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Kitchen Sink Weekly #11 & 12

Hey guys! Told you I’d be back!

I’ve got double the recipes but no grocery list as I’m sure you’ll be choosier than normal with what you do and don’t want and it will be easier for you to just pick and write your own than to try and wade through a big ole list. You’ll also notice I don’t have pictures here. I decided to exclude them on the blog post to keep the load time down – especially on mobile – but they are still on the recipes themselves if you click through 🙂  Continue reading “Kitchen Sink Weekly #11 & 12”

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Real Talk

Dear Friends,

I have a double issue coming out in the next couple of days, so be on the lookout for that. I’ve made a habit of actually writing my recipes down as I make them, which maybe sounds strange, but I grew up just throwing a bit of this and that together so it’s actually been a funny transition to write actual real recipes that can be accurately reproduced. But I got myself a little notebook that I keep on the counter when I’m making something so I can write down what I put in and how much before I forget and make notes. Thanks to Prime Day, I also have a kitchen scale coming for improved accuracy. 🙂

There’s so much vying for my attention right now that I keep saying “I’ll type them up later” and then “later,” and then “later…” And here we are. Two weeks have gone by and I’ve typed out three of nearly ten that I’ve got stored up. I have pictures to edit as well and so on. I’ve been going through a bit of a rough spot emotionally. Summer is like that for me, there are layers and layers of big things that come up one after the other in Summer that get me thinking. This year, as I mentioned in my last post, I have to add the sudden loss of my darling pup to the list. I guess not everyone does this but, because pets are like children in my family, I’ve spent what was probably an unhealthy amount of time over the past two weeks questioning every decision I ever made concerning her and berating myself for every time I skipped giving a treat or taking a walk. And then doing anything I could to distract myself from having to think about it.

Finally, over the past couple of days, I forced myself to stop. To be still and forgive myself. To realize that I don’t have a ton of pictures of or with her because I spent all of our time together just enjoying her presence; I was too busy stroking the soft fur on the tips of her ears, the sides of her face, and between her eyes to bother with photos. I heard someone recently say that some animals have souls, and I really hope that’s true because it certainly felt like she did. In either case, still, her name is like a wound, Olivia, little Via, my sweet girl. I can only express all of this because I don’t have to physically say it, I’m sure the day will come when I can talk about her without crying, but it’s definitely not today.

Thank your for your patience if you’re still following, and sorry about the wall of text. I’m gonna go blow my nose now, but watch for that double menu soon! Fingers crossed that my next few posts won’t be so serious!


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Kitchen Sink Weekly #10

This is a light one with heavier food. Real talk: Last week was beyond rough. It began with a kitty cancer scare and ended with my 10-year-old husky suddenly passing away. 😦 I only cooked 3 days and still had to go back and look at the pictures to remember what we ate. That being said, at this point there should be a bit of a bank of recipes so you can pick and choose your favorites to supplement if you need more than 3 recipes for this week or if these are too heavy for you. We needed easy and comforting, so that’s what I made.

As usual, here’s the Grocery List Google Doc for you to print or copy and paste into Google Keep. Cooking oils, salt, and pepper have been removed as well so be sure to check your stock before heading out.


Zesty Cheeseburgers and Baked French Fries

We’d both been wanting a burger of some kind for several days, so when I happened upon some discounted 80/20 ground beef during my grocery shopping I figured why not. The salad is just spinach with a dijon vinaigrette. I didn’t include it in the recipe because I’m sure I’ve written it up before, but if you want to make it whisk together 2 Tablespoons each Apple Cider Vinegar and Safflower Oil, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, 1 Tablespoon Minced Onion, and salt and pepper to taste.


Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Roast 

We were gone for the afternoon this day so I tossed this in the crock pot before we left and we came home to dinner. Used the leftover hamburger buns and tossed some steamed veggies in the microwave while I caramelized the onions and voila! Some grocery stores do also carry pre-spiced pork roast, which would certainly save you a step if you wanted.


Teriyaki Glazed Cod Over Fresh Spinach 

Cod is a bold flavored fish, so it works well with stronger flavors as in this dish. Add steamed veggies (we had brussels sprouts) or rice and you’re all set.


I’m off to sleep for a week, enjoy!

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Kitchen Sink Weekly #9

A day late, but I’ve got it! Our poor kitty had a vet appointment and then surgery this week so that kind of knocked out some time that I would have spent prepping for you guys.
Just a head’s up, this one is rice heavy. My Dad gave me a couple varieties of forbidden rice (red and black/purple) which he was too afraid to try 😛 So I started researching their uses (which are basically the same as any other rice so you can use whatever you have on hand or substitute other grains like quinoa or millet if you have those) and we tried them out!  Continue reading “Kitchen Sink Weekly #9”

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Update + Cake Mix Cookies

Guys, a menu is just not happening this week. I only actually cooked for three nights last week, one of those nights was rotini and meat sauce which almost doesn’t count because it’s just sauce and pasta and most people just get that from a jar, and this week has just been an off one so far in terms of blog-prep because I have a lot of other little things on my mind. The middle weeks of June are rough for me every year, I like to think most families have a period of the year where a bunch of holidays all get mashed together, and whether or not that’s true, this is mine.

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How to Turn Anything Into Breakfast

It’s impossible to know how many times I’ve heard the phrase “put an egg on it!” in my lifetime. Just typing it triggers a montage in my brain of my dad, grandmother, and several of my aunts all enthusiastically proclaiming their easy post-holiday breakfast policy. It also makes me wish there were an egg version of this gif, which I came across a few years ago and has since become infamous in my family. It never gets old and is so funny because it’s too close to the truth to be anything else:



Turkey and stuffing, enchiladas, soup, rice, salad, any kind of bread, you name it and I’ve probably seen someone put an egg on it. Or two.

And why not? Eggs are one of the most versatile foods around. Eggs contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need, including an array of vitamins, omega-3, and 7 grams of protein, in an average of just 77 calories. Besides which, the variety of ways in which they can be prepared range from solid hard-boiled eggs to light-as-air meringue so, naturally, they can be found in every course from breakfast to dessert. They are what huevos rancheros and Italian (or French or Swiss) buttercream have in common.

There have been countless studies over decades as to their cholesterol content and the possibility of it increasing blood cholesterol, thus possibly increasing the risk for heart disease, but it seems there is no hard answer and science has gone back and forth over how much is too much. There are also studies that have concluded that food cholesterol has little, if any, impact on blood cholesterol. (I’m not going to link to them because there are a ton, and a simple google search is all you’ll need to do if you want more information or even just to see how many different opinions there are.)


The point seems to be, like everything else, to enjoy them in moderation. Each of our bodies may respond differently to any number of dietary choices that we make on a daily basis, my philosophy is to do the best I can with the information I have and pay attention to how my body responds.

That being said, if I haven’t made it clear, I’m a big fan of eggs. There have been a few times in my life where my stomach was so sensitive there wasn’t much I could eat, but eggs have always remained a constant. There aren’t very many foods that fit into the niche they hold, being at once nutritious and versatile while light on both the waistline and wallet. I have at least two every day. Sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch. I buy an eighteen pack every week, whether we’ve finished the previous one or not, because I know I don’t have to worry about them spoiling. My current favorite way to have them is simply over-medium with a piece of buttered toast (and often a hefty splash of the jalapeno sauce I mentioned last week) but I’m certainly not above putting a couple on last night’s dinner for round two.

So next time you need an excuse to have your favorite dinner, but you don’t want to wait until it’s appropriate (because apparently, some people have rules like that), just remember the simple trick that magically turns anything into breakfast food:

Put an egg on it!