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Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish Coffee


"WHAT are we going to do with vintage, shamrock'd espresso cups?!?" I don't know. Who's feeling pretty foolish now, husband?

When it comes to estate sales, I got the luck o' the Irish. When it comes to coffee, I got whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. If only all of my blog posts could come together this easily.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy Banana & Sour Cream Pancakes


Why did I name these "happy" pancakes? So no one would confuse them for ambivalent or depressed pancakes. Nobody wants those pancakes.

What makes me particularly happy about this recipe {other than the obvious - pancakes, hello} is that it's a great use for leftover bananas and sour cream. If I were to get all math-y and break things down, I'd say these pancakes cost a dollar. Maybe a dollar and change. Moral of the story, they're cheap. And cheap things make me feel happy. Like a room without a roof happy. Which I didn't even know was an appropriate gauge of happiness until Pharrell, and who I am to argue with the catchiest, jive-iest song of the year?

Happy Monday, friends.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Baked Cavatappi with Spicy Andouille,
Cauliflower, Chickpeas and Spinach


Last week, Internet Cooking Mom asked me if I was still blogging. Before I could think of a new excuse, Internet Cooking Husband interjected, "No, it's just really hard to take good pictures with daylight savings time, and all." Clearly, someone has been paying attention. Unlike my mother who can't even be bothered to bookmark my blog. Sheesh.

I don't consider myself a perfectionist, but the lighting in my kitchen is terrible. So terrible that it rules out nighttime amateur food photography. Which rules out most chances of blogging during the darker months. For this reason, too many recipes have slipped through the kitchen annals.

Thanks to an unexpected snow day, I was able to capture last night's pasta in its leftover "glory" as a I re-heated it for lunch. This recipe has so many of my favorite things: cavatappi, cauliflower, chickpeas, and an easy, seasoned ricotta hidden under mounds of bubbly mozzarella. Tell me what's not to like. {Other than the picture. Please let us never speak of this of again. At least until I get a chance to re-photograph this spring.}

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Sobert Fizz


If you weren't planning on having a girls-only Valentine's party to blog about, may I present you with these adorable cocktails, s'il vous plait? Absolutely no recipe needed: pour half a glass a champagne, and then one at a time, spoon four 1/4 teaspoon scoops of sorbet gently into the glass. Top off with a few raspberries, et voila. Valentine's girl party or bust!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spinach Portobellos Gratin


My laziness on the blog and in the kitchen has been out of control lately. I wish I had a good excuse for it -  and believe me I tried to come up with a convincing story - but I don't. I'm a disgrace to the internet and don't deserve to call myself a blogger.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Le Best Caesar Salad Recipe Ever


No matter how good my New Year's resolutions intentions, there's a limit to the pain I can voluntary inflict on myself. Turning up the salad? I'm on it. Turning down the carbs and cheese? What is the meaning of this? Why would you ask me to do such a thing? Who are "you"?  How am I supposed to get all metaphysical running on only lettuce calories???

Monday, December 30, 2013

The B.B.S.T Sandwich
{Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Tomato}


I NEVER want to see turkey again.  As in EVER. I can't wash bird essence off my fingers, and if I see another tupperware of dark meat and drummettes, I'm going to have a nervous breakdown of Lady Macbeth proportions. {P.S. Hello and merry belated Christmas to you, too.}

Brussels sprouts are a different story. I'm a bottomless pit when it comes to these babies, and I have yet to find a better leftover application than on a BLT. This sandwich is >>lip smack<< PERFECT. There is seriously nothing you can do to improve it.

Unless you wanted to add a sliced avocado. Or a fried egg. Not that I didn't think of either of those iterations earlier. It's just that I'm le tired. Gorging oneself for thirty straight days can do that to you.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sweet, Salt and Vinegar Cashews with Thyme


'Tis the season for torturing ourselves with labor-intensive, edible gifts! Or, you can be lazy awesome and roast some sweet and salty cashews soaked in apple cider vinegar instead. {And if these things aren't begging to be wrapped in a mason jar, then my name isn't The Internet Cooking Princess.}

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Prep School


Where has The Savory been all my life? They're simplifying all the prep work with this Thanksgiving Calculator {above} and last minute check list {below the jump}. It almost makes me wish I was contributing to my Thanksgiving dinner...

BAHHH. {Sorry. I couldn't say that with a straight face. Happy cooking, anyway!}

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Leftover Labels

{via Oh Happy Day}
Dainty designer freebies are my fave. You can download these adorable {gratuit!} labels for your Thanksgiving leftovers from Oh Happy Day! Find yourself some adorable craft paper to-go boxes, and your post-Thanksgiving noshing will be Instagram-ready.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fa-le-le-le-le-le-le-le Creuset Giveaway!

It's a pre-Cyber Monday giveaway! I picked the prize {the exclusive Sur Le Table Le Creuset Curved 2 3/4 qt. oven} and YOU get to pick the color! To enter, vote for my Colman's Crispy Bacon recipe and get up to six additional entries using the buttons below. Make sure to come back every day for more chances to win until the giveaway closes on December 2nd. Good luck!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
& Crock Pot Bread {Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker}


This cookbook isn't what you'd normally find on my kitchen bookshelf. For one, baking scares me. Two, there's a lot to be desired in the color illustrations category, which is a necessity given my disturbingly short attention span. {Thanks again, internet.}

Yet here I am, swearing by this cookbook and floating on a cloud of carb'd bliss. The past three weeks have involved bakery calibre boules, baguettes, and ciabatta - but the true standout is the crock pot bread, a miraculously convenient, oven-free shortcut for holiday cooking. {Note: this is coming from someone who vowed never to become "a slow-cooker person."} 

If you want to impress your loved ones, and yourself, give this cookbook a chance. I'm certainly glad I did. {Recipe below the jump!}

Friday, November 22, 2013

Spicy Cranberry Chutney


What's the deal with baby boomers and canned cranberry sauce? Every Thanksgiving, my parents start slicing up that saccharine, jellied perversion despite having homemade cranberry sauce bubbling away on the stove. Frankly, it's an insult to the 18 years they spent battling me over my picky eating habits.

Since the campaign for real cranberry sauce has proven futile, you might as well make a spicy, sweet and sour chutney for the adults. Its complexity is a far better complement to turkey, and its also an über sophisticated addition to a holiday cheese board. {And if the "big kids" ask "what's that pink stuff?" Just tell them it's special "jam" for the "grown-ups."}

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gifts for the Thanksgiving Host

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What I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Not having to lift a finger! To off-set my freeloading karma, I'm treating my turkey day host to Gewürztraminer {which makes for a delightful tryptophan cocktail} and a few other tokens of gratitude. {I refer you to above preciousness.}

And if you have blessing performance anxiety like yours truly, bring a copy of Bless This Food. It's packed with graces from around the world that are impossible to mess up. {Unless you tap into the Gewürztraminer early.} {Which I swear I would only do to see if it was safe.} {Not that I've ever done that before.}

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mystery Ingredient Blogger Showcase Finalist: Colman's Crispy Bacon!

{$1 off Colman's coupon below the jump!}
When asked if I wanted to enter a "mystery ingredient" recipe contest, my response was a mildly enthusiastic sure. When told I could win a trip for two to London, my response was an all caps YES. When my "mystery ingredient" turned out to be Colman'smy all time favorite mustard, my response was I ALREADY WON!!!

Just when I thought my good fortune couldn't get any better {a free jar of Colman's - I'm still kvelling}, my Colman's Crispy Bacon was declared a finalist! This recipe is a two-ingredient, hands-off miracle. That's not hyperbole or self-promotion - that's just Colman's spicy and sweet seduction multiplied by BACON.

As mustard connoisseurs will vouch, no other spicy mustard kisses the sinuses quite like Colman's. And what's that, Colman fans? You say I've let Her Majesty's Household Mustard do all the heavy lifting? That this recipe is so simple that I've practically cheated? Au contraire. That's called delegating, my friends, and it's what winners do.

Vote for me - pretty please - by clicking here. You don't have to submit ANY personal information, and you can vote once a day. {Bonus!} Competition closes on December 1st. I thank you in advance for your clicks!