5 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Spring always makes me think of planting a garden. And planting a garden, makes me think about what needs to be planted so we can make the most use out of the garden. I try to be thoughtful when purchasing items because I don’t want to make a lot of trash. The other day I noticed our overflowing recycle bin and was a bit upset. Thankfully, hubby reminded me that we are doing our part because we recycle. So, I thought I’d share 5 easy ways to reduce food waste. Continue reading “5 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste”

Pressure Cooker Chickpea Masala (Chana Masala)

The last couple of days have been cooler than expected. And on those days I just want something warm and inviting. This chickpea masala or chana masala is just that. Super easy in the pressure cooker and you can adapt it however you want. Filling with a spicy kick at the end, that’s exactly what I like in a dish.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Yum, this chocolate zucchini bread is even more delicious than I remember. When I was pregnant with our oldest I was lucky enough to have a friend make me a chocolate zucchini bread. I had never had it before and it was so tasty. It was exactly what a pregnant me needed and wanted. This chocolate zucchini bread remix was made for the babies so it contains no cow’s milk and no eggs.

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Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms is one of my favorite Italian dishes. This dish holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of some of the best times in high school. The end the softball season (also the end of the school year). But at the end of the season, the coach would treat the team to dinner. Those were great times and this dish makes me reminisce on the good ol’ days.

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6 Spices for Your International Pantry

Over the years I’ve amassed a large pantry. I have several items I try to always keep on hand no matter what  like canned beans and pasta. Spices weren’t something I put much thought into until I decided I really wanted my food to taste more authentic. Whether purchasing a pre-made spice blend or making your own (I’ve made a few) these spices and spice combinations bring you closer to the authentic taste of many international dishes. Here are 6 spices for your International Pantry.

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Potato Galette

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and I wanted to make something different to celebrate the holiday. I always make corned beef and cabbage  so that was out. Then I remembered the Irish Pub hubby and I went to while we were in Maine. We ended up in a conversation with another couple and I remember the husband saying that he was happy with a dish as long as the potatoes were good. That’s right the cornerstone of any good Irish dish is the potato. And you can’t get more pure than a potato galette. It’s straight up potatoes and butter. Which means it’s so delicious.

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Gobi Pakora: Indian Cauliflower  Fritters

Monday is Holi the Hindu Spring festival in India. Holi is also know as the festival of color because during the celebration people throw paint at each other. There’s music and food and dancing during the celebration. It’s a wonderful time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make it to the celebration (the New York celebration is serious) so I thought it might be nice to celebrate in our own way. So we are making pakoras. Pakoras are fritters with lots of Indian spices. One of our favorite types is gobi pakora or the cauliflower fritter. Gobi pakoras were served at last year’s celebration so it’s fitting that we make them for our mini Holi celebration.

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Pasta Puttanesca with Shrimp

Pasta puttanesca is not a dish I would typically make. Though now that I think about, I should. Why is it not a dish I’d make at home? Because it has anchovies in it. I used to not like anchovies. But I’m coming around to it. And this pasta puttanesca with shrimp is one of the most simple and delicious dishes ever.

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3 Reasons to Buy Chicken Thighs

Almost every recipe these days calls for chicken breasts. And that’s all well and good but I’d argue that buying chicken thighs makes more sense. Especially, if you are extremely distracted while cooking or trying to save money (that’s me all day). Using chicken things could be the difference between pass the ketchup and yum that was delicious. So, here are 3 reasons to buy chicken thighs.

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