September 2013

Kalua Pork Pizza

When I was growing up, when it came to pizza, we were a strict pepperoni and mushroom family. When I got to be a teenager, I started to feel the urge to rebel and added black olives and fresh tomatoes. And then…then it happened. I broke my father’s heart. I got married and made the switch to Hawaiian. You know, Canadian bacon (because nothing says “Hawaii” like the name of a country that’s famous for its chilly weather and rugged …

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Curried Cashew Quinoa Salad

From the time I was little, I developed a love of nuts, which I think I subtlety inherited from my father (maybe or maybe not via peanut M&M’s).  I’ve always loved Cashews in particular, but they were cemented as my most favorite nut after living in Brazil and eating them freshly picked and roasted, right on the beach.  Vendors walk around with little baggies you can buy for a buck and it’s the most amazing thing.  Cashews, with their rich, …

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Italian Chicken Roll-Ups

Sometimes I feel like I’m doing the same thing over and over again with chicken breasts. Taco chicken. Fajitas. Marinated. Again and again. It all tastes good and my family never complains, but I just get bored. Sometimes I need to do things a little differently. And then we go out to eat because the concept of thinking outside the box and doing things a little differently makes me feel like that could be the one thing that would push me over …

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Apple-Cinnamon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

When I was a little girl, one of our regular breakfast meals was “Cheese Toast.”  It was an open-faced toasted bread slice, with melted cheddar cheese on top and drenched drizzled with maple syrup.  My Mom would cut it up into little squares and I’d sop the bread around wiping up all the syrupy drips.  I always thought cheese toast was as common as Cheerios for breakfast, until my friends would come over and look on with wide eyes when the …

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Hawaiian-Style Sloppy Joes

I love me a good sloppy joe. I have only the fondest memories of sloppy joes served up at childhood birthday parties, Halloween carnivals, and in the Wilson Elementary School cafeteria. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I do remember all the other kids moaning and groaning about their sloppy joes and how freaking excited I was that it was sloppy joe day. I am Kate and I am a completely unapologetic lover of the sloppy joe. Since my kids also …

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Tomato-Basil Simmer Sauce with Roasted Garlic {For Canning!}

Kate and I are definitely lovers of sauces and spreads.  We make a mean BBQ Sauce, delectably sweet caramel, and chocolate sauces, fantastically flavorful green chili sauce and flavored butters and sandwich spreads galore.  And we get email after email after email saying, “Hey, I love this!  I want 48 bottles on my shelf all at once!  Can I can it?”  And our answer is always the same:  sorry, no dice.  Canning is a science, and it’s really important that you …

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Creamy Brie & Mushroom Pork Chops

My husband thinks it’s hilarious to talk about how he had no idea that I could cook until after we got married. As if life as a college student living in poverty with 3 roommates and no spare time is a good indicator of one’s ability to prepare healthy, wholesome, delicious, well-planned meals. The truth is that I had a lot of natural ability and good instincts when it came to cooking (I don’t mean for that to sound braggy…would …

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Asiago Sandwich Focaccia

You guys…fall is coming! Some of you might already be experiencing fall-ish weather, but it’s still, like, 104 degrees in the afternoon, so I’m just cranking up the air conditioner and burning fall candles and pretending. Living in a state of denial. It’s pretty much essential to my mental and emotional well-being. One of my favorite things to do when the weather is not like the fiery breath of Mount Doom is bake bread. Rolls and French bread and breadsticks and …

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