Party Tips: Warm Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Oil Cookies ~ by My Utensil Crock

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

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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...]

Marinara Quinoa with Chicken

Marinara Quinoa with Chicken ~ by My Utensil Crock

When I first learned that quinoa can be cooked directly into a chili or stew {like with this recipe}, I was hooked. Sure, it is not difficult to make a pot of quinoa on its own, but one less step, and one less pot? Yes, please. This Marinara Quinoa with Chicken is such a satisfying dish after a long day; it is also an easy weeknight recipe … [Read more...]