Did you wake up today in need of a healthy detox that relieves cotton-mouth as a bonus? Happy New Year to you and your resolution because we have a juicing concoction worked out in our kitchen laboratory that replicates the crazy delicious True Food Kitchen’s nectar of the gods. Let me be up front about this – I do not like kale juice or kale chips. Somehow in those presentations kale tastes like food meant for gophers. One cannot ignore the health bennies of this hearty green so when TFK served up a thirst quenching, delicious kale drink, I set out to replicate it at home. read more
This might be the easiest recipe, producing the most transformative results that ever has found placement onto our little blog that could.
2 ingredients and 2 minutes
Y’all know that without guilt we can sing the virtues of dark chocolate.
Anyone need a mental boost – shopping inertia, test cramming, holiday schedule matrix, greeting card blur, cookie comas, last-minute DIY project, travel planning (did I tell you the one about booking Thanksgiving travel for the week before Thanksgiving – good fares)?
Just when you’ve barely pulled your head above water and pat your back in pride on a season well-handled – the mass of gifts glistening in the horizon – bags stacked in a disarray, unopened Amazon boxes, shipping envelopes from places you don’t recall because you ordered items way back at the first of December – that mass is our Holiday bitch, she puts the ho in holiday, she goes by the name of Wrapping.
Now let’s get a chocolate fix with peppermint bark before we crumble. read more
Leftovers need rebranding. Can we consider leftovers to be more like heightened ingredients? Super-ingredients that give us a headstart toward another meal. Uber-ingredients that are a crunchtimer’s dream. Ultra-ingredients that make miracle meals out of real food in minutes. No, they’re not leftovers at all. They’re mealstarters. Mealstarters that turn mash potatoes into potato-leek soup, stuffing into croutons, cranberry salad into smoothies, squash into soup, gravy into, well gravy turns into fat butts so that doesn’t work, but you get the picture. Now, picture your Thanksgiving turkey as a mealstarter for turkey pot pie. Pot pie that barely slices into your time. Barely slices into your time. Turkey Pot Pie. (is my Scandal binge-viewing showing? Maybe I need a “leader of the free world” reference).
If you have a secret stash of puff pastry in your fridge or a crafty pie pastry recipe plus a previously cooked bird - you can make this family pleasing meal right now. It takes only a few basic ingredients. read more
Are you excited as I am for Thanksgiving or are you starting to dread it? Maybe that depends on your role.
Will you be a guest, a potluck participant, or the sole cook this Thanksgiving? They all require effort, just in different ways. As guests, we’re still on the hook for at least a bottle of wine – because “just bring yourselves” is code for “please, a fine chardonnay that I will drink from a measuring cup held by my tarnished manicured hands, when you all have gone.” Guests must also brush up on scintillating table conversation and effusive comments about the fare, while looking stunning. Are we ready?
Potluckers work on their signatures dishes. I’m in this category most years and well, I find, my conversation is less scintillating and more often about the signatures dishes. I mean how many conversations can I start about gravy separators and potato ricers? I promise to work on that this year.
The sole cooks – well you are our Thanksgiving heroes and it is to you that this post is dedicated with two simple sides that bring color to your table and calm to your soul. A peace offering for last week’s stuffing challenge.