Reuben's grandpa passed recently and my grandma on my mom's side passed this last week.
It all happened in such a whirl that it's hard for me to stop and think. Feel.
We have spent many of our evenings away from home, consuming unhealthy food. Don't get me wrong, it's been awesome not having to worry about cooking supper some evenings. But it seems wrong to eat restaurant food so many evenings in one week.
It feels good to make things from scratch. Even if it's something as simple as waffles for breakfast.
Waffles make me happy. The little pockets filled with butter and maple syrup get me excited. I know, I'm weird.
If you're having a crazy-busy week, try making these waffles for breakfast one morning. If nothing else, it's a nice, relaxing start to an otherwise hectic day.
2 tablespoons sugar (I used evaporated cane juice)
1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt
3/4 cup buttermilk (I used soured raw milk)
1 large egg, beaten (I didn't bother beating it beforehand)
1 tablespoon melted butter
1) In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, cornmeal, baking powder and soda, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and butter. Add to the dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
2) Preheat your waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve with lots of butter and real maple syrup. Enjoy!
I have been obsessed with roasting veggies lately. Here's a little something that I dreamed up: Roasted Vegetable Chicken Alfredo. I baked up a pan of broccoli, grape tomatoes and garlic (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt) and added it to a basic Alfredo sauce. It was awesome.
By the way, lining your pan with parchment paper is the best. No dangerous aluminum and no nasty cleanup.
I also roasted up a pan of heirloom tomatoes that I got from the co-op. I pureed them with some cream and used it as a sauce for pasta. Reuben really like it, even though it didn't have any meat! Here's what the finished product looked like.
I usually roast my vegetables between 400 and 450 degrees F for about half and hour, or until they look done to me.
You guys. Infused water is so refreshing. I experimented with a blend of lemon, cucumber and mint. Reuben calls it pickle water (he doesn't care for cucumbers), but I like it.
I tried figs for the first time! It's quite a different flavor, but I enjoyed it. We sauted them with butter and honey and served them over vanilla ice cream. Delicious.
I LOVE the vintage silverware I got from Reuben's grandma. Some of the pieces are very odd. I'll have to do a bit of research to learn the intended uses for them.
I finally purchased a Kitchen Aid stand mixer! I found it for almost half-price on Gilt (BTW, if you use my link you'll get $25 off your first order and I'll get $25 off my next order!). I have waited for over two years for this. Now I can make bread without hand-kneading it!
And of course I have to throw in a Helen update. This little rascal started crawling last month (at 6 months old) and is starting to pull herself up onto things everything (almost 7 months old). She keeps me on my toes - she's already an expert at Getting Into Things. And she's VERY interested in my food photography.
If you'd like to read more about Helen and see pictures from my everyday life, check out my personal blog and my Instagram.
Also, let me know in the comments if you like these inspiration/life update posts, or if you'd prefer that I keep it to recipe posts.
This was originally posted on October 22, 2012 on Cooking for Seven. I enjoyed these so much last fall, and I'm excited to roast up another batch.
Perhaps I have been spared a bit of the usual hatred for Brussels Sprouts by the simple fact that my mom didn’t cook them much when we were kids. Of course I’d heard so many bad things about this leafy green that I somehow had it in my mind that they were gross and to be avoided.
Then I saw beautiful pictures of roasted Brussels Sprouts floating around the web. They didn’t looks so bad. In fact, they looked pretty good, delicious even.
So I purchased a small bag from our local health-food store and roasted them up. They. Were. So. Good. It is my firm belief that roasting will transform nearly any vegetable into something scrumptious (perhaps with the exception of beets).
These little veggies pack a pretty good nutritional punch as well. Just one cup provides over 100% of your daily intake of vitamins K and C. Perfect for a pregnant me.
If you are an avid Brussels Sprouts hater and have never tried roasting them, may I suggest purchasing a small bag and giving it a try. There’s not much to lose, and you may find that you love (or at least don’t hate) them.
Note: this is a method, not a recipe with specific ingredient amounts. Tailor it to your own tastes!
This spring I vowed that I would buy heaps of peaches to freeze for the winter months. I've tried buying out-of-season peaches before, and they are flavorless.
Summer was coming to a close and I hadn't secured my peaches, and the price at the grocery store was prohibitive. I was resigned to another peachless winter. Then, I realized that the co-op was selling lugs of peaches. Of course I bought one.
Am I ever glad I did.
I froze over half of them, we ate several of them fresh (with cream of course!), and I made this lovely jam with the rest.
It really is the easiest jam I have ever made. All that's required is throwing all (three) of ingredients into a pot and boiling for about half an hour. Then just ladle the jam into jars and refrigerate. You could also process these in a water bath to make them shelf-safe, but I prefer to keep mine in the refrigerator or freezer. I'm lazy like that.
And now, as we move into fall, I have a bit of summer preserved.
PS: My jars are Weck Tulip jars. I bought mine from Terrain.
1) Peel and pit the peaches, roughly chop and place in a large pot. Add the lemon juice and mash them together with a potato masher to desired consistency (I don't like my jam too chunky).
2) Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil, stirring frequently, until the jam reaches about 210-220 degrees F (99-105 C) and thickens, about 25-30 minutes (I didn't bother measuring the temperature and just boiled the jam until it looked good). You can test the thickness by dropping a little bit of jam onto a cold plate.
3) Ladle the jam into sterilized jars and either cool and refrigerate/freeze or process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes (here's a how-to if you've never done a boiling water bath).
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