September 2, 2014

A September Catch-Up

Catching Up

Happy September!

I am drawing inspiration from the new season with a little housekeeping today. This summer has been super busy and fun. We took some fun trips, I hustled on the manuscript, and worked hard on my regular writing gigs. In fact, along the way I was hired for a true dream job: writing the food column for Mom.me. I can’t wait to start this month and will surely share it with all of you. In the mean time, I continue to write for Momtastic, Babble, and Lifetime Moms. Going forward I plan to share little snips from those columns every Wednesday. I hate for you to miss all of those articles and it seems like you might if you aren’t following me on Facebook. I’ll also share anything else I think you should check out.  Lastly, I hope to show you the book cover for the new book soon. We’ve been working hard on it and I am really proud of how it is taking shape. It will be released on March 24th!

That is all for now. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments! xxKelsey

 

August 29, 2014

4 Ways to Make a Bloody Mary

All Bloody Marys

A bloody Mary needs no introduction. Any adult, and most kids, have seen it a hundred times before. While we love the classic cocktail we enjoy putting new twists on it now and then. It isn’t about reinventing the wheel, it is more about a little tweak here and there. Sometimes we are inspired by a fresh vegetable from the garden or an amazing slab of bacon we recently tasted, other times it is all about a craving for spice or a certain texture.

When I have the time I love to freshly juice my tomatoes. But, since I don’t own a juicer — how I would love one of these! — I usually use tomato juice from the store. No doubt fresh juice takes a bloody to a whole new level. But, if you don’t have a juicer don’t sweat it. Last weekend my husband and I were inspired to make a little bloody Mary bar at home and these are what we came up with:

August 28, 2014

3 Naturally Delicious Cheesy Recipes for Labor Day Entertaining

This weekend marks the end of summer entertaining for us. Next week, we’ll be back in full school mode and our simple get-togethers with friends will be less frequent than they have been for the past few months. To send summer out with a bang, I want to have a few friends over and serve some easy dishes that won’t take long to make. I am going to take the opportunity to showcase a lot of my favorite Arla Dofino cheeses since they are a great alternative to processed cheeses and are made with few ingredients, plus, I know everyone will love them! Here is what I’m planning to make:

Arla Zucchini Bites with Fontina

August 27, 2014

Easy Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

I am busy stocking up the fridge with goodies for the lunchbox and yesterday I made one of my daughter’s new favorite things: tapioca pudding. It is a dessert we stumbled on by accident. She tried it at a friends house and adored it. She instantly feel for the rich vanilla flavor and interesting texture. In fact, initially she thought it was some kind of warmish ice cream until I explained it was pudding. Perfect for the lunchbox and easy to make I was eager to recreate it at home. It is ideal for tucking into a lunchbox for a sweet and hearty snack.

August 26, 2014

Fall Refresher: Kitchen Safety

Every fall I spent a little time freshening up my kitchen. I get rid bits and pieces of food left over from summer, dump out the last bites of jam from jars, refill the maple syrup pitcher, and give my pots and pans a good scrubbing. I also pull out a fresh roster of recipes to make with my daughter since she loves to help me in the kitchen these days. She is learning her way around a recipe slowly and surely and I want to encourage her as much as I can. However, before we dive into a new round of food I like to review a few kitchen first aid with her to make sure we are on the right track.

Band Aids

August 21, 2014

Back to School Weeknight Meal: Skillet Penne with Tomatoes & Gouda

Gouda Skillet Pasta

I can hardly believe I am saying this, but it is time to think about easy weeknight dinners for school nights. It doesn’t seem possible that the start of school is barely two weeks away! This is a good time of year to review some of your favorite family dinners and find a bunch of new recipes to try. Adding new recipes to the repertoire keeps everyone at the dinner table interested in trying new foods, while weaving in family favorites lends element of comfort to your routine. To help you get started, here is a great new recipe we love that uses naturally delicious Arla Dofino Gouda cheese. It is a fun twist on everyday macaroni and cheese and comes together with ease on a weeknight.
August 20, 2014

Peach Pie You Can Eat for Breakfast

Peach Pie for Breakfast

I went a little peach crazy this summer. The harvest in the Northeast seemed particularly good this year. The peaches were exceptionally juicy and full of flavor. Perfect for jam, punch, and pie. I’ve never shared this pie recipe before even though my mother has been making it since before I was born. It is from her friend Sandy and there is a small secret ingredient that sets it apart from all the other peach pies I’ve ever tasted. The ingredient elevates the peach flavor without overshadowing it. Once you add it to your peach pie you’ll never make one without it again.