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...]

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...]

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...]

Easy Skillet Focaccia

Easy Skillet Focaccia ~ by My Utensil Crock

It is usually easier for me to bake bread from scratch than to buy it. I am often ridiculed when I say that. But with this statement, I obviously do not mean that handing a cashier a loaf of bread and a credit card is really difficult, and kneading bread and waiting for it rise and bake take less time than swiping a credit card. What … [Read more...]

30 Second Scrambled Eggs – in the ...

30 Second Scrambled Eggs ~ by My Utensil Crock

I am completely enamored of this recipe. Well, "recipe" is a strong word for it. Trick? Technique? Call it what you will, but in about 30 seconds, you can make scrambled eggs in your microwave. And they are fluffy, and light, and delicious. No oil, just egg. They pop right out! And it won't be rubbery - as long as you don't spread them … [Read more...]

Saffron Orzo

Saffron Orzo by My Utensil Crock

This spring has been a busy one, so I am reposting an oldie but goodie from May 2013. Try this Saffron Orzo with Teriyaki Sirloin Kabobs! 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. … [Read more...]

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...]