October 2010

So…when I was a little kid, I had a pet goldfish. During this time, my mom instructed me never, ever, ever to put my toothbrush down on the bathroom counter because I would surely get salmonella poisoning. Well, in the 29 years and 11 months that I’ve been alive, I’ve had fish for about 2 1/2 of those years, I do not currently have fish, and yet I am physically incapable of putting my toothbrush down on any kind of …

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Posted in Fruit, How To..., Sara

The other day I stopped by my friend Britanie’s house to borrow a book and she also sent me home with some beautiful pomegranates that she got from Bountiful Baskets. (Those of you in the Boise area, my friend is also the coordinator for a new pick-up location right here!  I believe it begins mid November in Meridian.) I thought this would be the perfect time to take some pictures and do a quick tutorial. Pomegranates show up in stores …

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Two weeks ago, I decided I needed to practice our Better Homes and Gardens cook-off recipe one more time before the big day, so we did a test run of burgers and s’mores (which were not part of the cook-off, but it was the first time in 6 months we could light a fire without immediately wanting to die). My friend Jeni brought fries and with them, she brought what was hands-down one of the best dipping sauces I’ve ever …

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Posted in General News

In case you have been stranded in a jungle without internet connection for the past week or so, we spent a couple of days last week in Des Moines, IA at the test kitchens of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. We had so much fun with the kind folks from both Better Homes and Gardens and Walmart, and the crew from NMS who helped arrange the event. Not to mention our fellow Cook-Off Companions! Here’s some highlights: First of all, …

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Sara and I are on our way home from Des Moines today! If you haven’t had a chance to vote today in the Better Homes and Gardens cook-off and you’re feeling the urge, please click here to vote for us. And don’t forget to enter the current giveaway for the Non-stick Porcelain Cookware! Somehow, in the 2 1/2 years that we’ve been doing this blog, we’ve never posted a bread pudding. I’ve had it on the calendar so many times …

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People ask me all the time how I come up with recipes.  Sometimes I base things off of foods I’ve tried somewhere and try to replicate, sometimes it’s just blending flavors that sound good together, sometimes I daydream about food, sometimes it’s completely accidental, and often- it just happens out of necessity!  This is one of those out-of-necessity recipes.  I was in serious need of a grocery store trip (which are getting few and far between now that I’m a …

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It seems like everyone I know had a magical experience during their first couple of years at college. Or maybe that’s just a stereotype and I don’t really know what everyone else was experiencing, but I do know that for me, it was hard. Like…worse than middle school (I actually have very happy middle school memories–I don’t know if that makes me freakish!). For those first two years, I felt lost, like I had no idea who I was or …

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For a lot of years I was scared of anything involving a candy thermometer. It just all seemed so hard and complicated, not to mention dangerous (If you didn’t know, I tend to be a bit accident prone in the kitchen. And in life in general.) But then I tried it and discovered it wasn’t scary at all. In fact it’s the opposite (the opposite of scary being not scary. Just FYI.) Candy thermometers are super cheap and you can …

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