My Utensil Crock Oatmeal Station

Oatmeal Station by My Utensil Crock - a streamlined way to assure a quick, healthy, filling breakfast

It has been raining in Washington, D.C., since April 27. Not constantly, but a lot. Every day. News outlets report that it didn't rain on Thursday or something, but my hair begs to differ. It's been unpleasant, and cloudy, and foggy, and misty for as long as I can remember. After driving rain during the day Friday, we did have a little respite … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Dip {Greek Yogurt}

Roasted Red Pepper Dip {Greek Yogurt} ~ by My Utensil Crock

People love snacking. And when it's healthy snacks? All the better. Heck, more than once a week, I call that "dinner." I stumbled upon this idea when I was prepping to give a small-group cooking class in my home. We would be making my Kale and Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato "Crust," but the participants would likely arrive hungry, and the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Greek Yogur...

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt

To my new friend MM who told me tonight: "I love peanut butter, and I love yogurt, and I would love to put them together, but I don't know how" (or something very similar), may I recommend... Stirring. I jest. It's more than that, of course, but just the littlest bit. She (and you) will love this easy recipe idea. I first met this … [Read more...]

Quinoa Crust Hummus and Veggie “Pi...

Quinoa Crust Hummus + Veggie Pizza-6

Big quotes. Huge quotes around "pizza." This recipe is a play on a pizza. If you want actual pizza, I direct you to these two posts. If you are looking for a fun snack or party food - healthy and gluten-free while you're at it - you have come to the right place. At a somewhat-recent Cooking Club (Hostess: SLSC; Theme: Pizza; Date: … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon & Herbed Cream Cheese...

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There are some recipes I make that I can't wait to post. This is one of them. This Smoked Salmon & Herbed Cream Cheese Focaccia is dynamite. The mechanics that go in to a blog post are that I have to: 1) decide on a dish or recipe, 2) gather the ingredients, 3) cook it, 4) photograph it (in natural daylight), 5) edit the pictures, and 6) … [Read more...]

Small Batch Guacamole {Chipotle Recipe}

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It is so hard to resist table-side Guacamole, isn't it? If you are an avocado person, and you see the little cart with the cilantro, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, salt, and like 500 avocados, it's pretty much a done deal. The first question is not "Should we order it?" but rather "How hot?" {Usually followed by, "Medium?"} Making Guacamole looks … [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...]

Bacon – Wrapped Dates

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Three rounds of Thanksgiving leftovers later, I am ready to roll again. Well, all weekend I kind of felt like I was actually rolling, with the quantity of food that was in abundance - but this is a different kind of roll. November has waned, and shopping is in full swing ... so it's time! Let the googling of "easy holiday party appetizers" … [Read more...]

Kale and Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip

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Spinach dip is always a fan favorite. And when I found Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip, I thought I had found a little plastic bucket of heaven. The ingredient list is actually pretty natural on that product - you know how I dislike extra "filler" ingredients. I could sit down and eat this dip with crackers and veggies … [Read more...]

Lox, Red Onion, and Dill Savory Scones

Savory Salmon Scones-4

Happy Birthday Dad! For your birthday, I am announcing to the Internets: I LIKE LOX! * I have not always liked smoked salmon, a.k.a. lox. But after a few salmon and avocado sushi rolls, I realized that I was actually eating, and loving, something really quite similar. This is not unlike an epiphany I had toward the end of college; that is, … [Read more...]