It’s all happening!

Three of these chef coats are mine now. I’m pretty much the most excited I’ve ever been in my life.

Merry Christmas to me!

This is all it takes to make my Christmas merry. I’m giddy just imagining all the apples I will core.

Tarty McTarterson

Cindy Mushet’s Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta)

‘Tis the season for holiday potlucks. If you’re already bored of your standby holiday dessert recipes, give this one a shot. It was super duper easy, it turns out really pretty with minimal attention to presentation, and isn’t overly sweet, which is a nice change of pace from that sugar high you’re gonna be riding all the way through to New Years. One little recipe note: The recipe says you should let this bake for 45-50 minutes, but mine only took about 35. Just keep an eye on it after the 30 minute mark. All the butter in that crust means it could go from barely blonde to overdone in a hurry.

I got the recipe from Food52. If you aren’t already following their tumblr, do it now. So many great recipes without a lot of fuss or specialty ingredients.

That’s a Spicy Meatball!

Za’Atar Spiced Meatballs

Today I learned that it’s nearly impossible to get an appetizing photo of meatballs with a camera phone. I’m sorry. Please don’t report me to the food blogger police. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

Don’t let the less than delicious looking picture deter you, though, you MUST try this meatball recipe. It’s really yummy. Order the Za’Atar Spice blend from Savory Spice Shop, or find another blend with a similar set of spices.  I paired these meatballs with couscous and sauteed green beans, and made a quick little pureed tomato and garlic sauce in the Magic Bullet to go with.  It all came together super fast. I cut the recipe in half, with just half a pound of the ground lamb, and I have three meatball pyramid things left over for lunch tomorrow.

Just walking into Savory inspires me to try new things. Every time I go, I pick up a new to me spice blend to try out. Just opening all the jars of herbs and spices and blends and smelling and tasting all those interesting flavours just makes me want to live in my kitchen. That’s what I love about the world of food— I can never run out of things to learn. I can see using this spice blend for all sorts of things.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Quite the Pair(ing)


Fruit and Herb Pairing! Try elevating those fruit-based desserts with our garden friends.

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