As I mentioned yesterday, Brendan and I have been drowning a bit in fresh produce this week thanks to our CSA. Not that I’m complaining. There is no such thing as too much produce to use; it just means I have to get a bit creative with how I use it. Because let’s be real. We live in a small apartment, with one average-sized fridge. And with a huge bag full of broccoli rabe taking up one of our shelves, the rest of our fridge was getting sort of cramped. To top it off, this is the week that we’ve barely been home for dinner. Thanks to end-of-the-school-year madness, we’ve been running around to awards ceremonies and graduations. On the bright side, we’ve been fed at each of these events! On the down side, I haven’t had the opportunity to cook and was starting to fear the longevity of our vegetables. So I decided to do something different and use up the broccoli rabe in a way that I knew it would stay for a while: pesto! Continue reading
Cauliflower mac and cheese is definitely a favorite in our house. Seriously, every time I say that I’m going to make it Brendan gets a little bit giddy. We scarf it down at dinner time, and fight over the leftovers for lunches throughout the week. From what I gather, this is one of the dishes he brags about when he’s eating it in front of his coworkers and/or students. Hey, I’m not going to complain. I like that my cooking is appreciated.
I share a lot of recipes on this blog. I know that, and I choose to believe that’s why you awesome readers keep coming back. The recipes I share tend to be my latest culinary experiments: new ideas I’ve had, or things I’ve stumbled across while perusing Pinterest. Yet, there are many things I make that are tried and true staples, things I don’t need a recipe for, the flavors of my childhood. For whatever reason, these meals never really cross my mind to share with you. I guess I think of them as sort of mundane and everyday. However, they are some of my favorite foods. And this ratatouille is definitely on that list!
Quite a long time ago now, I had my appendix removed. I was a freshman in high school, and started with a stomach ache. However, I was a Full House aficionado, and was pretty sure from the get go that I had appendicitis. It was miserable. I was in pain, and anesthesia did not agree with me — I woke up from surgery convinced that they hadn’t removed my appendix because it still hurt, ignoring the fact that I’d just had abdominal surgery. Anyway, recovery was pretty standard: a few days in the hospital followed by a week on my couch. The only issue was they had me in the pediatric wing. At fifteen, I was a growing teenager. After days of not eating, I was finally cleared for real food and they gave me meals sized for a six year old. Depressing, I know. By the time I got home, the only thing I wanted was a big bowl of fettuccine alfredo. Pasta and cream and cheese…it was the perfect recovery food!
Today is the type of holiday I can get behind: National Homemade Soup Day. As regular readers of this blog will know, I love making soups and stews. They tend to be pretty simple to put together, and they are so satisfying. Especially in the cold weather we’ve been having, I love having something simmering away on the stove. It makes my whole apartment smell comforting! And there is something unparalleled about sitting down with a bowl of soup fresh from the stove and breathing in the steam. Just thinking about it makes me happy!
Generally speaking, I try very hard as a celiac not to dwell on what I’m missing out on. The benefits of being gluten free (like not being chronically ill) far outweigh the drawbacks (like being able to go to The Cheesecake Factory and eat ALL the desserts). However, there are a few things that are just really difficult to get gluten free. One of those things is really great, fresh Italian food. Sure, you can buy brown rice pasta or frozen gnocchi, but it just isn’t the same. So, to combat this issue, I turn to my kitchen and do what I do best: experiment until I find an acceptable solution!
Ok, so I have a confession to make: we didn’t actually get Russia from the random number generator. Nope, we got Rwanda. And being the good and honest person that I am, I highlighted it on my spreadsheet and turned to Google to start looking for traditional Rwandan cuisine. Do you want to know something about traditional Rwandan cuisine? It’s sort of non-existent. Moreover, what they do eat is darn similar to what I made for Malawi. My husband and I looked at each other: did we really want to do that again? Or could we change the rules just a little bit and allow for something we really wanted to eat?
As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love Christmas movies. My whole family does. The other day over breakfast, we actually sat and analyzed the merits of various Christmas movies and specials, rating them as good, bad, or craptastic (so bad they are good). Some movies we all agreed on: The Santa Clause was good, The Santa Clause 2 was craptastic, and The Santa Clause 3 was just bad. Others, such as Holiday Inn and pretty much all of the ABC Family movies, caused some controversy. One movie, though, was universally and unequivocally loved: Elf.
Today, I have something a bit different for you guys. I’ve teamed up with fellow food blogger Kathy from Herbs and Spice and Other Things Nice to do a little culinary swap. Instead of sticking with our own recipes, we each sampled from the other’s recipe log, and from my standpoint it was a huge success! The hardest part was deciding what I wanted to make — there were so many delicious looking options! I was really interested in both the Mushroom & Leek Risotto and the Vegetarian Lasagna. However, my husband is not so much into the mushrooms (oh, the sacrifices we make for love!), so I settled on this fantastic eggplant pasta.
Lately, I’ve been posting a lot of healthy recipes. Most days of the week, that is absolutely fine. However, as the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, I definitely start to crave comfort food. For some reason, comfort food to me almost always includes pasta. Because of this, my mac and cheese and carbonara are both pretty good for feel good food. But this buffalo chicken pasta bake? Yeah, this beats those two, hands down.