My friend C makes the BEST spaghetti, and I know it is because she takes the time to properly sautee her onions, garlic and other herbs before making her homemade sauce. For someone like me who rushes through cooking on a good day, that's an impressive feat. I normally make semi-homemade meals, which consist of tomato sauce mixed with a bunch of my herbs and a hope for the best! Still, I had no idea that there were so many ways to prepare spaghetti.
Pad Thai is currently my favorite food. I could pretty much nom it all day long if it were carb-free and in my budget, but since it's not, I tend to stick to enjoying it on holidays or special days alone. That said, there are all kinds of Thai recipes to try at home that might cost a bit less, or that might be great in a pinch if you can't get to your favorite restaurant.
If you're cooking a big meal this Thanksgiving and expect a bunch of leftovers, now is the time to start planning your leftover menus! From bones to broth to everything in between, there's no reason for anything to go to waste when it comes to your big meal. Here are a few fun ideas for those leftovers.
Turkey soup! This warm dish is just what you need to ward off the chill, and if you've got snow on the way it's the perfect meal to keep your family fed and toasty.
Many people are jumping on board the bowls craze. Whether they were introduced via a restaurant like Chipotle or Crazy Bowls and Wraps, or they just want to cut the carbs out of their tacos and burritos, bowls present a great healthy alternative to many dishes. "Aren't bowls just salads?" many people might ask. The answer to that is, of course, sometimes! It depends on what you put in your bowl. If you love spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini as your base, is it truly a salad?
Are you a squash or pumpkin soup fiend? Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite fall treats. It's so creamy and inviting, and it warms you to your toes if you eat it while it's hot. My all-time favorite squash soup is at the restaurant Salt and Smoke, but you never know when they're going to have it because it's one of their daily side specials, so you just take a chance to see if they have it. I also don't mind some butternut squash soup from a can if it doesn't have much added: just the puree and spices for me, thanks!
As a homeschooling parent, I know people who do and make so many cool things. I know a mom who skates roller derby, a mom who followed the Grateful Dead on tour, selling tie-dye shirts and a mom who fought off a cougar one night while she was camping with her daughters.
Ham is the typical staple food for Easter, and as much as my family loves ham, I'm not a huge fan of the meat. Turkey is my go-to holiday food but it never seems appropriate on Easter, does it? Obviously you can make whatever you like, but eggs are the other common pick for Easter. Whether you like quiche, strata or even a simple scramble, eggs are always a good choice for this holiday.
Add honey to just about anything and it's better, but garlic? I will eat paper if there's garlic on it.
This honey garlic chicken made in the slow cooker looks absolutely scrumptious. I'm going to try it out tomorrow and start it in the morning while we're out and see how well it goes! I know my guy's going to want some bacon with it so I'm going to fry some of that to add to his, but I think mine will be just perfect.
When you add bacon to anything, you already know it's going to be better--whether it's cardboard or chicken. Jim Gaffigan says it's the only reason people even know there are water chestnuts! This recipe is a decadent, delicious monster that must be enjoyed with company.
Lunch meat, cold cuts, deli meat... whatever you call them, they are a staple in most American houses. The thing about lunch meat is that it's usually on bread or a bun, and if you're carb or gluten free, it's not nearly as much fun on its own... or is it?