Grilled Flatbreads


July 4 weekend has come to a close, but grilling season is still in full swing! You may recall from my Homemade Grilled Bread post that at a recent Cooking Club (Hostess: AWP; Theme: Grilling; Date: 06.09.13), I tried my hand at making fresh bread dough - and grilling it. The bread was delicious - my guess is it was the sour cream that made it … [Read more...]

Bison Chili


Yes, it is the middle of summer. But I am always in the mood for healthy, filling meals. This Bison Chili recipe is always a pleaser, and is packed with healthy ingredients. This recipe looks long - which is dissuading to some - but you should think of it as: a lean meat, a few produce items, a few spices, and a few canned items. That does not … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken with Cider Glaze


I was so intimidated by the thought of cooking a whole chicken - until I tried. Turns out, there is very little more to it than putting a chicken in the oven. It is something I do with regularity now - they are so versatile. This recipe is a Cooking Club Instant Classic (Hostess: me; Theme: Back to Basics - Cooking Techniques; Date: 05.19.13) … [Read more...]

Chicken Fried Quinoa


"I want to eat THAT."   - Friend and Cooking Club member, MS, happening upon this picture in my camera. I did eat that. It was wonderful. "That" is a take on chicken fried rice - healthed up with quinoa instead of rice, egg whites instead of whole eggs, all the veggies you want, and total control over the amount of oil and soy sauce. I do not … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Sirloin Kabobs

Saffron Orzo with Teriyaki Sirloin Kabobs by My Utensil Crock

This teriyaki recipe is delicious - salty and sweet, and so easy to make. I love making my own sauces and marinades because there are no fillers, just a few pure ingredients. Kabobs are simple to prepare and cook quickly, and are, like Shish Taouk - Chicken Kabobs, very versatile. Perfect for every occasion. Teriyaki Sirloin Kabobs   … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Bison Pita Sliders


When I think of meatballs - and believe me, this is not an infrequent occurrence - I usually picture them in marinara sauce, maybe with some fresh mozzarella melted on top. Maybe on a garlic-toasted hoagie roll. Which are both delicious options, but I am always open to different recipes and flavor palates, if they provide me yet another way to eat … [Read more...]

Southwest Quinoa Bowl


I did a lot of cooking this week, and found myself, as I do during such weeks, with odds and ends in the fridge, in small quantities, and no real plan. At such a time, pizza delivery may sound perfect, but these delicious ingredients were all calling to me. Perhaps you recognize some of them from recent posts: garlic, onions, cooked quinoa, … [Read more...]

Shish Taouk – Chicken Kabobs


Get acquainted with the broiler in your oven, if you are not already. You can make some great food with it - and fast. These kabobs take 10 minutes once they're in the oven, and are incredibly versatile. They can be served on a salad, in a pita with hummus and veggies, on a plate of rice or quinoa with sauteed broccolini - you name it. The chicken … [Read more...]

Chicken Stroganoff


Why not, right? While beef stroganoff is an ultimate comfort food, I try to limit (but not eliminate!) my red meat consumption. I am always on the lookout for alternatives. I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first, but I performed my litmus test by scanning the ingredient list to see if there was anything I really was not interested in working … [Read more...]

Baked Halibut Bites


Sounds better than "fish sticks," and tastes better too! This recipe is no substitute for "fish and chips," as billed by the original recipe that inspired it, but it is light, crispy, and tastes fresh - so that works for me! The dark horse of this dish was the "tartar sauce" which was in the print article, but did not make it to the online … [Read more...]