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In The Kitchen

I mentioned we’ve been trying to clean up our diets after a couple months of indulgences. Here’s a sample of what we’ve been feeding ourselves.

Last Sunday we watched the Seahawks valiantly try to come back but still lose while eating these amazing wings from Nom Nom Paleo. Seriously amazing. Will be making on Super Bowl Sunday for sure.


Later for dinner I made some meatballs (ground beef, ground pork, garlic, chives, parsley, salt and pepper). Simmered in some simple marinara and dinner was ready. Both Teddy and Cormac are obsessed with spaghetti and meatballs, so this was a super simple meal for the whole family.


For lunch throughout the week, I made Mexican Chicken Soup from Ina Garten, minus the tortilla chips. Topped with avocado, super easy, filling lunch.


Some random night this week, I made Chicken Cacciatore from The Chew (subbed homemade chicken broth for the red wine). Michael Symon. Heart eyes emoji.


I used leftover chicken thigh bones (everyone keeps leftover chicken bones in a Ziplock in their freezer, right?), to make some chicken broth in the slow cooker (throw bones, a chopped carrot, onion, and celery with some parsley, salt and pepper in the cooker on low for 8 hours). Add in onions, carrots, celery and herbs along with some poached, shredded chicken thighs, and you’ve got soup.


Ohhhhh and the best thing ever (not an ad, I swear) – SunBasket: a recipe ingredient delivery service similar to Blue Apron, but with more diet-specific options (Paleo, Vegetarian, Classic, etc). We got our first delivery this week and all the Paleo options were Whole30 complaint and super easy.


You all know I love a recipe meal delivery service. I loved anything with delivery actually. Oh, and I’ve been making a lot of Nespresso lattes with coconut milk. Pretty good. That’s probably all I’ve got for now.

Everyday Life

After a ridiculous weekend high of 95 degrees, it’s cooled back off to the 70’s around here, thank goodness. I barely tolerate the sun and anything above 70 degrees anymore. I wilt without A/C. The good news is that I finally feel safe turning on my oven so I’ve actually been cooking. Monday I made a batch of the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I used that to make some sesame seed buns and threw some chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. 20150721_005531000_iOS Shredded the chicken, added a bit more sauce and piled it on a bun. Topped with some coleslaw because it just goes together. I repurposed the same ingredients for Tuesday’s dinner and made some pizza crust with the leftover dough, topped with the barbecue chicken, and added some roasted corn, scallions, cilantro and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 20150722_002659567_iOS I just baked this in the oven on the pizza stone at 500F for 15 minutes. I thought it was one of my better recent efforts in the kitchen. Tuesday my friend Sarah came over for a play date with her son and because she’s so thoughtful, she brought us a bag of plums from their tree. Obviously when someone gives you delicious, fresh produce, the best thing to do is to take away any trace of health by adding butter and sugar, right? 20150722_223150500_iOS I had seen this recipe in my feed in the morning and decided it sounded like a perfect summer dessert. We had cherries on hand, but I thought it might be a nice way to use some of the plums. You guys. Seriously. It was so tart and delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but Brent is kind of obsessed with this pie. 20150723_222152153_iOS I’m a little surprised we have any left, actually. Though we did polish off like 3/4th of it in two days. Yeah, so as you can see, I’ve kind of been killing it in the kitchen this week. I’ve also been making our Blue Apron meals as usual. Wednesday we had these stuffed poblano peppers, which I think was a repeat recipe for us, but still easy and delicious. 20150723_002502725_iOS And last night I made this Squid Ink Linguine, which I didn’t dislike, but it was not my fave. Maybe it was too rich or something? I don’t know. It’s pretty visually striking though.
And outside of the kitchen, we’ve been staying pretty close to home this week, mostly hanging out at Green Lake and walking over to the beach and wading pool.
I think Cormac could throw rocks in the water and say “Hi” to the ducks pretty much all day long.
We spent a couple hours at the wading pool yesterday, trying to wear Cormac out so I’d get a nap out of him (it worked).
Teddy just mostly hung out with me in the tent shade, but he did some feet dangling on the edge.
Cormac eventually wore himself out enough to head home, and Teddy was clearly pooped too.
I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of July! In less than two weeks, we’ve got my, Brent’s, and Cormac’s birthdays, and our Oregon coast vacation. August is going to feel pretty busy around here.