Thursday, August 11, 2016

Zucchini (mock apple) crisp

So it's been a little while since I've posted because I've been busy with our new twins. They were born a couple of weeks ago and things have been so very crazy. They and I are doing well (minus the general lack of sleep and exhaustion of taking care of - mostly feeding - two newborns). Sleeping, cooking, showering, etc. - these things are rare right now. I did happen to grab a few minutes through during a recent nap time to use up some zucchini our family brought us. Most of our food lately has consisted of cereal, sandwiches, pasta, and other things that are easy to consume. Even during pregnancy as it got really rough for me in the last couple months, I wasn't cooking a lot. So I'm hoping as the babies get more settled that this will change and I'll be back to cooking more frequently and easily. I miss the food! 

This crisp is often called "mock apple" crisp because the idea is you use zucchini in place of the apples in the filling for the crisp. I think that the zucchini still retains a texture and flavor that is "squashy" rather than "appley" - but, I do think that it works and still tastes really good. It's a terrific way to use up some zucchini if you are overflowing from your garden, or your neighbors or friends are dropping them off at your house. It almost made me feel like fall was here (except that it's 90 degrees here right now).

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pink grapefruit pie {Secret Recipe Club}

It's time for July's Secret Recipe Club reveal. This month I was assigned the blog Sew You Think You Can Cook written by Lauren. Lauren lives way over near LA on the other side of the country from me! I was glad to be able to peruse her blog as it was another new one for me and I love to check out new food blogs. She has tons of terrific recipes. I was looking for a quick and easy dessert to make for a small picnic we had on the July 4th holiday weekend. I was originally going to make her Pink Lemonade Cupcakes because they sounded perfect for a summer treat. However, once I saw her Grandpa Ray's Grapefruit Pie, I changed my mind. I think regular readers know my deep love of pie (I mean, I made 15 of them just last year). Plus this recipe looked so simple and would allow me to not be on my feet for too long (after this month, I'll be taking a maternity leave from Secret Recipe Club, but I hope to be back in October). 

This pie was completely unique and different from any pie I've ever tasted before. I happen to love grapefruit, but my husband is not a big fan. However, he still enjoyed this pie. Everyone commented on how they couldn't quite put their finger on the main ingredient, but knew it was something citrus. Plus, while I usually make homemade crusts and homemade whipped creams, this pie I used the store-bought shortcuts like in the recipe, which was terrific for me since my ankles have been the size of grapefruits lately! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Turkey, spinach, and cheese falutas

Easy meals are what I'm all about right now. Falutas are a favorite of mine since I started making them a couple years ago. The filling choices are endless. We've done beef filling similar to tacos, pinto beans and peppers, etc. But, these creamy turkey and spinach ones seem to be the winner. The filling is simple to make. Then all you have to do is roll them up and give them a quick bake. Perfect for a weeknight dinner and they are sure to be popular in your house, too. Serve these falutas with a side of rice or beans or even some chips and salsa. We like to dip these falutas in salsa verde. Pickled jalapnenos on the side are also a nice touch. This recipe will make 8-10 falutas

Baby update: I am in the 34th week now (and measuring 43 weeks!) and the babies are looking great. It's so amazing to me that we've made it this far. I haven't shared all the struggles we've gone through, but suffice it to say that these babies have been a long-time coming. We are so excited to meet them. Twins are considered "full-term" at 37 weeks and we are at the point now where they could really come anytime. We're hoping to keep them growing until at least 36 weeks though. Stay tuned!  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lemon-glazed strawberry poppy seed bread

Strawberries are easily one of my favorite fruits. One of my biggest cravings during pregnancy has been fruit. Just the smell of it makes me drool lately haha. Now that we are getting into full-on summer fruit season, I can't get enough fresh fruits - strawberries, melons, cherries, peaches, etc. They are all coming into season locally and that makes me happy! We found ourselves with a lot of strawberries recently. While I love to eat them with cottage cheese, yogurt, on their own, or in a shortcake, I also love to try out different recipes with them. I know my posts have been lacking during pregnancy. So I was inspired to make something with all these fresh berries that was easy, quick and delicious - which is how this quick bread came to be. This bread is very moist and flavorful. It's perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack and is a great way to use up some super ripe strawberries. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rocky road brownies {Secret Recipe Club}

It's that time again - time for this month's Secret Recipe Club! This month I was assigned Dessert Before Dinner which I was excited about because this was a new blog for me. This blog is written by Stephanie who sounds like someone I would get a long with well.... we both like a lot of the same things aside from food blogging like craft beers, kittens, sci-fi shows, and more. After looking through her recipes, I decided on making these Rocky Road Brownies. Call it the chocolate cravings of a pregnant lady, but I kept coming back to them. If I had felt more ambitious and hadn't been neglectful to my sourdough starter recently, I would have loved to have tried some of her sourdough creations (especially the doughnuts and the bread pudding). I will remember these for the future!

I'm glad with my choice of these brownies. They were chewy, fudgy, and just sweet enough. Plus the melted, sticky, golden marshmallows on top added something special. Below is my slightly modified recipe. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pineapple chicken and snow peas

This dish is a nice spring time meal. It's quick, easy, and full of flavor. I've been craving fruit, especially tropical fruits, so this pineapple dish hit the spot for me. I've been trying to cook as much as possible lately, though it's difficult. I've entered the third trimester with twins and it's getting increasingly difficult to do even the most basic things like stand for more than 10 minutes, breathe, bend, sit, and so on. Mostly I just want someone else to cook for me, but that's not always an option! I'm going to try to get a few things in the freezer over the next couple of weeks to have on hand for quick meals once the babies arrive. They will be coming right in the heat of summer, so I'm not sure what to make -- any suggestions? It's not really prime casserole or soup season then, which are the easiest things to put in the freezer sometimes. 

This dish will make about 4 servings when served with a side of rice or couscous. It's a nice weeknight dish that comes together pretty quickly and makes some lunch leftovers for the next day (my favorite).