Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Honey Cardamom Dutch Baby

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might already know that I am big on breakfasts.  Bacon is a close friend of mine.  Muffins and I are tight.  Waffles practically stood up for me in my wedding.  You get the idea.  I just love breakfast foods!

So, one of the breakfast foods that I think everyone should make at least once in their life is a good Dutch baby.  And I'm not just saying that because I'm half Dutch.  They are simple, gorgeous, and delicious.  Everything I adore in a breakfast food!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Decadent Hot Cocoa with Coconut Milk

It's still cold outside.

I am one of those extra-annoying people who love winter.  I love all the seasons, in their own time, but my love for winter seems to especially annoy my friends.  I can't help it.  Snow is like a magical covering that makes everything beautiful and sparkly.  Plus, what better excuse is there to stay in by a fire and eat all the delicious warming foods and drink amazing hot hot cocoa!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hot Buttered Rum - Hot Buttered YUM!

This recipe is full of things that are not great for you in excess that taste delicious together.  I will make no health claims, but I will anecdotally tell you that when I feel myself getting the chills and possibly coming down with something, a hot buttered rum tends to chase it off.  Use judiciously.

In all seriousness, our highs this week are barely in the positive single digits.  The world is covered with a blanket of sparkling icy snow, and school has been cancelled because wind chills today are supposed to hit -30.  So the kids and I are bundling up and heading over to have a no-school playdate with friends.  And, well, mom friends need a little fun and warmth too, so I'm bringing the fixings for hot buttered rum!

Risotto Soup

It's so cold out right now.

Seriously.  Our highs this week barely hit the double digits.  On weeks like this, it's hard to avoid soups.  Delicious, delicious soups.  I could definitely live on soup.

One of my favorite soups to whip up for myself for lunch is Risotto Soup.  It's simple, takes very few ingredients, and is quick to throw together.  It's also decadent, rich, and filling.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Potato Leek Pancakes

Chicago has a great holiday tradition of holding a Chriskindlmarket downtown, and, of course, I go there for the food.  I have to grab my tiny ceramic boot of mulled wine (more for the boot than the wine), the bite-sized nibbles of glazed gingerbread, the aromatic candied nuts, and a plate full of the crispy hot latkes.  My family has learned the routine, minus the wine for the kiddios, and we look forward to heading down and gorging ourselves through the market.

But there are times when you want a good latke and there doesn't happen to be a handy Old World German market around.  Then, you have to take matters into your own hands.
One of the things I love about doing the CSA and my garden is being able to stretch the veggies out into the winter.  I had a bed full of leeks in my garden, and they have kept pretty well in my fridge for months!  And the CSA brought us plenty of potatoes that keep very well in the pantry.  And leeks and potatoes happen to be an awesome combination!

Potato leek soup is pretty much a given, but once in a while, I like to stretch and make some Potato Leek Pancakes.  Same great combo of the oniony flavor of the leeks and the starchy potatoes, but in snackable bites!

Friday, January 2, 2015

From Scratch's Top 10 Recipes from 2014!

As we kick off 2015, there's a lot great things on the horizon!  But today, I'm looking back, to the top 10 most popular posts from last year.  And let me tell you, you readers have got good taste!  There's a year's worth of tastiness summed up in these 10 posts!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cookie Making Day!

It's been a hectic month.  Year, for that matter.  And that all seems to culminate in December.  To top that, the weather here has been dreary for the last month or more, which zaps motivation and makes it much harder to get good lighting for pretty pictures.  So posts have been sparse lately, and I'm sorry about that.  Anyways, this weekend, we actually ended up with no plans except for that we are scheduled to teach Sunday School on Sunday morning.  NO plans.  The weekend before Christmas.

At first, the hubs and I discussed heading downtown to see the store windows and lights and visit the market...but honestly, I didn't want to deal with the crowds.  And when I asked the kids, they didn't seem that into it at all either.  So then we changed our plan  to maybe go to a more local Christmas market.  But the more I thought about it, the less I wanted to drag everyone out of the house.  Then, my brilliant husband had a fantastic idea:

Family Cookie Day.