Coconut Cashew Date Snack Bars {No-Bake}

Coconut Cashew Date Bars ~ by My Utensil Crock

In January, I looked at a 4-pound bag of Domino's sugar and had a moment of terror. I bake a lot. This, you know. Recipes for baked treats usually have at least a cup of sugar in them, if not two or more. I go through that 4-pound bag in no time at all. I was not at all ready for a January cleanse of any sort, but I decided that in February, … [Read more...]

Mascarpone Grilled Cheese Sandwiches wit...

Marscapone Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Hot Chocolate Soup ~ by My Utensil Crock

This post was a long time coming, in a few ways. First, the recipe. Mascarpone Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Hot Chocolate Soup. I first met this recipe in 2008 by way of an early but classic Cooking Club (Hostess: me; Theme: Soup’s On!; Date: 12.07.08). Every recipe in that menu was a soup, and this dessert course did not disappoint. The menu … [Read more...]

Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Arugula Flatbr...

Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Arugula Flatbread with Fig Jam Spread by My Utensil Crock

I love looking at Flatbread offerings at restaurants. Far from traditional pizza combinations like pepperoni or spinach, it seems that any three ingredients + a spread = a delicious $14 appetizer. Sometimes the ingredients obviously complement each other - caramelized onions and mushrooms with goat cheese; other combinations, like a recent … [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...]

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...]

Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise-6

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...]

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma-4

One of my favorite "street foods" is Chicken Shawarma. I love the thinly sliced bits of robustly flavored meat, wrapped in a warm pita or served on a bed of vegetables or rice. Traditional Chicken Shawarma is made on a large rotisserie, which I just can't replicate in my kitchen. It also is comprised of mystery pieces of chicken and seasoned … [Read more...]

Kale & Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato...

Kale and Egg Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

As seen on Greatist (see #15) I'm calling it now: New go-to. Bagel Bake, you have some gluten-free competition for "favorite brunch dish." Graham Cracker Granola, you are lucky that you are also considered a snack, so you are not in jeopardy of being bumped for now. This recipe was located and selected by AWP for our most recent Cooking … [Read more...]

Roasted Tomato Soup {Easy}

Roasted Tomato Soup-2

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...]