Feb 19, 2013

fresh lemon olive oil muffins

It's about time for spring now.  Don't you agree?  Every year there comes a time (around mid-February) when the lake effect snow warnings, numbingly cold wind, and the salty footprints in the entryway start to get old.

The juxtaposition of the mild Ohio winter last year (and the rather warm Georgia winters before) with the cold and snow this year has made this winter just a little more painful than usual.

Since Fresh Fork provided us with amazing local, in-season fruits and veggies last summer, we were a little spoiled.  All of the super-fresh stuff just tasted and smelled so much better than the out-of-season grocery store stuff.  I really am beginning to miss the light smell of fresh tomatoes filling my kitchen and the explosion of sweetness when biting into summer peaches.

Feb 11, 2013

vegetarian pulled "pork" sandwiches

I know it's mid-February (Happy Birthday, Sister!) and this is really, really late.  But, better late than never, right?

New Years' Day in the Chookie Chookie family has always tasted like this...pulled pork sandwiches!  Since starting a vegetarian diet, it has been six long years of New Years' meals having to sadly watch my parents, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins enjoy the best part, the pulled pork that my grandma is so famous for.

Feb 1, 2013

tomato soup

I have a new favorite soup.  Can I tell you about it?

It's tomato soup, which is really out of the ordinary for me.  It's not that I don't like tomato soup.  Let's call it more of a disinterest.  It's just that for me the traditional canned stuff has always been more of a grilled cheese dipping sauce that a soup.  I never really understood it.  It's just so thin and the flavor is so...flat.

But, we got a ton of canned diced tomatoes at Costco recently, and I wanted to try something different than the normal pasta sauce or chili routine.