Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Brea...

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins ~ by My Utensil Crock

In a decade far far away, but really like 6 blocks from where I live, I worked in a different office than I do now. And at that office, it was the job of two people, annually, to chair the "Sunshine Committee," which consisted of exactly two people, and served as a morale booster for the employees. I was younger then - much younger - and had … [Read more...]

Classic Spinach Artichoke Dip

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is a very special "Snow Day Snacks" - WIND DAY edition. There was much hype this week about impending high winds today. The forecast was no joke: gusts up to 70 MPH. The news started stressing that the weather would be hazardous during the morning commute, and last night one of the more rural school systems canceled school for today.  These … [Read more...]

Blackened Chicken Salad

Blackened Chicken Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

The memories associated with this chicken salad! During the first summer of law school, between my first (1L) and second (2L) years, I lived in a large studio apartment in Chicago above a Whole Foods. Did not have to go outside to shop. It was my introduction to yuppies amassing in the same place to pick up prepared food at the end of the … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is the winter of Turkey Chili. I feel like it's everywhere! And why shouldn't it be? Turkey Chili is such a great meal - lean meat, beans, vegetables, tomato - so filling, one-pot, easy to make on a weeknight... need I go on? I will. Turkey Chili is easy to carry to work for lunch, and you can always have the ingredients on-hand to … [Read more...]

Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel...

Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel Shallot Sauce ~ by My Utensil Crock

I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl. It's how I grew up, it's what I like, and I can't deny it. I don't cook a lot of steaks at home though. I think steak is just one of those things that is better when eaten out. Is this because steak houses paint their steaks with butter? Hard to say. Haaaard to say. And living in an apartment, grilling is … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Holiday Cookies {a/k/a C...

Grandma's Holiday Cookies {Cut-Out Cookies}

!Very. Special. Recipe. Alert! I had not had these cookies in probably 25 years, but when I made this batch and took one bite, I was instantly transported back to my early teens. I don't have many Proustian madeleine moments, but this was a big one. Totally back in Indiana, complete with peg-rolled jeans and intense bangs that were re-styled … [Read more...]

“Greens & Grains” ~ Far...

Farro, Arugula, Caper, and Olive Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

I was so excited to come home to this today. I skipped breakfast and took Tazewell on a nice long walk this morning, and as we started for home, I suddenly wished I had a big salty sandwich. Cravings, man. I thought about stopping at The Italian Store for some prosciutto, but then remembered I had THESE leftovers in my fridge. No, it's … [Read more...]

Dad’s Potato Latkes

Dad's Latkes ~ by My Utensil Crock

If I had to pick, potatoes may be my favorite food. Definitely among my very favorite foods. Top three for sure. And potatoes are at their finest when fried. I like the mushy and medium fries best though, not the little crunchy pieces. I mean, I will finish any fries that even slow down in front of me, but I prefer fries to have a little … [Read more...]

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo ~ by My Utensil Crock

I have had this recipe in my electronic "stack of pages torn from magazines" for years and years. This is not metaphorical - at one point, I scanned in like 100 recipes I had ripped out of magazines. It looked good to me, but I always shy away from alfredo sauces at restaurants, because I am sure they are pure cream and cheese. I honestly can't … [Read more...]

“Everything Bagel” Seasoning

Everything Bagel Seasoning ~ by My Utensil Crock

Have your tastes changed over the years? My favorite bagel used to be the Egg Bagel. It's possible that you haven't even heard of this variety - they are yellow (sometimes, almost unnaturally so), and for some reason kosher salami on an egg bagel (with NO toppings) was my thing for a long time. I mean, I wouldn't turn it down now, but it used to … [Read more...]