Mission: Cheesy Crustless Quiche

Mission: Cook a tasty dinner and eat it in my 60-minute break between a class and a meeting Ingredients in fridge: Eggs, milk, broccoli, onion, cheddar cheese The plan: Cheesy Crustless Quiche (Cheesy in a good way!) Results: A perfectly satisfying dinner, plus the next day's lunch and dinner, and the next day's breakfast. It was that good. Cheesy Crustless Quiche recipe Ingredients 5 eggs 3/4 cup whole milk 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or your favorite herbs) Salt and pepper to taste Hot sauce (optional) 1 medium onion, chopped and sautéed 1 stalk broccoli, chopped and steamed Directions Whisk eggs, milk, cheese, seasoning, ...

Divine Brown Sugar Squash Muffins

Bless the kind front desk lady at the local yoga studio for restoring my faith in the muffin. I was led into temptation when I saw the basket of warm, homemade muffins sitting so picturesquely in a basket; thank God I caved (in truth there was not even a second of hesitation on my part). I have done my best to recreate those divine mini loaves, below. I'm a devout believer in their fluffy texture, nuttiness, and warm aromas. Brown Sugar Squash Muffins recipe Makes 12 muffins Ingredients 1 ...

Jazzed-Up Granola Bars

SNOW. I may have had to dream of a white Christmas, but I'm happy to say I won't be suffering though a snowless January. A snowstorm moved through quietly this week, leaving the Midwest in a momentary standstill as the plows  fueled up.  A few cold-blooded souls grumbled as they slid deeper into their Snuggies (ok, probably more than a few souls), but the rest of us strapped in, buttoned up and en-scarved ourselves as we bounded outdoors. PLAYTIME. Snowy activities may include but aren't limited to: skiing, ...

Smooth(ie) Talk: Cashew Cream

Who knew that if you let 1 cup raw cashews soak in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes, added both to a blender with 1 cup ice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon raw honey, you'd end up with this: A dairy-free smoothie that's creamy as heck, packed with protein and pretty darn tasty. How's that for a nutty experiment?

A Syrious Love Affair: Mujadara

If you've ever worked in the food service industry, you probably know that the food with which you work becomes about 100% less appetizing after you've been on the job for a few days. I've experienced this several times. When I worked at my favorite pizza place in town, I ate maybe one slice per month. My shifts at a coffee shop ended in a mad dash home to change out of my clothes that perpetually wafted of the caffeinated brew (which did have its ...

Lessons from a Winter Salad

Yesterday, I decided to make this Blood Orange, Beet and Fennel salad from Bon Appetit Magazine. I learned a few things along the way: 1. I gained a lot of respect for the complex orb that is the orange. Never again will I agree to peel, remove the pith from, de-membrane, and segment oranges, unless I have first been given a citrus fruit crash course with a culinary great. It was an incredibly juicy half hour, and not in a good way. 2. To put it politely, I'd ...

Smooth(ie) Talk

The promising buzz of the blender as it purees my favorite ingredients, the cascade of the whipped concoction streaming into a never-big-enough cup, the simple satisfaction of the blended beverage as I take the first sip. Perfection. I'm the first to admit, I have a bit of an obsession with smoothies. Smoothies and I go way back to 8th grade when a classmate rattled off her demonstration speech in our public speaking class. I don't remember any of the other speeches that year (except mine, which was ...