Month: January 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Tiramisu

I love tiramisu. It feels so fancy. When I look at a dessert menu and see tiramisu listed, I’m always tempted to order it. Clouds of fluffy mascarpone cheese and whipped cream with coffee-soaked cookies? I’ll take the whole pan, please. Turns out, I know someone who loves the stuff even more than I do. My best friend Erin’s birthday was last week, and I pride myself on making pretty kick-ass desserts when birthdays roll around. I’ve been asking Erin for months what she wanted her birthday dessert to be. She took ages to decide, but when she came back with “Do you think you could make me tiramisu?” I knew the answer would be “HECK YES.”

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

I have been all about quick and easy dinners lately. A clean-out-the-fridge fried rice here, a one-pot pasta dish there–life has been crazy for the last month and it has no signs of slowing down. Instead of taking an hour and a half to cook something delicious but incredibly complicated, I’ve been opting to skip the complicated while still keeping the delicious. These chicken Parmesan meatballs have been one of our favorite dishes for a few years now, and I just love how quickly I can throw them together and get dinner on the table. The fact that they’re insanely tasty doesn’t hurt, either.

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Baked Chicken Taquitos

It’s been a rough year for football in the Dewhurst household. Ben and I are both big fans of the Indianapolis Colts, who had a less than stellar year. The team that was supposed to make a run for the Super Bowl didn’t even make the playoffs. Injuries took down both our star quarterback and our (not surprisingly unreliable 40-year-old) backup. The Patriots, sworn enemies of Colts fans everywhere, are still making a run deep into the playoffs, and just last week the NFL announced our hometown Rams are heading for greener pastures in Los Angeles. So our only hope for football happiness these last few weeks of the season rests firmly on the shoulders of ex-Colt Peyton Manning. For me, football is more than just a chance to eat delicious food, but this season, having these baked chicken taquitos on the table during the game is a fair consolation prize.

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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Ahhh chicken noodle soup. Could anything be more comforting or heartwarming than sitting down to a bowl of homemade soup and slurping up every last bite? I think not. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you’re not feeling your best. Although no one’s really been sick around our house, I’ve definitely had a hard time getting back into the swing of things post-holiday. One (dozen) too many cookies and too few healthy meals are the culprits, I think. So I’ve taken to making soup. This won’t be the last brothy bowl you see around here. I’ll take it any way I can, but there’s something special about a classic. And it’s so easy to make chicken noodle soup from scratch!

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Taiyaki

Because he’s all kinds of wonderful and amazing and thoughtful, Ben got me a pan shaped like fish for Christmas. And while that may seem a bit ridiculous and actually not-so-thoughtful, a  taiyaki pan was exactly what I didn’t know I wanted. Taiyaki are traditional street food in Japan, and we stumbled across them in almost every city we visited on our honeymoon. In our little family of two, Ben has always been the better gift giver. I got insanely lucky in that department. Ben always knows the perfect gift, whether it’s me or someone on our mutual shopping list. And he’s always so adorably excited to give people their presents.

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