Ropa Vieja {Cuban Braised Shredded Beef}

Ropa Vieja - Cuban Shredded Beef - by My Utensil Crock

This is a recipe I would have shied away from when I first started cooking. Several techniques, "weird" ingredients, and do I even like "Ropa vieja"? Well, let's smash the why-I-can't list with a meat mallet. Upon further reflection, the "several techniques" were just a few rotations of searing (browning in a pan), and braising (cooking in … Keep Reading

Fast, No-Rise Homemade Hamburger Buns {S...

No-Rise Hamburger Buns by My Utensil Crock

Sometimes it's easier to make bread than to buy it. You may not agree with that statement. But fresh, hot bread out of your oven in about 40 minutes? With NO rise time? If you're not with me on that, I don't know if we can be friends. And you haven't tried Cheesy Beer Bread. I happened upon this recipe out of … Keep Reading

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches {Freeze ...

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches by My Utensil Crock

I have so much time in the morning before work. I'm always looking for something else to do in those hours before I start my day, and I always have a delicious, hot breakfast. - No one, ever. I may be one for hyperbole, but the quality of my life has literally improved a million-fold since perfecting this recipe and process. With less than a … Keep Reading

My Utensil Crock Oatmeal Station

Oatmeal Station by My Utensil Crock - a streamlined way to assure a quick, healthy, filling breakfast

It has been raining in Washington, D.C., since April 27. Not constantly, but a lot. Every day. News outlets report that it didn't rain on Thursday or something, but my hair begs to differ. It's been unpleasant, and cloudy, and foggy, and misty for as long as I can remember. After driving rain during the day Friday, we did have a little respite … Keep Reading

Roasted Red Pepper Dip {Greek Yogurt}

Roasted Red Pepper Dip by My Utensil Crock

People love snacking. And when it's healthy snacks? All the better. Heck, more than once a week, I call that "dinner." I stumbled upon this idea when I was prepping to give a small-group cooking class in my home. We would be making my Kale and Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato "Crust," but the participants would likely arrive hungry, and the … Keep Reading

Broccoli Cheese Soup {Healthy}

Broccoli Cheese Soup {Healthy and Easy}

One more soup, before we head for spring? Despite my public affection for kale, broccoli was probably my first green veggie love. When I was young, my brother and I would split the broccoli duties: I would eat the florets, and he would take the stalk. Don't take this to mean we got along, this is just how we got through dinner. As further … Keep Reading