Today I’m here to save you all from having to brainstorm a last minute Thanksgiving contribution for your celebrations! This is an easy as pie, 4 ingredient recipe that can be used as an appetizer or to supplement the dinner’s bread baskets.
This recipe has Sunday cooking written all over it! It’s warm, it’s comforting, it can feed the whole family and boy is it delicious. I was stuck by a massive craving for shepherd’s pie last week. And since I do all the cooking, what Missy wants, Missy gets!
On the heels of the honorable announcement that Star Tavern has been awarded the title of #2 Best Pizzeria in America voted by the American public themselves on The Daily Meal, it seemed only fitting that I would finally share my love for this restaurant.
What do you do when you get invited to five fantastic weddings for close friends and family while trying to plan and pay for your own? You accept them all and figure it out of course! At least, that’s what my fiancé and I have done this past year. We are blessed to have so many great people surrounding us and to be asked to share in so many special days. However; the both exciting and daunting part of this year’s festivities was that four of the weddings happened to be out of state. We wanted to do everything we could to make it work financially without compromising our savings for our own big day!
If you’re looking for an easy Sunday Funday recipe to feed the football crowd huddled around your TV, today’s recipe is the answer! I’m always offering for friends and family to come to our house to watch the football games. I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s my escape technique from watching the games (I know… blasphemy! I don’t enjoy watching football…) But, if I host the gathering, it gives the appearance that I enjoy it and I can hide away in the kitchen cooking up food for everyone. It’s also a good opportunity to try out recipes on people 😉
There’s something about short ribs that just encompasses the true meaning of comfort food. I’ve cooked it quite a few different ways (take a look at this BTP recipe from last winter for another inspirational idea) and yet it always transforms the dish into a stick to your ribs, hearty dinner. It could be the way that the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender when slow cooked. It could also be that the beef provides another dimension of flavor in any sauce you cook it in. It could also be that it tends to be best served over scrumptious starchy sides like polenta, potatoes and pasta. But whatever the reason may be I have found that short ribs are quickly becoming my crowd pleaser weekend meal for all occasions.
The chill is starting to creep into the air but, that isn’t slowing down all the events around the state! This month is all about the booze. At least you know the events will be keeping you warm
It’s hard to believe it’s been a full month since I embarked on my first trip to Sonoma, aka wine country! I’ve been a wine enthusiast since my first wine knowledge class I took as an elective during college (I was a hospitality major –wine class was par for the course!). Prior to this introduction, my familiarity with wine went about as far as knowing what Franzia white zinfandel in a box was (oh, college…). By the time this class ended I had graduated to loving wines and my days of only sipping on Franzia quickly came to an end (No offense to all you Franzia lovers out there!) In the years since that class, my interest in wine has continued to grow. I would not group myself into the category that considers all wines to be created equal however; I am a far cry from any type of wine expert. What I’ve come to realize is that I just love to learn about all things wine. I try not to get too hung up on the price point or even the popularity of the wine label. If I like the taste of the wine, it’s good enough for me; no matter the varietal, region, terroir etc.
Cauliflower has become one of my new favorite ingredients. It’s so versatile and healthy. It has such a mild flavor that works perfectly as a canvas to add spices and mold into your own masterpiece meal. On one of the first cold nights of this season I whipped up this soup to bring up my temperature a bit! I also had received an immersion blender for my birthday and was dying to use it! (It’s a miracle worker by the way!).The bisque was deceivingly healthy because it tastes so creamy and comforting. But with little more than vegetables and spices composing the dish, this recipe is definitely a clean eating meal (It also happens to be gluten free, dairy free, and paleo for all you special dieters out there!).
I’m bringing you a fun little giveaway for your start to the weekends! Enter for a chance to win a $200 Target giftcard. This could mean getting a new gadget for your kitchen, getting a kickstart for Christmas shopping, and in my case walking in and buying a million things you didn’t even know you needed (Target gets me everytime!).