Indoor S’Mores for a Group

Indoor S'Mores for a Group by My Utensil Crock

As summer comes to a close this evening, I would like to pay homage to a favorite taste of summer*: The S'More. * Also fall, and winter. And I have never turned down a Spring S'More. My cousin SFH put the idea for Indoor S'Mores for a Group in my head before her annual July 4 party this year, and it has been looming large since then. She … [Read more...]

Italian Quinoa Breakfast Casserole

Italian Quinoa Breakfast Bake by My Utensil Crock

When people ask me if I could do anything instead of my job, what it would be, one of my stock answers is: "Hang out with friends in a big vacation house and make brunch and sit around and drink coffee all day." The salary on this fantasy is a bit lower than my current gig, so I reserve such activity for special occasions... ...Such … [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...]

Super Salad Slaw with Cider Vinegar Dres...

Super Slaw with Cider Vinegar Dressing by My Utensil Crock

Some days, I just need healthy veggies until I can't chew any more. Today - sandwiched between last week (a busy week at work where I wasn't able to bring lunch), and this coming week (with a trip to Omaha for several days of wedding festivities for a friend) - was one of those days. So I got out my food processor's shredding disc, … [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...]

Fast, No-Rise Homemade Hamburger Buns {S...

No-Rise Hamburger Buns by My Utensil Crock

Sometimes it's easier to make bread than to buy it. You may not agree with that statement. But fresh, hot bread out of your oven in about 40 minutes? With NO rise time? If you're not with me on that, I don't know if we can be friends. And you haven't tried Cheesy Beer Bread. I happened upon this recipe out of … [Read more...]

Avocado Toast with Shaved Radishes

Avocado Toast with Shaved Radishes by My Utensil Crock

Avocado toast. It's all the rage. You have probably heard of it, and you might be wondering - what is this fancy dish that everyone is talking about? You like avocado, and you like toast. But surely, there must be more to this game? Nah. You pretty much have the hang of it already. You can add some lemon juice to the avocado for a little tang … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches {Freeze ...

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches by My Utensil Crock

I have so much time in the morning before work. I'm always looking for something else to do in those hours before I start my day, and I always have a delicious, hot breakfast. - No one, ever. I may be one for hyperbole, but the quality of my life has literally improved a million-fold since perfecting this recipe and process. With less than a … [Read more...]