Chicken Shawarma

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One of my favorite "street foods" is Chicken Shawarma. I love the thinly sliced bits of robustly flavored meat, wrapped in a warm pita or served on a bed of vegetables or rice. Traditional Chicken Shawarma is made on a large rotisserie, which I just can't replicate in my kitchen. It also is comprised of mystery pieces of chicken and seasoned … [Read more...]

Matza Lasagna

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Love this. A simple Passover-friendly version of a classic comfort dish. This recipe uses matza instead of noodles in a layered lasagna. What? Yep, no joke. With a brief soak in water and bake in the oven, matza substitutes for noodles, and you get your doughy fix for the week. I have not tested this recipe on kids, but I bet it … [Read more...]

Snow Day Snacks: Pizza Dough

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I started this post a few weeks ago during a snow day. As it became clear I would not be completing the post that day, I figured I would just change the "Snow Day Snacks" part of the title when I got around to posting it, but OMG, there is a "slight chance of snow after 2:00am" tonight. Come. On. It's enough already. I will look for the silver … [Read more...]

Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

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Just when you think meatballs are the perfect food on their own, along comes this recipe. You know those little marinated mozzarella balls that come in the enormous bucket at Costco, or a normal-sized bucket (that is tiny by comparison) at other stores? Yeah, those guys. In this recipe, these mozzarella balls are stuffed inside a … [Read more...]

Honey Mustard Brisket

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I first made this recipe with grass-fed beef brisket and local honey from a local farmer's market. When I went back the next week to tell the vendor how I had used both their brisket and honey and how well it turned out, they were pleased that I had used and enjoyed their products, but the farmer made a face like he would not have put those … [Read more...]

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

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That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … [Read more...]

Cabernet-Braised Brisket with Garlic

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Spring is (allegedly) just around the corner, but this winter brought with it many long, cold days. And for me, those days were excellent opportunities to spend some QT in the kitchen. Enter: this brisket. Braised in red wine, with garlic. What isn't better with red wine and garlic? I just moved in to a new apartment, and as I was packing up my … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup with Kale and Quinoa {Healt...


All I ate yesterday was this soup, and cookies. I mean, a lot of each of them, but very little variety throughout the day. I made both because I had cravings - and satisfy said cravings, I did. I hear this cold spell they call "winter" may be breaking soon, but until then, I am all comfort foods, all the time. This soup is incredibly … [Read more...]

Chicken Noodle Soup {Healthy + Easy}

Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is a LONG cold stretch, isn't it? The winter has been unrelenting for so many parts of the country. Know what helps? Soup. Soup helps so many things. It is an ultimate comfort food for a reason - it warms from the inside out, and somehow always brings a smile. This winter, I have been thrilled every time I have seen a big bowl of chicken … [Read more...]

Beef and Onion Ragu with Spaghetti Squas...


I had the opportunity to get out of the city over the long Veterans Day weekend, and I spent a few days in one of my favorite places: Charlottesville, Virginia. My memories from Charlottesville are warm and inspiring, and I think the air is different there - the breaths I take are clean and crisp, and reinvigorating. I try to escape to … [Read more...]