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.
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.
What do you do when you are having a honeymoon hangover and feeling a little like you aren’t getting the appropriate Vitamin D and excitement levels in your life? You whisk yourself and your husband off to a local getaway to ease the pain. At least that’s what we did. Just three weeks after our return from the honeymoon we were wander-lusting so hard that we booked a last minute weekend in New York City. After arriving at our Paris-inspired hotel, The NoMad, which had us flashing back to our European stays, we embarked on a tourist filled couple of days in our own backyard. We never take the time to explore New York City from a tourist perspective because we often take for granted that it’s “our city”. But, we realized we knew so little of the history of it that it was a perfect opportunity to pretend like newbies!
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!).
I can’t believe I missed super snowstorm Jonas! I travelled out to Dallas for a work trip this weekend right before it hit. I was mildly upset that I didn’t get to cozy up on the couch and watch movies, go outside to make snow angels, or sip some hot cocoa. I was, however, very happy that I didn’t have to partake in any shoveling activity. The storm did manage to put a wrinkle in my plans by leaving me stranded in Dallas for an extra day. I was one of the lucky ones who managed a rescheduled flight within two days even if it did take a change of airline, two planes, and a handful of additional hours to do so.
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.
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.
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!).