I don’t know about you, but sometimes, you just don’t want to cook.
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Hey friends! Welcome to Good Food Reads for this last day of November. It seems no matter my intentions and planning, the holiday season is inevitably one of the busiest times of the year. I mean, I feel like I was just writing about surviving the Thanksgiving craziness and now we are about to pull out the advent calendars, hang the stockings, and trim those trees. …
Well friends, here we are. The day before Thanksgiving. I’m sure that most of you are busy getting ready to welcome friends and family to your homes or to travel to meet with loved ones and share a (likely huge!) meal. I look forward every year to the traditional foods of Thanksgiving. I love mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and dixie pie. For me, the turkey is ok, but the real game is in the sides. What are your Thanksgiving favorites?…
Thanksgiving, for me, is always such a great mix of traditional foods and new recipes that push the envelope of classics just a little. In our house, no Thanksgiving is complete without Dixie Pie (find the recipe here) or my mother in law’s pumpkin bread. There is always turkey*, of course, and the traditional sides. Because of distance and job requirements, my husband and I alternate years with our extended family so our food traditions are a little different each fall! While each family does a great job of trying to incorporate those “must have” dishes to make Thanksgiving really feel like home, we also love having something different to look forward to each year. I like to try a twist on a classic side dish each year and with that in mind, I have pulled together a list of Good Food Reads for your upcoming Thanksgiving. You won’t find any traditional turkey or sweet potato recipes here – I trust you have plenty of sources for those – but there are plenty of recipes for classics that push the envelope just a bit. Here’s to a happy and tasty Thanksgiving!…
Whatever your view on politics and yesterday’s election, it is an historic day in America. And I think we could all use some culinary distraction. This week’s Good Food Reads is a great mix of comfort foods and some pre-Thanksgiving prep. I’m really excited to try all of these recipes and (let’s be honest) to check out the new TV show linked at the end of the post. In fact, I think I’m going to whip up a batch of the pancakes below this afternoon, while I check out Martha and Snoop. What are your plans for this post-election day? Hopefully they include some Good Food Reads!
Fluffy Ricotta Lemon-y Pancakes (A Cozy Kitchen)
Peanut Butter M&M Oatmeal Cookies (Greens & Chocolate)
Pumpkin Chai Crumble Muffins (How Sweet It Is)
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Carolina Mustard Sauce (Lemons for Lulu)
Garlic-y Olive-y Pull Apart Knobs (A Cozy Kitchen)
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Girl Vs Dough)
Butternut Squash and Leek Risotto (Love + Lemons)
The Best Inexpensive Digital Thermometers (via Serious Eats)
I will leave you with this: Martha and Snoop. Yup, they’ve got a cooking show and I think I’m going to need to watch. Because, whoa…it’s gotta be better than CNN right now.