Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Sp...

Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Spaghetti by My Utensil Crock

I could eat pasta with meat sauce every day. One of my first posts was this basic meat sauce. I think it's cute how I ended the recipe with "let it simmer for 10 minutes." Ha! Like I have the willpower to not dig in immediately. This Take Two Turkey Ragu with Whole Wheat Spaghetti has a little twist, and I don't know why it seems so … [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...]

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet...

One-Pot Stovetop Lasagna Ragu with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage by My Utensil Crock

If you have been following My Utensil Crock for a while, you know that I have been a member of a Cooking Club for more than 10 years now, ever since my buddy JBM and I decided that cooking with friends and talking about food and recipes would be the perfect way to spend one Sunday each month. One of our classic themes was "Soup's On!" … [Read more...]

Broccoli Cheese Soup {Healthy}

Broccoli Cheese Soup {Healthy and Easy}

One more soup, before we head for spring? Despite my public affection for kale, broccoli was probably my first green veggie love. When I was young, my brother and I would split the broccoli duties: I would eat the florets, and he would take the stalk. Don't take this to mean we got along, this is just how we got through dinner. As further … [Read more...]

Black Bean + Bacon Soup

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We had a reprieve in December, but it is squarely and completely winter now, at least in Washington, D.C. This past weekend we tallied about two feet of snow downtown (much more in some suburbs), and no one was happier about it than me. And my dog. You see, when you 1) live in a large apartment building that shovels for you, 2) don't lose power or … [Read more...]

Vichyssoise

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Have I mentioned my nickname in law school was "the Dream Crusher"? It's true. I mean, people didn't greet me that way in the hallway or anything, but I'm unequivocally a realist. I break things down and rub off their shiny veneer, leaving - sometimes - crushed dreams. So, Vichyssoise! Vish-ee-swaz. A fancy name for a SUPER-easy soup. … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili Cornbread Casserole

Turkey Chili Cornbread Casserole

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am coming off a week-plus of cooking using only ingredients I have in my freezer, pantry, and refrigerator. I had no idea it had gotten so bad, but it had. Evidence: I called maintenance for my apartment building, complaining that my refrigerator was SO loud. I received the following written response: … [Read more...]

Creamy Baked Potato Soup {Healthy + Easy...

Creamy Baked Potato Soup - sq

It continues to be so cold this winter. SO cold. And nothing beats the cold like warm comfort food - especially when it is healthy and easy! My friend NB wanted to cook with me one day in January and I asked her to pick the menu. "Pizza and soup?" Done. The simplest recipes turned out so well that night. I am still thinking about them! Pizza … [Read more...]

Roasted Tomato Soup {Easy}

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It's cold; it's time. Roasted Tomato Soup. Tomato soup, of course, needs no grand introduction - just a bunch of pictures of it, paired with grilled cheese, in all of its glory. I couldn't narrow down the pictures - they all looked so good. I hope you will forgive me. Something tells me you will. This recipe makes a thicker soup, … [Read more...]

Green Grape Gazpacho {Healthy + Easy}

Green Grape Gazpacho-2

In honor of my 100th post (!), I present to you a very easy, very healthy recipe that takes, honestly, about 100 seconds to make once you have all of the ingredients ready. This Green Grape Gazpacho is a  Cooking Club favorite (Hostess: SLSC; Theme: A Light Spring Menu; Date: 04.23.06), and over 8 years later, we are still enjoying it - … [Read more...]