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Easy Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice

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It’s been a long week. You know, one of those weeks with busy work schedules mixed with car problems and all kinds of other fun surprises.

The silver lining to this cloud of a week is that it’s Friday. No better time for your own personal fiesta…or siesta. Or, who am I kidding, just a giant margarita the size of your head. Yes, I could go for one of those right now. Or two.

For me, Mexican food is one of the simple pleasures of life. It’s a comfort food of sorts, and never fails to disappoint. The spicy, fresh salsas (oh, and that margarita) are all I need to perk up my lagging brain.

Going out for Mexican is great and all, but it’s just as easy and way more cost-effective to make it at home. The ever-present rice that accompanies your favorite dish need not be a culinary mystery for your home cooking. Read More »

Sausage and Potato Breakfast Bake

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It’s Sunday.  Ahhh.  Time to rest, relax and…well, do a few of my favorite things.

This should come as no surprise, dear reader, that I love, love cookbooks. Trips to the bookstore involve me bee-lining straight to the cooking section to peruse the shelves filled with glorious cooking knowledge.

The weekend, then, is the time I get to sit down, surrounded by cookbooks, new and old, and read them. Yes, read. For me, cookbooks are not simply to be read while standing over the stove, following a recipe. Good cookbooks can be read like any other novel or work of literature. A well-written cookbook can not only teach you about technique and ingredients, but can transport you to the writer’s world through their passion and love for food. Not all cookbooks are written with an overt story written through it, but just by reading the recipes, a kind of story can be woven through the ingredients used and the way they use them.

For me, it’s pure entertainment, with a dash of education. Read More »

Everyday Granola

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Granola is a staple food in our house. The warm spices, crunchy nuts and oats and sweet, chewy dried fruits greatly improve plain ol’ vanilla yogurt, if you ask me. My husband prefers it simply with milk. It also makes a great grab-and-go snack.

Nothing not to love about granola. Except for one thing: The price of the store-bought varieties. You can pay anywhere from $4.00 to upwards of $10 for a box that will barely last a week’s worth of breakfasts. Oh, the horror.

What to do? Make your own. When I first learned how to make homemade granola, I was a little embarrassed that I’d even been buying it at all because it’s so simple. It’s also a lot more fun, because you can add your favorite spices, dried fruits and nuts, and adjust the sweetness and crunchiness to your liking. Read More »

Magical Rice Krispie Treats and Will Bake for Food 2011

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When I decided to participate in Will Bake for Food, a food blogger bake sale for charity, I immediately thought of bringing the most fun, whimsical treat in my repertoire.

In Tacoma, we have a fabulous bakery called Corina Bakery.  Every so often, they make these amped-up Rice Krispie treats that are a fruity twist on the classic ones. My husband loves them, and this last year, I went to buy him one for his birthday.  Alas, they hadn’t made any that day.  Determined not to disappoint, I recreated them at home.

Yes, they are a sugar bomb.

But who can resist sprinkles and colorful candy?  Kids and adults alike can’t keep their hands off of them.

Will Bake for Food was yesterday, and these were my most popular sellers by far. Read More »

Thyme Roasted Carrots

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When you have gorgeous fresh vegetables, you don’t need to do much to them to make them amazing.  It’s not hard to make their natural beauty shine through. This is the best thing about using local, farm fresh, organic produce.

Contrary to woody, giant, tasteless conventional grocery store carrots, these little beauties that came in my farm box this week don’t even need to be peeled to be enjoyed.  Simply rinse, trim the tops, leaving a little mohawk of green, and slice lengthwise.  Then you’re ready to go.  That’s it.  Really. Read More »