School lunches. Are you ready for them? Well today I want you to think past the old standby of peanut butter and jelly (which I love). And I want you to take a walk past the deli counter (and keep on walking). Today I want you to consider chicken salad. Chicken salad is one of the most versatile lunch options around. It is so much more than just a mayonnaise laden sandwich filling. It’s a blank canvas just waiting to be filled with anything that your creativity and taste buds can imagine.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and with that comes backyard get togethers, BBQ’s, and picnics. Chances are the usual cast of characters will be present at most summer gatherings. You know them well: coleslaw, potato salad, and pasta salad.
On a foodie level, this time of the year is a little bitter sweet. While I am ready to say goodbye to the long, cold winter, I am hesitant to say goodbye to my fall and winter cooking. My dinged up, decades old stock pot receives plenty of love and use over the course of those six months. So many hearty, heart-warming, slow-cooked soups, sauces, and family favorites have emerged from it. Their scents have filled our home and taken the chill from the air. They’ve put the comfort in food.
I’m not sure that I have ever met a teenager who didn’t like pizza. My teens are no exception. While not a regular item on our meal menu, we do indulge in pizza occasionally. As a mom, I must admit that I do have a problem calling pizza a meal. There’s little to balance out the carbohydrate load, and any vegetables or meat that is added is minimal in amount or processed beyond recognition.
So today I decided to tackle this issue head on with my Sloppy Joe Pizza.
I don’t own many fancy kitchen gadgets or appliances. I love my Vitamix and Kitchenaid Mixer and use one or both daily. But then there’s my slow cooker; it rarely gets any love. I’m not sure why. On occasion I will allow a corned beef brisket the time slowly cook all day or whip up a beef stew for the crock pot. Otherwise, the slow cooker sits in my closet, way back on a shelf, out of sight and out of mind.
This week I dusted off my crock pot lid (literally, there was dust on it) and decided to make a recipe that we all love: lasagna.