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

Lemon and Parmesan Orzo with Kale-2

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


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}


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


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...


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 ...


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...]