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I’m wearing my favorite faded, lucky shirt today waiting for the most important football game of the season to begin. The winner of this game wins the division and a place in the playoffs. To say my home team has had a postseason drought may be an understatement. The fact is, they haven’t made the playoffs in 23 years, but friends, once you’re at the dance, anyone can be crowned homecoming king or queen. You gotta have faith. These Beer Braised Chicken Sliders ~ juicy, tender pulled chicken tossed in a mildly spicy sauce on toasted Pepperidge Farm® slider buns ~ oh man. . .perfect for game time or anytime and so good they almost do their end zone dance.
Sometimes I just crave classic, old-fashioned comfort food. Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops ~ crispy, golden breading on the outside, tender juicy pork inside. Sunday dinner with a touch of nostalgia for the dinners Mom or Grandma used to make.
This time last year I resolved (in a post no less) to stop wasting food. It’s so darn expensive, right? I created Fiesta Chicken and Rice making good use of some pantry items that were well, just hangin’ around. I tried to keep it up, but alas, fell in to my old ways buying willy-nilly (is that still a term?) , the result of which was just too.much.food. So I’m tackling this resolution again and I hope you’ll join with me. Kitchen comrades in arms, if you will. A quick inventory here revealed five cans of Great Northern beans (there must have been one heck of a sale), a couple of cans of crushed tomatoes, two tubes of tomato paste, four large containers of chicken stock, an almost empty jar of Nutella (oops), four packages of Uncle Ben’s 90 second brown rice, three cans of artichokes, a jar of pesto and way more I won’t bore you with. Between the pantry and refrigerator, I had all the ingredients for this Tomato White Bean Soup. . . minus the Nutella (which makes a mighty fine dessert all by itself). You know what they say ~ “happiness is hot soup on a cold day”.
It’s hard to believe but it’s been two years since I took a leap of faith and began this food blogging journey. Last year I wrote a piece on the one year anniversary, still feeling my way through after reading articles like ‘How to Start a Blog’ in just a few ‘easy’ steps. In case you’re wondering, it’s not easy and also contrary to the article, it’s not free. In the last 12 months my support system grew from my family and friends, to fellow bloggers I now consider friends, like Kelly at The Hungry Bluebird, as well as faithful, supportive readers, like Mary and for all of you I’m so grateful. Last year in lieu of a celebratory birthday cake, I shared one of my favorite savory meals, an easy Soppressata Pizza. This year we’ll blow out a candle (or two) on these Reuben Wonton Cupcakes. If the thought of a Reuben sandwich excites you as much as it does me, then Reuben Wonton Cupcakes are for you. They’re my single most requested recipe and vanish in a snap every time I make them.
For some reason I always associate this creamy, lemon-herb dressed Cucumber Salad with summer and grilling, but last week I happened to have all the ingredients in the refrigerator and was looking for an easy side so I made it with Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin and thought I must be crazy ~ totally crazy ~ saving this easy, tasty and yes healthy side dish just for summer.
Today marks Day 5 in a 21 Day Yoga challenge my friend Audrey and I committed to. It sounded easy when we signed up. Audrey had never tried yoga, but I sold her on how relaxing it is. What neither of us factored in was leaving the warmth and comfort of our homes each evening for 12 degree temps outside. But we’ve shown up each night for ourselves and each other and because of this yoga challenge, I’m also challenging myself to be mindful about eating better. I’m not giving up my favorite foods, but this Veggie Flatbread Pizza really hit the spot after yoga. It’s food you can feel good about eating.
Happy 2017! What did you do for New Year’s Eve? We ended up at a local restaurant for dinner and while I don’t want to turn the first post of the year into complaining (which I guess I am), the quality of the food was really disappointing. We had a good time, but it just goes to show you our own kitchens can turn out even better meals than restaurants sometimes. Easy Spicy Beef Chili is a recipe I’ve been making for such a long time I don’t even look at a recipe any more. I’ve tweaked it over the years until it’s about as close to perfection as a bowl of chili can be. Once fall hits, it’s always in the dinner rotation. It’s a quick but hearty and warming weeknight dinner; perfect for football gatherings as well. The additional of three everyday ‘secret ingredients’ make it so good it almost takes its own victory lap.
Hola! That’s pretty much the extent of my Spanish, even though Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat pretty much any day of the week. I don’t need National Taco Day or Cinco De May to chow on 4 or 5 of these Taco Cupcakes. They’re really great all by themselves, but put out with a pitcher of margaritas and friends, you’re got yourselves a party.
I’ve been making Beef Stroganoff for a long time, going back to my canned-soup-for-the win days. It’s a classic, comfort meal and just the kind of dish my family loves when the temperature drops. I never used fresh mushrooms or herbs – just a can of cream of mushroom soup and I’d probably still be making it that way if I hadn’t had the Best Beef Stroganoff ever a few weeks ago. I’m talking game-changing.
I’ve always loved hosting a gathering, long before I started blogging, starting with planning the menu. The first time I hosted a big family gathering was as a newlywed. I was clueless and this was long before Google and Pinterest so not knowing what to make, I cooked pretty much. . .everything. It looked like an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Golden Coral. Seriously, there was that much food and I made everything myself from scratch. That didn’t make me a kitchen ninja. It just made me a crazy woman. Having done a lot of entertaining since then, I’m much more relaxed now (don’t listen to a word my kids say) and one reason is that I’ve simplified things and learned to make food like this Cheese and Charcuterie Board that makes an appearance at almost every gathering at our house. Just because it’s the holiday season, everyday life doesn’t stop and we can all use a little help. Check out some tips I’ve learned for stress-free entertaining.