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...]

Pad See-Ew with Chicken

Pad See Ew with Chicken by My Utensil Crock

"Pad See-Ew with chicken." That's my order when I go for Thai food. Every time. I don't deviate. I knew that "Pad" means stir-fried, but I had to look up "see-ew." Looks like it means "soy sauce"! That must be why I like it. Stir-fried soy sauce. Well, some other things too. When you order Pad See-Ew at a Thai restaurant, it is made … [Read more...]

Rice Noodles with Ground Chicken, Green ...

Rice Noodles with Ground Chicken, Green Beans, Fried Shallots, and Garlic Chips by My Utensil Crock

... and Cilantro, and Roasted Peanuts, and other deliciousness. I subscribe to a few food magazines, but I don't read them when they arrive. I stock them up and go through a big bunch at once, looking for submissions for my "to make" pile. Years before I started my blog - in 2010! - I had a mega-session of poring through stacks of magazines. … [Read more...]

Breakfast Pizza {Bacon, Chicken Sausage,...

Breakfast Pizza by My Utensil Crock

Breakfast Pizza. Let's go there. I was a little too excited to realize this is technically an "in-stock" recipe. I usually have all of the things needed to make this recipe in my apartment. Yessss.... For this particular photographed pizza, I used pizza dough from a little gourmet market, Centrolina Mercato. But fresh homemade pizza dough … [Read more...]

Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Arugula Flatbr...

Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Arugula Flatbread with Fig Jam Spread by My Utensil Crock

I love looking at Flatbread offerings at restaurants. Far from traditional pizza combinations like pepperoni or spinach, it seems that any three ingredients + a spread = a delicious $14 appetizer. Sometimes the ingredients obviously complement each other - caramelized onions and mushrooms with goat cheese; other combinations, like a recent … [Read more...]

Ropa Vieja {Cuban Braised Shredded Beef}

Ropa Vieja - Cuban Shredded Beef - by My Utensil Crock

This is a recipe I would have shied away from when I first started cooking. Several techniques, "weird" ingredients, and do I even like "Ropa vieja"? Well, let's smash the why-I-can't list with a meat mallet. Upon further reflection, the "several techniques" were just a few rotations of searing (browning in a pan), and braising (cooking in … [Read more...]

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet...

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage by My Utensil Crock

If you have been following My Utensil Crock for a while, you know that I have been a member of a Cooking Club for more than 10 years now, ever since my buddy JBM and I decided that cooking with friends and talking about food and recipes would be the perfect way to spend one Sunday each month. One of our classic themes was "Soup's On!" … [Read more...]