Favorite Freezer Foods

Freezer foods

Although we would all like to say that we have a home-cooked (by us) meal every night, I know that’s just not feasible all of the time.

And while I love fresh food, it’s always nice to have some frozen staples on hand for that off night when you don’t feel like cooking or need to add something extra to a meal.

Other than my homemade veggie stock and pie crust scraps, here’s what I like to have in my freezer:

Potstickers

Frozen potstickers are a great thing to have on hand as a side for fried rice or just a quick snack or meal. I really love the Pork Goyza from Trader Joe’s and always have some in the freezer.

Serve with: A dipping sauce of soy sauce and rice vinegar

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Simple Saturday: Fruit Salad

simple fruit salad

Simpler is better is a pretty good motto to hold onto these days.

Whether we’re talking about decorating or cooking, a lot of us strive to harness the power of simplicity.

I also strongly believe that this applies to fruit salad.

It’s pretty incredible how many ways you can mess up a fruit salad: mayonnaise (I can thank my sweet grandmother for introducing me to that one), maraschino cherries and mushy bananas to name just a few.

I have a no-fail Fruit Salad recipe that’s as simple as can be and tastes great on everything.

Chop your fruit (I like berries, melon and/or watermelon), place in a bowl and top with a few drizzles of honey, the juice of most of a lime and freshly chopped mint. Stir and enjoy!

And that’s all she wrote. Fruit salad demystified (and delicious).

On the South Side

southside cocktail

It’s really funny how coincidental things are sometimes…but it’s more often than not meant to be miracles, if you ask me.

We go into our daily lives thinking that this world has limits, and amazing things happen (if we’re looking around enough to notice them).

Although these past few weeks have been slammed with full days of life things, so many everyday miracles have been occurring around us.

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Just a Slice

yellow cake with double chocolate icing

My husband and I have gotten into this bad habit lately, where every few weeks (or maybe more often, if I’m honest), we pick up individual slices of cake form a local grocery store.

First, you must understand that we both LOVE cake.

And our love for cake was reignited when we tried Whole Foods birthday cake for my bday in January. It was so buttery and moist, and the buttercream icing was just buttery enough and to die for.

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What’s On My Mind

What's On My Mind

Wow- what a week, ya’ll.

Has it been a little hairy on your side, too. I hope not, but then again, exciting things have been happening nonetheless.

I feel like there have so many things on my mind that I wanted to share some with you guys.

—I love this food for thought about wasting less food while cooking

—We are all about our food budgets in our house, so I love the handy tips that this article offered (I hope to do a food budgeting post soon, too!)

—One of my fave food sites, Food52, now has a podcast: Burnt Toast

—Love these helpful tips for when you’re eating abroad

—We are huge Bob’s Burgers fans, so of course I had to take this quiz

—My brother-in-law Mike has a blog with wonderful tidbits of advice for work and life

—If you’re dying eggs for Easter and want to bypass those fake colors, here is how to dye beautiful eggs with onion skins

—Also, if you’re an NC-er, check out these upcoming events:

Taste 2015Carolina Farm Dinner & Brewgaloo

(In case you were wondering, my logo was created by the incredibly talented Jason Flack.)

N.C. One Bite at a Time (Part 10)

I can hardly believe that this is my 10th N.C. One Bite at a Time! What a fun year plus it’s been exploring my part of North Carolina and acclimating to living in this beautiful, food-loving state.

Here are some of the new things that I’ve discovered in the past few months.

Swad

Swad Raleigh NC

My husband and I have found our new fave North Raleigh spot for Indian food, and it’s Swad. Their lunch buffet is affordable ($10 during the week and $12 on the weekends), and their dinner is just as good. My favorites are their Chicken Tikka Masala and the Paneer Masala.

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Ingredient of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts

It’s that time again: Ingredient of the Month time!

This month, we’re giving some love to a vegetable that I used to hate.

Thank goodness for people realizing that roasted Brussels sprouts (and basically anything but boiled ones) are so delicious. Although I was not a picky eater as a child, I hated Brussels sprouts. They stunk up the entire house, and the slightly mushy texture was definitely not my thing.

But, alas, we live in an age where cooking makes most all vegetables delicious (even like carrot tops and such).

We have really been enjoying cooking with Brussels sprouts lately. There are so many ways to make them taste delicious!

Brussels Sprouts

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