All in Cooking

My Kid Didn't Eat All the Berries So Here We Are: A Pie Recipe

Since becoming a mom my whole world got rocked. Obviously, the emotional part and the physical part. People joke about the financial part but seriously, it is rough. Hence, I’m selling my clothes and attempting to monetize a blog. So I don’t want to waste anything time, money, and food. I look at my fridge ingredients like a puzzle to be solved as opposed to just pulling something out to eat. While it’s imperative that we eat fresh fruits and veggies, it’s hard to eat them all in time before they go bad. This is where a good go-to use up your produce recipe comes in. I like to use this basic banana bread recipe to use up my brown bananas. We had a bunch of berries and I decided to make a pie. I’m including a basic crust and filling recipe that you can substitute with the berries of your choice with a few adaptations. This doesn’t take that long and it allows for a sweet dessert that you can share in your home or take somewhere (ie when you check your calendar and it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and you need to bring something in and you totally forgot and you don’t want to run to the store).

My Toddler Ate This: A Great Pasta Recipe Courtesy of Sara Moulton

Toddlers are notoriously hard to please but Sara Moulton has this ability to create layers of flavor. I saw this recipe for Annie’s Favorite Pasta and I thought maybe Annie was a toddler. She’s her sister but my son loved this recipe. I would make this for guests and I would make this on a Tuesday night. It’s actually something I made a week after I bought the ingredients because they keep really well. So if you have a week of curveballs it’s great. So here we go!

I tested making no-knead bread so you have no need to!

My mom suggested I listen to his podcast “Milk Street Radio” and it has inspired me to be more creative in my kitchen. Also, I appreciate him showcasing the expertise of historically marginalized people and how respectful he is to women on the show. He is actually a good listener and you can tell he’s kind. I listened to him talk to the author of the Palestinian Table and he was so attentive and insightful. He also talked about how much he enjoyed learning about the culinary traditions of Myanmar and how the more we learn about a place the more we empathize with people. I know it sounds cheesy and I am paraphrasing but it’s been a nice respite from my usual gory true crime podcasts. Every time I listen I get inspired to be braver in the kitchen and he and  Kenji Lopez - Alt kept on talking about a recipe for “No Knead Bread” and how it is a game changer. After checking out the recipe at the NYT Cooking section I decided to give it a whirl.

Sweets for Your Sweeties: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake with an Orange Glaze

My husband and I got married in January so we try not to spend money on Valentine’s Day. I like to make a decadent dessert for us. I’m not a huge fan of buttercream and I’m terrible at piping. In which case, bundt cakes are the best. You can be creative and it’s something that you can bake and serve. You can make it ahead of dinner and still have the energy to cook later. If you have a small child, it’s a perfect naptime task. This past weekend I decided to make a bundt cake for my fam. Both my husband and mother love it. So make it for your valentine, Galentine, or palentine.

How Should I Use Ginger?

I was going through my spice cabinet yesterday and I realized I had a ton of powdered ginger that I didn’t use that much of. I realized it was an underrated spice (in Western cooking which is what I’m most familiar with. I would never dare to assume I knew anything about Eastern flavors. Bow down to those fabulous chefs in Asia) and I wanted to use more of it. Ginger is such an interesting flavor and it adds a zest to things.

My Fave Low Stress Toddler Meal: Pizza

Confession time: pre-baby I was really judgy of cooking shows where people just put stuff together without finesse. I was like “I watch cooking shows to learn technique not make a quick meal!” Flash forward to working and having a child- you are exhausted. I have tried to find toddler meals that aren’t super stressful to make because on top of cleaning dishes you have to clean a high chair and a child. Now, I’m like get it on the table and get that baby smiling

Sunday Night Baking: Basic Banana Bread

When I was a moody teen/lady in my twenties I wanted to be anything but basic. Now that I’m a working mom in my thirties-give me all the basic things. Leggings=best thing ever! Pumpkin spice rub that all over me. Food Network instead of some gritty drama? Count me in.