Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer veggie chowder

Hey dudes. I'm BAAAAACK!

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Not really sure why I needed that little bloggie break, but I guess I did. You know, I've been cooking like crazy but I've just been too lazy to take any photos. Maybe it's this whole summer thing. You know, not wanting to do anything but bask in the godliness that is summer in Seattle. I'm totally digging it.

We've been busy busy bees too. I had my best friend in town from Montana a few weekends ago, then had Jared's brother and his family in town this past weekend. It really has been incredible. The next 3 weeks are no exception, since Jerdy is leaving for work for 3 weeks in July. Yes, 3 fucking weeks. Ugh. Puts a bit of a damper on the whole "we are moving in September" thing.

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Makes: about 6 large servings
Hands on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

2 Tbsp butter
1 smallish sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium yellow potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 springs fresh thyme
5 cups chicken stock
1 cups water
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried sage
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper
1/2 Tbsp pepper
1 bunch kale, ribs removed and chopped
2 ears fresh corn cut off the cob
1/4 cup half and half
salt to taste
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced green onion

Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and thyme and cook until veggies begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add stock, water, and herbs through pepper. Bring to a boil and cook until veggies are soft and flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Add kale and corn and cook until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in half and half and season with salt to taste. Serve with shredded cheddar and green onions.

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This soup is like an herby summer stew! It's really awesome for a homey night in on a cool summer night.



Thursday, June 12, 2014


Some snippets

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Steamy coffee in the sunny mornings, little vases of flowers, Mother's day spread, Selfie, Cuddle love.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rhubarb barbecue sauce

Angi! This one's for you girl.

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Friends, this recipe is vegan. WHAT?! You know, I didn't even realize this was vegan until I started typing out this post. Then I realized that most of the barbecue sauces I make are vegan. HUZZAH! Trendy without even knowing it. Score. I like meat though, so I ate it with some pork chops. Yum. Sorry vegans.

Well, Angi. Here is your rhubarb recipe that's not a pie, or even a dessert! And you know what? This recipe knocked my friggin socks off. It's really really good. Tangy, smoky, a bit spicy, just what barbecue sauce should be, but with a hint of rhubarb and strawberry.

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Inspired by: Closet Cooking and Angi.
Makes: About 2 cups
Hands on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

3 cups rhubarb, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp strawberry jam
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dijon mustard

Throw everything in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until rhubarb is very soft, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth.

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Hope you like this Angi! Let me know if you make it!

Next on the agenda:
Healthy(ish) brownies for Becky
Stuffed? avocados for Rachel

I've got some ideas ladies! Stay tuned.


P.S. Got an ingredient you want me to make something awesome with? Let me know! I like to use mostly whole foods, and local organic ingredients in most of my cooking.

Friday, June 6, 2014

5 recipes to try this summer

Guys. Guess what? I'm moving. Seriously moving. Not just down the street or across town, moving away. About an hour away from the city actually. It's just that time ya know? More on that later.......

In the meantime....... summasummasummatime is approaching. Here are a few past recipes that should get you through!

Apricot garlic scape salsa. This is potent friends! Vampires beware.

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Peach and SWEET tea bourbon poptails. Don't worry. I did NOT make tea out of sweat as it states in the photo. DOH!

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Plummy crumble. Every summer deserves a good crumble. Try some stone fruit.

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Apricot peach chutney. Try this on pulled pork sliders! You won't be sorry.

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Pluot rosemary popsicles. Total experiment, and a little odd, but pretty awesome in the end.

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Well, there you have it. My shitty photos of food I made 2 years ago. Pretty awesome to see how far I've come.

Have a great sunny June weekend friends!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Spring quiche with asparagus, peas, and gruyere

Guess what? I made my first quiche!

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Huzzah! I used a store bought crust though. Wah-wah. Still ended up super super tasty. This may be my new spring obsession. Or..... almost summer obsession. Times have still been really busy, with Jerdy working 70 hours a week or so. I didn't end up making all those egg recipes I mentioned last week, but I am still on this crazy egg kick. SO weird. I have never been a huge egg lover, but I just can't get enough of these things!

In other JellyBones news....... I have done it. I have started a WordPress blog. A clean slate. I haven't designed it or posted anything over there yet. Still wanting to get it right before I launch. But the countdown for the decline of JellyBones begins....

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Inspired by: Real Simple
Makes: 5 servings
Hands on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

1 9" store bought pie crust
1 cup grated gruyere cheese
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 cup chopped asparagus
1/4 cup chopped green onion
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups half and half
salt and pepper
1 tomato, sliced

Preheat oven to 375f, and move the rack to the lowest level. Spread cheese on the bottom of your pie crust. Evenly spread peas, asparagus, and green onion on top.

Whisk together the egg, half and half, and a generous dash of both salt and pepper. Carefully pour into pie crust. Cook uncovered for 45 minutes, or until top is browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes, and top with fresh tomato slices.

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You know what this was missing? BACON! Everything is better with bacon huh? Unless you're vegetarian, then, well, probably not. Next time though.... next time.

Have a great week friends!

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