This delicious spaghetti carbonara recipe is one of my all-time favorite of favorite of favorites. It was actually one of the very first recipes I ever shared on Gimme Some Oven. But I’m pretty sure that none of you ever saw it because the pictures were terrible. Like, horribly-over-lit, sitting-on-a-neon-blue-backdrop, smothered-in-way-too-much-Parmesan-cheese, not-appetizing-AT-ALL ter-ri-ble.
I’ve learned that this is a common dilemma amongst food bloggers. When we launch our blogs, we start by sharing tons of our best recipes right off the bat. But that tends to be when our photography skills are (ahem) not the finest. Years later, the recipes may still be in our rotation of favorites, but the photos?! Yeeeesh.
You all know I couldn’t go too long without posting another recipe with wonton wrappers. (For you newbies, they happen to be one of my favorite ingredients!)
In honor of football season and fun gametime apps, I decided to turn everyone’s favorite pizza ingredients into cute little “Easy Pizza Cups”! These couldn’t be more simple. Bake up some wonton shells, fill them with your favorite pizza toppings, pop them back in the oven for a bit to melt the cheese, and voila! These adorable little pizza cups are yours to enjoy. And let me tell ya – they will easily disappear before halftime if you’re watching the game!!
This past week while standing around on a photo shoot, my coworkers and I noticed that our conversations somehow kept circling back to food (as often seems to happen!). I was getting ready to go grocery shopping that night, so asked if anyone had any blog-worthy chicken recipes to recommend. My friend, Jen, immediately lit up and told us about this hummus-crusted chicken recipe she had recently tried and loved.
Two weeks ago when I was craving some mac and cheese, I could not decide whether to make a batch with pumpkin or butternut squash. Or whether to bake it or go straight from the stovetop. Oh, the tough decisions of life…
That day, I ended up deciding to go with this baked pumpkin macaroni, which was fabulous. But a few days later, the extra butternut squash that I had pureed after making these cupcakes was calling my name. So, because I’m an adult…and because I can….I decided to proudly make a second batch of mac and cheese in one week. Judge away.
Today I made one of my favorites for a special treat — classic lobster bisque.
I have a long list of restaurants I whose lobster bisques I adore, but for some reason I had never before tried making it at home. (Somehow lobster tails don’t seem to make it into my budget too often!) But my recent discovery of a bag of frozen chopped lobster meat from Trader Joe’s inspired me to give it a try. And I’m pretty sure now that this soup may make it into “the rotation” (as my friend Christin calls it) of favorites from now on.
I cannot believe that summer is nearly over! I’m seriously pinching myself that we’re already into September and that sweater-football-and-nights-by-the-fireplace season is just around the corner.
However, as always seems to be the case with our crazy midwest weather, today was nearly 100 degrees again. So to celebrate some of the few crazy-hot days remaining, I decided to grill up these peach and chicken kabobs tonight for a dinner with friends. They were super simple and easy to make on the grill pan (in my little loft), although I’m sure they would be even better cooked up outside on a grill. I loaded mine up with some farmers market veggies and some ripe local peaches, and then chose to go with a very light marinade to let the flavors shine through.
We finally turned on our heater today. After a gorgeous, mild fall — chilly weather has now arrived.
So to warm up today, decided to make a soup with all of these apples we still have around. I was in the mood for something easy and comforting, so ended up trying this easy recipe from Eating Well. It called for parsnips, but I was feeling lazy (and warm with the heat!) and didn’t want to make a chilly trip to the store. So ended up substituting in some yummy potatoes I had on hand.