FRIENDSGIVING’S SIDE GIVING EXTRAORDINAIRE
Today. 2 weeks. Thanksgiving.
Unbelievable! It’s almost that time of year again. Get your fat pants ready people!
Did you ever find yourself rushing into the store to grab one thing, and one thing only: Rotisserie Chicken. Yes, usually that means that you don’t really have enough time to cook dinner. For some reason you got stuck in traffic, or a meeting went a little longer than expected, or maybe you just want to slack a little bit 🙂 It’s all good, no one’s judging. Well today is one of those days for me; I admit it, I want to slack on dinner. But I still have a desire to doctor up my rotisserie poultry. I need some flavor injection in that bird!
WHAT CAN I SAY, IT’S APPLE SEASON . . .
Happy end of October you guys… Let’s seal this beautiful Autumn month with something sweet, something apple and… something easy. All of us somewhat need to get used to having the days shorter and cooler, and the work heavier and more serious. We crave for, well, spice induced comfort.
ONE SIMPLE WORD: SIMPLE 🙂
If I were a dish, I definitely would not be this dish. Like I said (in case if you didn’t read the headline, so here it is again 😉 it’s simple. It’s that kind of meal that you makes think, “how can this be so yummy yet so simple, I almost feel guilty for being already done.” But yes people… It’s that simple and that delicious.
SUPER APPETIZER FOR SUPER LAZY WEEKEND ENTERTAINING
Happy Monday you guys! I gotta tell you this weekend dinner with friends was super laid back. Everything on the menu was simple yet fabulous. The reason being is that we had a very busy week. So, to preserve my sanity fair – although in my mind, sanity, seriously, is for the weak 🙂 – I went with ‘no fuss no mas’ dishes.
KICK THAT CHICKEN UP A NOTCH!
I know I’m dating myself here, but… I used to love Emeril Lagasse’s The Essence of Emeril show on Food Network back in the mid 90’s. Whoa… I know… we’re talking about a show back in the nineteen hundreds. Totally vintage! I loved the energy he brings – smashing down the cooking intimidation factor – the idea that cooking can be fun, and all the sound effects he makes, “Bam!”
IF ONLY GARLIC BREAD & A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH HAD A BABY
Ah the joy of parenthood. There are a lot of Saturday mornings that we spend our time at Panera Bread. It’s not because we’re creatures of habit — nor chain restaurant lovers 🙂 It’s simply because we take our son Nate to his high school football practice, which usually takes a little over 2 hours. Did I tell you that we live 45 minutes away from his school? Yep. Rather than go home just in time for pick up, we park ourselves at the school’s nearby Panera. We get some pastries, have some hazelnut coffee, and order their Asiago cheese bread — to go.
YES SOUP FOR YOU!
Okay… I know I’m still having the ‘everything pumpkin‘ kick. But truly I don’t want you to think I’m just out-of-control obsessive about it that I would cook and bake with pumpkin until the end of Fall! No, of course not… Com’on have a little faith now. However, this recipe utilizes pumpkin’s slender, shapelier, and fraternal sister: Butternut Squash.
PURELY LUSCIOUS AND INCREDIBLY ADDICTING PUMPKIN CAKE
I profess: Every year around this time, (beginning of Fall) I have a recurring feasting obsession — “everything pumpkin.” I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this. I went to Starbucks the other day, and of course was ordering a grande PSL with soy milk, sans whip cream and a heavenly slice of their pumpkin bread. Yep, I went home feeling overloaded with the “everything pumpkin.” But I’m sure the next time I go there, I’ll order the same stuff again.
HEAVENLY MEXICAN DEVILED PRAWNS
Hi guys! If you’re a fan of seafood + spicy Mexican dishes + easy cooking + not necessarily on a budget 🙂 — this is your recipe. I love this dish! This is the kind of dinner meal that makes you look impressive, but not snooty. The kind of dish that your friends think you’re not going cheap on them, yet doesn’t make them feel intimidated to touch and eat. And another bonus for you, it’s quick and simple to make! Entertaining is stressful enough, so why kill yourself in the kitchen if you don’t feel like it, right? 😀