Tortilla Chips

Make Your Own Tortilla Chips ~ My Utensil Crock

This spring has been a busy one, so I am reposting an oldie but goodie. Almost four years ago (!) to the day (unplanned! fortuitous!) I posted this recipe for making tortilla chips out of tortillas. Healthier than a store-bought bag of chips, and about 20 minutes in the oven. Not bad, right? Try them in these Healthy Nachos, like I do! When … [Read more...]

Sunday Surprise {Butterscotch & Bro...

Sunday Surprise by My Utensil Crock

"Sunday Surprise is pretty much the best thing ever..." - AGA "Ohh my goodness, I LOVE that you're blogging about this!!" - JGL I have many things for which to thank my college roommate, JGL.  Let's just breeze right by all of the non-blog-appropriate items ... scrolling ... scrolling ... scrolling ... and land on this. Land IN this? Don't … [Read more...]

How to: Make Buttermilk at Home {Two Ing...

How to Make Your Own Buttermilk! by My Utensil Crock

Have you bought a carton of buttermilk? Have you ever used all of it before its expiration? I know. I make my own buttermilk, with just two staple ingredients: skim milk and fresh lemon juice.  In short, the lemon juice curdles the milk, and the resulting concoction can be substituted for buttermilk in any baking recipe, or similar, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Ginger Oat Muffins {Fast + Easy + Health...

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I cannot stop eating these muffins. This recipe makes 6 muffins, and I am purposely not doubling the recipe, even once to see how it turns out, because I don't want to have more than 6 available to me at any given time. I don't want to take them to work for colleagues or a meeting, and I don't want to share them with friends. I want to eat all 6 … [Read more...]

Party Tips: Warm Cookies

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What beats a plate full of cookies? A pan full of warm cookies, straight out of the oven, served to a crowd in a get-em-while-they're-hot fashion. When planning a recent party I threw in my apartment, I got a little lazy with the menu. I have been trying to focus on make-ahead items for parties, so I can spend the time immediately before … [Read more...]

5 Kitchen Clean-Ups for 2015

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Happy New Year! I love spending some time as the year changes cleaning up a few things in the kitchen (and other rooms) that have been staring back at me for a while. And as I do so, I shake my head with the realization that each of the tasks that has been nagging me for up to months on end takes, like, 90 seconds to complete. Here are 5 … [Read more...]

Homemade Onion Herb Mix

Homemade Onion Herb Mix-4

The first time I made a recipe that used onion soup mix as an ingredient, it seemed easy enough to buy, keep on hand, and use in recipes like meatloaf, brisket, and dips. It seemed to add a lot of flavor, and I figured there were a lot of flavors in the packet that I could not replicate on my own. Um, how could I even begin to replicate this … [Read more...]

Butterscotch Granola Blondies

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Do you go through food phases, like me? For weeks or months at a time, I can't get enough of smoothies, or egg white and cheese sandwiches, or green tea. For a period during law school, granola was my jam. One day I reached for one of the specialty brands that are sold on the highest shelf in the cereal aisle, and a love connection was … [Read more...]