meat sauce

Meat Sauce – Instant Pot

I threw this simple meat sauce together in the Instant pot a few nights ago and thought I should share it. Cause, you know, that’s what I do. One of the things I like most about the Instant Pot is its ability to marry flavors that otherwise would take hours, and, as much as I love making sauce on the stove when I have all afternoon to let it simmer, that’s not usually possible.

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grilled pizza

Pizza on the Grill

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You know what would make this feel less like a Monday? If everyone could throw their own personalized pizza on the grill! You don’t have to wait for the weekend; you just have to plan ahead a little. Making the homemade dough is the most time-consuming part only because of the rising time. Hands-on time is short. It’s even shorter if you buy it at the grocery store. Trader Joe’s has good pizza dough ready to go, and I would imagine most other grocery stores do as well.


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low sugar pumpkin muffin

Low Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

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In my never-ending quest to enjoy more baked goods with fewer consequences, I’m happy to report I have found an ally in monk fruit sweetener. It is the only zero-calorie sugar substitute I’ve tried that sweetens without a terrible aftertaste, and, so far, I find it works well in muffins, cakes, soft cookies, syrups, hot cocoa mix, and freezer jam. I have not had as much luck with things that need to have a crispy or chewy texture, like some cookies and brownies, but I’ll keep trying and let you know when I come up with more recipes that work.

I also used coconut sugar to add a little more complex flavor in this pumpkin muffin recipe, as brown sugar or molasses might bring, but it is optional. One thing to watch for when baking with the monk fruit sweetener is that it can brown quickly, so, for example, the muffins’ edges might burn faster than normal. Just make sure you keep a close eye on them.

Try substituting an all-purpose gluten-free flour or oat flour if you are avoiding wheat.

 

 


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angel hair pasta with artichokes and olives

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Veggie Sauce

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I love making a sauce. A simple pan sauce or gravy, a long-simmering ragù, a creamy, cheesy white sauce, caramel, or chocolate dessert sauce… It gives me a deep sense of accomplishment. The following quick pasta sauce is no exception, and it’s particularly fun because it involves a lot of sauteeing, which means there are marvelous sounds of sizzling and lots of garlic which smells divine. 

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Sage, and Ricotta

A couple weeks ago, I made this gnocchi for my cooking club friends and it was a huge hit, which is saying something because we are pretty frank and honest as a group. I’d never made it before so I found a recipe on Epicurious.com, tweaked it ever so slightly (For example, I didn’t see a need to add brown sugar to the already sweet potatoes) and was pleased to find they were leaps and bounds better than the tough, doughy store-bought gnocchi I had recently purchased. The effort paid off.  Continue reading “Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Sage, and Ricotta”

Pappardelle with Spring Vegetable Marinara and Fresh Basil

Pappardelle with Spring Vegetable Marinara
I know this looks like a lot of ingredients but I promise you this came together in under an hour, and that includes me stopping to take photos. You don’t have to do that. It was actually really fun because I remembered to turn music on in the kitchen. I’m not sure why it’s hard for me to remember that! Music makes everything better. Continue reading “Pappardelle with Spring Vegetable Marinara and Fresh Basil”
sausage stuffing

Dad’s Sausage Stuffing/Dressing

This is the sausage stuffing I remember from childhood. Lacking an actual recipe, I’ve had to go by my taste memory to get it right, or at least close to what my dad made. It was always my second favorite part of the meal, right behind chocolate cream pie. I had to be careful though because this was not the only kind of stuffing on the Thanksgiving table and on more than one sad occasion I found myself biting into the dreaded oyster stuffing my father was so proud of. I’m sure it was excellent if you like that sort of thing but I won’t be attempting to recreate that one. Ever.

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