Our CSA is starting next week and I’m so excited. I feel like a got a head start last week though, picking up produce from Mosby Farm who donates ingredients for the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget Program. I LOVE Mosby and totally need to make a video about them sometime. Not only do they donate all the produce ingredients I need for each class, they also donate large quantities of the produce they have an abundance of to raffle off to class participants. Last week, we got lots of rhubarb to send participants home with, and Facebook was filled with their excited updates about making this lovely rhubarb crisp recipe over the weekend.Rhubarb is a plant with a long history. The earliest records of rhubarb use date all the way back to ancient China when it was used for medicinal purposes. One of the most unique qualities of rhubarb is that it is a vegetable that is used like a fruit, typically in pies and other rhubarb dessert recipes.
Spring is finally here! Eric and I just got back from a trip to California where we got to indulge in some tasty Mexican food. This reminded me that I’d been wanting to recreate my favorite drink from my recent trip to Mexico, a mango margarita. I think the arrival of spring weather in dreary Washington is the perfect reason for a refreshing fruity margarita, if you need a reason!
In our house, Friday night is pizza night. It’s not set in stone, sometimes we get a pizza craving on a different night, sometimes we’re not in the mood. But the nice thing about planning on pizza once a week, is that we come up with all sorts of fantastic combinations depending on what’s in our fridge. Last week’s pizza was such a winner, we’re making it again this week! This recipe packs a healthy green punch with lots of spinach and broccoli, but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste healthy!
These enchiladas are simple, affordable, and oh so satisfying. Eric was responsible for bringing a main dish to a work potluck, so I started going through our fridge and freezer trying to decide what I could make that wouldn’t require buying any ingredients. Cooking for a potluck can be tough when you’re on such a tight food budget. I discovered I had everything I needed to make enchiladas except for tomato sauce (to make the enchilada sauce that gets poured over the top). Rather than admit defeat, or buy enchilada sauce, I decided that these would be delicious with salsa on top as well. Guess what, I was right!
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On September 25 of this year I took on my biggest cooking challenge ever, so big that I lay awake for three nights wondering if I could pull it off as well as I thought I could or if I would sink like the Titanic. The good news is, it was a huge success and cooking for 1500 was not as daunting as it sounds.
I try to bring something different to every party, barbecue or get together we’re invited to. It’s fun to test recipes out on people and, since I love to cook, it’s an easy way to show a thank you to whoever invited us. When my parents invited us over for a BBQ night, I offered to bring the vegetables. I had a ton of fresh green beans and knew I could think of a fun way to serve them.