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orzo + mushrooms

Yikes. It’s been a bit since my last post and honestly, I haven’t been cooking or experimenting in the kitchen much these last few months. Tonight involved digging through the fridge to find what produce needed to be used up and about a ½ cup of orzo left in the box. Now that it’s getting hot out, I’ll definitely be relying on some lighter pasta dishes to get by this summer! Meat lovers, add grilled chicken or sausage to this dish! This serves 1 with enough for next day leftovers. I served mine with some steamed green beans to add color + crunch. || Read more

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Funfetti cupcakes

My friend Hayley requested Funfetti cake for her birthday a few weeks ago. Normally you’d go out, buy a box of cake mix and a tub of frosting and call it a day. I wanted to make the whole thing from scratch so I went searching through a bunch blogs and found this perfect little recipe. The result is a balance between a not too sweet, slightly dense cupcake and a delicious, light frosting to top it all off! Besides, life is more fun when you’re buying a tube of jimmie sprinkles! The cake recipe makes a little over a dozen cupcakes!

The frosting will make a lot. I stored half in a freezer baggie in the freezer for another time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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oatmeal scotchies

Feb
2015
10

posted by on baking, family, high altitude, homemade

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Oatmeal scotchies

When I started transitioning my recipe book from high plains to high altitude, my mother’s oatmeal scotchies were high on the list to be converted first.

The recipe below is simple and works great whether you’re somewhere in the Midwest or living high in the Rockies.

More brown sugar than white sugar keeps them soft and a little bit more flour allows for them to rise and stay even after they’ve cooled. The combo of cinnamon and butterscotch is simply perfection but feel free to get adventurous and mix half butterscotch, half chocolate chips and maybe even some dried cranberries! || Read more

steak chili

Feb
2015
02

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steak chili with cheese and sour cream

All I can say is this recipe is damn good, not to mention it doesn’t take all day in a slow cooker. My new puppy was up at 5 AM on Super Bowl Sunday so I had plenty of time and feel like slow cooking this recipe in my dutch oven only lead to perfection. Don’t have a nice big dutch oven to cook on your stovetop with? Sear the meat first in a pan and then throw everything in your crockpot but do NOT use a mini crock like my fave 2.5 qt. This makes enough chili to feed 4-6 people. || Read more

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quick lo mein and veggies

Start to finish, this quick dish took about 20 minutes and thank goodness. I had a lot of things to do tonight and making a complicated dinner was not one of them (I reserve that for Saturdays, remember?).

What’s even better? You only need a pot with a lid + you’ll have enough for leftovers for lunch next day. Win-win! Serves 2 or 1 + leftovers. || Read more

steak sans grill

Jan
2015
18

posted by on cooking, Cooking for 1, portions, side dish, vegetable

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Finished steak and beets

Eating red meat is a rare thing for me, by choice. My Nebraska roots kicked in yesterday when I was out running a few errands so I decided to treat myself. The only way to really do that is steak.

I love my veggies. Anything really. I picked up some thick sliced portobello mushrooms and finally found some yellow beets at the market! I know… beets. But trust me, if you can find the beautiful golden version of what’s probably one of the scariest vegetables from your childhood, it’s so worth it. The yellow beet lends a slightly sweet yet earthy flavor that works nicely with the bold flavor of the steak and mushrooms. || Read more

beets, feta + farro

Jan
2015
03

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Beets

*This is a guest post from my friend Clayton Pasley. Also, I can’t help but think of this. 

My name is Clayton (“Tex”), and I’m a first-year law student in Virginia. In the past year and a half, my goal in cooking has been to maximize health benefits while minimizing cost as much as possible. I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ve found that by not buying meat, I can save plenty of money and time in the kitchen. I also found that by forcing myself to cook without meat, I’ve become much more creative in my cooking.

My basic approach has been a “grains and greens” mentality. Between various starchy grains (along with potatoes) and leafy greens along with other vegetables, I’ve created a repertoire of recipes I can make that are quick and cost no more than $5 or $6.

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