Thursday, December 4, 2014

Roasted Jerk Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes


As winter settles in, I'm trying to remain focused on the few cold-weather activities I actually enjoy-- namely, roasting things, making hot drinks, and baking cookies. (Don't even try to get me excited about skiing, snowboarding, or sledding. I'll just meet up with you in the lodge for some hot chocolate when you're done freezing your nose and toes on the frigid slopes.)

There is one other winter activity I enjoy, though, and that is going on Caribbean vacations. I don't have the money for a trip anywhere warm this year, but Ben and I had an amazing time in Jamaica year before last. Today we relived some of those good times by eating this paleo roasted jerk chicken with carrots and potatoes. It's no trip to the islands, but it does taste really good.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ginger Thyme Tea

Feeling under the weather?  Try this simple ginger thyme tea! acalculatedwhisk.com

I woke up Thanksgiving morning with the beginnings of a cold. Black Friday was even worse, with the irrepressible urge to nap setting in a mere three hours after I woke up. Yesterday, after getting over ten hours of sleep the night before, I spent the hours between six and eight pm dozing off on the couch with a purring cat on my stomach and a scarf wrapped around my head. I've gone through two pocket packs of tissues and finally had to cave and buy a full-size box.

Since I know a lot of people get sick around the holidays, I thought I'd share my favorite homemade remedy: a simple ginger tea.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cranberry Orange Bread


My family doesn't have a well-defined set of Thanksgiving traditions.  Growing up with divorced parents, I often divided my time between two Thanksgiving dinners, having the main meal at one house and dessert at another.  Things always felt briefly desolate as I was shuttled between the two under the cover of early nightfall, but a slice of pie (or three) put an end to that pretty fast.  And I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on spending time with either of my families.  

My mom and I usually had dinner at a friends' house, and didn't have to do much of the cooking.  (I don't think either of us has ever roasted a whole turkey, unless she did a bunch of turkey-roasting before I was born and neglected to tell me about it.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes


I'm a little late to the pumpkin party this year.  I bought a couple of cartons of pumpkin puree over a month ago because I knew the pumpkin cravings would eventually hit, but wasn't sure when.

I made it through all of October and the first half of November without making a batch of my paleo pumpkin spice ice cream, a pumpkin and pecorino soufflĂ©, or a pumpkin caramel cheesecake pie.  I didn't just not make any of those things--I didn't even want them.  It was like I was over pumpkin.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kratiem Prik Thai Short Ribs with Quick-Pickled Carrots

Kratiem Prik Thai Short Ribs with Quick-Pickled Carrots--a delicious and flavorful paleo meal | acalculatedwhisk.com

Wintry weather has already made an appearance in Boston; we had our first snow, albeit a small one, last weekend.  I hate being cold outside and abhor feeling cold indoors even more, but I also, like a true New Englander, am always reluctant to turn on the heat.

My best solution for cold days at home is to have something in the oven pretty much at all times.  And since I can't always be making and eating desserts, my favorite thing to do is braise meat or chicken.  The cooking time is nice and long, so it will really warm up your house (or at least your kitchen).  The bonus effect of this heating strategy is that you will also be really well fed.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Almond Butter Thumbprints with Salted Caramel


My mom, my boyfriend, and I are really grateful to Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories for introducing us to these amazing cookies.  I know it's a bit hard to believe because this was a pretty big batch, but we ate them all between the three of us.  I was not interested in sharing with anyone else because they were too good.



Even though they're paleo cookies made with almond butter, they taste very similar to traditional peanut butter cookies, and the crumbly, buttery cookie and creamy salted caramel are an unbeatable team.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maple Apple Spice Cake


My boyfriend doesn't like things made with apples, pumpkin, or squash, so fall is kind of a hard time for us.  I'm all like, "It's time to apple-pumpkin-squashify all the things!" and he's all like, "Oh, it looks like there's some bread over there for toast."  Literally, he had toast for lunch the other day.  I could not even get him to try a bite of this butternut squash soup with fried garlic and chili oil.

I've been a paleo food blogger for long enough that I feel like a little bit of a failure when my boyfriend has toast for lunch.

Things are going a little bit better on the apple front, though, because Ben really liked this cake.  Unless you're the one to stir the grated apple into the batter, which would be a pretty major tipoff, you probably won't know that there's any apple in it.  It does help make the batter extra moist, though, kind of like the zucchini in zucchini bread, and also adds a little more sweetness.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Garlic and Chili Oil


A little over a week ago, my laptop gave me the prohibitory sign when I tried to turn it on.  Now that's all it will do--show a gray screen with a circle with a slash through it, and one of those little timers that never stops turning.

I'm in the process of mourning the photos I lost and trying to scrape together money to buy a new computer.  Luckily, my school lent me a laptop to use in the interim--a giant, clunky monster of a PC, but so much better than nothing.  I've been comforting myself with this soup.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pear Galettes with Pistachio Frangipane


"Can I have this?" Ben points to the last slice of galette, sitting alone on the cutting board.

"NO!" I scream in my mind.

Sensing my hesitation, and because he's a nice boyfriend, Ben asks, "Do you want some of it?"

Um, yes.

"How much?"

All of it.  "Half of it."

Ben smiles and cuts the slice in two, leaving me what amounts to one eighth of a galette, then devours his share.  And he doesn't even like pears!  That's how I know these galettes are good stuff.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms


I love to read.  It's actually somewhat of a problem.

Whenever I read fiction or a memoir, one of two things happens.  I either put the book down because I can't get into it, or I'm so into it that I can't think about anything else, and end up reading the whole thing within a day or two.  The latter happens much more frequently than the former, and everything else I'm supposed to be doing falls by the wayside.  I fall into reading rabbit holes so easily that I usually don't allow myself to read anything other than my school textbooks during the semester itself.  (Of course, I'm very interested in speech and language pathology, but books with titles like Understanding Voice Problems and Preclinical Speech Science never really end up being page-turners.  Instead of keeping me up all night like a suspenseful novel, they're uniquely capable of sending me into a sudden nap if I read them anytime after the sun sets.)