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Posts from the ‘In the Kitchen’ Category

Pan-seared Peaches & Steel-cut Oats

Second only to eggs, oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food. More specifically, steel-cut oats. A little crunchy, a little creamy and entirely reminiscent of my childhood. My mom used to make me oatmeal or cream of wheat for breakfast during the colder months of the school year and it was awesome. Unfortunately, due to my body’s love/hate relationship with gluten, cream of wheat is out of the picture. But, I still reach for oatmeal whenever the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Here’s one of my favorites.

Peaches and steel cut oats

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Banana “Ice Cream”

When it comes to chips, cookies or fried foods, I really don’t have much trouble passing them up. But, one unhealthy treat that I have a borderline unhealthy relationship with is ice cream. No matter the weather or time of day, I can always go for a scoop (or two) of ice cream, which is why this recipe is an absolute staple for me.
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A 25¢ Snack {Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas}

Chickpeas are versatile, delicious and inexpensive. In addition to making hummus, a new favorite snack of mine is roasted chickpeas. Sweet or savory, you can flavor them either way. In this case, they’re savory with a little kick.

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Homemade Hummus

Making your own hummus is one of those things that lots of bloggers, like Money Saving Mom and Food Babe recommend for some very good reasons. 1) When you buy Sabra, one of the most popular brands, you’re actually buying from Pepsi Co., a company that has donated $1.7 million against GMO labeling. And, 2) the savings are sort of unbelievable – 25¢ can either get you 2 tbsp of store-bought hummus or 21 tbsp (~ 1.5 cups) of homemade hummus. Add these reasons to the ability to control your own flavor and texture, as with most things homemade, and I was sold on the idea.

Finished hummus

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Pass the water please.

While many people have refrigerators that also act as water dispensers, we are still a Brita pitcher household. This means a couple of things; 1) the pitcher is convenient to have at the dinner table, but unattractive and 2) you have to remember to refill it. Well, #1 sort of annoys me and with regard to #2, I’m admittedly the drink-the-last-drop-and-leave-the-Brita-empty culprit in our house. So, I decided to turn my last screw-top bottle of white wine into a quick and cute bottle for serving water at the dinner table.

Table Top water bottle

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poblano turkey burgers + black bean & corn salad

It was a fantastic coincidence that it was Arizona’s restaurant week during our visit. As a result, we ate tons of different food in Scottsdale – so much of it was amazing (if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know this). But, it’s no coincidence that since my return to the east coast, I’ve been craving southwest food in a big way. So last night I recreated some of the flavors I was already missing with roasted poblano turkey burgers and a black bean and corn salad.

My plate

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Organized Cooking

After I graduated from college, I started cooking more frequently. And, I’m lucky enough to have lots of people in my family who have passed down recipes so my collection grew quickly. For a while I kept my recipes on top of the fridge, then in a drawer, then in a folder, and eventually in a three-ring binder. Recently I’ve outgrown my 1 inch three-ring binder and had to move into a larger one. Here’s how I keep all of my recipes, and in turn, my kitchen semi-organized.

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