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Easy Awesome Caramel Corn

Easy Awesome Caramel Corn

I’m back from what feels like a very long hiatus! My last post was in April (basically a lifetime in the internet world)!

I don’t really have an excuse… Just needed some time to re-group, re-evaluate my goals, and just think about why I started this little project. While I was doing this, I would log in every couple of months or so, just to see if anyone out there was finding me in my little corner of the vaaaaaaaaaaaast web.

Unsurprisingly, not too many people were. But I did notice one thing. Even on days when only one or two people stopped by, my page views were often three or four times that. So what? Well… I figure it means some of those few people who did stop by, whether referred by Google, Pinterest, Foodgawker or whatever, were at least interested enough to click around a few times. It’s not much but I’ll take it!

Follow-through has never really been my strong suit. Sometimes I feel like the wind is in my sails and I have the will to do anything. But after a while the wind dies down or changes direction and I get bored, distracted, or just lazy.

One interesting buzzword I see everywhere these days is “hustle”. I’ve been thinking about that word a lot. I think hustling is about turning on the motor when you don’t feel the wind in your sails. Or switching on the generator when the power goes out.

One way I plan to keep my interest in this blog alive is by posting about more than just food. When I started the blog, I deliberately picked a name that was not food-related to give me greater flexibility in what I could talk about. I think it’s time to put that in action, so while I may not know exactly what those things will be yet, I promise to try and keep it interesting and/or relevant and/or helpful to you in some way.

If you’ve read this far, let me say “thank you”!

But if you just came for the caramel corn (most likely the case), here it is!

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Whyyyy do I find it so hard to resist the IKEA cafeteria? The last time we went, there were no clean tables, no forks left in the utensil bins, and the food hovered somewhere around room temp. As I sat at my sticky table eating my cold Indian butter chicken with a spoon, I silently fumed. The dry cracker-like piece of naan bread only added insult to injury.

I probably should’ve just gone with the Swedish Meatballs, I thought. But I’d still be eating them with a spoon.

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Chocolate Easter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Easter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The long awaited Easter weekend is finally here and Phil and I are lucky enough to have both the Friday and Monday off. Much as I wish I could say Friday was spent frolicking at the park with Jack, or any number of other “quality time” activities… our daycare was open on the Friday, and well…

Sometimes you need to do your taxes without tiny hands clawing at your keyboard, you know? And sometimes you want to have lunch at a restaurant, just you and another adult, and not stress about the fact that you forgot the bib, the sippy cup, and everything else that might keep your table from looking like a war zone.

Anyway, not that I’m feeling guilty or anything.

Moving on!

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Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

The word “quiche” comes from the German word kuchen which means “cake” or “tart”. Isn’t Wikipedia great?

I sometimes think about the people who spend their valuable time writing and editing Wikipedia entries. In these dark times, it kind of gives me hope in humankind knowing that, with no monetary incentive or real recognition, there are people willing to do this work for the pure joy of contributing to peoples’ general knowledge. It is both noble and inspiring.

While I was on the quiche page, I couldn’t resist looking up Wikipedia on Wikipedia. We’re talking 40 million articles in 250 languages. Amazing.

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Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Last week my husband Phil came down with a bout of pneumonia. As a result, not much cooking happened around here, but one night I made this Indian spiced carrot ginger soup and, for a sick guy, he slurped it down pretty enthusiastically. The warm spices pair perfectly with the sweet carrots and ginger, and with a dollop of plain yoghurt, it is pure comfort.

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Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

Salad for dinner is a  year round once-a-week staple at our house, but I have to admit that I sometimes struggle to keep it interesting. To make salad appealing and substantial enough to be a main course, I feel like there needs to be some protein. In our case this usually comes in the form of chicken, but this chopped salad I made recently reminded me that beans, yes beans, are awesome. Creamy and filling and requiring zero preparation beyond opening a can and rinsing, they are a true gift when it comes to easy weeknight meals.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s a food blog without a chocolate chip cookie recipe, right? But since you probably already have a favorite, I won’t try to convince you that these are “The Best” or, as the Model Bakery claims, “The Ultimate” chocolate chip cookies.

(But they are though).

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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

There are so many compatibility questions to work out at the beginning of a promising relationship, aren’t there? Do you both want kids… Are your career goals aligned… Will you live in the city or the suburbs… Can you tolerate each others’ friends?

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last night, as a monster blizzard blew through town, I thought about this soup. (Instead we had a frozen pizza but that’s neither here nor there). The truth is, for me, this chicken tortilla soup is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The heat from the chipotle chile warms you right up from the inside, and you can whip it up in under half an hour, so you can get back under your blanket on the couch ASAP.

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

Easy Chocolate Mousse

When I found out I would be a mother, I got a little crazy. Pregnancy and parenting books littered our living room and bedroom for months, and I was constantly planning and obsessing about sleep schedules, feeding schedules, developmental milestones and so on. And on.

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