Category: food+drink

Cooking the Book: The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens

When C and I moved in together, my cooking abilities were limited to scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, frozen skillet meals, pasta with sauce from a jar, and Publix Rotisserie chickens. (Okay, that last one is cheating; but we survived on those buttered-up deli birds for our first several months as mortgage-paying grownups.) My mom gave me a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book that year, and it became my kitchen bible.…

Multigrain Banana Nut Waffles

Waffles and pancakes are my weekend breakfast weakness, y’all. They aren’t exactly celebrated for their nutritional value; most are filled with sugar, fat, and empty calories. Delicious, but let’s be honest: not an ideal way to start the day. We recently bought a $30 belgian waffle iron so I could experiment with healthy — while still yummy — alternatives to my beloved diner pancakes. I’ve already used it about a dozen times! Sunday morning, I made a batch of banana nut waffles with my…

Pumpkin Flax Chocolate Chip Muffins

This morning, I dropped my coffee pot on the kitchen floor. It rolled around on its side by my feet, and for a sleepy hopeful second I thought, ‘whew, it survived!’ Then it cracked into two pieces. Happy Monday! My stockpile of frozen coffee cubes saved the day, along with the healthy pumpkin flax chocolate chip muffins I baked last night. Pumpkin packs some impressive health benefits. These pumpkin muffins are a frankenstein concoction I adapted from…

5 Easy Dishes to Bring to a BBQ This Weekend

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child The only thing I love more than spending quality time with our friends is spending quality time with our friends around some amazing food. Here are five crowd-pleasing recipes that are easy to whip up and take to a get-together, just in time for your Independence Day celebrations. Skinny 7 Layer Taco Dip – This was a staple at every girls night in, lake…

It’s not easy being green.

But it can be tastier than you think. I try to get at least one green smoothie down the hatch each day. I love them in the morning as a natural energy boost and quick breakfast-on-the-go that keeps me full until lunch. Last month, I picked up a Bella Rocket Extract Pro blender at Walmart. It’s a Nutribullet dupe at almost half the price, and so much better than my countertop blender: it easily grinds nuts and seeds,…