Springtime Broccoli Cheese Soup with Peas & Scallions (gluten-free, vegetarian)

I think I’m confused. With triple digits in this week’s forecast, it’s not exactly the season for soup, and yet it’s sort of all I can think about these days. It’s so simple. And it makes such stellar use of those CSA veggies that are threatening slime in the crisper drawer. I always have the best intentions. Really, I do. Last night we sat down to piping bowls of this favorite chowder, light on the milk and bulked up with a few handfuls of sweet, leafy spigarello. Before that, it was a fuschia-hued dream of beets whirled with Indian spices and cool yogurt. (That’s coming soon. Get excited.) And then there’s this broccoli number. It’s everything you love about that characteristically autumnal amalgamation from The Sizzler — and can we all agree that there is something decidedly endearing about said amalgamation? — but it’s freshened up. Lightened up. Dressed up. For spring. It all starts with a bouquet of bright, sharp scallions, ever so briefly caramelized in a bath of nutty butter. Plus broccoli. A lot of it, because it’s the very fact that broccoli is the driver (to cheese’s passenger) that makes this soup so bright and lovely. Or … Read More

Masala Roasted Sunchokes with Feta, Mint & Lemon (gluten-free)

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!  Have you entered our Luv Yo Momma giveaway yet? No? So I guess you don’t wanna win a Breakfast in Bed set from Q Squared, then. Ok. Up to you. (Check it out!) Confession number one. I just ate a pop tart. Well, ok, some non-GMO, organic approximation of a pop-tart, but it hit all the same pop-tarty notes. Scalding hot, jammy inside. Crackling sugary crust. It was all sorts of delicious. I want another. Maybe in time I’ll DIY some for the bliggy. Confession number two. I’m about half a pound into these sunchokes (salty after sweet, duh), which are also called Jerusalem artichokes, or — as I’ve recently learned — fartichokes, based on their reputation as a gastrointestinal nightmare. Fortunately, when I say recently learned, I don’t mean firsthand. I think scarfing down gobs of cauliflower and curries may have strengthened my tummers, because these guys ain’t got nothing on me. I mean, a Chipotle bowl packs more poison. But that’s just me. If you’re in the same boat, then you’re a lucky little devil, because sunchokes are DEE. LICIOUS. They crisp up beautifully on the outside while … Read More

Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Crispy Chorizo & Maple Cream (gluten-free, veggie variation)

First, big thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway of “The Paleo Foodie”! I was happily blown away by your collective passion for leading (or learning more about) a paleo lifestyle. Any diet that gives lamb chops and butter a fatty thumbs up is A-OK with me. (Confession: I might be a little emoji dependent. I might be a little sad I can’t pictorally A-OK this biznit. *Emoji tearface*) And, bigger congrats to our randomly selected winner, Heidi K. I know you’ll love checking out Arsy’s arsynal — nyuck nyuck— of nummers paleo recipes. 🙂 So let’s quickly talk ‘taters. Should we call them Easter ‘taters? Why not. We called these dudes Christmas Eggs and nobody gave a tiddlywink. Also, there’s a good chance I’ll be putting plenty of these ‘taters in my face this weekend, so it’s totally appropriate. These are some of the tastiest sweet potatoes I’ve ever eaten ever. And you might have noticed I eat kind of a lot of sweet potatoes. They’re so damn versatile, I put them in chili and waffles and gnocchi and burgers — but this is more of a spotlight situation. They’re sweet potatoes disguised as nothing more than themselves. Well, maybe a nip-tucked version of … Read More

“The Paleo Foodie” cookbook GIVEAWAY (and Spicy Parsnip Hummus)

{This contest is now closed. Thanks so much for your entries — and congrats to our winner, Heidi K! } Food blogging is kind of an interesting gig. And to be honest, I’ve struggled with the term “food blogger” a lot. For one, it seems we’re a dime a dozen. Even good food bloggers (I’ll use that descriptor loosely and without assumption that I do/not fit into the category) are available in abundance. There are just a lot of folks out there — a plethora, even (love that word) — who do a fine job of experiencing the world through their mouth-holes. And who communicate those experiences so beautifully, eloquently — and often times with great humor. It’s hard to find your voice. Your place in the pack. I’m still figuring it out. Happily, the thing about blogging is that it has all the camaraderie of a team sport. Sure, you can operate entirely in a vacuum (whereby one enjoys a Friday night sharing only in the company of tacos and Parenthood), but you’re surely never alone. If you put yourself out there, you begin to realize that those “dime a dozen” folks you mentioned earlier are actually your peers. Your pals. And you can turn … Read More

Coconut Curried Sausage & Veggie Gumbo (gluten-free)

It’s Fat Tuesday tomorrow! And in case you’re curious how much restraint was required to skip calling it Phat Tuesday, well, 1) buttloads and 2) look how well that worked out. IT’S PHAT FAT TUESDAY TOMORROW! Because if fried and fatty shenanigans aren’t pretty hot and — oh yes — tempting, then I don’t know what is. (LIE. I know what is. Did you guys watch the Oscars? Jessica Biel is neither fried nor fat but girlfriend looked TASTY.) Speaking of tasty, did you happen to catch my 10 Drool-worthy Mardis Grad Recipes post on Full Circle last week? It’s full of cuh-razy shiggles like these Cheesy Cajun Fries with Grilled Corn, Guacamole & Bacon from Half Baked Harvest. Did all those words just happen in the same title? Yes. And it feels good. Real good. Anyweighhhh. Somehow I pulled together that mini roundup last week and realized I didn’t have a single P&Q recipe to contribute. Nutzohs, right? A holiday dedicated to getting chubby and the self-proclaimed Piggy McPiggerson comes up short? Travesty. But it’s cool, dumbo. Cuz I’m making gumbo! Nothing fancy, mind you. I didn’t even mess with the chicken and shrimp and made a beeline straight to the good … Read More

Creamy Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Soup (gluten-free)

Soups on! Does anyone say that anymore? Did anyone say that ever? Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup? When you’re sick, when you’re chilled, when you’re feeling too lazy for real cooking but somewhere inside your domestic diva urges you to persist? That damn diva. She sure can be a pesky mofo. Will the questions ever stop? Nah, and unfortumunnately they likely won’t become more interesting. It’s the nature of blogging. Eventually, you run out of things to say. Sors. SOUP! Amazingly, this simple, creamy wonder doesn’t employ a smidge of cream — and when it comes down to it, the cheese factor is even pretty responsible. Like, three ounces for four servings? Come on, we’re practically talking diet food here. (What? There’s WINE in this soup? Freaking alchies. Who DOES that?) But really. Brown some bacon. Saute some veg. (Leeks are all the rage in my CSA box these days.) Into the pot with potatoes, stock and, yep, summa dat fermented grape drink. And then comes the fun part: hellloooooooooo immersion blender. Literally, a stick with a little spinny thing on it that blends soup right in the pot. I know this isn’t rocket science, … Read More

Grapefruit, Gorgonzola, Pear & Parsley Salad (gluten-free)

Game of Thrones warned me: Winter is here! Really! I mean, I’ve been in my CaliBubble for a while, but would you believe the rest of the country is not suffering from a record-breaking drought? If you saw the gigantor snowflakes bombing the asphalt outside my pal’s window right now, there’d be no question. It’s full-blown waynter. (And here I thought the Snowpocalypse was just YA for the forthcoming albino zombie takeover. “Just,” of course, being used super loosely because, duh, I would totally read that.) Anyway. Food! So while I’m here in Minneapolis getting snowed in, I thought yooz guise might want to celebrate summa the fresher flavors of winter with this super refreshing, decidedly seasonal salad. It’s so flippin’ tasty, boyz, you don’t even know. But you will know in approximately 5 minutes, because that’s about how long it’ll take you to prep a grapefruit, chop a pear and bust out your gorg-iest gorg. The bluer the better. (Although if you’re not a blue cheese fan, I’ll endorse a feta substitute. Salty tang, ain’t no thang.) The other key to the delectably balanced flavors of this salad? Plenty of fresh, verdant parsley (flat-leaf, please!) and good olive oil. … Read More

Pig n’ Prairie Pasta (Rigatoni with Easy Bacon & Bison Bolognese)

We’re watching Dexter these days. I hope you understand why that means my posts have been a bit sporadic lately. I’m sure it also explains why I’m hearing the words I’m typing in the voice of Michael C. Hall. Is it still your own inner monologue if it’s in the voice of someone else? In case you’re wondering, it’s still happening. I feel like we hardly even know each other anymore, you guys. So I’m going to try to change that. Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to these days, outside of the kitchen: As we discussed, I’m eyeballing a lot of this guy (bonus points for showing that creme filling who’s boss): And attempting to do more of this: I booked a trip to here for February: (That’s Minneapolis people. And yes, February. Because paste tasted good in kinnygarten.) And here for March: (PDX, yo) And I’m hoping to coordinate a little girls weekend here for April: (Let’s drink wine and Take-a-Napa Valley) I bought these for a STEAL: (Backstory: Kevin is like, “So I read this HuffPost article about how TJ Maxx has great finds on high-end designer shoes. When have you ever seen high-end designer … Read More

Veggie Joe Sliders (totally vegan-able!)

It’s been a while. I don’t even know where to begin. Should we start with the whole I’ve been sick excuse? I already pulled that one a few months back? Oh. Damn. How about these holidays be craycray? More relevant? Phew. Now we can get onto the good stuff. Have you guys finished your Christmas shopping? Have you baked, like, a smack-ton of cookies all stacked pretty-like in cellophane bags and tied up with variegated twine? Have you totally out-Elf-Shelf’d the crap out of your neighbors yet? (I swear, about 93% of any enthusiasm I have for being a parent one day revolves around out-Elfin’ the other carpool moms.) I haven’t done any of those things, if it makes you feel better, and we’re cutting it pretty freaking close. So, you know, chickens. No heads. Chaos. All those things. Here’s what I did manage to squeak out while helping to host a happy hour in The Citay a couple of weeks ago: Sliders. Sloppy ones. Of the veggie variety. And they were oh-so-tasty and super chill to prep. A heap of veggies. A wealth of salty, sweet and tangy flaves. All piled onto toasty, golden rolls and brightened with verdant cilantro. … Read More

Creamy Baked Eggs with Chimichurri (Christmas Eggs! w/ gf option)

This week has been a whirlwind. I’d point out my lack of posting, but perhaps you’ve already noticed? We learned a few days ago that Chris will be starting a new job in two weeks (he’s such a smartie!), we’re toying with the idea of moving (locally, but is moving ever easy?) — and after months of anticipation research, we finally sealed the deal on some new wheels for this little lady. Which begs the question: where was this heated steering wheel thing when I was driving to work in Level 3 snow emergencies a few years ago? Or 4WD, for that matter? Doing things backwards is fun. Happily, Thanksgiving weekend also marked the arrival of a snazzy 6′ Noble Fir, which is looking positively handsome in his Christmas skirt and wing-ed angel top hat. He’s a classy dude. And he’s totally rocking big, floppy plaid bows like it’s 1991. And a few well-placed My Little Ponies, just to keep things kitschy. We’ve even got this grapevine twine garlandy thing going on in all its Pottery-Barn-meets-actual-barn glory. It’s so freaking hip in here, you guys. I can’t even. And I don’t know about you, but once the tree goes up, … Read More