Author Archives: PantryPortfolio

Cranberry Orange Pear Relish

Do you listen to the podcast Gastropod yet? If not, you should start! I watched them tape a live episode a while back and appreciate each of their researched, fact-filled episodes. It was through this podcast that I recently learned that “bogs are not wet” and that “cranberries don’t actually grow in water!” WHAT? I’ve […]

Sausage Stuffing

“Find that place that’s a bit uncomfortable… then pause and breathe into it” ~ My yoga teacher In yoga there is a central goal of merging the body and mind and consistently pushing each to a place that is slightly deeper, slightly more aligned, and slightly more purposeful.  And, the more I practice yoga the […]

Bacon Mac & Cheese with a Chipotle Panko Crust

Yes, this dish was as good as it sounds, and yes, we had it for dinner between TWO thanksgiving feasts! On Thanksgiving day we visited my sister-in-law’s parents. Friday was Snacksgiving 2017, which featured this here mac and cheese, and then Saturday was Thanksgiving with my fam.   Families and holidays can be filled with […]

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This here blog – my little corner of the world wide web – turns 2 today! While many celebrate birthdays with cake, I’ve decided to treat my savory loving self by cooking Ina Garten’s Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.  I’ve prepared her recipe here as written (only swapping pancetta for bacon) because why alter […]

The Kale, Potato, and Onion Frittata Experiment

This weekend we are hosting our 8th annual friends thanksgiving feast!  This meal started in our first apartment, and each year has morphed to include new friends, new dishes, and new traditions. This weekend I am also celebrating the TWO year anniversary of the blog. The blog archives currently hold a barley and butternut squash […]

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

There is a deep joy that comes with seeing friends who you’ve known for many years. This afternoon I had brunch with some of my college friends and we laughed, we drank, we reminisced, and we put a lady-vacation onto the calendar.  Anyone have suggestions for Montreal or Quebec? We are heading there in April! […]

Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

It seems fitting that I post a meatloaf recipe on the eve of my mom’s birthday as it was one of her specialties and a dish that never disappointed.  Unfortunately, we don’t have an official record of her recipe as this was one that she always threw together with some meat, ketchup, bread crumbs, and […]

Cider-Braised Brussels with Bacon

Happy Halloween! This recipe comes 100% from Eating Well magazine. I rarely cook and post a recipe without making any changes, but when this issue came in the mail I knew I needed to cook this as-is.  My blog here is my online ‘recipe box’ – my place to store all of the things that […]

Coconut Curried Chicken with Veggies

Me: “Hey what are you making for dinner tonight?” Ellen: “Coconut chicken curry” Me: “Oh wow! I’m so impressed… that’s out of my league.” Ellen: “Uh, are you sure? All you really do is pour and stir… which I know you are capable of.” For some reason I’ve had a mental block around cooking with […]

Make-Ahead Minestrone Soup

I’ve written before about how important it is to me to cook for friends during times of need and the gratitude I hold for those that supported me in this way after mom died.  Unfortunately we are in this position again as we mourn the loss of our beloved Q’s father.  While nothing cures the […]