Pasta, Rice, and Grains

Green Tomato and Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Green Tomato and Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Hello, summer. With your abundance of tangy green tomatoes, your abundance of soul-melting heat, and your abundance of why-waste-my-time-flat-ironing-my-hair-when-it’s-just-going-to-look-like-crap-in-11-seconds-anyway humidity. I can only help you with one of those things. The other two can typically be fixed by drinking any one of these. This summery mac & cheese is spiked with minced chipotles in adobo [...]

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Creamy Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus Carbonara

Goat Cheese & Asparagus Carbonara

So, yeah. I’ve made this twice this in two weeks. And both times, I would’ve happily cage-fought a 12-ft tall land-sharkzilla for the leftovers. (Or a close second, a 6-ft-2 Jason.) Because it’s THAT amazing. I’m already a carbonara fiend – pasta tossed with a creamy, peppery sauce made with eggs, Parmesan, and bacon. It’s [...]

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Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

How excited am I that blood oranges are back? That excited ^. Also? This excited: Last spring, we planted a tiny blood orange tree in the backyard. And somehow it survived. We won’t let any blooms go to fruit this year but next year, man. Next year. Besides margaritas, one of my other favorite things [...]

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Sweet Potato & Spinach Carbonara

Sweet Potato & Spinach Carbonara

My friend Katie has been called The Carbonara Queen. Crab, jalapeno & corn, BLT, lemon & spinach. If it can be whisked into that creamy sauce of bacon, pepper, eggs, and cheese, she has done it. She’s kind of my Pasta Patronus. And I’d like to be just like her when I grow up: One [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara

Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara

So remember that roasted cauliflower? You know, the healthy side dish that once actually grew in the ground? The eat-straight-from-the-pan lunch that wasn’t candy-coated or Funyuns? This is what I did with the leftovers. I took one of our favorite versions of carbonara, which replaces half of the pasta with plant things (this time leftover [...]

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Green Chile Chicken & Quinoa Stew with HEB Primo Picks

Green Chile Chicken & Quinoa Stew

For the last three weeks, the majority of our meals have come from either the hospital vending machine, a Chick-fil-A drive-thru, or Disney World. Talk about extremes. (And my favorites were obviously from Disney World!) After getting back from our trip this week, I spent most of yesterday limping around the kitchen for some make-ahead [...]

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Take-out Fake-out: Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

There are some days that only the ringing of the door bell can fix. Assuming the person on the other side of that door is holding a large brown bag full of an oil-drenched sodium bomb. Or a margarita. (And one day, I’ll bring that dream of a margarita delivery service to life. Or at [...]

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Crabby Mac

Stovetop Crab macaroni & Cheese

I spent almost my entire October doing nothing that was on my To Do List. Or fun. We didn’t have time to move this blog over to its new location at The Brewer and The Baker (but that’s still coming), we let the blog’s 7th birthday go by (that, too, is still coming), we almost [...]

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