Earlier this week, my mom and I held a cooking demonstration for some of the ladies in her neighborhood. It was a fun time. We were flying back and forth, preparing One-Pan Roasted Salmon, Lemon Garlic Chicken and Veggies while explaining how to not blow up your house while using an Instant Pot. Like I said, a fun time. 🙂
We demonstrated how to make Kalua Pork in the instant pot, and promised you could make a million different recipes using it as a base. We mentioned pork tacos, asian wraps with carrot slaw and sesame ginger dressing, BBQ sliders…and now we have one more…
Kalua Pork Power Bowl!
MAGIC. Harry, Ron and Hermione were pretty dang good at waving their wands around and making cool things happen. And I, for one, am still holding out hope that a letter from Hogwarts will come flying out of our fireplace. Because honestly…I think I’m doing all right at performing magic. In the kitchen, at least. And to be more specific, in the instant pot. Okay, maybe it’s not me doing the magic. It’s the pot. Take this Instant Pot Kalua Pork, for example. It’s pure magic!
I’ve talked about “food moments” before…you know, those times when you take just ONE bite of something and know that you’ll remember it forever. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, OH BOY. Food Moment! Well, Triple Tomato and Burrata Salad was born from just one of those moments. And it’s not even close to tomato season. Go figure!?!
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli. YUM.
You know when you were little, you kinda had the weirdest tastes for food? At least that’s how my family’s childhood was.
Particularly my sister, Katie. She loved “pickles and nuts,” that marshmallow candy bar called “Rocky Road,” those terrifying beef-and-cheese sticks you get at the gas station, and Chinese takeout, “Beef and Broccoli.”
How much do I love this time of year? Can I just say that Winter and I have a love/hate relationship?! Sure, it’s beautiful and peaceful and cozy, but March hits and I am D O N E. I need warmth on my face and color in the world. I need SPRING!
Spring means tulips (my fav flower), green grass, budding trees and geese. Oh, the geese! We have a whole gaggle (now that’s a funny word) of geese who return each fall and spring for about a month. The geese are usually the very first sign that spring is on its way.
For some reason, this particular gaggle has designated our rooftop as their official meeting place. It could be that it’s close to our backyard pond. (They love being there, too.) Maybe it’s because we have a pretty tall roof, so they can see their friends coming.
All I know is that, for about a month this time of year, the honking on our rooftop is pretty much incessant. And unfortunately, the spot they like the best is right next to our stove vent. So, you know what that means. Echo-y honking all through the house. For a month. What are they discussing at such great lengths up there?
I know what WE are discussing at great lengths down here, in the kitchen. FOOD! In particular, Easter food. Spring food. And so, without any honking or gaggling, here is an Easter Recipe Roundup of some of our faves, all tied together in one little brunchy package:
Stuffed French Toast is all the feels.
It’s road-trip diners, weekends at the cabin, Easter mornings.
Stuffed French Toast is just one of those foods that’s filled with memories for me. Every bite is a flashback to friends, family and happy moments. I love those foods. The ones that bring you right back to a memory, where you actually feel like you’re there again, years later.
How to Plan the Perfect Party…
I love to throw parties. I always have. Drew calls me “Party Girl.” His ring tone for me is a steel-drum band. I blame my parents. They had tons of parties for their friends, and one of my favorite memories was hiding behind chairs and under the piano, listening to the grown-ups talking and laughing at the dining table. It sounded so elegant and adult and fancy.
People ask me all the time about how I stay so calm when I’m throwing a big party. And here’s the deal. I do what I love. That’s the key. I love to cook, and I love to plan menus. I can sit for hours at night in bed, with twenty cookbooks around me, reading recipes and creating potential menus. I know…I’m kind of a nut. But my point is: Do what you love and your guests will love it, too.
Sometimes you just need soup. Creamy, full-of-flavah, little-effort-to-make soup. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.
The other day I was at Sprouts, and noticed their pre-cubed butternut squash was on sale. It was in my cart within one second. Because, peeling, seeding and cubing? Nobody got time fo’ that. Actually, it’s really not that bad and I don’t really mind veggie preppin’ but when I do see the pre-cubed stuff on sale, I get pretty excited.
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day…
I remember as a kid, going through my closet before school to pick out the greenest outfit I had. No pinches for me! Even if it meant wearing the ugly poo-green sweater at the back of my closet.
And then as I got a little older, I decided to get clever and wear no green at all…except for my underwear.
I’d get pinched by those unknowing fools, and then because I was actually wearing green, I’d get to pinch them “unlimited times” all day. I thought I was the most clever one in the class, until I realized you had to prove you were actually wearing green…
Jokes on me.
Eye candy is totally a thing. For some people, a car’s all about how it looks more than how many miles you can go on a tank. Clothes? Gotta look good. And for me, it’s a thing with food more than anything else. Like this gorgeous Butter Lettuce and Watercress Salad! You gotta sell me on how it looks before I try it.