How I Cook: Croissant, Egg, and Cheese Casserole with Kale

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Time changes a lot of things… Including tastes.

I remember a dish that my mom used to make when I was a kid… She called it “Oven Cheese Fondue.” I remember her being excited when she made it, but I wasn’t a fan. That’s putting it mildly.

I have no idea where the recipe came from (and I haven’t consulted my mother prior to writing this), but, if my memory serves me well, it was a casserole of eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. I’m sure there were other seasonings and flavors in there, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that at the time. I was more concerned with eating a casserole that contained soggy bread (which, in my mother’s defense, was probably not soggy… I was particularly picky about textures as a kid). And, the parts that weren’t soggy? Well, they were too crunchy. Obviously.Continue Reading

Photo Friday: Autumn Afternoons

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When a beautiful autumn afternoon comes along, sometimes you just have to drop the chores and head outside.

We’ve had quite a few lovely afternoons in the last few weeks, and I couldn’t resist the urge to pick up my camera and head outside with the troops (the kiddo and the dog). Most of the leaves have since fallen, and now that we have turned back the clocks, these photos are all I have left of the lovely afternoon light.Continue Reading

Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

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This isn’t a dish I would have made a few years ago.

That’s one of the things I love about cooking. There’s always something new to taste and try.

I sometimes joke about how particular ingredients are “trendy” in the food world. Garlic scapes were all the rage a few years ago. This past spring, I heard more about pea shoots than I have in my entire life. And, then there’s the hype over the cupcake, wait, no the doughnut… Have you tried making macarons?

The thing is, all joking aside, I love food trends. I love to try new things and expand my culinary horizons. I may not like everything, but I will try anything at least once.Continue Reading

How I Cook: Balsamic Cider Glazed Salmon with Rosemary

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Hey, guess what!

I love to cook.

No, really… I love to cook.

You’re likely reading this thinking, “Ok, Jen… Good for you.” Or, perhaps, you’re even thinking, “It’s a good thing you like to cook, Jen… You’re a food blogger.”

Yup, I am. And, that’s why I’m finding it so amazing that I love to cook.Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

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Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? Really hungry?

I’m not talking about when you get home from work and raid the pantry because you’re “starving” and can’t wait for dinner.

Nope. I’m talking about real hunger. I’m talking about going to bed at night without having anything to eat. I’m talking about not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to provide food to feed your children.

I’m fortunate that I am not in that situation. I’ve never truly been in that situation. But, it is something that tugs at my heart strings… It tugs hard, and it always has. Since having my daughter, though, I find myself thinking about it more and more.

What if I didn’t have food for her? What if she had to go to bed hungry at night?

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old – 3.1 million children every year.

It breaks my heart to think about it… And, it breaks my heart that there are mothers and fathers out there who are living with that reality every day. They are people just like me who have just been dealt a slightly different hand in life.Continue Reading