French Fries

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French fries are, easily, one of my top-ten favorite foods. It is possible that they would be one of my top-ten favorite things in the world, but I have not drafted such a list. With the skin on - even better. I ate the entire batch I just made, and am making myself hungry again thinking about it. As a general rule, however, I do not like eating … [Read more...]

Meat Sauce

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If “quasi-goulash” were a thing, you would be reading a post about it now.  But it is not; I just made that up. So instead, you are reading a post about a dish that started as a cross between marinara and Bolognese sauce. Call it what you will – I call it “delicious” (well, I call it “meat sauce”), and cannot make it too frequently, or else it … [Read more...]

How to: Make Spaghetti Squash

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I will start this post by stating outright that I love my pasta, and I am not going to pretend that spaghetti squash is a flawless substitute for noodles. It is, however, healthier. I am no health expert, but I can perform a mean internet search of "spaghetti squash," which leads to all sorts of calorie and nutrition factoids. While there are … [Read more...]

Applesauce

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I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

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It is so satisfying to me to make something hearty, healthy, and delicious from ingredients I always have on hand. This recipe can be made from items you can keep in your pantry, with just a few items from the produce department (and if you are like me, you usually have at least one onion and one sweet potato on hand anyway). The optional bit of … [Read more...]

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Sala...

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

With my first bite of this dish, I had the distinct feeling that I had just found my way out of a side dish funk - a funk that I did not even know I had been in. Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: myutensilcrock.com Ingredients 2 sweet … [Read more...]

Red Pepper – Eggplant Dip

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Is there any better appetizer than a dish that is both healthy and full of flavor? This recipe is another Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Mediterranean Tapas; Date: 03.04.12).  I make it all the time - when I see red peppers next to eggplants in the produce section, I cannot help myself!  Add a tomato and you are most of the way there. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin-Gruyère Focaccia

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This recipe is a Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Pumpkin; Date: 10.15.06). I look forward to each fall, when I buy a sugar pumpkin or two, and prepare pumpkin puree to have on hand and bake a few dishes. Although the recipe is titled "focaccia," it is not at all like a traditional focaccia with herbs and tomatoes and fingerprint … [Read more...]

Smoothie

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Don't you hate returning from a weekend vacation or a week-long work trip only to find NOTHING in your refrigerator and pantry? You look at your planner, but it is in vain; you cannot get to the grocery store until like 4 days later. I will be posting a series of meals, dishes, and snacks that I am tagging as "In-Stock." In-Stocks are "go-to" … [Read more...]