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Recipe | Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza

When I was in Texas visiting my bestie, we spent one evening doing something we have ALWAYS enjoyed together: the making and photographing of pretty food. For as long as I have known this girl we have both been obsessed with kitchen experiments, pretty food, fresh ingredients, eating... and food photography.  I was laughing to myself as we played around taking photos of this pizza, because I thought "Who else in the world would happily let me take photos of a pizza to the point it's lukewarm by the time we eat it?" ;-) But don't worry, there was another one on the grill. And it tasted amazing at any and all temperatures it was consumed. And the memory of giggling and playing with our food for this "shoot" was worth it! LOVE YOU K!      If you are looking for something interesting to make on one of your last summer cookouts, behold: Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza  It's got an all-star cast of really interesting ingredients that are

Kids in the Kitchen | Bacon & Chive Potato Salad

I've got another kid-friendly recipe for you and this time it's one my kids actually ate! Imagine that ;-) Also it's great for summer BBQs, as my friends can attest to.     Yes, they're jumping for joy because I brought my potato salad that night. I know. It's life-changing!     Anyways it's life-changing because it's loaded with bacon but I don't know how virtuous you can feel after eating it... it's still pretty heavy and true to the general ingredients of it's normal potato salad cousins.     Bacon & Chive Potato Salad 6-8 medium potatoes, washed and cut into chunks 10 eggs sour cream yellow mustard one bunch of chives or green onions, diced one package of bacon, cooked and crumbled 1-1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons herbed seasoning salt (or regular salt)   So the day before your next BBQ you cut up the potatoes and boil them along with the eggs. When

Kids in the Kitchen | Avocado Chicken Salad

Optimistic Mom-myth: when kids help you cook, they are more invested in the food and they are more likely to adventurously try said food. Parenting reality: not in this case.      What made my kids hate the wonderful, delicious, avocado so much? Why can't I convince them to love the heavenly combination of avocado, lime, and cilantro? Why do they call guacamole "that yucky green stuff we don't like?" Why? Why? WHY?     Well I'm nothing if not stubborn and eternally optimistic. But when it comes to avocados I'm mostly stubborn. Cause by george these girls have GOT to grow up to love Tex-Mex as much as meeeeee! Anyways I tried (again) an old recipe and this time I tried to entice them to make it with me to see if that would help them feel more invested in, I don't know, actually eating it. Spoiler alert: it didn't help. Not this time anyways. But that's okay, I'm sure you guys can still appreciate this simple summery

Kids in the Kitchen | Scrambled Egg Soup

You're gonna love this soup recipe. Only two ingredients guys. Chicken stock and eggs. Wait, three ingredients... you gotta have a heaping hunk of patience with kiddos in the kitchen ;-) Oh crap you also need salt and pepper. So ignore my "two ingredient" comment. But whatever it's so easy even your littlest helpers can help big time!      Quick note on farm fresh eggs. I hard boil about a dozen a week (school lunches and quick protein snacks) and I found a trick. You do need to treat fresh eggs differently when you're trying to hard boil them because otherwise the shell will not peel right AT ALL. It sucks. So I follow my America's Test Kitchen {affiliate link} rule of bringing the water to boil, removing from the heat and covering for 10 minutes, then a 5 minute ice bath. BUT I now punch a tiny hole in the bottom of each egg first and am happy to report clean angst-free peeling!  Key is to just poke a hole through the shell without

Why You Need a Fancy Salad Bowl

Last year I spent some time living with a dear friend who is a few decades my senior. I really loved taking long walks with her and chatting about life... also chatting about life as we lingered over dinner or sipped our morning coffee or watched the sun set on her back balcony in Germany. We did a lot of chatting ;-)  She had a lot of wisdom and a lot of love for life.     And I will always think of her when I whip up a quick salad. Because a favorite little tidbit of life wisdom she shared was to get a collection of pretty salad bowls. She said, "Even the most boring side salad looks more appetizing in a pretty bowl!"      So, got a boring salad? No problem! Dress it up with a lovely bowl! Please pin this on your lifehack board to share my friend's neat trick with the rest of the

Easy Dinner Idea | Abendbrot

I do not like to eat the same dinners over and over. I envy people who can have a 1-2 week rotation of favorite meals and therefore always know what's for dinner on a Tuesday night. But for me, unless I'm hardcore in the zone of menu-planning organization, it can often be a scramble at dinnertime. Sometimes that means we have stovetop popcorn or oatmeal for dinner ;-)  (Which I carry no guilt over - I mean, whole grains and real butter and all. But it's a bit boring.) A much BETTER solution to a "question mark" night is a concept I learned from a German friend. We were talking about cooking one day and she told me about the tradition of Abendbrot, or Evening Bread.     See, the Germans have a brilliant solution to the daily question of "what's for dinner..." and it's bread, cheese, meat, and veggies. BOOM! She said she laughed when she married and American and learned that most of us eat a big meal every evening. She was like "Who has time and