With my wedding in mind, a major health goal for myself this year is to tone up my body and be mindful of what I’m eating. As I began my healthier lifestyle this past month, I picked up Fern Green’s striking book of recipes titled Green Smoothies. Contrary to the title, this book contains recipes not only for smoothies but also juices, nut milks, and tonics too. I’ve enjoyed making myself the occasional smoothie over the past couple years but have only stuck to a few ingredients. Fern Green has opened up my eyes (and taste buds) with clean alternatives that are both sweet and savory!
We all have our own unique holiday traditions that make this time of year so special. It might not seem like much, but baking Christmas cookies is what my family is known for. We bake anything from peanut butter blossoms to comfort balls; you name it and we’ll make it. I have such fond memories of decorating the treats with my father and taste testing with my mother. Now, I’ve taken on the small but time consuming task of baking sugar cookies each year and have decided to share the process with all of you!
Growing up, I never had any interest in cooking. About three years ago I accidentally had the Food Network on TV and saw Giada De Laurentiis whipping up one of her Italian meals. I instantly fell in love with her recipes, confidence, and style. Giada is the reason I gave cooking a try and I’ve learned so much since then. She has opened up another creative outlet for me, so anytime a new cookbook is released, I’m sure to pick it up and support her. Giada’s latest book, Happy Cooking, came into my life at the perfect time as it’s core focus is to be good to yourself by eating things that bring you joy.
Welcome back to reality after an extended holiday weekend! Aside from the traditional Thanksgiving festivities, Brian and I celebrated our four year anniversary on Saturday. In the past, we’ve gone out to dinner two or three days later since we were apart for the holidays. With this being the first year we spent Thanksgiving together, it also meant we could properly celebrate our anniversary too! We totally made a day of it.
Good morning, I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! I had a nice day with my family watching the Macy’s parade, baking a pumpkin pie, sneaking one too many dinner rolls, and catching the end of a football game. Now, I’m about to go out Black Friday shopping with my mom. But first, I wanted to share a delicious breakfast recipe that can quickly be created with your holiday leftovers!
One of the most innovative ways to express ourselves is through cooking. We may not all be chefs, but coming home after an 8-hour workday and letting our creativity run wild while cooking dinner can be very pleasurable. Mark Bittman recently published a unique cookbook that offers more than 700 customizable recipes. The Kitchen Matrix brings joy back into a part of our live’s that can sometimes become mundane through it’s endless possibilities.
The final days of October also mean the final days of the harvesting season are upon us. For those of us who hit the orchards last month, we still have plenty of fruit to devour before it expires. I’ve been thinking of creative ways to eat the last of my apples and have a fun recipe that both kids and adults will love; apple nachos!
Last weekend we went to our local apple orchard and stocked up on both cider and apples. I’ve been browsing different recipes all week and knew apple crisp was the first to make since I’ve never had it before. After combining and altering a couple different recipes, I’ve created my own that I’m excited to share with you. This is not only one of the easiest apple crisp recipes ever, it’s also quick and delicious too!
The flavor of Fall certainly seems to be pumpkin each and every year. However, there is another gourd that is excellent for cooking with during these crisp months; butternut squash. This seasonal squash is a great addition to many dishes like soups, risottos, pies and sides, but today we are making it the star of the dish. Behold, the roasted butternut squash quesadilla!