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I probably say a lot of sandwiches are my favorite, but if we get rid of the basics (PBJs and grilled cheeses) then I can pretty confidently say that a Reuben is my most requested, most ordered sandwich. I always forgo the meat and occasionally swap in sauteed mushrooms and peppers or even just slices of tomato. Josh, on the other hand, is not really into sauerkraut and will kick and scream over eating a Reuben until he’s actually eating it — at which point, he remembers that sauerkraut + thousand island dressing = pure bliss. In a random twist the other day, I was craving some kind of smoky meatiness on my Reuben, which is very strange because I’ve never actually had a Reuben with meat on it over...


No secret that we love Blue Diamond Almonds up in this house. They usually send us some to try every month or two through the Tastemakers program and it’s a battle to save them long enough to make a recipe rather than just inhale them. When I opened this month’s delivery, Josh was pretty skeptical. Sriracha almonds? They’re definitely one of those foods that’s either going to be crazy good or ridiculously bad, especially because neither of us do spicy very well. When I popped that can open, all worries immediately turned to hunger, because these smelled GOOD. Not the “this is so spicy my nose is going to fall off” smell I was expecting, but the subtle spiciness with an under layer of smoke that I love. Another sign...


June 26, 2015


I had to work late on Thursday and came home to Josh making pancakes. Not just any pancakes, but pancakes made with chai infused almond milk. Our kitchen smelled incredible and I’ve never had to work so hard to resist the urge to drink pancake batter. And to flip the pancakes for him — apparently I’m so used to being in charge in the kitchen, I’ve forgotten how to take a back seat and just relax while someone else does the work. While I was hovering, we both realized just how many million pancake recipes are on this here blog and brainstormed a couple of new blog names: Sometimes we eat things other than pancakes, who needs vegetables when you can have pancakes, Pancakes pancakes pancakes… basically all of our...


June 21, 2015


For 25 years, I thought I hated pie. Turns out, I hate pie crust. Crumbly top? Sure, I’m all about that. Graham cracker crust? Sure thing. But dry pie crust I’ve just never been able to get into. I would eat pumpkin or coconut cream pie and leave behind the bottom and edges (or pawn them off on the many, many people who for some reason think the crust is the best part). I’ve made this recipe for pot pie several times either A. without crust or B. with crust for the sake of Josh and just suffered through it. It wasn’t until I saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme (pie!) that I realized it was time I share it. AND I figured it was also time for me to...


June 17, 2015


Please excuse me while I fight off making terrible turnip puns. Something about foods with fun names turns me into a terrrrible person to be around in the kitchen. If I ever made a dish that contained asparagus, beets, and turnips, I think Josh would just storm out of the house and come back after all leftovers were gone. Even then, who knows if he’d be safe. After all, I still randomly burst out into Jack Sparrow with the slightest hint of the word tale, or sparrow, or captain. Or Michael Bolton. Once something is in my head, it’s THERE. Forever. So, why would I even eat these foods if I risk being the most annoying person on the planet for days weeks years afterwards? Because they’re delicious. And after...


June 11, 2015


Look at me, actually writing a post! I don’t know what’s with me lately. I would blame it on nice weather, but we haven’t really been having any of that. I’ll just call it burn out and exhaustion. I haven’t been wanting to cook lately or even do much other than lay down and fall asleep as soon as I get home. No joke, we’ve had PBJs, cheese sandwiches, and frozen pizza for dinner many, many times the last few weeks. Apparently sandwiches are the lazy girl’s dinner! Perhaps I’m feeling lazy because I’m jealous of students getting out of school for the summer. I’ve had a bunch of busy weekends and two more busy weekends on deck — bachlorette party this weekend (!) and a wedding next weekend (!!)...