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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake

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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca Bake | A Big Mouthful

It was one of those weekends I had a lot to get done. Working full-time during the week, weekends are time for my “other jobs”, i.e. freelance writing, blogging, cooking, cleaning and trying to be a decent friend, wife and family member.

Turns out, I can’t do it all. Inevitably, I only achieve half of what I need to cram into the two short days I’m not in the office. It comes down to a choice. Sometimes, I choose to spend quality time catching up with a dear friend, like I did Friday. Or saying screw my to-do list and watching garbage TV for three hours, completely zoned out, i.e. Saturday. I consider it a win that I managed to clean the kitchen, do some laundry and have a nice dinner with my brother. Today was best spent with my mom, aunt and Oma over a long lunch.

No, I did not get everything done I needed to. Yes, I feel a little guilty about it. But what I don’t feel bad about is sometimes pushing everything I HAVE to do to the side and doing things I WANT to do. It’s a tricky battle in my head, but I’m trying to be better about making my weekends more focused on me time and spending time with those I love rather than always working. Balance is coming, slowly.

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Scalloped Potato and Parsnip Au Gratin

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Sharp tools can be fun.

Take, for instance, this fine heavy duty professional mandoline that my aunt got us for a wedding present.

That’s the kind of wedding present I can get into.

No, it is not a medieval torture device, but a lean, mean potato slicing machine. It even comes in a super sinister looking hard black travel case.

Oooh.  Ahhh. Read More »

Kale and Brown Rice Gratin and a Review of Clearly Fresh Bags

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As the summer has dwindled down, (wait, who am I kidding, we hardly had a summer in the Pacific [email protected]@!$), there has been one dish on my mind haunting me from the last time I made it last winter.

Kale is not necessarily a sexy vegetable.  It’s green — very green, and has a hard, incorrigible stalk, and tastes like…well, it tastes really healthy.  Because it IS healthy!  It’s healthy, and beautiful, and green and you must eat it.  Eat it today, eat it tomorrow and feed it to your children.  I’ll get off my platform now.

Brown rice can be thought of as hippie-only food, chewy, brown and — gasp, different than white rice!  But it has really grown on me, and I try to substitute it in for its white counterpart as often as I can.  I have really grown to love its nutty chewiness, and can respect its health benefits.

Put these two hard for some to love ingredients together, add cheese and whole milk, and what do you get? Magic.  Magical comfort food deliciousness. Read More »

Italian Sausage Lasagna (No Boil Noodles)

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I have a love/hate relationship with lasagna.

I feel the need to diagram this for you.  Bear with me.

LASAGNA LOVE / LASAGNA HATE

Feeds a crowd / Always too much leftovers
Easy to transport / Can be slightly boring, typical, and average
Cheese + pasta = good / Fattening, not usually much nutritional value

Despite my lasagna ambivalence, somehow it always ends up being what I make when I want to bring a comforting dinner to someone. Read More »