Food is such a central part of Southern culture, and my childhood was a reflection of that. As I have established myself in a new city, I find that most of the memories I am making now are also centered around food: trying new restaurants, introducing new ingredients into my repertoire and spending some time each week working on material for this column!
This week has been one of those weeks. You know the ones. The ones that leave you feeling used, abused, and wishing for your momma. Since I live in a different city than my mother, I, of course, turned to emotional eating to soothe my soul.
This week's recipe comes to you from the almost empty shelves of my fridge, from between a series of afternoon naps, and from a hankering for fresh greens. This is the first summer that I have been entirely in control of the food I eat, and as a result, my love for fresh vegetables has multiplied.
And to top it all off, this pizza is MUCH healthier than all others because it's not loaded with cheese and grease AND it's got some delicious veggies to keep you feeling light and fresh.
Did you guys have a great Memorial Day weekend? I did. And by “I did,” I mean, I ate everything in sight. Just kidding, but it certainly feels like it. Nothing like a barbecue to remind you that it’s almost bikini season and you're not nearly ready to flash those abs.
As the end of May gets closer, I start to crave the summer foods of my childhood: potato salad, greasy hamburgers, funnel cakes, Push Pops... It can't just be me, right? However, a lot of those foods aren't exactly, um, healthy. To lighten things up a little bit, let's talk about fruit.
Peanut butter. Who doesn’t love
to eat it on a spoon in front of the TV the stuff? Ever since we were little kids we ate peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and if your mom really loved you, those peanut butter crackers that came in the plastic wrappers
When the weather outside is frightful, there's only one that warms me up. And it's not a Snuggie. It's food. Warm, gooey, delicious comfort food, to be exact. And there's nothing warmer, gooier, deliciousier than Cheeseburger Casserole.
The problem with veggie burgers is that they either a) don't taste anything like burgers or b) are packed with a lot of preservative filler (meaning you get less nutrition at an already sub-par taste). Neither of those conditions are the case with this week's Intro to Cooking recipe, which will crush any other bun-filler contender.
For us real-life Italian Stallions, Columbus Day is as legit of a holiday as we're going to get). So, besides an extra night of shots at the bar, why not celebrate with an easy twist on an Italian favorite--sausage and peppers!
Early fall yields the best crop of apples, so there is no better time than right now to go apple picking! If you're planning an orchard getaway with friends, here's your handy guide to some of the most popular types of apples and our foolproof recipe for sweet and crunchy apple crisp!
Sometimes all you need to spruce up a dull salad or your run-of-the-mill Wednesday dinner is an ingredient swap. If chicken caesar has lost its bite, and you simply can't look at another plate of turkey and veggies without yawning, say hello to my leetle friend (sorry, had to!): shrimp!
There are few culinary pleasures to match the first crunchy, buttery bite of a fresh ear of corn off the cob. And with each rich mouthful, you're taking in healthy doses of folate (to ward off heart disease, colon cancer and to prevent birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women), thiamin (for better memory), and pantothenic acid (which eases energy production under stress).
The average collegiate cook can whip up a packet of Ramen like nobody's business. If she wants to get fancy, she could probably grill some chicken on the side. But seafood? Summer's ultimate entrée indulgence isn't exactly a regular on the typical sorority cookout menu.
Apparently ridiculous college courses are the new trend on campuses all over the world. I’d go so far as to call them “unnecessary,” but the 440 people who just enrolled in Potsdam University’s e-mail flirtation class would beat down my door (or fill my inbox...) in disagreement. Yes, you read that right- one German university is actually offering a master’s course on how to flirt via modern technology.
Happy Fourth of July! Hopefully you’re reading this not too far from a grille or barbecue, because they’re necessary for today’s recipe! Your mouth is probably already watering for hot dogs and burgers, but to give your holiday menu some kick, why not include this week’s ingredient—a personal favorite of mine: halloumi cheese!
This Week's Ingredient: Cranberries! They're sweet. They're tart. They're harvested from bogs. And they're a deep, beautiful, fire-engine hue. If your only exposure to cranberries is in combination with their fermented partner, vodka, then you're totally missing out (not to mention that the "cranberry juice" served in bars is basically just sugar water).
The edges are crispy and savory while the insides are soft and piping hot. They’re so much better than the fries you buy at the concession stand or a fast food restaurant, because they’re actually made from potatoes. They're easy to make and even easier to devour. Just writing this makes me want to whip up a batch and chow down. In my bed. While watching an ANTM marathon.
College can be the greatest place on earth... that is, until the cash starts running low. And since right after you read this you are going to head to Urban Outfitters "just to look around", and you are bound to find that rug/lamp/'80s drinking game/hip wall art, and you just "absolutely have to have them all because they are all so cute and will go perfect in your room," you might not be the most frugal shopper on campus.
Thanksgiving to New Year's (and the few days after when you're lying around attempting to kick the hangover) is pretty much the universal stuff-your-face time period. It’s suddenly acceptable to drink gallons of Starbucks holiday drinks and eat desserts like there's no tomorrow.
Any type of cookie dough is a good type of cookie dough in my book. Cookie dough ice cream, homemade cookie dough, even store-bought Nestle cookie dough is delicious. Especially when eaten directly from the plastic tube with your fingers while watching old episodes of Sex and the City.
There’s really nothing better for a busy college girl than a dinner that tastes fantastic but took less than 15 minutes to make. Unfortunately, the two are almost mutually exclusive in my mind. I say “almost” because I can think of at least one notable exception: taco salad.
It's simple: French fries are good but baked sweet potato fries are better! In every way, I might add. They satisfy junk food cravings without the grease and trans fat. And you can rest easy knowing they will be good to your shrinking Coach wallet at less than a dollar an order.
It’s like your mom always said: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Even if you aren’t exactly Julia Child, you can still follow instructions, and that’s all you need to do to bust out a romantic dinner that’ll have him drooling for your food and bolting with you to the bedroom.
I love to have a big, hunka meat right in my face, teasing and seducing me. I'm talking about dinner, you dirty birdies! My fave plate of anti-vegetarianism is without a doubt the beloved meatloaf. But that's one meal that can easily turn bland and pack in the saturated fat like Brit Brit on a junk food binge.
Who doesn't love a little Southern cooking? Fried, greasy goodness? I wouldn't trust someone who didn't dream about it once in awhile. And better yet, who doesn't love a little Southern dessert? There is nothing. better. on earth. (I love you, Paula Dean!)
You know those people who screw up the brownies where all you have to do is add water? Yes, that’s me. I have screwed up popcorn, switched ingredient amounts, and frequently embarrassed my mother with my basic lack of culinary skill.
I like my chicken like I like my men: super hot and very sweet. That's why I love this recipe from biscuits and such. It's the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Plus, it's boyfriend approved (and I'm sure anyone else will love it too), pretty simple to prepare, and the name makes me giggle.
What do you do when you’re craving delicious, spicy quesadillas? Put down your car keys — there’s no need for Taco Bell (especially when you are sober...that stuff is nasty!). This awesome dinner for two is healthy, inexpensive and easy. No drive-thru required.
If there is one thing I have accepted about myself, it is that I always, ALWAYS, prefer appetizers to entrees. I don’t know why, but for some reason those little bits and pieces always sound way more enticing than a big ol’ plate of….just about anything.
Frittata's are a personal favorite because they're insanely fast (10 minutes tops), super-easy (if you can stir, you're set), can take pretty much whatever you have hanging around the fridge (baking soda - not recommended) and makes it look like you have actual cooking skill. Bonus points for giving it a fancy sounding name!
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