an ode to vegetables

August 21, 2012 § 3 Comments

i think it’s safe to say that i’m like most people. if i’m not careful leave the grocery store without putting one vegetable in my cart. i KNOW i should eat them. i understand intellectually that if i want to feel good and be in optimal health that i need to make more of an effort to eat right. i have a sweet tooth, a salty tooth a fried foods tooth, need i go on? i’m noticing, however, when i eat them, i don’t feel very great. being a mom with an almost 1 year old (holy batman people. less than a week until he turns a year old) makes me walk the walk. the wee one usually scarfs down the same food we’re eating. this really puts the pressure on to eat right. no longer are the luxurious days of waiting until 9pm and then driving through mcdonalds for not only a number 5 but a 99 cent nuggets too (i know you do this too). despite this speech. i will forever identify with the clip below.

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ratatouille like a french maman

August 7, 2012 § 2 Comments

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ratatouille is more than just a movie? who knew?!? it’s a quintessential french veggie dish. apparently there is a bit of a debate about what authentic ratatouille and how it should be cooked. i have eaten ratatouille in american restaurants and eaten my version. my mother-in-law’s version is hands down, the best i’ve ever had. while i am no expert in the filed of french cuisine, i am an expert in eating. i do it about 20 times a day. (don’t you?) i’m pretty well versed in what i like and what i don’t like. and i like this dish a lot. sometimes i find myself struggling to eat an appropriate amount of vegetables. ratatoullie tastes so good and eases my guilt about eating 20 times a day. although i have been making ratatoullie for the past 7 years, i never could make it as good as my mother-in-laws (i’m assuming everyone who is reading knows me personally and that my husband is from france). lucky for you my mother-in-law is visiting (we have this guy to thank for that) and she made some ratatouille. this time, i paid attention, i watched her every move and asked her a million questions. so keep reading if you want to know the secrets of making delicious authentic ratatouille.

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just beet it – chilled beet soup

July 30, 2012 § 5 Comments

i couldn’t resist! ha ha. so beets, do you like them? if you don’t have you tasted one as an adult, or is it a dislike leftover from childhood? it seemed to be the general consensus that beets around these parts that beets suck. i’m posting today in defense of the beet! not only do they taste good, they are good for you! read more about that here.

my exposure to beets as a kid comes from my mother. this in the form of her ritual of sliced canned beets dipped in mayonnaise. for some reason i thought my mom eating beets dipped in mayo was tre sophisticated, i would often bring it up in conversation and tell people, oh yeah, we eat beets. dipped in mayo. until on day, my mom took me aside and explained that she really just ate beets that way as an excuse to eat mayo. hey mom, since that time, i have learned that in france, they dip carrots in mayo! so mom you were on to something.

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strawberry rhubarb crisp

July 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

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i’m over at simply living this week. check out my recipe for a wonderful strawberry rhubarb crisp!

curried lentils with butternut squash

July 9, 2012 § 9 Comments

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it was a busy week last week! a birthday, a holiday and family visiting from out of town, it feels like christmas in july. amidst all the festivities i managed to steal sometime for myself and cook. there are some nights where cooking feels like a chore and then there are other nights where cooking feels like the best creative outlet. I feel alive, and excited that i get to create these small treasures and then force my whole family to eat them. one great thing about being married to someone who doesn’t care about food and having a son that can’t voice his opinion yet (well with words anyway) is i get to make whatever the fuck i want when i want. and you know what, after being at work all day, it’s quite to be able to call the shots and not have someone say i don’t want that…so thanks severin and oliver, for putting up with my bossy pants.

raw cheesecake: matcha green tea with vanilla whipped topping

June 27, 2012 § 5 Comments

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don’t let the raw food thing throw you. this recipe is delicious regardless of what food philosophy you subscribe to. i was having a major craving for green tea ice mochi cream, (i put away three boxes in one sitting while pregnant). clearly, oliver didn’t get the memo about how awesome these desserts are because he can’t tolerate dairy in his mama’s milk. so for the most part i’ve been abstaining from dairy (except of course to inhale the best chocolate chip cookie ever). this recipe originates from one of my favorite blogs, my new roots. thus far, i have made 3 versions of this recipe. it is so easy to make and the error margin is non existant. it’s a fantastic recipe to try out your culinary genius, let your flavor freak flag fly. you can build layer upon layer, the flavor combinations are endless.

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guest blog

June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

i have a scrumptious recipe for you over at my dear friend ariana’s blog, simply living.

she is growing the simply living network so look for additional posts on simple style, simple organizing, and more to come.

click here dad, it will take you to the chicken recipe you should make mom for dinner đŸ™‚

xo

jen

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