Category: recipes

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…

Crockpot Chicken Soup For the Soul (Or a Cold)

Every year around this time, my immune system kicks into overdrive for its annual throw-down with my summer allergies. It usually begins with a week of an itchy sore throat, followed by several days of head congestion and general misery, then right before I decide how much Kleenex stock I’d like to purchase, it’s over and I forget all about it until the next August. I’m on day seven of The Mold-Spore and Ragweed Battle of…

quinoa breakfast bowls

Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn into a proselytizing health blogger — two weeks of clean eating does not an expert make — but after the great response from yesterday’s Hungry for Change post I thought I would share my nutritious favorites now and then. Starting with a simple breakfast that helped me overcome my morning chicken biscuit dependence. I first stumbled upon quinoa breakfast bowls on Pinterest (of course I did) and thought,…