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...]

Sweet Potato, Black Bean + Quinoa Veggie...

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I have made this recipe exactly once, and I already know these Sweet Potato, Black Bean + Quinoa Veggie Burgers will be a 2016 go-to favorite. My first batch did not last long at all. And I could not wait to share this post with you! After the sweet potato is baked and quinoa is made, these veggie burgers take only a few minutes to assemble and … [Read more...]

Healthy Nachos for One {or Two!}

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Healthy food that does not taste healthy? My favorite. Filling up a whole baking dish, settling in for a Netflix binge session, and shoving nachos in my face? Done. The Walking Dead: Season Four, you're mine. These nachos may be one of my upcoming staples for 2016. They are great for weeknights and it's easy to keep the ingredients in … [Read more...]

Ratatouille Lasagna {No-Noodle}

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I have so much to tell you about this lasagna, and I want to say it all at once. In no particular order - or, all at once, if that were possible: It's DELICIOUS. The ricotta and mozzarella you crave from lasagna, and the rich vegetable flavors of ratatouille, together in one casserole. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Healthy twists in this recipe will give you a … [Read more...]

Spinach Caesar Shells with Charred Kale

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This is a fun one. I have had "caesar" on the brain, and this easy weeknight pasta-dish-for-one delivers. In the time you boil water and cook the pasta, the rest of the dish is easily prepped. Love efficiency. Shells + Chicken + Kale + Caesar = YUM. Make that caesar a spinach-caesar-dressing-sauce - which is the only way you can really … [Read more...]