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Killer Cauliflower Soup

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Yes, I did just describe this cauliflower soup as killer. That isn’t just a dramatic attempt to convince you to check out this blog post, this recipe turned out SO scrumptious.

Here in Texas it is Hatch Chile time. Don’t get me wrong, we love all of our chiles as much as we love to complain about summer weather but a magical chile event happens in August. Grocery stores start to roll out roasters and haul in tons of hatch chiles from our friends in New Mexico. While they are plentiful, I buy up as many cases as I can (read that as too many). As a result of my hatch chile gluttony, I preserve them and put them in everything that I can dream up. This “killer” cauliflower recipe is one such creation. (more…)

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with Romano

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

 

Roasting is typically my go-to way to cook up veggies.  It is such an easy, versatile cooking method that I will do it several times per week.  I just toss almost any chopped vegetables with olive oil and seasonings then stick it in the oven.  This is an absolute win in my world. (more…)

Vanilla Extract

Friday, August 8th, 2014

 

Homemade vanilla is almost effortless and only requires two ingredients – vanilla beans and alcohol.  It will require some patience to get the best flavor from the beans but the result is so much more flavorful than store bought. (more…)

Vanilla Sugar

Friday, August 8th, 2014


Vanilla sugar is such a simple and delicious way to use the entire vanilla bean. It is so simple that it is hard to even call it a “recipe”. (more…)

How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


It is only because of bountiful baskets that I discovered my adoration of brussel sprouts. I don’t think I ever tried them before but assumed I wouldn’t like them. They really get a bad rap. However as soon as I roasted them, I was in love. (more…)

Baked Strawberry and Banana Oatmeal

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This baked oatmeal was so delicious and warm on a cool, lazy Saturday morning. It is also healthy and used some bananas that were hoping downhill. My daughter had to ask me if this was dessert and demanded we have it again the next morning – high marks from my 4 year old. (more…)

Wheat Berry Risotto

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

I have been exploring uses for my bag of wheat berries that is living in my pantry. I had a major risotto craving so I thought I would try to sub the wheat berries in for the rice. This recipe turned out really comforting and rich like traditional risotto.  I really liked how the wheat berries made it a little chewy. (more…)

Wheat Berry Snacks

Saturday, January 25th, 2014


A few months ago, I contributed for the soft white wheat berries on a whim.  I had never ground my own wheat and didn’t even own a device that would do it.  I read that you could eat it like oatmeal in the morning or in tabbouleh salad so I was convinced that I would find fabulous things to do with them. (more…)

Tropical Green Smoothie

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


I’m definitely on the green smoothie bandwagon. When they initially gained popularity, I really wasn’t convinced that I would be okay drinking a salad. I finally tried it because of the nutritional benefit and found that I really like them! (more…)

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The other day I was really craving macaroni and cheese. I adore the cheesy, hearty flavor of macaroni – it is practically its own food group in my life. I began to wonder if I could pull it off using cauliflower in the sauce like I do in my “Alfredo sauce”. (more…)