TODAY tonight: Pork Chile Verde


Look at me!  Look at me!  I'm blogging!  I'm blogging!  It seems like every year, I take an unintended hiatus over Thanksgiving.  We usually travel to Los Angeles, and it's hard to keep up with cooking and posting recipes, even though it seems ALL I'm doing is eating, eating and eating.  But now I'm back... just in time for the most wonderful time of the year (minus waking up every morning and realizing I forgot to move that damn elf... ugh, that smirk).

I can't wait to flood this site with holiday baking but for now, let's talk about delicious comfort food.  On the Today Show yesterday, Padma Lakshmi made a chile that the crew raved and raved about.  Savannah even sent me a text, urging me to make it (and you don't ignore a woman who is 9 months pregnant).  It begins with this verde sauce consisting of tomatillos, avocados, jalapeƱos, cilantro and tons of yummy spices.  By the way, you should absolutely double this sauce and save some because it's ridiculous.  Then ground pork, onions and cannellini beans are added to a pot along with the sauce, stock, oh, and did I mention tequila?  The depth of flavors are intense, and yet it's also something I think your kids would enjoy (especially if you de-seed the jalapeƱos like I did).  

You can find the recipe HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry


I occasionally take barre classes, and there is one particular instructor that ends each class by saying, "make healthy food choices, don't ruin all of this hard work!"  Every time she says it my face turns red because I'm afraid it's obvious how much I've been thinking about food the entire time I was tucking and burning.  And not exactly "healthy" food.  I can't help it!  I was born this way!  I've said it before but it's like an obese German man from olden times sits in my brain and directs my thoughts towards brownies and burritos and bacon.  Thankfully, I'm able to control this man (most of the time), but it doesn't quiet exactly him.  We should probably name him, don't you think?  Gus?

So the other day, I wanted to make something in the crock pot with brisket or short ribs and wine and super rich flavors but then I heard my instructor's voice in my head.  It's like she's on one shoulder and Gus in on the other.  (I really hope she doesn't read this.)  Instead I made this Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry that was delicious and still tasted like comfort food!  And don't worry, Gus, I WILL be making something with short ribs later in the week...     

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter


For 3 days now I've tried to write this post, and every morning I am interrupted by these tiny humans who call me Mom.  They need so much - I find it extremely rude.  They're like, mom can I have my vitamins and some breakfast and some milk - NO not in that cup - and WAIT I can't find my vitamin can I have another and I have poop in my diaper and I'm going to touch it and I'm coooold and need a blanket and so on and so forth.  Rude, right?  I'M TRYING TO WRITE A BLOG POST HERE.

  So today I woke up early to tell you about this roasted cauliflower that is finished with a nutty, brown butter, toasted pine nuts and zesty lime juice.  It's worth waking up early for and it's definitely worth making!  The original recipe called for pumpkin seeds, which I didn't have, so I used pine nuts and loved it.  I also added some lime zest before serving.  Cauliflower is my JAM, so I'm always excited to find a new way to prepare it (more favs herehere and here).  

Now if you'll excuse me, somebody just said mom 77 times in a row so I must go.

Recipe here.

Creamy White Chicken Chili


Have you ever made something, and after your husband takes one bite of it he sends a photo to the neighbor, and five minutes after that the neighbor shows up?  That's what happened when I made this chili.  This is easy, hearty comfort food at it's best with so much flavor and just enough kick.  I would probably double the recipe if I were you and make it for Game 7 of the World Series.  Go Cubs!!  

Recipe here.

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs


If you need a last minute Halloween treat to make for whatever you're doing tonight (costume party, trick-or-treating, Monday night football, binging on candy in your pajamas while watching The Voice, etc.), these Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs couldn't be easier to make.  They require three ingredients, four minutes of baking, and a few tiny helper hands to unwrap all the Hershey's Hugs.  They are sweet, salty, crunchy and smooth... all at once.  Everyone will ask you for the recipe, and you will be a Halloween Hero.  

Recipe here.

TODAY tonight: Pumpkin & Sausage Lasanga


Mid-mornings in our house go something like this.  Carson comes home from the Today Show, telling me all about what he's just eaten.  "Oh my god, Ina was on today and she made filet mignon with a creamy mustard sauce and it was the most incredible thing I've ever eaten."  And my reply?  "I found a half-eaten piece of frozen waffle by the fireplace and I ate that.  It was dusty."  But, pathetic breakfast aside, I do appreciate his opinion because sometimes I see food on TV and I'm not sure if it will translate at home.  Well, a few weeks ago he came home raving about this lasagna made with a creamy, cheesy pumpkin sauce.  He knows I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin, especially if the flavor is strong, but he insisted I'd love this.  He was right!  Don't tell him.

I LOVED this lasagna.  The pumpkin isn't overwhelming, but it turns this dish into fall comfort food at it's best, with help from flavors like a dash of nutmeg and fresh sage.  It will feed an army, so make it for a World Series game or Halloween or the Circus (election night).     

Recipe here.

*Side note, I made this for a dinner party that I ended up canceling because my son caught the stomach bug.  I thought it was probably irresponsible to serve food with a side of lysol.  Oh, and if you're wondering if my daughters ended up getting sick, yes they did.  At the same time, and I can't decide if I like that better or worse than staggering the illness.  

Stomach Bug for President!  I'm delirious.     

Silky Zucchini Soup


Remember that one time I was on the Today Show making soup, and I used my favorite tool (the immersion blender), and I sprayed soup all over the cameras and Matt Lauer?  It feels just like yesterday, oh, because it was (you can view the recipes and segment here).  You might not believe me, but I really DO know how to use that thing... I just like to give the national TV people something to slo-mo once in awhile.  Anyway, this silky smooth zucchini soup was a result of my PROFESSIONAL immersion blending, and it was delicious.  Dairy-free, vegan (if you don't use the butter... I used the butter) and superb.  

Recipe here.


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