Clean out the fridge pizza

I’ve been really enjoying the Overnight White Bread from Flour Water Salt Yeast and have been baking a couple of loaves a week. Last week, I had baked the first loaf, but didn’t have time to bake the second loaf, so I stuck the remaining dough in the refrigerator to bake later. Two days later and I was faced with a dinner dilemma…

Cherry Crisp with Rhubarb Ice Cream

Two weekends ago, I visited my sister and we ran a half-marathon together, ate some great Cuban food, and grilled some pizzas. On the way back, I saw my parents and got some sour cherries from them. We also picked up some rhubarb along the way and after seeing a rhubarb ice cream recipe on…

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

For New Year’s Eve 2012, a bunch of us got together and ate, drank, and played games. Katie made a delicious and spicy cajun shrimp appetizer. I immediately asked for the recipe and thought about how I could incorporate this into a pasta. It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally got around to cranking this out and it turned out really well.

Potato and Kale Pizza

The weather has finally turned cold here – down into the teens during the last week or so. That spells the end of most fresh, local produce. One of the last stalwarts in gardens here in central Iowa is kale. My favorite is the long, thin lacinato kale. Here I cranked out a quick potato and kale pizza that I like to grill, but you can easily bake it in an oven.

Cinnamon Beef Noodles

I’ve been playing around with cinnamon a lot lately – simmering two types of cinnamon into a rich, warming tea, heaping it into oatmeal with dates or a touch of brown sugar – but my favorite new use is savory. Cinnamon plays a starring role in an Asian influenced broth and noodle dish I’ve adapted…

Maple Pecan Blondies

Yesterday I saw a recipe for Maple Pecan Blondies on TheKitchn and for whatever reason they captured my attention and I had to make them. I had all the ingredients, or reasonable substitutes, so I whipped them up last night. I took one look at the recipe though and decided that I wanted to cut back on the sugar…

Superbowl Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last night I had people over to my house to watch the Super Bowl and decided to make a light and spicy chicken dish. I really like chicken lettuce wraps, but I’ve only eaten them at restaurants. I figured that I could make them pretty easily at home, so…

What I’m eating this week

I’m on a health kick at the moment. After one night with a co-worker and her juicer I bought one for myself. My first home juicing experience…

Lamb Ragù with Wide Noodles

I recently found a new farm at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market that raises and sells some of the best lamb I’ve ever cooked or eaten, Hedgeapple Farm. They raise Icelandic and Icelandic Cross sheep for meat and fiber.

Eggnog with Bourbon

A few years ago, I adapted Alton Brown’s eggnog recipe to my tastes and the ingredients I had on hand that day. I wrote the recipe down, but then I forgot about it and didn’t make it for awhile.

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