It’s time for another mystery dish challenge! Our host this month was Christine over at I Dig Pinterest. She came up with a great list of ingredients, and I was excited to see spinach and cream cheese which go so well together.
I love spinach! I buy one of those gigantic 1 lb tubs of organic spinach each week, and throw some in everything we eat all week; sandwiches, eggs, soups, smoothies (shhh!). I’m pretty blessed that my kids tolerate my throwing greens at them constantly, and they eat them with minimal complaint. But if I bake the spinach into cheesy squares, they will consume them with a gusto normally reserved for sweets. Continue reading
I am a little late to the date party. For so long, years even, I have been seeing recipes around the web that use dates. I essentially ignored them because: (1) I didn’t know what a date was; (2) I didn’t know even where to buy them; and (3) I’ve never had one so I probably wouldn’t like it. (It is hard to get outside my little box.)
So literally the dates had to jump in front of my face one day in the produce department of my local supermarket. I happened to see them, pick up the package to find they are quite reasonably priced ($5/lb) and dried without sulfites(yay!). Into the cart they went.
My oh my, what I have been missing. Continue reading
Do you have plans Friday? Are you planning to brave the crazy crowds at a restaurant? Here’s a tip for all those married to frugal minded Dave Ramsey type wives, buy the bouquet Saturday, for a fraction of the price. If I was fond of getting flowers, that’s what I’d hope my husband would do. But what can you expect from a woman who desired a photo board for her birthday?
But let’s be real, you probably shouldn’t take my advice on such matters…
If you’re staying home, there’s no reason to skimp on the special meals. An appetizer is just one way to make things a little bit special. This warm white bean spinach dip is not only creamy and delicious, but also healthy! Which leaves you plenty of opportunity to indulge in dessert.
The taste of a warm tortilla freshly cooked is out of this world! After cooling, they freeze beautifully too. Make a bunch and have a supply ready for tacos, quesadillas, wraps, enchiladas, and breakfast burritos! The list is endless, I’m always on the hunt for new tortilla ideas.
A tortilla is an unleavened bread that is quick and easy to learn how to make. However, for some reason the round tortilla eludes me. Oh the frustration! But somewhere along the line I realized that it doesn’t matter all that much, they all taste the same. I’ve learned to embrace the square or oddly angled tortillas that find themselves on my plate.
January finds our kitchen lacking much variety in the way of fruit, as my children continuously lament. Oranges are in season now, but oddly citrus usually makes me think of warmer seasons. A little thought of warmth can never hurt as we huddle around the heating vent during this frigid spell.
To distract us from the cold as we close out the month of January, it’s time for another mystery dish challenge!
What is comfort food?
My family and I enjoyed a lively debate about just what exactly constitutes comfort food. We came up with a very broad list, from pancakes to salads. My husband declared “I think it is supposed to be stews and pot roasts…all the stuff I don’t like.”
Hmm. If you don’t like it, perhaps it’s not comforting?
Yes, clearly comfort food should be food you like. My conclusion is that whatever food makes you happy, be that sushi or the Christmas peppermints hidden in the cabinet, is comfort food. It is also evidently an individual choice. For the record, I love both stew and pot roast. Pleasing everyone can be complicated.
However, who won the debate and decided this dish? Well I am the one with the food blog Continue reading
We decided to paint inside our house after seven years. When we moved in the house was just built and the entire interior freshly painted. White. Eggshell. Lovely non-washable eggshell paint. Yeah, with three kids that worked out great.
So why did we wait 7 years to paint if our walls were clearly an embarrassing collection of fingerprints and other unidentifiable marks? We were totally paralyzed by choosing a color. In our previous house we had made some, shall we say.. bold.. color choices, which looked far more appealing in the design book than it did on our walls. I think the experience left us slightly scarred.
Which is why I love food. I can try something new without risk of having to live with it for years. Like when I realized I was tired of rolling my graham crackers thin, and wanted something sturdier and crunchier. Less rolling means less time making them. Using my original recipe I shaped the graham crackers thicker and baked them a bit longer. Voila, the perfect graham cracker to scoop up a dip.
It’s January 8th, have you broken your resolutions yet?
One of the most popular New Year’s Resolution is eating healthy, followed by saving money. Veggie Potstickers will help you accomplish both, a meatless fare that will still fill you up. Easy too, using store bought wonton wrappers. This recipe makes what seems to be a lot, but in my family we are always fighting for the last one.
Well, slowly fighting as we attempt to maneuver food into our mouths using chopsticks. We use them on a fairly regular basis, and I think we are not half bad at it. Using chopsticks definitely slows down the eating process, which is not a terrible thing. It’s also pretty good for a laugh.
Wow, 2013 is officially over. Before we dive right into 2014, I want to recap the most popular Well Floured Kitchen Recipes from the past year. It was fun for me to see which recipes were well liked and they are definitely not all what I would have predicted. Continue reading