Blackened Chicken Salad

Blackened Chicken Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

The memories associated with this chicken salad! During the first summer of law school, between my first (1L) and second (2L) years, I lived in a large studio apartment in Chicago above a Whole Foods. Did not have to go outside to shop. It was my introduction to yuppies amassing in the same place to pick up prepared food at the end of the … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is the winter of Turkey Chili. I feel like it's everywhere! And why shouldn't it be? Turkey Chili is such a great meal - lean meat, beans, vegetables, tomato - so filling, one-pot, easy to make on a weeknight... need I go on? I will. Turkey Chili is easy to carry to work for lunch, and you can always have the ingredients on-hand to … [Read more...]

Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel...

Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel Shallot Sauce ~ by My Utensil Crock

I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl. It's how I grew up, it's what I like, and I can't deny it. I don't cook a lot of steaks at home though. I think steak is just one of those things that is better when eaten out. Is this because steak houses paint their steaks with butter? Hard to say. Haaaard to say. And living in an apartment, grilling is … [Read more...]

Healthier Chicken Parmesan with Cheesy B...

Healthier Chicken Parmesan ~ by My Utensil Crock

Ahhhhh, yes. I made this. And I ate this. It tasted exactly like it looks. Completely delicious. I have had a stack of tattered pages - recipes torn out from magazines - for years. Every once in a while I cull through it, looking for inspiration and knowing my tastes have changed and that I am likely not going to make each of the … [Read more...]

Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken Italian...

Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken Italian Sausage ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is a favorite that always feels fancier than it is. I tore a recipe from a Real Simple magazine over 10 years ago (!), reduced the amount of meat, cheese, and salt, increased the spinach, and have been enjoying it ever since. Ack! Realizing it has been 10 years makes me feel old. Eh, this recipe makes me feel more "accomplished" than … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Bison Pita Sliders

Bison Meatballs-2

This spring has been a busy one, so I am reposting this oldie but goodie from May 2013. I have made some updates, and found additional photos on my computer, so I thought I would share them with you. Enjoy! When I think of meatballs – and believe me, this is not an infrequent occurrence – I usually picture them in marinara sauce, maybe with … [Read more...]

Mom’s Brisket

Mom's Brisket by My Utensil Crock

My 200th Post! CUE THE BALLOONS! I wanted to do something special for this post, and while my mom prefers palindromic numbers - like 202 or 222 - to round numbers, I am hopeful she will forgive me and be honored anyway. I present to you: My Mom's Brisket. This recipe is one of the very few I can shop for and make without notes - it's that … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Lasagna with Zucchini No...

Zucchini Turkey Sausage Lasagna by My Utensil Crock

I have so been looking forward to posting this Italian Sausage Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles. It actually started as a "Thanksgiving leftovers" recipe, of all things, when I had considered using shredded leftover roasted turkey in the filling. But I had a slight fail with making a roasted turkey breast a month before Thanksgiving during a time … [Read more...]

Roasting Pan Meal: Za’atar Chicken...

Roasting Pan Meal with Za'atar Chicken, Broccolini, and Oranges by My Utensil Crock

2017 may be my Year of the Roasting Pan Meal. I have roasted vegetables in the oven, and I have roasted meat in the oven, but together? In the same pan? Why does this idea seem so revolutionary? And the possibilities and permutations are endless! I'm already thinking about shrimp. I wonder if this same method would work for fish filets? … [Read more...]

Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Sp...

Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Spaghetti by My Utensil Crock

I could eat pasta with meat sauce every day. One of my first posts was this basic meat sauce. I think it's cute how I ended the recipe with "let it simmer for 10 minutes." Ha! Like I have the willpower to not dig in immediately. This Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Spaghetti has a little twist, and I don't know why it seems so … [Read more...]