Top of the morning to you all! Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I am celebrating this American Irish holiday on the blog today. For the past three years I have shared out my unique recipe for Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage. It’s still a great option for your St. Patty’s Day festivities however; I thought it was time to add another option to your menus.
This recipe is a long time coming. It has been a staple for dinner parties at my house for a few years but, I have yet to have the time to photograph to share! Typically, I’m in the midst of preparing a multi-course meal (Which I still was this time) and I either forget or don’t have the lighting to photograph.
When I started on this whole blogging journey, I was not a computer whiz, a website developer, a photographer or a true chef by any stretch of the imagination (For the record, I am still none of the above). My work was truly cut out for me! Starting a blog can be extremely overwhelming, but definitely exciting.
Last week I did my first ski (Or snowboard in my case) trip to Killington, Vermont. My husband and I rented a house with our sister and her boyfriend. It was a fun yet, relaxing couple of days. We used VRBO to search for and rent a townhouse right in the Killington resort. If you don’t already know about VRBO, it’s a great service similar to Airbnb. I have had fantastic experiences with their website and renters, this time included. But, today’s post isn’t about rental properties; it’s about meal prepping for a group. In order to save us from constantly driving in the snow, trying to hail a cab (Uber doesn’t exist yet in Killington!), and keep the costs down; I worked on cooking up some big meals that were easy to transport and good for a family of people.
I’ve been doing a variety of meal delivery services in the past few months (More to come on these in another post). I originally ordered them because I got a great deal on the first week’s subscription and it took the brainwork out of cooking for half of the week. While the convenience is still a major contributing factor for why I continue, one of the other many benefits is cooking inspiration. I have have learned more about cooking techniques with specific ingredients. I have used recipe components in other ways that I thought to in the past. I have also worked on some recipes with ingredients I haven’t used at all in the past. Today’s recipe stems from one of those experiences.
I had to share at least one pumpkin recipe for the season. So today is that day! I’m at the tail end of my farmer’s share for the year and we are getting lots of fun harvest vegetables each week, this even included a sugar pumpkin a few weeks ago. While my gut reaction was to make a pumpkin pie, I made a last minute direction change. With all the Halloween candy floating around and my recent addiction to caramel apples (Someone send help!), I decided having one less sweet around might be a good idea.
This week is going to be a duo of recipes to use up those garden produce! First is a build on to the last two recipes I posted (Buttermilk Avocado Dressing and Sweet Corn and Zucchini Cakes). I experimented eating the corn cakes quite a few ways. Eating them alone for lunch worked just fine. A side for a summer steak dinner was delicious as well. But, my favorite variation was my little bowl creation. I always see recipes for veggie packed “bowls” on Pinterest these days and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try whipping up one of my own.
I tried not to make you all wait too long for an idea of what to dallop that creamy buttermilk avocado dressing I put up earlier this week. For those of you who have already tried it, you most likely know it can really be used on and with anything. But, I know I sometimes need kitchen inspirations so here is my gift to all of you.
My food life lately has consisted of asking myself what healthier meal option can I make for dinner in the fastest amount of time?
So often my weeknights are filled with long commutes and traffic home from work and running necessary errands. It’s a miracle that I’m able to put dinner on the table some nights but I always seem to manage. I envy people who are satisfied with just pouring a bowl of cereal and considering that a meal. My problem is that the very thought of something so mundane for dinner is depressing. My whole afternoon consists of the anticipation of dinner. It’s the next best thing after lunch has come and gone (spoken like a true food lover!). For example, knowing I might have a rendition of the Spanish classic, paella, for dinner which is a dish bright with flavor from the vegetables and peppery spices is exciting. It’s certainly more of a happy ending to the day then a simple bowl of cheerios (at least in my mind!).