Thursday, July 9, 2015

Butter Chicken Pasta in Ramadan

We're smack in the middle of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, and I am not ashamed to admit that it's challenging. The not eating all day is tough but the no coffee? Now THAT is the true test. Sometimes, I linger in the kitchen at work when I see someone making a cup of coffee in the hopes that the smell is enough to keep me going. Coffee through osmosis is a thing, y'all!

Some (most) days, the only thing that gets me through is planning out my evening meal in great detail. That's sort of a consistent theme from Ramadans past. I'm not talking about a general plan of what I'm going to have for dinner. Oh heck no. I actually make a list of the things I'm going to eat in the order I'm going to eat them. Not a mental list mind you. Not even a iPhone list. Oh no. This is a full on paper and pen list because the act of writing down my food choices on a yellow notepad convinces me that it's really going to happen. Try it, it works. Fasting folks, you can thank me later.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing with Blogger CLUE

Ask any food blogger what the best part of food blogging is, and they'll inevitably tell you about the new friends they've made as a result. Like-minded friends that understand how it's important to capture the perfect picture of a meal before digging in. Friends that can talk about the critical differences between ten kinds of salt. And friends that have at least four recipes for the most perfect chocolate chip cookies. Food blogging has certainly introduced me to those very friends and that's why I was super excited to be partnered with Jean of Lemons and Anchovies for this month's Blogger CLUE challenge (picnic food)!

You see, Jean is not only a food blogging friend that lives in my computer. We're friends that have visited each other's homes, gotten together for holiday cookie swaps, and heck, even made jam together all because we both loved to eat and write about food. Over the years, I've looked forward to Jean's fresh and innovative recipes and her gorgeous photography. She and her husband Dana are avid travelers and foodies, and when I'm stuck at my desk, I live vicariously through her lovely vacation (food) pictures. I knew there were tons of recipes perfect for picnics on her blog. The challenge would be picking one because I love love love picnics!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blackberry Yogurt Muffins

A few years ago, I would have never made a "healthy" muffin. But then again, a few years ago, I wasn't covered in oatmeal slobber, marker stains, and sticky pineapple juice all courtesy of the babies. All that to say, I've changed my tune a bit. In the interest of full disclosure, I'd still rather have a giant chocolate chip muffin, slathered with butter and a generous crackling crust of sugar but the truth is, my body (and jeans) just can't handle that the same way anymore. Plus, the babies would understandably refuse all other food once they tried said chocolate chip muffins so for now, no chocolate chip muffins.

Needless to say, I approached this month's Blogger CLUE challenge with chocolate chip muffins (not) on my mind. The theme was berries and I wandered on over to my blog buddy, Alice Mizer's blog, A Mama, Baby, and Shar-pei in the Kitchen wondering how I could incorporate the theme and feed that muffin craving at the same time. Alice is a proud mamma to two babies of her own, and her husband is a member of the US Air Force so their family has lived all over the world. Luckily, Alice had muffins (oh thank God)! Not only that but her Any Berry Yogurt Muffins were in line with this month's berry theme, and they were healthy'ish!