Tortilla Chips

Make Your Own Tortilla Chips ~ My Utensil Crock

This spring has been a busy one, so I am reposting an oldie but goodie. Almost four years ago (!) to the day (unplanned! fortuitous!) I posted this recipe for making tortilla chips out of tortillas. Healthier than a store-bought bag of chips, and about 20 minutes in the oven. Not bad, right? Try them in these Healthy Nachos, like I do! When … [Read more...]

Mom’s Brisket

Mom's Brisket by My Utensil Crock

My 200th Post! CUE THE BALLOONS! I wanted to do something special for this post, and while my mom prefers palindromic numbers - like 202 or 222 - to round numbers, I am hopeful she will forgive me and be honored anyway. I present to you: My Mom's Brisket. This recipe is one of the very few I can shop for and make without notes - it's that … [Read more...]

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach by My Utensil Crock

It has been eleven years since my first "cooking date" with my grandma Ga. Time flies. I remember so well the kitchen in her apartment. She never let the building upgrade it - in 50 years. Everything had its place, namely the tin receptacles for leftovers, enormous jars of mayonnaise, and cooked bacon wrapped in aluminum foil left on the … [Read more...]

Sunday Surprise {Butterscotch & Bro...

Sunday Surprise by My Utensil Crock

"Sunday Surprise is pretty much the best thing ever..." - AGA "Ohh my goodness, I LOVE that you're blogging about this!!" - JGL I have many things for which to thank my college roommate, JGL.  Let's just breeze right by all of the non-blog-appropriate items ... scrolling ... scrolling ... scrolling ... and land on this. Land IN this? Don't … [Read more...]

Ga’s Easy Blueberry Coffee Cake

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock

Another family favorite! Does your family have some recipes that they have just come to expect at family events? The dish that, when the person who usually makes it arrives at the gathering, you hug and say hello, but reeeeally you're checking their hands to make sure they brought it? Share those dishes in the comments! It's so fun to see … [Read more...]

Matza Lasagna

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Love this. A simple Passover-friendly version of a classic comfort dish. This recipe uses matza instead of noodles in a layered lasagna. What? Yep, no joke. With a brief soak in water and bake in the oven, matza substitutes for noodles, and you get your doughy fix for the week. I have not tested this recipe on kids, but I bet it … [Read more...]

Ga’s Brownies

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Warning: Super-fudgy, super-delicious, super-photogenic brownie recipe coming up in 3...2...1... Boom. Ga's Brownies. You are welcome. Ga, for those unfamiliar, is the nickname given by my brother to my mom's mom. I honestly never saw anything amiss with this nickname. It's short for "Grandma." My brother was a kid when this happened. It … [Read more...]

I Guess That Includes the Meringues

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If anything in this world is certain, my grandmother will always be there, and she will always make her Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies. Little puffy clouds of awesome, a crisp shell protecting a sweet, gooey chocolaty center; messy to eat as all get-out. The only solution is to shove the whole thing in your mouth in one bite - purely out of … [Read more...]

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

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That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Asparagus

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I blinked and almost missed it: asparagus season! Asparagus is a spring vegetable, which is something you may only realize if you frequent local farmer's markets - in grocery stores, it is pretty much always in season. In honor of this unique vegetable, let's fire up the oven! Preheat the oven to 400 or 425 - anywhere in there works! To prepare … [Read more...]