Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

If you’ve ever ordered takeout or microwaved a frozen meal, you are well acquainted with the meaning of convenience food.  If you haven’t, then I assume you are either very privileged or have been living under a rock in the Sahara desert.

Personally, I’ll admit – I know my way around convenience food.  And yes… it’s what you’re thinking.  Even when I say the words “convenience food,” thoughts of pizza, oily noodles, and chunks of reheated meat covered in brown sauce comes to mind.  Why is that?  I guess that means I’ve had my share of quick-and-easy fare, too.

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Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

So it’s official. 

Chris Pratt got pretty good looking in The Guardians of the Galaxy.  I think he’s been working out or something.

That movie did come out a while ago, so… I guess that’s not really new news.  But I did just hear something else…

He’s taken!  By Anna Farris!  Er… looks like that actually that happened like six years ago.  When they got married. 

Buuut they had a baby!  That’s… two years old now.  Did you know that already?

Apparently I do not keep up with the celeb gossip.  I guess I figured I’d find out anything worth knowing by reading the covers of OK! and People magazines in line at the grocery store.  But you know what?  I’m decidedly alright with being the last to know about celebrity affairs.  I find THIS surprising couple so much more fun to dish on, anyway.    

Cauliflower and rutabaga!  

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Pomegranate & Hazelnuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Pomegranate & Hazelnuts

"I can't believe I never used to eat Brussels sprouts before!" 
    - My Husband

One Thanksgiving, probably about three years ago, my sister-in-law made a simply amazing roasted Brussels sprouts dish.  Neither my husband or I could remember ever having eaten Brussels sprouts - certainly not like that, at least - so it was basically a life-changing experience.  Insofar as Brussels sprouts can be life-changing, at least.

Ever since then, I've been using Brussels sprouts every chance I get, using them raw [LIKE THIS!] or roasted, by themselves or with other veggies/ cheeses/ ingredients.  And (nearly) every time I make them, my husband says something along the lines of the above quote.  

Yep.  He even goes back for seconds on the veggies.  (Husbands eating veggies... it's a miracle, I tell ya.)  Someday maybe I'll be lucky enough to have kids that say the same thing.  Fingers crossed.

 

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Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

"Viva la Local!"  
Numerous signs and banners bearing this message could be seen everywhere.  Look to your left, and you'd see a stand selling locally brewed kombucha in at least four different flavors.  Look to your right, and there are a couple aproned ladies setting out freshly made local/sustainable goat cheese and goat's milk soaps.  People mill about with cups of wine and beer made down the street, sampling grassfed cheddar and stuffing organic pea shoots in canvas totes. 
Standing in that field surrounded by artisan food and crafts, I could have been at some kind of hippy convention in Portland, Oregon.  Or I could have been right at home in Tucson, at one of the most characteristic events the city offers.  
You're not still trying to guess where I was... right?  

 

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