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Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

Published on February 14, 2018, by in Recipes.

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you need a last-minute treat to make for your Valentine, this is NOT the recipe for you. But, these cookies are breaking the internet. I first saw them on Instagram. Then popping up on several food blogs, the New York Times, and Bon Appetit. They. are. everywhere. They are from Alison Roman’s new cookbook Dining In. I took the opportunity to make them for a bake off at my husband’s work. They didn’t win any awards but there also weren’t any left at the end of the day. Recipe taken from Alison Roman. Ingredients: 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2¼ sticks) cold salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces ½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped (but not too fine, you want chunks, not thin shards of chocolate) 1

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Roasted Cauliflower and Turmeric Soup

Published on February 3, 2018, by in Recipes.

I have a long standing love affair with soup. This soup is super easy. I roasted the cauliflower on the weekend, threw it in the fridge, and made the rest on a weeknight for a quick and filling dinner. This soup is a great way to sneak in a lot of vegetables. Ingredients: 6 cups of cauliflower florets(1-1.5 pounds of cauliflower) 1-3 cloves of garlic, chopped(depending on your garlic tolerance) 2 T EVOO 1 t turmeric 1 t cumin 1/8 t crushed red pepper flaskes(optional) 1/2 t salt 1/2 medium onion, chopped 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk Directions: Preheat oven to 450F Place cauliflower florets, onion, and garlic on a sheet pan and drizzle with 2 T EVOO. Toss to coat evenly. In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, cumin, salt, and optional red pepper flakes. Sprinkle over cauliflower. Toss to coat

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DIY-Coconut Milk Yogurt

Published on February 1, 2018, by in Recipes.

Nutrition is super fascinating to me. About a year ago, I decided to really try to cut out added sugar in my diet. In doing that, I ended cutting back a lot on carbs and grains. I essentially switched over to a LCHF/Ketogenic diet. Yes, I know those are not the same thing. I am not strictly keto, I was for a while, but find that lchf works better for me. My biggest issue with these eating styles is that people pick and choose which parts they want to comply with(like eating a pound of bacon everyday) and decide that is how it works. However, if you do the research in how these eating styles are  intended to be executed the guidelines read that you aren’t eating a ton of frankenfoods and that you are eating whole foods with more healthy fats(olives, olive oil, avocados, etc.) I know people have

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Hey, remember when I blogged?

Published on January 24, 2018, by in Uncategorized.

I can’t believe that it has almost been two years since I last updated my blog. No, I can. I was burnt out. After blogging for TEN YEARS, I was done. Over it. It was too time consuming and there were other things I wanted to do. But, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. About hobbies. About how I spend my time. And how maybe I spend too much time mindlessly scrolling on the internet and how my time might be better spent. So, here I am. Looking at a revival of Spatoola. I’ve never stopped creating in the kitchen. So, what have I been up to that I plan on bringing you full posts about in the future? Homemade coconut yogurt:   Curried cauliflower and turmeric soup: And THE cookies that are currently breaking the internet. Alison Roman’s Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookies: See you soon!

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Chicken pineapple curry

Published on February 13, 2016, by in Recipes.

I had found a recipe on Pinterest, but made so many changes to it by the time it was done, that it really looked nothing like the original by the time I was done. Ingredients: 1-15oz can of coconut milk(you can use light if you want) 1 1/2 T red curry paste 1/2 T curry powder 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground garlic powder 1 cup of pineapple chunks(well-drained, reserve juice to the side) 1 large carrot, cut into match sticks 1 1/2 cups broccoli but into bite-sized florets 2 chicken breasts diced cilantro for garnish, optional lime, optional rice or cauliflower rice to serve over Directions: Prepare the rice or cauli rice as directed, so it will be done when your curry is finished. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Stir together the coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, ginger, and garlic powder together in the sauce pan. It

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Plated meal delivery: A review

Published on February 12, 2016, by in Update.

This is not a sponsored post. After a lackluster experience with Hello Fresh, I was a little skeptical about another meal delivery service. I had heard good things about Plated and a friend was kind enough to gift me a free week of meals(3 meals for 2 people). So, why not. Plated was about the exact opposite experience of Hello Fresh. My husband hasn’t stopped talking about how delicious one of the meals was…we ate it 4 days ago. The produce was a much higher quality and almost all organic. The meat and seafood also seemed much higher quality. Plated offers more options of meals to choose from every week. They also offer more exotic dishes that you can add for a slight up charge. Oh, and you want dessert? You can add that on, too. Our first meal was Chicken with Brussels Sprouts: Look at that! Plated was able

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HelloFresh: a review

Published on February 11, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

This is not a sponsored post. I’ve been on the hunt for some new meal ideas. I love the idea of a meal delivery service for two. When I find a new recipe I want to make, I am often deterred by the amount of special ingredients I need to buy to make the recipe once. What if I don’t like the recipe and now have three full spice bottles I’ll never use again? Or what will I do with the rest of that random vegetable that I only needed a little of? I decided that I would try a few of the meal delivery services, and why not, they offer great deals for first time customers. The  first company I tried was HelloFresh. I paid about $30 for 3 meals that are 2 servings each. There were about 6 options to choose from. I chose a shrimp lettuce wrap,

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Old favorites, new favorites

Published on January 26, 2016, by in Update.

I have really enjoyed being back in the kitchen more since the start of the new year. When we travel a lot, we do as I think most people do, shop for convenience and speed. I hadn’t been making nearly as many things from scratch. I’ve really enjoyed having homemade nut milks among other things on hand. One of my favorite things to make with homemade milk is chia pudding. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Another thing I’ve done to help myself have more time in the kitchen is on occasion I get some of my groceries delivered. I still buy almost all of my staples at Aldi, but this really helps me to cut down on running to 3 different grocery stores, which can take up most of 1 weekend day, when you don’t have a car. What grocery delivery service do I use? Artizone! I love them. They are

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The thing about moderation…

Published on January 13, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

Going into the new year, I declared Tuesday’s to be treat Tuesday’s. If I want dessert then I can have it on a Tuesday. It really makes me think about what I would want and choose wisely. I had dessert last Tuesday. A delicious chocolate and almond butter tart. Then I was thinking about it yesterday and there was nothing that I wanted. I always forget that when I cut down on sugar, it makes me not really want it anymore. The more I eat sugar, the more I want. So after only one treat Tuesday, I fell off the treat wagon. Not that there won’t be treats, but…they are just so much less appealing now. I love eggs. Love them. I had this little creation the other day and it was a total delight. Spinach, tomato, and feta. The feta really gave them a kick of flavor. I know it

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Goals

Published on January 1, 2016, by in Update.

I told you I’d be back with my goals. I’ve done month long detoxes, 3 day diets, and all sorts of other plans. Some stuck for longer than others, but none of them lasted. So what is my plan for this year? Moderation. I’m following a healthy eating plan that allows treats. I even stayed within my parameters last night when we went out to eat and had cocktails. It was great. I was in control. So what am I doing today? Dialing it back a little. I’m a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan and today is the Rose Bowl. I could be at a bar with an all I can drink special and a buffet of unhealthy foods. I’m not. I’m watching the game from home, confit ably in my pajamas andtreating myself to a little good charcuterie, lots of water, fruit and vegetables. And I’m happy with that…I’m in

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