I could call this a salad, but it’s so much more. Slices of caramelized pork tenderloin, still warm off the grill, get nestled into a cool and crunchy mix of butter lettuce, sugar snap peas, radishes, herbs and peanuts then drizzled with a rich, rust-hued dressing. The dressing does double duty as the marinade for the meat and is spicy, sweet, salty and ever so addicting. If you’re looking for a dish to wow your people on Memorial Day (or whenever), this is it. (Check out how I make it in the VIDEO below.)
My family is waffle obsessed. James is the breakfast maker in our house, and for the past nine months or so, Ella has asked for waffles every single Sunday. Not just any waffles, but the waffles from the Joy of Cooking, which, I’m told, are perfectly buttery and crispy. How would I know? The suckers are gluten-filled, and even though we’ve tried to make them gluten-free, Ella can taste the difference and begs (i.e. whines like hell) for the original. We usually give in, and I’m left pulling something out of the freezer if I’m lucky, or resorting to a bowl of porridge or granola. I will give them breakfast, but there’s no way they’re getting dinner too—I’ve reclaimed my waffle prerogative at supper with these delicious chickpea waffles.
For all of you who are cooking for your moms and/or wives this Mother’s Day, I’ve got your dessert covered! This strawberry crisp tastes like a burst of sunshine and yet is easy enough for anybody to master (I’ve even included a video at the bottom of this page showing you exactly how to make it!). It comes together in under an hour using mostly pantry staples, and I promise it will earn you mega brownie points with the important ladies in your life.
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.