This was a spontaneous dessert on a cold winter day that I threw together one afternoon, and it was luscious and yummy for dessert that night. Next time I would add a couple more apples and cut back on the sugar. It was really, really sweet. Maybe 6 apples, 3/4 brown sugar, and 1/4 granulated for the apples? The crumble was good, but by the time all that sugar cooked down it was overwhelming. But the concept was fabulous, I’d definitely make this again.
Hannah and I hit the road this week for three nights in Lancaster county. We did this two years ago, and then again that same summer with my mom, and it was great. Last year we were in Las Vegas for spring break, but this year we didn’t have any plans. And H is a little older, we don’t need the stroller. She was much more into it this trip. We did a lot of fabric shopping for Mommy, but we also saw tons of trains and animals for her.
I think next time I would run my immersion blender through this soup for a bit of a thicker texture with fewer shredded potatoes, but otherwise this was pretty good on a chilly night. I’d had a bag of shredded potatoes in the freezer for a while, from some long-forgotten recipe I was going to make, so this was great for using up what I had on hand. We both love potato soup, and I never would’ve thought about shredded potatoes.
2016 is the year I fell back in love with my slow cooker, apparently. This was waaaay better than I thought it would be. Next time I’d add at least another layer of pasta, because this was on the saucy side. But it was delicously, deliciously saucy. It feeds a crowd and makes pretty great leftovers, so next time I’m doing family dinner and don’t want to be in the kitchen forever, I’m making this. I kind of want to make it again right now…who’s around for dinner?
I’ve been on a Pinterest cooking kick lately because I need other moms who manage to cook while chasing kids and doing their jobs to tell me what to make for dinner. Occasionally I feel feisty enough to reach for a Food & Wine recipe, but lately it’s been amazing if food is on the table before, like, 10pm.
I turned 37 on the 10th, and I had a great birthday this year. I actually love my birthdays, but this one was especially good. My birthdays stressed me out until I turned 30, and then I realized they weren’t actually scary. Every year older felt like a year of life earned and-well lived. And then I started embracing them with shenanigans and hijinks every year.
The pizza class I took last summer is finally paying off! I got a bunch of great pizza supplies for Christmas, and Adam and I are putting them to good use. My dough is so much better (I used to just buy it from Whole Foods), I love the sauce. The key is setting the oven as high as it will go and putting the pizza stone (in our case a pizza steel) in the oven for an hour to heat up. Then we cook the pizzas right on the steel.
This was the first new thing I made this year. Pinterest! I made the full amount, even though it was a big casserole, and it made pretty good leftovers, too.
2 lbs chicken breasts, cubed
8 potatoes, cubed
1⁄3 cup olive oil
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons hot sauce
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup bacon, crumbled
1 cup green onion, diced
Use your imagination here, and picture a gorgeous, silky looking sauce instead of a mess of onions. Because that’s what this is, even if the photos don’t show it. I made this the last two New Year’s Eves in a row, and I still can’t take a proper photo. Last year I forgot to buy shallots and used an onion instead (hence the jammy look of the sauce above).