The First “D” revealed and a Year End Wrap Up: Cooking

I’ve learned a lot from consciously trying to improve my cooking and try new recipes this year. There have been ups and downs… recipes that were so forgettable I didn’t even blog about them, epic failures that we threw out, and huge wins that we will keep cooking again for years. Continue reading

Cooking: Squash Fest

One of my favorite things about fall is fall produce and the return of one of my favorite CSA programs (they shut down for the summer here in AZ)- we got a TON of squash varieties last weekend so we’ve been brainstorming how to use all of this zucchini, grey squash, and yellow squash. Here’s a small sampling of the recipes we’ve been trying: Continue reading

Cooking: FALL CURRY

We are still having many 90+ degree days here in Phoenix, but on cloudy days we get nice 80 degree weather and no matter what it is still a nice respite from the 105+ weather this summer. Plus, we are getting nice fall vegetables in our CSA boxes so when we were given some of the main ingredients for fall curry I knew that would land on our menu this week. Continue reading

Cooking #8: Italian Feast

We’re interested in focusing on fresh food in our family whenever possible. That way when we’re eating ramen or boxed mac and cheese or even just string cheese and chips during tech week we feel like we’ve achieved some sort of a balance at least. Sometimes that means ordering from Bountiful Baskets, a CSA that we’ve tried a few times. This weekend, thanks to a fellow VBE, we found an even better deal on fresh produce Continue reading

Baking 41: PIE round 2: REDEMPTION (sort of…)

We bought a CSA box recently and received some cranberries. I have never had cranberries in their regular form before and since I’m not a big cranberry sauce fan but I do like cranberry juice, I thought I’d try my hand at baking a cranberry custard pie… that and we’re almost at the end of this project and I promised my bestie a pie when I started this blog a year ago, so I thought this was probably a sign to try out baking pie again. (aside from the Hipster Pie I made earlier, but that was a cracker crust so I don’t count it!) Continue reading