Category Basics

Slow-Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “You don’t post for almost 2 months and then you give us a SALAD?!” But guys. This salad. It sounds so simple on the surface, right? Beets and goat cheese, hasn’t that been done before? Yeah yeah, but not like this. Sure, you can roast beets at 400 degrees […]

Homemade Granola

Turns out granola is super-easy to make at home. And it has less fat and sweetener, and none of the nasty preservatives and weird chemicals in the store-bought stuff. You can customize it to taste exactly how you want — there are no wrong answers here! And bonus: It makes your house smell amazing! It […]

Carrot Soup

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I’m not exactly the first person to make carrot soup but it’s definitely necessary and considering I’ve never even had carrot soup before today, it kinda feels like an invention. At least to me. I’ve mentioned that I’m not the biggest fan of carrots, and yet […]

My Favorite Roast Chicken

There are as many recipes for a roasted chicken as there are cooks. And I bet all of us who roast chickens have tried several recipes. If you haven’t found that perfect one yet, well, here it is. What is it about a roasted chicken that makes us feel warm and cozy inside? Especially after […]

Weeknight Roasted Chicken

Who says you don’t have time to roast a chicken during the week? The secret is to flatten it out — spatchcocking — so it cooks faster, in just 30 to 45 minutes. You totally have time for this. And also, “spatchcock” is just so fun to say. I made a maple-mustard glaze for this […]

Crock-Pot Beans

I have always been lazy when it comes to cooking dried beans. I buy them at the store, thinking “oh, just think about how much money I’ll save!” and feeling all holier-than-thou. But then reality sets in (of course, not til after I’m home with 4 lbs of beans): The soaking, the rinsing, the babysitting…so […]

Basics: Sauerkraut

Turns out that fermenting your own food is pretty easy. Figures, since humans have been preserving food in this manner for thousands of years. And yet, in our modern, sterile world, the idea of letting bacteria go to town on your food is met with horror and fear. Fear not. This recipe is insanely simple. […]

Basics: Corn Tortillas

I lamented a few posts ago about finding real-food flour tortillas without trans fats and other unnecessary ingredients. Corn tortillas are just as guilty in this department. Not to mention every time I would buy corn tortillas, they all seem to just fall apart, or crack into 15 pieces, or otherwise just taste blah. No […]

Basics: Whole-Wheat Tortillas

When was the last time you flipped over a package of flour tortillas and checked out the ingredients? It ain’t pretty. I used to eat Mission Carb-Balance tortillas, thinking they were a better choice than the regular ones. Well, here’s the ingredient list: Water, Modified Food Starch, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced […]

Oven-dried Tomatoes

This recipe couldn’t possibly be any easier. Well, maybe if you didn’t slice the tomatoes in half first. But other than one slice with the knife, time and a super-low oven do the rest of the work. There’s just one ingredient: Halved Roma tomatoes. And you’re left with a delicious treat! I love sun-dried tomatoes […]

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