Tag Archives: winter

Pasta with a Bolognese-ish Sauce

The weather has been dreadful lately, and I have had little to no interest in leaving my house. I pack all of my errands into one outing, so I only have to dart from my car to my apartment door twice. And after weeks of sitting in my perpetually cold home office bundled up in a puffy jacket, I finally bought a space heater which has literally SAVED my life. Hello, spring? Are you out there? Please! Hurry!!!

lamb, pork, buffalo

Unfortunately, this weather makes me crave hearty, stick to your ribs, warm your bones fare. What, you say? Weren’t you just preaching about being nutritious last week—your only New Year’s resolution? Yes. it is true. I did say that. We are taking baby steps over here people. And while on the subject, WHO came up with the bright idea to make healthy eating resolutions smack dab in the middle of winter??

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Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. Even after the largest meal of my life, I can still find room for dessert. It is a problem. I know. A has finally learned, after only five years of dating, that when the waiter asks if we would like to see the dessert menu after dinner, the answer is always “yes please.” True, I love to eat dessert, but I also really love to make dessert. There is something so cathartic about baking, don’t you think?

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Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Caramelized Red Onions

I want to start off by saying that I am shocked by how long it has taken me to post. It is truly embarrassing. Yes, I have been busy the past three months. My husband (yay!) got a job in Charlottesville and in two weeks, we packed up our 800 square foot DC apartment with a shocking amount of boxes (how did we fit everything in that tiny place?!?) and moved to the “country”. There was also our wedding which took place on October 30th and was perfect. Oh, and the amazing honeymoon which I didn’t want to come back from. And all of a sudden, the holidays were here, and I realized that I am not only officially behind on thank you notes, but that I had neglected my cooking blog for THREE whole months. Oof.

So now I am finally back. But before we get into the the recipe, I want to take a quick minute to tell you about Share Our Holiday Table which I am participating in on December 13th (check back that day for a brand, new post on Holiday Sides)!  Share Our Strength is hosting a virtual, progressive holiday dinner with more than 50 bloggers to raise awareness of their amazing cause—to end child hunger by 2015. Check out all of the participating bloggers here and look for my holiday side next week!

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