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Chickpea and Veggie Casserole

After straight week of waking up to heavy frost and termination dust on the mountains, I found myself craving a casserole. It felt like it happened on instinct. As soon as the cold was strong enough to hit my bones, I needed something hefty and warm. I always say it's the trailer park in me: cold weather means food in large ...

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta Salad

If you've spoken to me within the past week, you've probably wondered if I had a terminal illness. Between the jitters, the huge bags under my eyes, and the minor tantrums I throw throughout the day, I'm sure most people think I'm either dying or pregnant. But really, I'm just getting married, and it's T minus three days ...

Simple Spinach Quiche

I'll admit one thing to you: When I was a kid, I thought it was pronounced "kweeech." Now that that confession's out of the way, I'll also admit that I didn't do any of the things I was supposed to this week. I had planned to spend my days off working on different rainy day staple meals, like stews, breads, sweet tarts, ...

The Art of Making Stock 

Over the weekend, the clouds rolled in and I was feeling down. The blues hit me hard when I can't see the sun. At least, that's what I blame it on. It's tons of fun for the people around me, I swear. The culprit of my depression has been a combination of major life changes (planning a move and a wedding, neither of which have ...

Roast Chicken and Veggies For Two

Cooking for a small group is hard. Cooking for one is even harder. Most recipes are designed for families, and large ones, at that. It's assumed that a) you are a woman reading it, and b) you have children who are picky eaters. At least, that's how most recipes go. So when you're only cooking for one or two, how do you ...

Creamy Chicken Stuffed Peppers

I have a confession to make: I'm a chronic pepper-purchaser. Now, in the grand scheme of addiction, on a scale from biting your nails to meth, constantly buying too many peppers probably falls more toward the "biting your nails" side of things. It's not like anyone's getting hurt because of it, although it does habitually ...

Baked Salmon Meatballs

When I first began to cook, I'll admit that I was very intimated by seafood. Hell, I'll admit that I was intimidated by everything. Enchiladas scared the shit out of me, so there was no way I was going to fillet something as expensive and valuable as salmon. In fact, I ate almost entirely vegetarian for the first few months, ...