Winter Relapse Comfort Food

When I lived in Philadelphia, under the great foodie reign of Stephen Starr, I had some of the greatest restaurants (arguably in the country) within a stone’s throw from my apartment.  At one of his restaurants, Continental, there is a chopped salad on the menu that is so simple, yet so absurdly delicious, that I…

Quick and Clean Weekday Meal

Since the middle of the week brought temperatures (and snow) that kept winter alive and well, the menu took a warmer and more comforting turn to match it. The broccoli slaw that had been looking to fulfill it’s dinner time destiny was finally put to use, and the remainder of the leftover spaghetti squash was…

Energy Refuel: meals + sweats

Day 2 & 3 of 28 were the roughest of all.  I was craving everything that I couldn’t have and nothing that I could.  The amazing thing is that most of the meals are not that far off from how we normally eat, so it was really the little things and the sweetness of coffee and…

Day 1 of Real Food Freedom

Captain’s log: Day 1. The 28 day challenge began for us on Monday.  Cutting out the few ‘food’ ingredients that were off plan wasn’t the challenge (well, not really), it was the loss of half and half in my coffee and any potential thought of a glass of wine that nearly brought me down in…

Snow Days are to Be Celebrated, By Cooking.

This week Charlottesville (and certain randomly selected pockets of the east coast) got hit with a one day blizzard.  In 24 hours the skies dropped slightly over a foot of snow, effectively causing a state of emergency and shutting down the town.  Oh yeah, and 60K residents lost power for days. While most of the…

Spaghetti Squash Nosh

Remember when spaghetti squash acted as the carb replacement for the chili recipe? Well, as promised, there were leftovers, and they went to good use! I’m a pretty huge fan of using leftovers to create new meals, and spaghetti squash is one of the best chameleon-like foods to do that.  Add only what you need…