Potato Skins with Cheese, Chives + Bacon

Potato Skins

Potato Skins are my favorite stand-by bar food.  What are my other options? Nachos: Done right, YES, but why is it so hard for bars to get nachos right? Chicken wings: I can't get past the thought (and feel) of chewing off the bone. Fried calamari: Too fried. Potato Skins it is, then. And they are so easy to make at home, and add or limit … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Apple Hash

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Apple Hash by My Utensil Crock

As I looked through my refrigerator for inspiration last night, I knew I wanted breakfast-for-dinner, but hoped I had something on hand that would jazz up my go-to eggs, potatoes, and turkey bacon. That I could make in about half an hour. That was really healthy. That I could eat during Passover. A tall order, but this hash … [Read more...]

Lemon & Parmesan Orzo with Kale

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Time for a confession. As much as I love to cook, I usually have to follow a recipe. I can alter a bit here and there, adding a spice I like - oregano or cumin - or omitting something obvious like walnuts or chick peas, but generally, I need a set of ingredients and instructions in front of me to get started. Luckily, making a dish out of … [Read more...]

Cheesy Breakfast Grits

Quick and Healthy Cheesy Breakfast Grits by My Utensil Crock

I grew up in the Midwest, where all I knew about grits was "That's something they eat in the South." Really? How was this corn derivative not a staple in the Corn Belt? I first became acquainted with grits when I attended law school in the South - Shrimp and Grits made a believer out of me. But it wasn't until the last year or two that I have … [Read more...]

How to: Make Kale Chips

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Guess what. You have ONE day until New Year's resolutions begin. One more day to live it up before it's back to salads and the overcrowded January gym for you. I hope you enjoy it! I will start the January detox one day early for you, with Kale Chips. If you have not yet tried Kale Chips, SPOILER ALERT: they are not chips. They are kale. Kale … [Read more...]

Challah {Four-Strand Braid}

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Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year – does everyone feel that way every year? I had suggested to my parents that we embrace “Thanksgivukkah” and serve a Jewish-themed appetizer course, followed by the traditional Thanksgiving meal. They did not require much convincing. Any excuse to eat latkes, lox, and pastrami is welcomed around these … [Read more...]

Roasted Potatoes

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I am often asked what my favorite dish to cook is, but today I was asked what my favorite food is. Not something that I have been asked in a long time,  and it took me a minute to answer as the kid in the candy store that was my head ran around in circles. "French fries." But as the words came out of my mouth, I found myself running through … [Read more...]

Easy Raw Kale Salad with Garlicky Dressi...

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Work last week was one of those where meetings, projects, and emails were unrelenting - and then I had work-related social events after work every night, to boot. While looking back, such a week can be satisfying because of what was accomplished, what was not satisfying was the food I ate. Rushed mornings getting out the door, "working lunches," … [Read more...]

Focaccia with Rosemary, Tomato, and Cara...

Rosemary Focaccia ~ by My Utensil Crock

Focaccia is as thick as dough can be while still remaining a flatbread. It can be topped with nearly anything, but traditional toppings include herbs, onion and other vegetables, cheese, and meat. Focaccia also has a high olive oil content, which keeps it moist and adds flavor - and sets it apart from pizza dough. A sprinkle of salt tops it off! I … [Read more...]

Product Review: COCOZIA Organic Coconut ...

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Coconut water is "in." I was a bit behind the curve on this one and had not tried it until I was contacted by the marketing department from COCOZIA, who offered to send me an Amazon gift card, with which I was to purchase a 12-package case of their product. In return, all they asked was that I review the product on Amazon and on my blog. This is … [Read more...]