• Dessert,  Recipes

    Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd I’m slightly ashamed to say I first fell in love with lemon curd because of Marie Callender’s. The lemon meringue pie was a favorite of mine. The combination of a tart, tangy, and slightly sweet lemon curd made me weak at the knees. My lemon curd is a take on my childhood favorite but is not as sweet but just as addicting. Topped with whipped cream and it’s even better! Print Lemon Curd Tart, tangy and slightly sweet, this lemon curd goes beautifully on pound cake, angel food cake, in a pie shell, or eaten as is! Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword citrus, dessert, lemon curd, lemons Prep…

  • earthspring organics salad with summer greens, candied walnuts and goat cheese
    Breakfast,  Friday Feature,  Main Dishes,  Recipes,  Sides

    Earthspring Organics: Salad and Smoothie

    Earthspring Organics Salad and Smoothie Two of my favorite things to eat are salads and smoothies. Even though making these items from scratch may seem like a lot of work, they really aren’t! However, in order to make salads and smoothies taste delicious, I highly suggest you use high quality ingredients. I’ve recently been cooking with Earthspring Organics. Earthspring Organics is a local company (a huge bonus in my book ) that uses a hydroponic system on a vertical farm. They harvest and deliver their organic lettuces daily to offer their customers fresh products. Their products can be found in most neighborhood grocery stores including Natural Grocers, Macey’s, Dans, Dicks, Clark’s, Fresh…

  • Confessions

    Career Change

    I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my lessons and have produced great test scores. But am I happy teaching? No. I am expected to take students that are mostly below grade level and get them to grade level in 8 months.  It’s exhausting. Being the shoulder to cry on for a student whose parents are getting a divorce is exhausting. Telling students over and over the importance of respecting one another is exhausting. Planning lessons that are…

  • vegetable chili in white bowl with silver spoon
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Vegetable Chili

    Vegetable Chili Now that the weather is getting cold, it’s 100% appropriate to make one of my favorite foods: chili! While I love a good meaty chili, this one is different because it is vegetarian. Don’t worry, the absence of meat does not take away from this dish. It’s hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Print Chili Vegetable Vegetable chili is one of my favorite winter foods! Hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Course dinner, lunch Cuisine American Keyword chili, vegetable Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes Servings 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons oil 1 yellow onion diced 1 red bell…

  • chocolate cake on white plate
    Dessert,  Recipes

    The Best Chocolate Cake

    The Best Chocolate Cake The first time I made Ian Garten’s chocolate cake, I about died and went to heaven. But since I have really high standards for chocolate cake, I tweaked it a bit. I’ve been baking my version of her chocolate cake for years, and each time I make it people always exclaim how much they love it. The two secret ingredients are buttermilk and coffee. They cause the cake to be extra light and moist. An added bonus is the frosting. It’s not too sweet or buttery. It’s just perfect. Print Recipe: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake The best chocolate cake recipe is here! It's moist, chocolatey, and downright…

  • donut with chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles from parsons bakery
    Friday Feature

    Parsons’ Bakery

    Parsons’ Bakery This past weekend, the four of us went on a drive to Bountiful. Why in the world would I go to Bountiful? Well, it was to stuff my face with all things sweet from Parsons’ Bakery. Even though it was only the four of us, I bought enough to feed a family of 10. I’m one of those people that once I started ordering, I can’t stop. Owen requested a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Shocker. The toddler wanted the most colorful item in the case. Even though the plan was to sample the goodies at a local park, Owen demanded to eat his on the drive…

  • grilled octopus with fave beans and lemon piece on white plate from manolii's
    Friday Feature

    Manoli’s

    Manoli’s I’ve got to admit when I first heard of Manoli’s, I assumed it was a typical Greek restaurant that served oversized gyros, sides of lemon rice, and desserts drenched in honey. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gyro here and there but they aren’t an item I crave. Well, let me just say, my naive assumptions were wrong. Way wrong. Manoli’s offers modern Greek dishes that are full flavored, complex, and down right delicious. Since Ian and I love to try different dishes, we decided to share a few small plates. The sesame encrusted eggplant with yogurt chile cream and honey was perfectly crisp, salty, and slightly…

  • Collin standing on colorful play area in back yard
    Confessions

    Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding Well, the time has come. I’ve decided to start weaning my little guy from breastfeeding. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I actually do.  I’m just so done with pumping. I’m done with hauling my pump everywhere, always wearing a pumping bra, and feeling like a cow being milked 4 times a day. Since starting work again this week, the time has come. While pumping at home isn’t the worst thing in the world, pumping at work is. It’s terrible. I’m constantly worried that someone will unlock my room while I’m pumping (it’s happened before and yes, I had a sign on my locked door). I’m also tired…

  • Chinese pulled pork in a wrap flat bread topped with miso slaw
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork When I first made my Chinese pulled pork, Ian about died from happiness. It takes an American classic – pulled pork – and has an Asian twist by cooking the meat in traditional Asian ingredients. While the meat is great in a wrap, on a sandwich, or in a salad, it’s also great just eaten as is. I highly suggest topping it with my slaw with miso dressing. This recipe is bound to impress. I promise.   Print Recipe: Chinese Pulled Pork Pulled pork with an Asian spin! This meat is great for sandwiches, in quesadillas, on salads, or eaten as is. Topped with slaw and it's…

  • Beltex Meats Cubano sandwich
    Friday Feature

    Beltex Meats

    Beltex Meats I’m not quite sure where to begin with my love of Beltex Meats. It’s a pasture raised, whole animal butcher shop. The meat cases usually include various specialty cuts, brined pork chops, sausages, duck liver mousse, terrines, head cheese, Jamaican beef patties, sauces, soups and more. Keep in mind they don’t always offer every cut or every housemade item, but if you had your heart set on something specific, let the butcher know and they’ll offer some equally delicious alternatives. They also can guide you on how to best cook the different cuts of meat. An added bonus? They make delicious sandwiches on Saturday (usually the Cubano) and…