A Little Cooking Inspiration

cooking inspiration

Happy Monday everyone out there!

What better day than the first day of the week to get some fresh inspiration.

Guess what, guys. Just because I’m a food blogger doesn’t mean that I don’t get in a food rut now and again. Sometimes you just find yourself reaching for the same ingredients and preparing them the same way…and not really looking forward to it.

When that happens, it’s time to get inspired and find some fun new recipes!

Although I hope you can find some of those recipes here on the think fruitful blog, I wanted to share some other places that I get inspiration from. Now, I know that my bloglovin is always blowing up with new recipe ideas, and I bet a lot of you use Pinterest and other online sites. But today we’re going back to the books and looking at recipes and food stuff that we can hold, underline and tear out.

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What Do You Feel Like Eating?

white chicken chili

What kind of things have you been craving for dinner lately?

For me, as with most winter months, I feel like digging into comforting, stick to your ribs, hearty foods.

And this White Chicken Chili fits the bill.

It’s creamy, spicy (so it warms you up) and full of flavor. It’s also got a nice bit of protein to keep you going. And one of the best parts is topping it with all sorts of delicious things like sour cream, avocado, cilantro and cheese.

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Simple Saturday: A Perfect Winter Salad

seasonal salad

Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself to eat a salad this time of year.

It’s cold outside, and, I get it, all you want is a big bowl of creamy soup or a casserole piping hot with melted cheese.

Also, we’re no longer in the days of sun-ripened tomatoes or a variety of berries to choose from.

But, never fear, I have a great winter salad idea that is anything but boring. This one combines tart and sweet citrus with pomegranate and creamy avocado.

My mom has been making this Pomegranate Grapefruit Avocado Salad for many years, and it’s become a family favorite. It’s simple to throw together and always pleases a crowd.

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A Classic Dip

spinach artichoke dip

I hear through the grapevine that a certain big football game is coming up in the next few weeks.

I also hear that you should be up on your snack and dip game for this upcoming event.

The snack spread may even be more important than the actual game…but that’s just what I heard.

spinach artichoke dip

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Re-thinking cranberries

cranberry cobbler

So, I’ve had this bag of fresh cranberries sitting in my fruit crisper in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

The holidays came and gone, yet I still had these red beauties nagging me to do something with them beside watch them shrivel.

Luckily, I was flipping through one of my sister’s old copies of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, and this recipe for Cranberry Cobbler jumped out at me.

cranberry cobbler


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Sophisticated Soup

butternut squash soup with truffle oil

I guess it’s unofficially “make winter vegetables extra delicious” week on the think fruitful blog.

I gave you some snazzy twice-baked potatoes on Monday, and today it’s anything but your typical butternut squash soup.

Yes, it is creamy. Yes, it is squash-filled. And yes, it is made even more savory and tasty with the addition of truffle oil!

Truffle oil, you say. Isn’t that the ingredient that all of the judges on Chopped hate?

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Jazzed Up Potatoes

twice baked potatoes

If there’s one food that I really get into come the cold, not much at the farmer’s market months, it’s potatoes.

Sweet and russets and Yukon gold. They’re all so tasty baked and topped with butter and cheese. (Yes- even sweet potatoes. I really love putting black beans and cheese in those).

I’ve been a potato lover my entire life (just ask my mom), but I’ve never made a twice-baked potato before.

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Simple Saturday: The Secret to Perfect Homemade Pizza

perfect pizza

Good morning, all!

Sorry this post is a bit late on the schedule. I had every intention of getting up around the 8 a.m. hour and then somehow I slept until 10. I guess I’m still trying to prove that I’m young and can sleep late with my 27th birthday coming up this month.

Today, I would love to share a few secrets I’ve learned after making many dozens of homemade pizzas over the past few years.

In our house, homemade pizza is a great throw-together meal that we usually have the ingredients on-hand to make. It’s also fun to play around with cheeses and toppings depending on what you’ve got in the fridge and pantry.

Here are my secrets:

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2015 Food Resolutions

happy new year

Happy 2015 everyone!

I can’t believe it’s time for another food resolution post.

Do you remember the one from last year?

I achieved most of my resolutions (like making shakshuka, hosting more people and interacting with other bloggers), but I have to say that I’ll carry a few over.

Well, here’s this year’s list. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

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