Okay, this past month kind of got away from me. I know I promised you a leek recipe after posting my instructions on how to clean links! But good news – I was recently named Blog Manger at an amazing company called Udemy, and the first month of working there definitely kept me really busy. So I’m a little late…but here it is!
Like I said in my leek-cleaning post, I’ve never tried using this vegetable before. After walking past them at the grocery store week after week and constantly thinking, “I should really give those suckers a try…” I finally decided to pick up a bunch.
And after scouring Pinterest for the perfect recipe, I settled on “Slow Cooker Cock-a-Leekie Soup.”
Seriously, that is the name. You can’t make something like that up, people.
I gave it a try, though, and YUM. I’m a newly-converted fan of leeks. They gave this soup a light, fresh, onion-y taste without being too overpowering, and it paired perfectly with the chicken, potatoes, and lemon flavor in this soup. Plus, who doesn’t love a crockpot recipe?
It’s one of those ingredients that I always walk past in the grocery store because I wasn’t sure how to use it. But I’ve always been curious.
So, the other day when I saw them on sale, I picked up a bundle on a whim and decided, “I’ll find a recipe to use these.” And I’m glad I did! I am now a leek convert. (Yummy!)
I promise that I will post the chicken, potato, and leek soup that I made, but before I do, I wanted to post a little about how to clean leeks. Because if you don’t do it right, you could be eating sandy dirt instead of delicious leeks!
I enjoy watching her show, The Pioneer Woman, because she makes recipes that you usually have the ingredients in your pantry. Good food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can be frustrating to see a recipe that looks good only to find out that you need some kind of weird, expensive ingredient.
That episode, her dessert was a Blackberry Cobbler that used 5 simple ingredients which I went on to pin. She has great pictures and instruction on her site. Even Jim said the cobbler looked good.
And sure, you can go to your local fast food chain to great a $1 taco, but who knows what you’re going to get? You can make ‘em at home for even less money, and you know the ingredients. No filler or horse meat here!
These oven baked tacos that I found on Pinterest from Mommy? I’m Hungry are great because they’re a heartier option than traditional tacos with the addition of the beans. Plus, in the oven, the shells get nice and toasty, and the cheese bubbles up. What’s not to love? Then, simply top with your favorite taco ingredients for custom flavors to make every family member happy.
Here’s how to make ‘em:
At least, that’s what you’re going to have to tell yourself, because it is impossible not to eat several pieces of this pie. Over the course of two days, my boyfriend and I ate the whole thing. So much for being on a diet!
But at least this is an awesome recipe for using up that last little bit of buttermilk you have in the fridge before it goes bad. So it’s your duty to make this pie. You can’t let good buttermilk go to waste!
Big thanks to Shelia Senghas for posting this original recipe on Just a Pinch. I of course found it through Pinterest!
I was looking around for something different to make for breakfast that didn’t involve a whole lot of extra ingredients and time. Sometimes you get sick of the usual eggs, toast or cereal. I came across a Taste of Home recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes, which I pinned. It looked simple to make and had only 4 ingredients.
The recipe called for a cup of chunky applesauce. All I had was regular applesauce in the freezer, but I had apples in the refrigerator. So I figured it would not take long to cook the apple to make my own chunky applesauce.
Today, I have the quickest and most versatile recipe EVER for you…and it’s so easy that even my boyfriend can make it! He tries, bless his heart, but we’re both usually safer when he is at the table waiting for dinner instead of in the kitchen cooking it.
So earlier this month, when I was sick, we were in a bind. You can only eat fast food and soup from a can so many days in a row before you’re ready to gag. Luckily, we had a few freezer meals ready to go, but by day five, I was really crazing something fresh and yummy, despite not having the energy to stand in front of the stove.
This stir-fry recipe is easy, so I could coach the boyfriend from my spot on the couch. As an added bonus, you can add just about any protein and fresh veggies you have on hand, and this will still be super yummy. It’s a version of this recipe I pinned from Chow.com, but I love how easy it is to make if my own, based on what’s in the fridge and what I’m in the mood to eat.
One of my best friends LOVES the candy Nerds. When we were little we used to get a big box of them, dump them into a bowl, and eat them with spoons. Years later, we’re still friends and even work together.
A few weeks before her birthday this year, I came across a pin for cupcakes that was perfect to make for her birthday treat! It’s basically funfetti cupcakes, only with nerds in the batter instead of sprinkles.
I will warn you, these cupcakes do end up being on the sweet side. I brought these into our office where not everyone loves Nerds like my friend does. So when I frosted them, I left some without Nerds on top, some with just a few Nerds, and some with a LOT of Nerds. Then everybody could grab one regardless of how much they like Nerds.