Happy 2019, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We had so much awesome time together as a family..but man can that time get hectic. As much as I loved the time, I’m happy as all heck to be back to reality and schedules!
So, with all of the chaos and lack of sleep came the annual Oprish post-Christmas colds. And in the event that any of you are also trying to recover from the symptoms, this soup could come in veeeerrryyy handy. Continue reading
Friends! Hello! How are we? We’ve nearly made it through January, the most grey month of the year, in my opinion…so the rest is all downhill from here, right? We just returned home from a vacation with my entire side of the family you guys….what a way to break up the month. We had such a great time and enjoyed the warm weather of the Bahamas so incredibly much. And now…back to good old reality. But gosh I have to admit, a solid routine and well rested kids feels pretty dang good.
So to go with this grey month, how about a rich, gooey, comforting pasta dish that you can get on the table in 20 minutes? Yes? Yes. Let’s do it! Continue reading
We’ve been loading up on soups, stews and comfort food like crazy people around here. This weather just lends itself to such deliciousness, don’t you think? But geez louise we must switch things up once in a blue moon! This salad-it’s just fantastic for this time of year. It’s still a bit comforting and warm but the flavors are so light and fresh…a combo after my own heart! Continue reading
Happy New Year! It’s been a while, friends, and while I have thought about you so very often, I have just been way too busy eating to check in with you. I mean this pregnancy thing really couldn’t have come at a better time. Christmas. New Years. Holiday gatherings galore. It all amounted to more yummy food than I can explain. And then there’s the fact my oven was broken for nearly a month. You guys, ONE MONTH. Do you know how long that is? I mean I get it, be grateful for what you have, I try so hard. But my oven?! Take my hot water. My coffee. My contact lenses. But for the love, don’t take my oven! I’m happy to report we are back up and running around here..and we were so very happy to have this Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup at home for dinner last night. Continue reading
It won’t stop, you guys. All things comfort. All day. Every day. I’m not sure if its the damp, cold weather happening around here or the fact that theres a precious tiny little human growing inside of me but COMFORT FOOD, I will find you.
And soups are at the very top of my comfort food list these days. It’s December, after all-seems only appropriate. As I’ve told you in the past, soups are one of my very favorite dishes to create because there are just no rules. Soups are so forgiving. Throw in what you’ve got in the fridge and with a few of the right aromatics, spices and garnishes you’re practically good to go. This soup right here? This Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup? You just must. Continue reading
You guys, this weather we are having around here! It’s COLD! Gorgeous, but man does that change in temp feel like a chill or what? It’s pretty much the best kind of weather. You know, the kind of weather where it’s not too cold to sleep with your windows open…but them when you wake up in the morning you can’t possibly seem to peel yourself out of those perfectly warm, cozy covers because your room has an insane chill going through it.
We have been comfort-fooding around here like crazy people lately. It must be the weather. And these Quick-Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes made the roster. I feel like I say this a lot, mostly because I only tend to share the recipes that get my family’s stamp of approval, but these are definitely a favorite among the kiddos. Continue reading
How about this weather, friends? It’s so random this time of year. Mornings feel like fall at its finest: cool, crisp air perfect for that cozy sweater. Head into afternoon and the sun is blazing and the temps are rising forcing you to tear that sweater off as quickly as you can. Part summer, part fall, no?
And this gratin is right there with the weather these days. Part summer with those farm fresh poblanos, potatoes and corn. Part fall with that comfort an warmth.
Boy oh boy it’s been a while. How was your long weekend? As I told you last time we chatted, we took a little road trip to visit my family down in Iowa and Nebraska and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out the summer. It was time so well spent…with my parents, my siblings and their families. Late nights, early mornings, donuts, happy kiddo giggles, mama’s homecooking, pool parties, coffee, pedicures…I mean it was just plain wonderful. And now…school begins! What a way to head into a new year, hearts full as all get out.
And as you may know, somehow, magically, each year as summer begins to slip away my seasonal cooking-brain goes right with it. It’s incredible how it happens so organically. Suddenly I begin craving warm food….my tummy just begins to tire a bit of all of the cool, crisp, fresh fare. So this dish right here is just a lovely way to begin the transition….it’s warm and comforting, yet still light and fresh. Continue reading
What a weekend! Along with some much needed, totally relaxed family time we had a quite a bit of rain around here and it was so cozy. Turned out to be perfect weather for a light, fresh soup. And a giant bowl of Garden Fresh Tomato Basil was just perfection. Continue reading
So let’s talk about this farro love affair I have going on. Remember this? My feelings toward this super grain simply hasn’t changed. If anything, I’ve fallen deeper. So it should come as no surprise that I am two-thumbs-up’ing this One Pot Savory Chicken + Farro. Continue reading