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8.23.2014

Butter, Onion and Tomato Pasta Sauce




Tomato season is at it’s peak here in New Hampshire. What better way to use them up than an easy to prepare homemade pasta sauce? I’ll admit I tend to buy sauce at the store, I always have this little voice in the back of my head saying, “aint nobody got time for homemade sauce!”

Well I am a fool, because homemade sauce can be whipped up in under an hour using this Butter, Onion and Tomato Sauce recipe found on Craftsy. This is the perfect sauce recipe to keep in your back pocket for those nights you want a comforting meal, but are pressed for time.



If you haven’t checked Craftsy’s online cooking and baking classes yet, you should. Signing up is easy, the courses are taught by professionals, they are affordable and most importantly you can take them at your leisure! If you are like me, you do not have much time to yourself. What I love most about Craftsy, is that I can pause the class and go back to it whenever I need. You can also ask questions and receive answers from class takers and the instructors!


(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation to write this post from Craftsy. All photos provided by them.)


8.20.2014

Peach and Thyme Custard Pie





Growing up in New England, our growing seasons have always been pretty short. Therefore my mom would spend the last weekends in August picking fruits and vegetables, then canning and freezing them so we could make them last through the long winters.


My favorite thing to harvest late summer, has always been native peaches. They are typically smaller, not quite as juicy, but every bit of delicious as those larger ones found in the southern parts of the country. As soon as those peaches were ripe, mom would bake us peach cobbler served with ice cream, and then the rest of her peaches were always used in her famous peach jam. I always thought the jam was best before it made it’s way in to the jars, eaten warm with a spoon… no toast needed!


As much as I love the memories of canning with my mom as a little girl, I am not much of a canner myself. So instead of taking my fruits and putting them into jams and jellies, I opt for baked treats.

This pie is made with a basic all butter pie crust filled with a bit of spice thanks to the cinnamon. The center is a sweet, rich, creamy custard, paired with tart native peaches and a bit of thyme. Great served warm or cold (though I prefer room temperature!)



Today I am guest posting for my friend Marnely over on Cooking With Books. Head on over to her blog for the full recipe.

8.09.2014

Creative Ways with Whole Grains Class GIVEAWAY!

The following post contains sponsored content. 



Cooking with whole grains is becoming increasing popular, however I sometimes forget the majority of people are still learning about them and how to cook with them. I often post recipes using quinoa and occasionally other recipes that call for things like farro or wild rice. I can’t count how many times I get asked… “What is quinoa?” “How do you cook with it?” “What is the texture like?”



I have been wanting to write a blog post talking about different types of grains and what to make with them. However… that has been on my back burner for over a year. Luckily, Craftsy offers a free mini class that goes over the basics of how to cook each whole grain, recipes using them as well as some other fun cooking and food tips, like how to clean leeks and mushrooms or a fun easy way to peel a banana.



It’s amazing how many creative dishes you can use whole grains in, and how many methods there are to prepare them. Sub out  starchy rice in your risotto and sub in some hearty farro. Make a large batch of wild rice stuffing that is sure to wow your friends and family during the holidays (you will  never use stove top again, I promise!) Instead of boring instant oatmeal, try a creamy quinoa served with fresh fruit to get your morning off on the right foot.  



This class is great for many reasons, it is FREE, filled with great info taught by Cooking Light’s head chef, tons of great recipes to use with your newly learned methods, all of the recipes are downloadable so they are there for your use, and you can take it at your leisure, only have spare moments a day to take classes? Well start and stop it anytime you want! Signing up is easy and this class is free, so what do you have to lose? Click here to take Craftsy’s free Creative Ways with Whole Grains class.

(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation to write this post. However all opinions are my own. Photos provided to me from Craftsy.)