Rice-A-Roni is still delicious and 14 other lessons I learned during the #30atHome cooking challenge

Today marks the end of my month-long #30atHome cooking challenge. Sure, there were a few exceptions, but for the most part, I ate home-cooked food for the entire month of January. In today’s food section, I shared my favorite recipes and some thoughts on why a challenge like this is perfect for getting reacquainted with … Continue reading “Rice-A-Roni is still delicious and 14 other lessons I learned during the #30atHome cooking challenge”

#30atHome: Bergamot adds a taste of tea to blueberry pie

I love Earl Grey tea, but I’d never cooked with a bergamot orange until recently. What’s a bergamot orange, you ask? It’s a yellow citrus fruit about the side of a baseball with a floral, fragrant rind that has been used to flavor Earl Grey tea since the 1800s. They aren’t commonly available in Central … Continue reading “#30atHome: Bergamot adds a taste of tea to blueberry pie”

#30atHome: Skip Friday night takeout with these 30-minute recipes

Not eating out means no takeout, but there’s no shortage of quick, simple and similar-to-takeout dishes you could make at home. At the top of my list is this quick chicken satay or that Middle Eastern-style street cart chicken I made last week. You might also consider these Japanese chicken skewers called yakitori, a slow … Continue reading “#30atHome: Skip Friday night takeout with these 30-minute recipes”

#30atHome: Trying out a new chili ingredient to amp up flavor

I’ve been eating a little too meaty for my liking on this #30atHome cooking challenge. It’s only the second week, so I’m making a few tweaks to try to eat more salads and veggies this week, but that’s not how I started the week. Last night could have been Meatless Monday, but instead, I used … Continue reading “#30atHome: Trying out a new chili ingredient to amp up flavor”

#30atHome: Your friend the spice cabinet comes through on this amazing chicken marinade

I’m in the first week of a 30-day home cooking challenge called #30atHome, and so far, I’ve been having a blast. I always make posole around the New Year, and this year’s was pretty good. Overnight oats, homemade bread and my neighbor’s sausage and black-eyed peas have kept me and my kids fed this week, … Continue reading “#30atHome: Your friend the spice cabinet comes through on this amazing chicken marinade”

It’s official: Smitten Kitchen makes the very best meatballs (even better than IKEA)

Y’all know how much I love IKEA food. The heart-shaped waffles. The lingonberry jam. The salmon pate. The meatballs. I don’t like IKEA’s veggie meatballs, but the regular ones are a fixture in my freezer, *if* I can get up to Round Rock to go to the store. That doesn’t happen very often, though, so … Continue reading “It’s official: Smitten Kitchen makes the very best meatballs (even better than IKEA)”

Will $15 of locally grown produce feed a family for a week?

As part of my #30atHome cooking challenge, I’ve been trying to get out of my everyday grocery shopping habits, which is why I went by two East Austin farmstands last week. Boggy Creek‘s farmstand is open Wednesday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Springdale Farm, just a few blocks away, is open from 9 a.m. … Continue reading “Will $15 of locally grown produce feed a family for a week?”