As a former vegetarian of nearly 16 years, I am still getting my feet wet in the land of cooking meat. Unsurprisingly, when I first started back into eating and cooking meat, chicken was frequently my go to animal protein source. Easy to prepare, readily available and generally a pretty healthy choice, it can be made a million different ways with sauces or spices which is great for home cooks of all experience levels. I’ve only recently come to realize that pork – and pork loin, in particular – is a similarly great option. A lean, easy to cook meat, it works well with tons of different flavors and is quick cooking for busy nights. I love center cut pork loin chops for weeknight dinners, particularly with a simple pan sauce. I’ve frequently used a basic balsamic vinegar to make a pan sauce and have loved it. So when our friends at Queen Creek Olive Mill sent us a bottle of their Pomegranate White Balsamic Vinegar, I just had to get in the kitchen and play! The result? These Pork Chops with Pomegranate White Balsamic Pan Sauce….
Who is ready for another helping of the recipes that are going to brighten your Thanksgiving 2017 table? If you are looking for appetizers, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, or bread, please head to Good Food Reads: Thanksgiving 2017 Part 1. So many good things to be had! Today’s edition will round out your Thanksgiving celebration with salads, vegetables, cranberries and dessert! And don’t forget to tell us what your favorites are in the comments below! …
I am a carb addict. It’s true. A few years ago, I tried to do the whole low-carb thing and let’s just say, I wasn’t a pleasant person for a while. I have no problems passing up a tray of sweets, but salty carbs? Don’t get in my way. That is especially true for roasted potatoes. I love them prepared just about any way, but these Bacon Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes are my new favorite thing. As some of you may know, we’ve partnered with Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona to feature some of their amazing oils and vinegars throughout the year. We have been long time fans of their amazing products and I make it a point to get out to the olive mill each time I’m in the Phoenix area (I have serious cravings for the prickly pear lemonade and the olive oil cupcakes!). They recently sent us some fun product to try and the first thing I couldn’t wait to use was their amazing Bacon Olive Oil. You guys, I have been putting this stuff on everything. It’s such an easy way to add that great savory bacon flavor to eggs, salads, or in this case, potatoes. …
Oh my friends, it’s November! And although November certainly means cold, windy, dark days here in Minneapolis, November is completely redeemed by the fact that it brings THANKSGIVING (my very favorite holiday ever). Thanksgiving means thousands of sides, desserts, and leftovers for days. I make homemade rolls that serve as dinner rolls on Thanksgiving Thursday and serve as the backbone of the perfect turkey sandwich on Black Friday. Leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes serve as a Black Friday breakfast that dreams are made of. I know y’all are planning your own Thanksgiving feasts, so here are a few suggestions!
(Never fear, this is only part 1!)
You know when you are looking for something indulgent but simple? ME TOO!
Something fairly quick but unusual? ME TOO!
A recipe that will impress your kids? Well maybe not so much on that one…but if it happens (and it did) then bonus!
These Chocolate Strawberry Eggrolls will check ALL of the boxes!
Now that I’ve officially eaten my weight in fun-sized candies (I’m looking at you, Twix) and the Halloween decorations have been packed away, I’m really excited to get back to cooking and eating some really good food. As many of you know, it has gotten really cold here in Minnesota and with that, I’ve tended toward comfort foods. I’m talking pastas, slow cooker burrito bowls, and everything drowning in melted cheese! I really can’t complain. For this week’s Good Food Reads, I’ve pulled together a bit of a random collection of recipes I’m hoping to make and share with my friends and family in the next few weeks. As usual, they are gathered from fellow bloggers, some magazines, and even inspired by my reading habits (see *** below!). I hope you find something that inspires you! Here are the links I’m loving this week:
Ok, first and foremost, I need to share this recipe sweet recipe from My Name is Yeh. I’d say the likelihood of me actually making these is slim to none because I don’t do well with crafty in general. But…I had to link to them because they are the cutest: Marzipan Challah Hedgehogs. Someone needs to make them ASAP and report back!
Pork and Polenta Bake. Another comfort food that’s perfect for these chilly November evenings. Talk about taking the classic midwestern casserole to a whole new level. Also, have you checked out our BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese? Comfort food with a twist!
Love these recipes for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup and Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. Lower in sodium and with fresh ingredients, just in time for all that holiday baking!
Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Goat Cheese. Oh man. I can’t wait to make this one. And serve them with these Buttermilk Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes. YES, please.
And finally, because I’m just finishing up her great memoir, Give A Girl A Knife, here’s Amy Thielen’s recipe for Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish.
That’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads, friend. A shorter list, perhaps, but hopefully you find some treasures. Happy Cooking!
Happy Halloween, friends! Is everyone ready for some holiday fun? I’m super excited to take my kiddos out trick or treating tonight – if we can figure out how to keep them warm. It’s going to be cold here in Minnesota. As much as I love this time of year, it is definitely busy. Between fall festivals, costume parties, and field trips, we’ve had days that are absolutely full. In the midst of all that fun, I haven’t had much time to spend in the kitchen cooking. And I don’t know about you, but when I get busy, I definitely tend to crazy comfort foods and quick dinner fixes. While I don’t believe in deprivation (you’d better believe I’m going to be enjoying ALL the candy tonight!), I do try to keep some balance in my eating life and often rely on a handful of healthy on-the-go recipes to sneak some nutrients into those busy days. I had a full day of errands today so after my morning yoga class, I popped home and took a look through the kitchen and came up with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie….
For this Good Food Reads, we are going to feature a guest recipe by the wonderfully talented Lesli Schwartz of Asian Caucasian, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Pinch of Yum Tasty Food Photography Workshop I attended this summer. The chosen guest recipe was for Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup which was a huge hit in my house! Read on so I can tell you why! (and enjoy the photos by Asian Caucasion-well, with the exception of the one of my little, that one is all mine!)
Last weekend was a quiet girls’ weekend at the cabin. No kids. No spouses. Wine on the dock during the day and by the fireplace in the evening. Brilliantly colored leaves and fall temperatures. Long walks on a treelined streets. And comfort food. Sweet comfort food.
Like this BBQ Chicken Macaroni and Cheese.
Oh, you guys. I have had the worst sweet tooth lately. Typically, I love to bake sweets and treats but primarily for others. My husband has a legendary addiction to all things sugar, but typically I lean towards the salty/crunchy snacks. As the weather has turned, I’ve found myself gravitating toward butter, sugar, and most definitely all things chocolate. Since I’ve been delving into all of these sweet treat recipes, I thought I’d share a few I’ve recently tried or am planning to make with you all for this week’s Good Food Reads: Sweets and Treats….