A Virtual Easter Dinner (vlog: Potato Rosemary Strudel)

Potato Strudel. I know, I know, it sounds weird, but can you please forget about the Swedish apple dessert momentarily, because I’m really excited to share this gussied up potato side dish with you.

Potato strudel was one of the first dishes I learned to make back in my early days in the professional kitchen. I was seventeen, and every evening, my chef and mentor, George (of the focaccia fame) served up slice after slice alongside expertly grilled New York steaks. After I watched him make the strudel a few times, I started recreating it at home for my family and it quickly became our go-to potato dish for holiday meals.

Thinly sliced potatoes, flavored with fresh rosemary and tossed with sour cream, are wrapped in puff pastry and baked until the potatoes are creamy and the pastry crisp. As trite as the expression is – what’s not to love?

Don’t let this sophisticated potato presentation lead you to believe that this strudel is a lot of work. I’ve purposely created a vlog to show you how easily it comes together. Just watch and learn! [Read more…]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Week 2 Round-Up

The second week of our Eat Well, Spend Less series brought a wealth of tips and helpful  suggestions to reach our goal of spending less on groceries, while still eating well.

I’m learning tons from the eight other bloggers that I have teamed up with on this series. It’s obvious that these ladies have the task of feeding their families down to a science and I can’t wait to share the round up from Week 2 with you!

On Monday I listed my top five favorite frugal meals and shared a recipe for a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash for my contribution to Eat Well, Spend Less. Let’s take a look at the topics the other girls covered this week, and then I’ve got a one-time-only offer for you at the bottom of the post.

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The Beauty of Farm-Fresh Eggs and How to Source Them

Written by Diana Bauman.

The word ‘egg’, all alone, makes me happy. When I hear it, thoughts run through my head of fried eggs with potatoes, mayonnaise, a rich custard or a Spanish tortilla omelet…. If there was a food that I simply couldn’t live without, it would have to be eggs.

Although I love eggs for the diverse range of foods that they help make, my favorite thing about eggs is that they are a traditional source of complete protein and nutrition. This couldn’t be more true than in the Spring.  Spring is the season for pastured, farm fresh eggs.

Yes, eggs are available year round from the farm or grocery store, however, as the buds start to bloom, grasses start to grow and microbial bugs and earthworms start to proliferate, pastured chickens enjoy their buffet.  With this buffet comes more vitamins and nutrients.  In the Springtime, eggs are at their nutritional peak.

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Eat Well, Spend Less: My Top Five Frugal Meals (Recipe: Lentil Shepherd’s Pie)

Welcome back to another post in our Eat Well, Spend Less series. Last week we talked about Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples, and today I’m bringing you some of our ‘cheap eats’.

How fortunate that some of our most frugal meals are also our favorites.  Our family’s love of legumes definitely helps. Meat – especially organic – is one of the ingredients that quickly drives up the cost of a meal, so we aim to eat vegetarian meals three or four times a week.

Four of the five thrifty meal suggestions below are vegetarian, and most would adapt easily to be vegan; in particular, today’s recipe: Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping.

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Weekend Links and Giveaway Winners

A big thank you to all who participated in The Whole Family Cookbook giveaway. We have two winners! Congratulations to Danielle and Michelle Y! You have both been notified via email.

For an entry to this giveaway, I had asked readers abut their earliest kitchen memories. Here’s what our winners had to say:

Danielle:

“Waking up to my mom making us homemade applesauce every morning for breakfast served with a cinnamon stick. I would use my stick as a spoon. Oh so yummy. My first baking/cooking experience I can’t remember because it was just part of our family culture to cook together. My mother and I now live hundreds of kilometers away from each other but when we get together we cook!”

Michelle Y:

“I remember being in my Granny’s kitchen making all sorts of fun things out of a “kids” cookbook. My Granny always wanted things to be educational.”

I’m pretty smitten with this eco-conscious, family-friendly cookbook from Michelle Stern. If you didn’t win the giveaway, definitely consider adding this title to your Mother’s Day wish list.

Here are a few reads and recipes that caught my eye this week…

Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here tomorrow for the next post in our Eat Well, Spend Less series!