Category Archive: 52 Weeks of Cooking

Leading up to Thanksgiving last month, the challenge for the week was ‘rustic’. This is what my cooking is all about!! Typically my food doesn’t look perfect, and is made with hearty, good ingredients. I love rustic food. Rustic food loves me. And Mike doesn’t mind me making it all the time. Win. So for […]

Week 45 of the cooking challenge was whole grains. I wanted to try something I hadn’t before… Scratch making whole wheat bread. I scoured the interweb for recipes on this one and found a super easy and DELICIOUS recipe. It really could not have been easier, and I was thrilled with the results. I will […]

You know Homer from the Simpsons? You know how he liked to drool at delicious things? That’s what this bacon did to Mike and I. It was so fantastic. Chewy, crispy, salty, sweet, spicy goodness. Oh my lawwwwwd. Amazing. And this was also week 43 of the cooking challenge, which was themed “candied.” You could […]

Years ago, I was introduced to Pumpkin Soup by a friend of mine. At the time I was actually kind of scared to try it. Writing that now sounds ridiculous. This soup is the savory incarnation of fall. It’s everything you want out of a soup. And it just so happened that week 41 of […]

Stew is one of those fantastic, magical meals. It’s typically one-pot, which cuts down on prep. And you can customize to your hearts content. For this weeks challenge, I made Gumbo. This is the recipe I learned from my Mom. I know what you’re thinking, “Marga where’s the roux???” Well, I don’t make my gumbo […]

You know that feeling of coming home from work and there’s a big hearty stew waiting for you? Yeah well, this dish is just as hearty, and comes together in a snap. It’s basically a veggie stew, and it’s delicious. When I was looking up Central Asian cuisine, this type of quick stew kept popping […]

There’s something about lazy weekend mornings. I typically wake up and want to make something kickass for breakfast. There is usually a small caveat to my plans… my husband. Mike isn’t a “breakfast lover” so it can take some sweet talk to get him on board for weekend breakfasts. However, once that’s handled, it’s game […]

There are times in life when something you do seems so wrong, and so yet so right. This is typically how I feel about eating dessert. Do I really need that piece of cake, or that bite of creme brulee? Nope. But I want it. And so when the theme for the cooking challenge was […]

I love when you’re out at a restaurant, especially any type of Japanese restaurant and they bring you pickled cucumber and ginger with your meal. The acidity and crunchiness break up all the richness of whatever you were eating. It’s a great palate cleanser. And…it’s incredibly easy to do at home! This is a fantastic […]