Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Dinner Ideas Roundup

Just wanted to drop in to give you a few ideas for your Easter dinner this weekend.  I'd completely forgotten about the Glazed Carrots and Charred Green Beans recipes below, so now I'm all excited to make them!!

Happy Easter*!

* Please, please, please eat a huge pile of candy for me this weekend!  I put myself on a diet without even thinking about all the Easter candy and desserts I'll be drooling over for the next few days.  Sunday will be a cheat day for me and we're not even going to talk about all of the Peeps I'll consume that day.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Recipe Rewind: Natural Easter Egg Dye

(originally posted 4/2/2012)

Note from Sara:
I'm so excited to have a guest blogger posting for us today!  Katie, from Living Crunchy, is a new friend, and lately, we've been swapping book-length emails about food and diets and eating clean in a world that makes it so tricky to do.  We thought it would be fun to guest-post on each other's blogs, and she came up with a fantastic post to share here!  (Now, I've got to rack my brain for something equally awesome to write up for Living Crunchy!)  

Please give her a nice big welcome and click on over to her blog for awesome tips on green living and raising her two boys!

Natural Easter Egg Dye

It’s Easter time, and that means it is time to hard-boil and dye more eggs than you can possibly eat for the festivities! Instead of buying one of those over-priced kits with chemical dye, why not try making your own dye? It is cheap, non-toxic, and lots of fun.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bourbon Gingersnap Ham (Alton Brown's City Ham)

Easter Ham!  They're plastered all over the grocery ads and commercials right now, but you weren't quite sure what you'd do with one this year.  Right?  How about something a little different, but a lot delicious?  And easy, to boot?

Enter Alton Brown's "City Ham."  This recipe has been floating around in my head for - I kid you not - at least 7 years.  And I finally just got around to making it!  I'm not sure why on earth I stalled in making it; it's awesome stuff.  Bo even declared it the best ham he's ever had.  And I have to say, I loved that it was easy to make and didn't involve any guesswork.  But that's what's wonderful about Alton Brown's recipes; they are science-y and detailed and easy to follow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Hey, look.  Yet another salad dressing recipe.  (Here's one and another and another and another and another and three more.)  But the thing is, I eat a lot of salad.  For a while there, I was packing some kind of huge salad in my lunch every day.  So you can bet that I quickly grow tired of the same ingredients and the same dressings.  Add to that the fact that bought salad dressing is so iffy on flavor, and buying a whole bottle of something new is an expensive taste-test.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irish Grandmother's Shepherd's Pie

Did I tell you that Bo's mom is from Ireland?  As in, she still has a bit of her accent, even though she's lived in the States for fifty years.  So, of course, I asked her to make something festive, now that she's living with us!

Over the years, Bo has asked me to make him Shepherd's Pie because he loves it.  I'd never even tasted it, so when I went digging for recipes, I had no idea which ingredients would make a recipe good or not.  So, I tried a few variations on him.  He claimed that they were good; I didn't care for any of it.

Fast forward to yesterday, and I asked his mom to make Shepherd's Pie the way she's always made it.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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