In My Kitchen – March 2017

I know February is a short month but boy did it ever fly by in the blink of an eye!  It’s already a few days into March and I still don’t believe it.

We had another busy month as usual, though I didn’t manage to capture much as far as photos go.  Here’s what I’ve got in my kitchen this month….

My sweetie got me two gorgeous wooden bowls for Valentine’s Day.  He know the way to my heart!  The first is a huge antique bowl which currently holds all our blood oranges and cara cara oranges.  It sits on the kitchen table which is currently covered with plastic and acting as a greenhouse with all our seedlings (hey, just keeping it real this month)!

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Blood Orange Ginger Fizz

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As I mentioned in my last post this is the year we are embracing citrus season. This is the first year I’ve been able to find blood oranges locally (mind you they are from California).  Sean has developed a LOVE for blood oranges, frequently I’ll peel in the morning to pack in his school lunch.

My first memories of having blood oranges were when Josh was working in Italy back when we lived in Germany in 2005.  I made the trip with him a couple times and the hotel where we stayed has fresh blood orange juice every morning for breakfast.  It was so incredibly tasty. Continue reading

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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For some reason this seems to be the first year I’ve completely embraced citrus fruits.  I think the biggest factor is that I can finally find the “good stuff”.  For me that means blood oranges, cara cara oranges and meyer lemons.

In the past they’ve all be hard to come by.  So now the boys and I might be a little addicted, especially to blood oranges.

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Spelt Waffles

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Waffles are one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t help but wonder why anyone would ever buy store bought.  The time you put in is so minimal and yet the flavor difference between homemade and store bought is extreme.

Josh and I have had our waffle iron since we got married.  It was one of the items on our registry and let me say it gets used!  We certainly use it more now that we have three boys who are always hungry, but even when it was just us waffle breakfasts were not uncommon.

I think the thing I like most about waffles is how versatile they are.  Sure, you can go the traditional route and cover them in maple syrup.  Are you one of those people that has to have syrup in every single hole??!

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In My Kitchen – February 2017

Can you believe it’s already February?!  The time is just flying by despite some of the days dragging.  It was a strange month in our kitchen.  For nearly two weeks I was on a very restricted diet or clear liquids so the cooking and baking was a little slow.  Don’t get me wrong, the guys didn’t starve.  It just wasn’t my most creative work!

In my kitchen this month I started this new meal journal.  I write down what we have for every family dinner, not the recipe, just what we ate.  I also note how well it was received (or not so well in the case of Jack and Sean eating polenta).

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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I’m not exactly sure what took so long to put up a biscuit post.  We certainly eat biscuits a few times a month.  Perhaps it took so long because they disappear very quickly!  There isn’t a spare second to photograph them before the boys have inhaled them.

Here’s a confession, I was raised in the North.  Not exactly biscuit country.  As a result I was raised on the biscuits from a tube.  You know the kind, pop the tube open and voila, you’ve got flaky biscuits. Continue reading

In My Kitchen – January 2017

It’s a new year, wow!  Where did the time ever go?!  I look at the boys and they are getting HUGE, I know time has passed but it still surprises me sometimes.  December was a busy month as I’m sure it was for most of you.  Here’s a peek in our kitchen during that madness….

Between various holiday school parties, teacher gifts and a teacher luncheon there was a lot of action in the kitchen.  Here’s a collage  sampling of what happened in our kitchen.

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The big picture is Sean and Ewan “decorating” their own pizza on a family pizza night, always a favorite dinner night!  Then from the top right around we have:  Jack decorating some World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies, the decorated World Peace Cookies, a rum cake soaking in the pan overnight for a teacher holiday luncheon, Jack posing with all the teacher gifts the boys took to school and desserts for the teacher luncheon, a veggie plate for Jack’s class holiday party, Jack making eggnog and Ewan rolling gingerbread cookies in sugar.  Wow, that was all done in just two days!!

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