Strawberry Orange Jam

Strawberry Orange Jam

This jam is amazing. It was also an insane labor of love between me and my wife. You see, jars of this jam were the wedding favors at our wedding back in November. We ended up making more than 160 jars of this jam, and somehow, I STILL never got an actual photo of the finished product. Not even the wedding photographer took one. So instead, you get a cell phone picture from one of our guests who still had a jar around.

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Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup

This roasted acorn squash soup is perfect for a cold winter night, or even a drizzly spring one. I was originally going to post a healthy broccoli cheese soup here, but when I took all the photos for it, my memory card was still in the computer. So, I’ll make it again and post it next week. It was certainly good enough to repeat. In the meantime, here’s a recipe I cooked for a dinner party shortly before Thanksgiving, using a beautiful Staub pumpkin pot. The spice rub used here would also be fantastic with roasted root vegetables, which I hope to try soon.

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A Return to Blogging

It’s been a long three months since my last post here, and for that I apologize. Between getting married, going on our honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and work, I’ve been buried. On the other hand, it’s been a productive time off of blogging, and I have lots of amazing recipes in development for you all. Perhaps the most important changes, though, are in the future. I have two blog-related resolutions this year, and one of them will result in a slight change in the format of this blog.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Flu season is here with a vengeance (I should know, being engaged to a teacher!) so here’s one of my favorite soups to cook when someone is sick. It’s basically chicken noodle soup with lots of spices and vegetables and optional hot sauce, to clear out your sinuses. Even if you aren’t sick, though, this makes a perfect fall comfort food. As an added bonus, it can be made in a slow cooker while you’re at work!

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

In trying to get in shape, one of my biggest problems is coming up with side dishes that are easy, tasty, and healthy. My go-to side is just salad, but that gets old after a few days in a row. I’m slowly coming up with a few side dishes that I turn to that I’ll cook over and over again and not get sick of. One of those is this chili garlic broccoli, and another is this roasted tomato dish. A little olive oil and some spices followed by a an hour in the oven make these roasted tomatoes both simple and delicious. Add a little feta cheese at the end, and yum!

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Smoked Berry Cobbler

Smoked Berry Cobbler

 

When you’re in a bbqing mood, why stop at dinner? That was the thought behind throwing this cast iron skillet cobbler into my smoker on the 4th of July instead of in the oven, and it turned out fantastic! The smoker adds a little wood smoke flavor that pairs wonderfully with the rich berries. This recipe can, of course, be done in the oven, but it’s much better baked over real fire!

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Spiced Pickled Peaches

Spiced Pickled Peaches

This is an amazing pickle. I had never tried spiced pickled peaches before, but my fiancee had them every Thanksgiving growing up, so when I got a bunch of gorgeous, fresh peaches for this year’s Canbassadorship program from SweetPreservation.com, I had to pickle some of them! They turned out absolutely delicious. Sweet, tangy, and full of flavor.

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Typically, when someone tells me I have to do something ‘because they said so’, I’ll just laugh. But when it’s Joy the Baker, talking about browned butter chocolate chip cookies, I listen. And I bake them. I don’t follow her directions exactly, because I’m not a nuts-in-chocolate-chip-cookies kind of guy, but the rest of the recipe? Dynamite. Cook these this weekend, because I said so!

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Chili Garlic Broccoli

Chili Garlic Broccoli

I am in love with this dish. It’s all of my favorite things, rolled into one dish. It’s delicious… mild spice with rich garlic and sesame flavors, a bit of charred flavor, but also quick and easy and healthy. The key here is to preheat your roasting pan. If it’s not hot, the broccoli won’t get that delicious char on the outside. So here’s a perfect example of why you should preheat your baking sheets in the oven, just like you preheat your pots on the stove.

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Bourbon Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Part 2

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope that the food is going great for everyone, because I don’t know about you, but that’s MY favorite part! Today’s post is brought to you by bacon. Yes, this is the second bacon jam recipe I’ve posted, but this is definitely a superior version. It has bourbon, maple syrup, coffee, chipotle peppers… it’s amazing. Put it on bread, spread it on burgers (today’s lunch), whatever you do with it, I guarantee it’ll be a hit.

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