I traveled to LA earlier this month for the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference, and when I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about TACOS! These spicy grilled chipotle chicken tacos, topped with slivers of avocado, crunchy Napa cabbage, and a seriously addicting lime “crema” made with sour cream, lime, garlic and herbs, will transport you to the land of palm trees and taco trucks, no matter where you happen to live.
Trying saying this five times fast: shakshuka, shakshuka, shakshuka. It’s a tongue twister of a name, referring to a dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce (which is thought to have North African origins). It’s a one-skillet meal—perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner—and while it might be hard to say, it’s really easy to make. In fact, it’s so easy even a kid could do it.
I’m a sucker for foods that can be eaten with a spoon. From pudding, to porridge, to ice cream, there’s something luxurious about curling up with a bowl and a single utensil. Maybe that’s why I’ve always eaten my smoothies with a spoon. It’s just more fun that way, taking something that’s nutritious suspiciously close to ice cream territory. These days, I’m not the only one who eats her smoothies with a spoon. Smoothie bowls are currently a thing—I see a new one practically every day in my Instagram feed (I’m at @SizemoreNicki, btw). A smoothie bowl is a thick smoothie served in a bowl and topped with assorted tidbits for texture, from coconut flakes, to toasted nuts, to granola or even cocoa nibs. I have to admit; this is one fad-wagon that I’m happy to jump on.
Hello from my kitchen! I’m so excited (and, let’s be honest, totally nervous) to roll out my first From Scratch Fast video, right from my own home. I’ll be offering quick tips and recipes for getting made-from-scratch meals on the table any night of the week. The videos will be posted on my You Tube Channel – hop on over there and click the red subscribe button if you want to be alerted when new videos are posted!
Ok, ok, this chocolate pudding might not actually change your life, but trust me when I tell you that it will make it a hell of a lot sweeter. I’m talking silky, luscious, from-scratch pudding that takes mere minutes to make and is proven to make even the worst of days better. I’ve been making this recipe for years but never thought to post it here since sharing it is kind of like showing you my favorite pajamas—it’s my crappy day cure-all and my chocolate-craving fixer-upper (and yes, my favorite p.j.’s involve a big fluffy robe). In other words, it’s my ultimate comfort food. It’s also my fallback for those nights when I realize that I’ve promised Ella dessert but have forgotten to plan ahead. I always have all of the ingredients on hand, and I can quickly whisk the pudding together before dinner, meaning that it’ll be ready to eat by the time we’ve cleaned up.
I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. More accurately, I totally suck at keeping them. Two years ago my resolution was to unpack my paintbrushes and canvases, which I hadn’t touched in over five years, and which I still haven’t pulled out of storage. Last year I resolved to brush up on my French and even bought Rosetta Stone as impetus (thinking I’d have oh-so-much time during maternity leave, ha!), but the box is now in under two millimeters of dust on the corner of my desk (maybe I should resolve to clean more?). This year I decided to keep it easy. My resolution was to touch my husband more. Oh stop—you have such a dirty mind!
Hello friends, I’m so excited to be giving away a copy of my cookbook AND a mini food processor this week! I’m beyond grateful for all of your support throughout this journey, and to celebrate I thought I’d give away some swag. Simply enter below for a chance to win!
On another note, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and my family and I will be celebrating with our annual pot of bubbly fondue. It’s become our Valentine’s tradition, and truly one of the most fun meals of the year. You can get my very favorite, foolproof cheese fondue recipe HERE, which, by the way, is also in my book! (And don’t forget to shred that cheese in the food processor to cut your prep time in half 🙂 )
News flash: apparently there is a big football game on TV this Sunday! OK, OK—I do know that the Super Bowl is this week. Just don’t ask me who’s playing. I grew up with two older brothers and a Dad who were/are crazy about football. First downs, touchdowns and field goals were the sounds of our Sundays, even though I inevitably had my nose stuck in a book and didn’t know what any of it meant. While I still can’t distinguish a quarterback from a lineman, I would happily sit through any game as long as I had a bowl of this dip in front of me. The recipe comes from my new cookbook by way of my good friends Kelley and Amanda. They also grew up in Illinois and are die-hard Bears fans.