Late last fall I fell in love with kale. I can honestly say I cannot remember a single time that I ate it growing up. As far as I know, I have only my farmer to thank for this vegetable romance. The first time I discovered this huge leafy vegetable in my CSA box, I had no idea what it was or how to use it in cooking. Obviously, my instincts told me to search Pinterest and various other food blogs.
Living here continues to amaze me. I was working at a little elementary school outside of Nashville yesterday. While listening to a great little 2nd grade reader, the announcements came on to inform the children that all after school activities would be cancelled due to inclement weather. I quickly looked outside expecting to see blinding snow and high winds.
This is the last week before my crazy life as a grad student starts up again. So I’ve been going on a baking and cooking frenzy. I made this banana bread earlier this week. So glad I did. I’ve been enjoying a slice at breakfast… or as a mid afternoon snack… or both!
White chocolate and raspberries are amazing when used together in cooking. This recipe is a test run… It’s the first time I’ve made it and I’m definitely learning as I go! And it actually came out pretty good! To get started, I used a recipe for cinnamon swirl I found on Cooks Illustrated website. From there… I changed LOTS around to achieve the decadent white chocolate and raspberry swirl.
I love making home made apple crisp…. and whenever I make an apple pie or an apple crisp, I never throw out my peels and cores. Instead, they go straight into one of my small pots, through a food mill, and return to the kitchen as applesauce. This is an easy thing to buy at the store, but the nice thing about making my own is that I know EXACTLY what goes inside it: apples. And that’s it.
So I know that most of us have heard the “cut back on carbs” commands to eat healthy and lose weight. But let’s be honest… there is NO way I can part with bread. It is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of warm chicken noodle soup, the solution to a plate of pasta with a delicious red sauce begging to be mopped up, or a soft buttery place for your fried eggs to land on before being devoured.