A peek Into My Kitchen: Pink Lemonade Bars (No Dye!)

Ah, the insanity that is Pinterest.

I am developing a love-hate relationship with this fabulous new time-suck…but, when it comes to finding new food inspiration, the feeling is generally one of love.

When I clicked on the original pin for this recipe, I fully expected the bright pink color to be a result of Jello, cake mix or insanely large amounts of food coloring that would’ve sent me clicking away. Instead, I was amazed to find that freshly pureed strawberries added to the lemon-sugar mixture result in a shade of pink so super girly vibrant that it would Pinkaliscious smile 🙂

I actually want to play with this recipe some more, maybe trying a few different types of berries to get different colored bars. And maybe a thicker crust–I’ll keep you posted.

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A peek Into My Kitchen: Asparagus, Scorpios and Reproductive Organs (easy recipe)

I found myself in the most bizarre twitter conversation earlier today…

Here goes:

Wendi Aarons : As a Scorpio myself, I’m not sure I want to eat a plate full of asparagus just to keep my nether regions happy.

Wendy Bradford : Oddly enough that is what I ate last night #Scorpio @feelWeirdAboutItNow

Clearly, I couldn’t let such a conversation rest without sticking in my two cents. Not only am I a Scorpio, but, lo and behold, I had just purchased a massive bag of asparagus from Costco on Friday in addition to having already bought two bunches from Fresh Direct because they were on special…

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A peek Into My Kitchen: Homemade Pizza Dough

Half Mexican Pizza/ Half Grilled Eggplant and Grated Mozzarella

Roasted Portabello Mushrooms, Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

 

I don’t know why so many people buy those ready-made pizza crusts…while they look like pizza, they generally neither taste nor feel like pizza.  Add to that the fact that they are usually overpriced, and they become even less exciting.

You know what?  Pizza dough is actually absurdly easy, cheap and fun to make.

Though there are a lot of variations, this partly whole wheat dough is a family favorite for pizza night–the whole wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor and a nice nutritional boost (yay fiber!)  If you really hate whole wheat, or don’t have any whole wheat flour in the pantry, you can use any other alternative flour or just use all white.

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A peek Into My Kitchen: Rice and Beans with Plantain Chips (recipe)

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Easy, cheap and totally kid friendly…and except for the plantains, made from the contents of your pantry.

What more could a busy mom ask for?

 Super Easy Black Beans and Rice (serves 4-5 as a main dish)

2 cups brown or white rice, made according to package directions

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced

2 15-oz cans black beans, undrained (or 1 drained and 1 not, if you prefer less liquidy beans)

1 c vegetable broth

a splash or two of red wine vinegar (about 2 Tbsp)

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp cumin

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A peek Into My Kitchen: Baked French Toast

 

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French toast is definitely a favorite family breakfast, but there are few mornings (even Sundays) when I want to stand over the stove making piece by piece and worrying about keeping them warm in the oven so that we can all eat together.

With this recipe, I slice the bread, stir the ingredients together…stick it all in the oven at one time and we can all sit down to eat french toast together 🙂

 

 

Baked French Toast

Ingredients:

1/2 stick unsalted butter

3 Tbsp maple syrup/honey/agave nectar

2/3 c apple juice/apple cider/orange juice

4 large eggs

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

6-8 slices of challah or other bread

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A peek Into My Kitchen: Eggless Banana Blueberry Bread Pudding

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I always seems to have odds and ends of bread around that I don't know what to do with…particularly after the weekend, when we usually have some leftover challah. This recipe is a little lighter than some others that I have found, because it has no eggs in it and uses milk instead of cream.  Served warm, with or without vanilla ice cream, it is gushy smooshy and super satisfyingly yummy.  It's not bad right out of the fridge for breakfast either 😉

Eggless Banana Blueberry Bread Pudding

3 cups milk

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar

1/2 stick unsalted butter

pinch salt

about 8 slices day old bread, cut into bite size pieces

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