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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chew on This | Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Well, hello. Long time, no food.

It's been just over a month since I was last here offering up something to eat. Sorry about that. You know life, it gets life-y. Today, however, I have something so delicious, so fantastic,  so glorious...maybe you'll forgive me for my absence.

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage. Yes, that's a mouthful, but you'll dreaming of these fluffy, pillowy gnocchi. You'll callously and unabashedly lick the brown butter from your fingers. And crispy sage...it's like the best potato chip you've ever eaten. But better. 

I made these gnocchi with a gluten free flour mix. Mimi made them with regular all purpose flour. Both recipes worked brilliantly. So do as you will when you make them. I have made several batches. Lots have been eaten. Lots have been frozen, then eaten. All have been stupendous  And of course, they would be a fantastic addition to your Thanksgiving or holiday table.



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chew on This | Carrot Coconut Soup

This fall season is just so fantastic! As I write this, the sky is a brilliant blue, leaves are fluttering on a cool wind, and the day is unfolding in such a lovely, slow way. Shortly, I'll be making another batch of this Carrot Coconut Soup, which will take me approximately 30-ish minutes. A perfectly short interval of time spent in the kitchen today so that the family and I will have plenty of time to do all the things, or none of the things, we plan to do today. 

Later, when the sun lowers and the light turns a pinky-orange, we will dig into a warm bowl of fall color. Cozying us from the inside-out. 


Here's our recipe:

The amount of time you spend making this soup will not prepare you for the amazing flavor that will simmer forth. Simple preparation with spectacular results. Serve for a quick lunch, or dinner, with a side salad, or as an elegant starter for dinner guests. I often double or triple this recipe and freeze the extra servings for an even snappier meal prep.

Carrot Coconut Soup
2 T butter
1 T oil
1 1/2 lbs. carrots, cleaned and cut into one inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
2-3 C chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t pepper

basil pesto, for garnish

In a large stock pot, melt your butter and oil together over medium heat. Add in your carrots, salt and pepper. Cook carrots for 5 minutes before adding in your onions. Continue to cook your vegetables over medium heat, stirring often, until carrots become fork tender. Pour in your coconut milk and broth, turn the heat up to high and bring soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat and allow soup to cool enough so that you can use your immersion blender (or regular blender) to smooth the soup. Blend soup until perfectly soup. Re-warm soup to serve. Garnish with a large drizzle of pesto. Enjoy!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Chew on This | Peanut Butter, Coconut, Oat and Chip Cookies (GF)

I removed gluten from my diet six weeks ago, so of course all I want to do is slather butter onto a warm, crusty baguette and devour it without restraint. I want all the cakes, cookies, waffles, crackers, ciabatta - all the gluten filled everything. Don't I? Well, yes to the baguette (today, anyway), but pretty much no to everything else. 

I have been experimenting and have made some really awesome gluten free replacements for many of the things that I crave. These cookies are no exception. They're crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. They really don't need to be designated gluten free cookie - they're just fabulous cookies. 



Here's our recipe:

Peanut Butter, Coconut, Oat and Chip Cookies (GF)

3/4 C granulated sugar
1 1/2 C peanut butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free)
3/4 - 1 C shredded coconut
1 C chocolate chips
1 1/2 t vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray several cookie sheets with baking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of your ingredients until completely combined. Using a small cookie scoop, place heaping mounds of cookie dough onto your baking sheets. Put your baking sheets into the oven and bake cookies for 10-13 minutes. Allow cookies to cool slightly before eating. Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Chew on This | Honey Roasted Peaches and Brie Crostini

Happy Friday! It's Fri-Yay!!

I'm so happy the weekend is just hours away. It's been an up and down week, so I'm planning, hoping, and counting on the weekend to give us all some quiet goodness. As well, my sweet little Sprite comes home from 6th grade camp today. She's been gone since Wednesday morning and we've had no contact with her since. Students were not permitted to bring any electronic devices. So no texting or calling mom and dad to let us know how she was doing. The assistant principal, however, tweeted pictures and videos of the kids during their activities practically every hour. That was comforting, though we only saw the first really good video glimpse of our girl last night. She looked to be having a most excellent time.

My kids attend the same school I went to and graduated from years ago. I also went to 6th grade camp, the same camp The Sprite is enjoying at the moment. Lots of things have changed at the camp since I was there 100 years ago. There are better living quarters, newer, cleaner bathrooms, more activities - horseback riding, nature photography, ropes courses, and rock walls!! Much has not changed. The bonfires and sing-a-longs, getting to know your friends better, and being able to go away from home and not miss your family so much because you're having such a blast.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chew on This | Roasted Strawberry and Ricotta Crostini

If you know me, even just a bit, you know that I have a cordial relationship with vegetables. Over the years I've come to appreciate many of them, but we're certainly not going to be besties anytime soon (I'm talking to you, eggplant). 

I have found that my interest in vegetables increases exponentially when I roast them, because certainly I'm not going to chow down on a fresh, ripe tomato from my garden. No. Way. But I will make, and eat, pounds of salsa made from my gorgeous roasted tomatoes. And not only that, I'll roast more tomatoes and make them into the best, velvety Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. Seriously, tomato soup! I wouldn't have been caught dead eating tomato soup ten years ago. Ahh, acting like a grown up and eating my vegetables is sooooo mature.

Anyway, after these few years of roasting vegetables into the 'hey, I kind of like you' phase, I decided to roast some fruit into the 'hey, I might be obsessed with you' phase. No biggie, roasted strawberries and I are in love.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Chew on This | Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

A new school year has begun. The Sprite has started her career as a middle schooler. The Boy has entered his final year of elementary school. It's a new era around here.

Any schedule change takes some time for adjustment, though for the moment we all seem to be acclimating well. We've all been night owls this summer so I thought for sure we'd feel the squeeze of our school start most in the mornings. So far, so good, but I'm preparing for the heaviness of morning this week. All the excitement and shiny newness might begin to dull a bit by Tuesday.

So we're off and running into this novel season. Come what may, we'll do our ever best to not take ourselves so seriously and have a bunch of laughs! Happy New School Year!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chew on This | Cheesy Corn Dip

Now that summer has finally decided to solidly show up, it's time for the kids to get ready to return to school. Ugh! We've done some clothes and supply shopping to prepare, but I'm not quite ready to put on the brakes and shift gears. I need more summer time.

So now comes the cramming session - and I do this at the end of every summer. I get frenzied about what we haven't done yet, what we still need to experience. I want to do everything! Every single thing! Why haven't we done every single solitary thing? 

Trying to avoid panic mode, I'm sprinkling in a few more days of awesome adventure and also some lazy chill days so the kids can just hang. Friends, bikes rides, walkie talkies, and eating s'mores, also on the list. Summer magic is not going to end at this house any time  soon. Regardless of when school starts. 

Now I'm off to whistle the kids home, just like my dad used to do when my sister and I were young. I'm going to stand in the driveway, waiting for their bikes appear on the horizon. I'm going to watch as their legs furiously pump the pedals as fast as they can. And I'll hear them laughing, sweaty-faced, as they speed into the ditch and go 'air born' onto the driveway.

Yeah, I'd say we've done everything that matters. Check mark for summer fun accomplished.