Homemade Applesauce.

Homemade applesauce is thick, naturally sweet, and intensely apple-y in a way that grainy, watery, artificially sweetened store-bought sauce can't compete with!

Homemade applesauce has become a hobby an addiction a passion of mine. Every few weeks I buy a 15 lb box of “scratch and dent” apples, and it sits on the counter for 3 days while I squirm and wish it didn’t exist. Why did I saddle myself with all these apples aGAIN? But then…I finally tackle it, and as I wash the apples their gleaming, shiny skins start improving my mood.
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Crispy Cheesy Grilled Potatoes.

Crispy cheesy grilled potatoes are the ultimate summer side dish - plus, they're so easy!

If you’ve been a reader for long, you know that one of my main goals for summer dinners (besides binging on corn on the cob) is moving as much of the cooking outside to the grill as we can! I love any meat on the grill, and these grilled potatoes go with anything. They couldn’t be easier – and they’re crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and topped with melty cheese. SO GOOD. Continue reading “Crispy Cheesy Grilled Potatoes.”

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Citrus Kale Salad.

Citrus kale salad is full of delicious contrasts - tangy dressing, hearty kale, sweet juicy oranges, and crunchy almonds. It's salad heaven, and you can make prep the components ahead of time for salad all week!

This is the first salad recipe I’ve ever posted, and there’s a reason for that: I’m the sad, sad queen of letting bags of leafy greens turn to slime in my fridge, because salads don’t excite me enough to make the effort to, you know, put them in a bowl. Until now. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been eating citrus kale salad almost every day, because it’s wonderful and delicious and beautiful. Between the slight bitterness of the kale and a tangy dressing, the oranges taste extra sweet, and their juiciness is everything I never knew my salads were missing. Continue reading “Citrus Kale Salad.”

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Roasted Carrots.

It’s January, so let’s eat vegetables! Roasted carrots get such a sweet, concentrated flavor, and they go with anything. The prep only takes a few minutes, and carrots roast faster than, say, sweet potatoes, so you don’t have to plan ahead much for this one. Plus, I always have a bag of carrots in my fridge, since they keep forever (and we use them just about every day for salads carrots + peanut butter). Continue reading “Roasted Carrots.”

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The Best Oven Fries.

crispy crunchy oven fries

These aren’t just good-for-homemade oven fries. These are my favorite fries in all the land. They’re crispy and salty, thick but not stodgy…and you don’t have to peel the potatoes (which saves time and obviously pushes us to the right on the junk food<—–>health food continuum). Continue reading “The Best Oven Fries.”

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Baked Sweet Potatoes.

perfect baked sweet potato

It feels a little silly to post a “recipe” for baked sweet potatoes. Like – poke some holes and stick ’em in the oven pretty much sums up the whole process. But if you’ve ever had the discouraging experience of baking potatoes for a dang long time only to discover that they’re still hard as rocks when the rest of your dinner is ready, you can appreciate this post! Continue reading “Baked Sweet Potatoes.”

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Tender Roasted Potatoes and Butternut Squash (with melty cheddar).

roasted potatoes and butternut squash

A lonely butternut squash had been sitting on the counter for a few days, and I was planning to roast some vegetables to go with pork tenderloin for dinner. I was going to chop a few things up, toss them with olive oil and salt and pepper and throw them in the oven, but as I was cutting up the squash I started thinking about a potato dish that I hadn’t made in a few years. I decided to try it with the butternut squash mixed in to health-ify things, figuring the caramelized onion and cheese would help the squash along. But instead – the squash made the whole thing ten times better – the sweet and salty combination was so, so good. I don’t think I can go back to the potatoes-only version! Continue reading “Tender Roasted Potatoes and Butternut Squash (with melty cheddar).”

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Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).

Burrito bowls are the ultimate crowd-pleasing, make-ahead, freezer-friendly party meal!

If you read Part 1, then you know that crispy, rich, tasty pork carnitas are a key component to The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal. This post is devoted to the rest of it – the elements that make a meal that can satisfy just about anyone’s tastes and dietary preferences. You are channeling Chipotle, and you’re going to make a lot of tummies very happy. Continue reading “Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).”

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