How to: Roast Garlic

Roasted Garlic

For the occasion when raw garlic is just a bit too edgy, try roasting it. Roasted garlic takes on a completely different flavor. It is sweet and rich, and great in dips like hummus in place of minced garlic, or spread directly on a steak. If you are having a small dinner party, place a few roasted heads of garlic around a warm baguette fresh out of … [Read more...]

Saffron Orzo

Saffron Orzo by My Utensil Crock

Looking for an easy, different, and colorful side dish? Hello, Saffron Orzo! If you have not tried orzo, the texture is great - it looks like large grains of rice, but tastes like (and is) pasta. Super easy to make, too. If you have not tried saffron, it is fun for a change of pace. High-quality saffron can be very expensive, but I am happy … [Read more...]

Oatmeal – Chocolate Chip Cookies


The good news here is the same as the bad news: You can always be 8-10 minutes away from warm oatmeal - chocolate chip cookies (which are, objectively, the best kind of cookie). The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves will have your friends asking what that added depth is to the cookie - it is up to you whether you want to reveal the secret ingredients or … [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...]

Spinach Parmesan Cakes


I have said it before and will say it again: I usually do not get too fancy with my spinach. But I love the results when I do, so maybe it is time for a change! The results of this recipe surprised me in such a good way. I did not expect the ingredients to combine into something that tastes so complex and is so filling. It is one of those … [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...]

Graham Cracker Granola


This is one of my favorite recipes, for a few unrelated reasons. First, and most predictable, is that it tastes amazing. The crunch, the sweetness, the chewiness from a bit of dried fruit - it just all works. Second, I have made this recipe for a few memorable brunches, and something as simple as home-made granola can really top off an … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches


This delectable nibble, which evolved from my Green Goddess Dip post, is one example of a whole being better than the sum of its parts. This recipe uses the components from the Green Goddess Dip and assembles them in a more formal presentation. The result is a combination of texture and taste that really works. Doesn't this look like it would be … [Read more...]