Cooked Chicken Salad

Confession: I don’t really like salad. There’s been one salad, a Greek one that I still dream of in Ames, that I thoroughly enjoyed and craved. I have found a good caesar dressing that helps me get my greens, but mostly I just sneak them into all my meals. I’m sharing this recipe mostly for the spice mix, but if you’re a fellow salad hater, maybe this will help you out! Continue reading “Cooked Chicken Salad”

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Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet potato hash is just a name I made up because it seemed to fit this lovely creation. I used to make this when my first class started at 11 AM so I had nice, long mornings to cook a big breakfast. After making it dozens of time, I found some shortcuts so it can be made quickly and simply. This may be more of a brunch recipe as-is, but you could serve it with fish or add more veggies to make a bigger meal. As is, it always fills us up and yet leaves us wanting more! Continue reading “Sweet Potato Hash”

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Taco Bowls (with Homemade Seasoning!)

Taco bowls are so delicious and easy! I generally cook with ideas inspired by different regions of the world. I love Greek and Italian food, but Mexican food is hard to beat. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to work with, and the flavors always sound good. I’ve been making my own taco seasoning ever since I realized how simple it is (and how much more flavorful it ends up being!). These bowls are fun and less messy than burritos that tend to leak all over hands.  Continue reading “Taco Bowls (with Homemade Seasoning!)”

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The Science of Lemon Meringue Pie {Crust}

I’ve been working as an Associate Scientist for a year now. My passion is still in product development, which I’ve been able to focus on for the past five months. Food science is still a strange word, and negative associations abound (what are you doing to my food??), but it’s ultimately about understanding food ingredients and how they interact with each other and the environment. To increase the common hobby baker to some of the science behind traditional recipes, I’m starting a new series about ingredient interaction and troubleshooting tips along the way. What better place to start than the simple-seeming, overly-complicated lemon meringue pie? This is the first in a series of 3 posts, one for each component of the pie.
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Perfect Cookies: Shortbread

ccHow is Christmas next week?? I don’t understand it. I decorate for Christmas (well, I decorate the tree while my husband does everything else), I make cocoa and fudge and drink eggnog, but Christmas just never hits me until it’s here, but it’s okay, I still soak it all in. Michael and I get each other lots of presents because we’re really just large children, and we always wait until after his birthday (the 19th) to open them. After our celebration, we’ll head down to our parents’ houses in Iowa. They only live 20 minutes apart, so that’s pretty handy, and we usually split our time between the 2 houses. This year, both our families are having Christmas on New Year’s weekend, so we’re mainly going to relax on Christmas weekend, other than some grandparent visits. I get a lot of time off work and Michael’s done with school for the semester, so it should be a nice Christmas vacation! I do a treasure hunt for the kiddos on my side, and we always decorate Christmas cookies.
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