cooking a turkey

Week Night All Star: Vol 4

Cooking is my most favorite past time. When I have infinite time to do it, it’s even more enjoyable. The time you invest prepping your staple ingredients, always pays off. What I mean is this, if fresh vegetables are washed, peeled/trimmed and stored at eye level in the fridge you’re more likely to incorporate them in your dishes. When eggs are hard boiled and shelled, I’m apt to reach for one as a quick snack in a pinch. Anytime I’ve boiled or roasted chicken, I make homemade chicken salad. By simply adding salt, pepper, freshly chopped parsley and scallions, you’ve dressed up an otherwise boring dish. I’m not a fan of eating the same meal on repeat throughout the week. With a little planning, I can assemble healthy meals from the bits and bobs that have been prepared in advance. In my opinion, nobody does this better than Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology.

Roasted cauliflower, carrots, red onion and sweet potatoes
Ground turkey with sautéed broccolini, yellow peppers and carrots
Shredded chicken breasts with parsley
Roasted celery, carrots, sweet potatoes and red onion with scallions and parsley

In each of the pictures above, the meals came together in minutes because I invested time on the front end. By prepping my ingredients before hand, i.e. – chopping vegetables and herbs, that’s one less thing to do when my boys are T-Minus from eating the house down.

kitchen spoons

Ride or Die Vol. 1

This edition of Ride or Die is focused on the kitchen tools every cook should have. Here they are in no particular order: hand mixer, classic chef’s knife, knife sharpener, wooden spoon, slotted metal spoon, vegetable peeler, milk frother, measuring cups and spoons, mandoline, cutting board with deep well, and a citrus juicer.

Allow me to elaborate a touch:

Using a frother gives this home barista latte vibes and I’m HERE for it!

I adore home made chocolate chip cookies, don’t associate with anyone who doesn’t matter of fact. Measuring spoons and cups ensure accuracy a baker needs while a hand mixer gives me total control over the batters consistency. #TypeA #OCD #ControlFreak

Vegetables, fresh ones, require a bit of effort upon purchase. I prep all veggies straight away. This could entail peeling them, rinsing, drying, or keeping them fresh in containers, some full of water (i.e. carrots, celery, etc). Thanks for that pro tip, Downshiftology! I’ve noticed that when prepped vegetables are at eye level in the fridge, one is more compelled to nibble on them rather than cookies.

Week Night All Star Vol. 3

When inspo is running thin and the dinner bell is T-Minus from ringing, you gotta pull yourself together and #MakeItWork #TimGunn

This week a frozen bag of stir fry veggies were front and center, while Kikkoman stir fry sauce took this week night dish to varsity status. My tip for pulling off a spontaneous meal: listen to your fridge. If you have fresh ingredients on hand, use them up. If you have leftover bits and bobs, transform them into something new. A colorfully dressed salad will give life to tired grilled chicken. And do NOT underestimate the power of a great dressing or sauce!

I Heart Cooking

You could say I’ve loved cooking all my life. I love the connection. I love that you make a memory with the person you’re cooking with and how that memory bonds you together forever. It’s intimate. Cooking tells you things about yourself you wouldn’t know otherwise. My earliest memories with my grandma’s involved cooking, baking, or preparing a meal together. My grandmothers cooked with me and encouraged me in the kitchen at a very young age. They instilled confidence and curiosity, my fundamental building blocks in the kitchen.

treats

Pint Size Parties

As the homeroom mom for my boys, I know a thing a two about a thing or two. And those things involve PARTY SNACKS! Let’s be honest, their take away is and always will be the food…and musical chairs #CrowdPleaser. These treats are my boys personal faves; #1 Oreo Sparkle Pops, #2 Easter Pretzels, and #3 Holiday Tree. These beauties came curtesy of the ‘Pinterest Moms’. Check out my Pint Size Parties board for more inspo!

breakfast on tray

Coffee House

So my gf’s coming over for coffee and naturally I want to WOW her! I’m grinding my own coffee beans and putting on the kettle for some fabulous French Press! #boujee

If you are wondering why I go on and on about french press coffee being the SHIZZZ, it’s because it is SPECIAL! If you’re a coffee connoisseur then you already know. I put it to my Mom (who doesn’t drink coffee…hold for gasp!) like this, it’s like comparing a knock off Louis Vuitton to the real thing. You just know! Obviously she’s a handbag girl and this scenario speaks her language.

When my friends come round I love to cook for them and send them home with treats. Today I’m baking rosemary & currant scones and serving them with an array of spreads and jams. I love them with honey, cinnamon honey butter, fig jam or Sarabeth’s Preserves.

We’ll chat about life as SAHM’s (stay at home mom) and laugh that our husbands are honorary co-chairs of NADS (National Association of Dads Society)!

Nambe Cheese Board
Bedillion honey, Sarabeth’s preserves and Dalmatia fig spread all pair well with these Rosemary & Currant Scones

Week Night Dinner Inspiration

A friend of mine could use a helping hand, and while we independent women NEVER ask for help, I’m making her family dinner this week. I’m not even kidding, I LOVE cooking for my friends! I seriously dream of starting a food truck business. #MealsOnWheels

Turn up the volume on roasted chicken by dredging it in a simple marinade over night. I tossed the split chicken breasts with ribs in a zip top bag and poured an herby garlic salad dressing to coat. Bake at 375 degrees F on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for an hour. #Voila

Roasted Split Chicken Breasts
Power greens salad with red onion, orange & yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, Sartori balsamic bellavitano cheese, and hard boiled eggs
Roasted carrots and red potatoes garnished with curly parsley
New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie