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December 21, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies

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December 16, 2013

Weekly Menu 12/16 - 12/22

Woke up today to super dense fog. Must be Christmastime in Portland. Good weather for baking up a storm, starting with our bread for the week.
Here's our menu:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Roasted Carrot Soup

Tuesday: Avocado & Shrimp Sandwiches

Wednesday: Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi in Blushing Cream Sauce

Thursday: Homemade Rumbi Rice Bowls

Friday: Ebelskivers

Saturday: {Christmas Party!)

Sunday: Stacked Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas

December 11, 2013

Spicy Double Chocolate Biscotti

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December 09, 2013

Weekly Menu 12/9 - 12/15

Obviously, there's a lot to love about the Christmas season, but nights at home by the fire, under the lights of the tree take the cake for me. I'm hoping for a great many of those this week.
Here's our menu; I think we're feeling a bit more vegetarian this week. How about you? Anything new on your menu?

This Week's Menu

Monday: Cheesy Quinoa Cakes, Salad

Tuesday: Tuna Pitas (because I haven't mattered the homemade pita yet, but I WILL)

Wednesday: Coconut Curry Braised Chicken*

Thursday: Oven Puff Pancakes or out

Friday: Huevos Rancheros

Saturday: Farfalle with Truffled Mushrooms*

Sunday: Vegetable Pot Pie {recipe to come}

*from The Six-Ingredient Solution -- fast becoming one of my favorite cookbooks on the shelf!

December 06, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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December 02, 2013

Weekly Menu 12/2 - 12/8

I hope those of you in the US had a delightful holiday weekend. Mine was lovely, and ended with an entire pumpkin pie left over. So… It really is imperative that I whittle away at it for breakfast every morning until it's gone. Right?

After so much to-do for Thanksgiving, I'm glad to get back to our quiet routine. Here's what we'll be eating this week:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Veggie Burgers, Tater Tots

Tuesday: Honey Lime Tilapia, Steamed Rice & Green Beans

Wednesday: Chicken Gyros with Homemade Pitas

Thursday: Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Crema

Friday: Cranberry Stuffed French Toast with Orange Syrup

Saturday: {Date Night!}

Sunday: Baked Gnocchi, Steamed Broccoli

I'd love to hear what you're cooking this week. What recipes are you whipping up?

November 26, 2013

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches au Jus

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November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello lovelies! Happy Thanksgiving week!

Can you believe how gorgeous those pears are? My brother and his sweet wife surprised us by sending them for our Thanksgiving table, and I cannot wait to dig into them once they're fully ripened. When I saw the package on my doorstep I just about died of excitement -- I've always wanted some Harry & David pears!

I don't have a menu to share this week. We're eating a lot of freezer meals and clearing out fridge space leading up to the main event this weekend. Tomorrow I'll share my favorite way to use up leftover turkey, so be sure to check back for that.

What are you eating this week? Anything fun on your Thanksgiving mane this year? Leave a comment! (Pretty please!)

November 18, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/18 - 11/24

I hate to see this weekend go. If we had our way, we'd spend every weekend at Powell's bookstore and then home by the fire reading books and playing games together.
Here's our menu for the week:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Shredded Beef Tacos, Sauteed Zucchini

Tuesday: Asian Cabbage Salad, Potstickers

Wednesday: Orange Chicken, Fried Rice

Thursday:  Broiled Tilapia with Lemon Artichoke Pesto, Steamed Broccoli

Friday: {probably out}

Saturday: Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

Sunday: Chicken Gnocchi Soup

November 15, 2013

Simple Pretzel Bread Bowls

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November 12, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/11 - 11/17

I love fall in the Pacific Northwest! It's different than what I grew up with, but lovely all the same. We've been taking in the crisp, foggy fall air and kicking up leaves. What are you eating this week?
Here's our menu:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Turkey au Jus Sandwiches

Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Wednesday: Chicken Soft Tacos

Thursday: Asian Cabbage Salad, Potstickers

Friday: Roasted Veggie & Bacon Omelets

Saturday: Macaroni & Cheese

Sunday: Pot Roast, Roasted Butternut Squash

November 07, 2013

Million Dollar Chicken

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November 04, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/4 - 11/10

We're coming out of our post-Halloween candy comas and looking forward to a quieter week. Here's what we're cooking up:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Spinach Salad with Bacon, No-Knead Crusty Bread

Tuesday: Broiled Tilapia or Mahi Mahi with Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Wednesday: Mushroom Risotto

Thursday: Beef with Broccoli

Friday: Savory Cornmeal Waffles, Fried Eggs

Saturday: Noodles with Butter and Parmesan, Roasted Shrimp

Sunday: Turkey Breast en Cocotte, Roasted Asparagus, Rolls

What's on YOUR menu? Leave a comment!

October 28, 2013

Weekly Menu 10/28 - 11/3

This Week's Menu

Monday: Baked Potato Soup

Tuesday: Veggie Stir-Fry, Sesame Noodles

Wednesday: Butter Chicken with Chickpeas & Cauliflower

Thursday: Oven Puff Pancakes,

Friday: Roasted Veggie Quinoa Cakes with Eggs

Saturday: Spaghetti & Meatballs with Homemade Marinara (recipe to come)

Sunday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches (recipe to come), Oven Fries

Anything fun on your menu? Do tell!

October 26, 2013

October 22, 2013

Smoky Corn Chowder

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October 21, 2013

Weekly Menu 10/21 - 10/27

It's a pretty chill week here at our house. (We're hoping our colds finally make their exit so we can go play!) Here's what we're eating:

This Week's Menu

Monday: Broccoli Cheese Soup in Pretzel Bread Bowls

Tuesday: Leftover Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Peas

Wednesday: Veggie Fajitas, Corn on the Cob

Thursday: Garlic Shrimp over Creamy Polenta

Friday: Pancakes & Scrambled Eggs

Saturday: Open-Face Sloppy Joes, Spinach Salad

Sunday: Tuna Noodle Casserole, Spinach Salad

What's on your menu this week?

October 15, 2013

Honey Oat Sandwich Bread

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September 04, 2013

Quick Garlicky Green Bean Stir-Fry

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August 06, 2013

Wild Rice Buttermilk Pancakes

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August 01, 2013

Ratatouille Stuffed Shells

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July 29, 2013

July 12, 2013

2-Ingredient Banana Nutella Pops: Guest Post at Recipes from a Pantry

Are you ready for round two of Summer Desserts at Recipes from a Pantry?
Today's is a good one: 2 healthy ingredients -- creamy, dreamy popsicles! Pop on over there to get the details.

July 05, 2013

Peaches Melba Cupcakes: Guest Post at Recipes from a Pantry

Good morning, all!
Picture this: sweet peaches folded into a moist, tender cake batter, baked, then topped with whipped cream studded with tangy raspberries. If that sounds as good to you as it does to me, you won't want to miss what I have up my sleeves.
Today I'm sharing a tasty recipe for Peaches Melba Cupcakes over at Recipes from a Pantry, as part of a four-week-long summer dessert series. Stay tuned each Friday in July for a sweet treat I'll share over on Bintu's site.
Happy Friday!

June 20, 2013

June 03, 2013

May 24, 2013

{Nut-Free} Trail Mix Cookies

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May 22, 2013

May 15, 2013

Prawn Curry: Guest Post from Recipes from a Pantry

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I'm teaming up with fellow blogger Bintu, who writes at Recipes from a Pantry. She has a lot of great recipes on her site that utilize staples from the pantry for fast, fresh meals -- be sure to drop by and see what she has to offer! Today she's sharing her recipe for Prawn Curry. Personally, I cannot wait to give it a try!


Hi! I’m Bintu from Recipes From A Pantry and I’m delighted to be guest posting here today.

I love curries especially easy to cook ones that are ready in less than 30 minutes. Plus the fact
is that I loooooooove cinnamon, coconut milk and cardamom so combining these three in a
delicious dish is my idea of heaven.

This is one of my basic curry recipes and you can tweak to your heart's content. In fact I used
this base for a wild garlic and chickpea curry. So feel free to add in whatever is in your pantry or
in season for a fast, fresh curry. You can easily omit the chili if you don't want the heat.

So try this easy prawn curry recipe and don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell Kristyn
what you think.

Prawn Curry

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 cardamom pods crushed
4 whole cloves
1 shard (stick) cinnamon
1 onion, finely chopped
2 (bell) peppers, chopped
2 tsp. minced ginger
1 mild red chili, deseeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. curry powder
400ml (1 3/4 c.) coconut milk
300g of cooked jumbo prawns
sugar or honey (optional)
Chopped coriander (cilantro) to serve

Heat oil in a pot, add in the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and stir fry for about 30 secs until fragrant.
Add in the onions, peppers ginger, chilli and 2 tbsp of water and cook until the onions are soft and the
water dried off.
Then add in the curry powder and stir fry for about 30 secs.
Pour in the coconut milk, mix well, bring to the boil and let the curry simmer for a few minutes.
Then add in the cooked prawns gently and let the curry simmer for another few mins before adjusting
seasoning and any sugar if using.
Take the curry of the heat and serve topped with fresh coriander and rice.

Serves 4.

May 14, 2013

May 08, 2013

May 07, 2013

Best Cooking Blogs for New Moms

I have quite a few friends who are new moms or who are about to be new moms, and I've been thinking about them lately, and musing about my own experiences in the early days of motherhood. It was overwhelming and intense, and one of the things I wished I had done was to have a better idea of how to manage my kitchen and my baby.

With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite mom-centric food blogs.

Parenthood also resulted in me reevaluating the way I feed my family. The sites I've listed give a lot of food for thought on that score. I don't agree with all of it, and that's just fine. One of the things all moms must come to terms with is that there are a lot of opinions out there about how you should raise/feed/talk to/discipline/look at/breathe near your children. The only opinion that truly matters is yours. Forge your own path, and do it as fearlessly as you can. You are awesome!

There are lots of great blogs out there, and these are just a few of the ones I've found most helpful and delightful.

Some great recipes here, easily catergorized by "Nap-Friendliness" or "One-Handed Meals" you can eat while nursing or running after a toddler.

Lots of homemade baby food recipes and ideas for first foods at every stage of development. Also lots of video tutorials!

This has got to be one of my favorites. I love how fearlessly this family approaches feeding children. It's not all chicken nuggets and carrot sticks.

Just as the name implies, this site is great for families on the go. Squeezing dinner prep into even the shortest catnap starts to sound like a breeze! One to bookmark for sure.

I love this site all around. Great food, fun parenting ideas, awesome book recommendations. But the food is my favorite. (Surprise, surprise...)

Do any of you have favorite Mommy blogs to share? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

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