I Think Thursday 10.12.17

Welcome to Thursday!  One housekeeping note — I’m coming for you, New York City!  I’ll be signing copies of my book One Pan & Done at an event at Bloomingdales one week from today.  That’s Thursday, October 19th!  More details to come, but if you’re in the area and want to come chat about sheet pans, Dutch ovens, Truffle Mushroom Lasagna, and/or skillet cookies, I’d love to see you!

In the meantime, here are some links for you this week:

  1. Need to do something with all those apples you picked this season? Apple Crumb Pie!
  2. How to help evacuees of Northern California fires.
  3. 8 great Instagram accounts.
  4. Yum.
  5. I want to go to there.
  6. Uh oh. #addictedtomyphone
  7. An interesting take on the Eminem rap tearing up the internet.
  8. Say yes to parmesan broth!
  9. An important part of any culinary education ☺️
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Kid-Friendly Banana Oat Muffins

I’m on a muffin bender, and my toddler is VERY happy about it.  First was the classic blueberry sort, then I turned Deb’s famous double chocolate banana bread into muffins (holy Popes, Deb!) (Also friends, let me know if you want me to post that recipe here, I will gladly oblige), and then I made these muffins three Friday nights in a row.  (On a related note, I may have to get out more.)

I’ve convinced Calder that they’re a treat (chocolate chips help with this illusion, and the enthusiasm with which he asks for a “teat!” these days is both heart warming and slightly terrifying), but the truth is that these little cakes, packed with protein and whole grains (and only a small amount of processed sugar – fresh bananas and applesauce bring plenty of natural sweetness), feel perfectly appropriate for daily toddler consumption.

With my ever-growing mountain of muffins on hand (I find they do pretty well in the freezer, then either briefly microwaved or just left out at room temp to thaw), I’ve taken to doling them out as a post-Sunday-soccer practice “teat” (I have to say that I use the word “soccer” pretty loosely here — a bunch of 18-month-olds chasing bubbles around with orange cones might not fulfill the actual definition), as a welcome afternoon pick-me-up at the playground, or just as part of a “special” weekday breakfast.

If you have kids (or, you know, not) and are looking to get on the muffin train, look no further!  These have it all.  Bananas, applesauce, Greek yogurt!  Oats, whole wheat and buckwheat flours!  And some mini chocolate chips for good measure.  “Teats” for everyone!

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I Think Thursday 10.5.17

Hey, Thursday people.  Links for you!

  1. This has been, very clearly, a week for chocolate. Chocolate Stout Cake anyone?
  2. Speaking of chocolate, I’ve made this recipe (I turned it into muffins instead of a loaf) twice in the past 7 days.  No regrets.
  3. Turns out The Onion is real news now.
  4. Have you heard of “emotional labor?” This article is sparking some interesting and helpful conversations in my house.
  5. Do you know what La Croix means? It’s French for “Summer in a Can, Asshat.” 😂
  6. There’s a new #sheetpansuppers book out this week!  I didn’t write it, but it looks awesome.
  7. Joy seems to always know what to say and do.  Y’know?
  8. Remember when these people were in charge? #swoon
  9. Bravo, Jimmy Kimmel.
  10. Want gun safety? Here’s one way to help.
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Simple Homemade Chicken Stock

Now that the first week of fall is officially under our (cozy-sweater-and-boot-clad, pumpkin-spiced-everything) belts, I’m declaring it time for SOUP.

You know a good soup day when you see one — grey and a little blustery, maybe some damp chill settling in around midday (hey, Seattle, I see you).  Or maybe it’s clear and crunchy, with a pushy sort of wind that makes its way into your ears and leaves your nose good and pink?  SOUP DAY.

My brother-in-law doesn’t consider soup to be a real meal, which leads me to believe that either A: he is a real spoilsport,  or B: he’s just never had a good bowl of soup.  Or bisque or chowder or stew, for that matter.  My brother-in-law is pretty fun, in general, so I’m going with B.  Maybe he’s never made his own chicken stock.  Have you?

Making your own chicken stock is the kind of thing that sounds like a big deal, but in reality is absolutely not.  It’s actually on the simpler side of things, cooking-wise, and really takes your soup game to a new level.  I’m certainly not against a store-bought box of the stuff, but when I have the time and wherewithal, I love to make my own.

I like to take my time and make a day of it — there’s lots of hands-off time in stock-making, so it doesn’t really take up the whole day.  I buy a good chicken, raid the fridge for some veggie odds and ends, cover it all with water and then let the stove do the work.  After a few (again, very hands-off) hours, I’ve got a nicely poached chicken (with meat that I use for salads, tacos, chili, etc. etc. etc.) and a beautiful, rich broth to store in the freezer for months of soup to come.

It’s a very autumnal thing to do, come to think of it.  So what do you say?  Shall we make some stock?  Let soup season begin!

(Consider this part 3 of my seasonal “Whole Bird Cooking” series! In case you missed them, here are parts 1 and 2).

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I Think Thursday 9.28.17

I spent the better part of this week recovering from a gnarly stomach bug, but I’m finally on the mend.  Thanks to Thursdays!  Here, some links for you:

  1. If you start makin’ em today, you can have homemade bagels in time to break the fast tomorrow! #YomKippur
  2. A long read but super interesting.
  3. When Twitter is used for something good, hah.
  5. Is this what dieting has come to? OH BOY.
  6. This looks cozy and spicy!
  7. The news/images from Puerto Rico are devastating – here’s how to help.
  8. People. Are. So. Dumb. ‍‍♀️
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I Think Thursday 9.21.17

Hi!  How’s your week going?  I’m fighting some kind of cold situation so that 👆🏼 is on my to make list.  Some Thursday links for you:

  1. It’s coming on stew season! Rich Beef Stew for days and days.
  2. Reading stuff like this really grounds me, somehow.
  3. Do you have an autumn baking list? This is going on mine!
  4. Written by a friend of mine. So important to share these stories.
  5. Some great ideas on this one pan/sheet pan train 🙌🏼
  6. Youth football — just say no.
  7. Fall!
  8. These look awesome.
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Classic Blueberry Muffins

At the beginning of September, as backpacks are filled and schedules are… filled (I excel at writing), everyone loves a good list.  I know I do.

As such, I herby present you with my (highly scientific, expertly curated) list of:

Things That Aren’t Actually So Bad About Summer Ending:

  1. It’s time to dip back into our really pretty great sweatshirt collection
  2. Hot coffee, extra splash of cream
  3. One Pot/Pan meals on repeat
  4. Foliage/leaf peeps
  5. Apple picking/pumpkin patch trips
  6. Elections!  Know your day to vote.
  7. We can stop wearing those “cold shoulder” tops. What even are those?
  8. Appropriateness of planning toddler Halloween costumes (sidenote, could use some input: garden gnome, fuzzy/non-fuzzy animal, or something else entirely? Might be important to say that my child looks a lot like a garden gnome, but also does a great fish impression.)
  9. Blueberry muffins as lunch treat and/or after school snack!

Number nine is taking center stage in my house this week.  There are still a few (a very few, maybe) good fresh blueberries to be found around these parts, but I also just unearthed a giant bag of frozen berries from earlier this summer (score!), and as such, some fresh, tender-crumbed muffins sounded like just the thing.

These are fluffy and dense with berries, with just a small hit of lemon zest throughout.  The tops are wonderfully sugar-crunch-capped, so particularly healthy they are probably not, but particularly delicious?  You bet.

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I Think Thursday 9.14.17

Happy Thursday, everyone. I’ve got a new recipe coming at you tomorrow, just in time for your weekend breakfast baking endeavors.  In the meantime, here are this week’s links!

  1. Baked Coconut Caramel Doughnuts?  Okay.
  2. Such a class act. Hillary, forever and always.
  3. YES to this.
  4. Some of these are NUTS!
  5. This is heavy, but worth reading.
  6. This too.
  7. Joy made the one-pot meatballs & orzo from my cookbook, One Pan & Done!
  8. HAH.
  9. Get it, sister.
  10. So… it’s a vending machine?  Right?
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I Think Thursday 9.7.17

Heyo, Thursday.  Have some links, would ya?

  1. Homemade Chewy Granola Bars are where it’s aaaaaat.
  2. Not necessarily my dream cake scenario, but dang these are gorgeous.
  3. Like I needed a reason to support a chocolate company
  4. A list of social justice books for kids. Excited to check some of these out!
  5. Enjoyed reading this.
  6. A helpful and important read. #DACA
  7. Some gems in here.
  8. I heart everything Julia Turshen does.
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I Think Thursday 8.31.17

Hello, September?  Is that you?  Yeah, you can come over — just bring a bit of sweater weather and some of your ripest tomatoes, mkay?

Here, some links for this Thursday:

  1. Might be time for Deb’s Plum Cake!
  2. During a week of extra shitty news, this is fantastic.
  3. Are you still into Hanson?
  4. As someone with a toddler, this is an interesting read.
  5. Wow, how surprising! …Said no woman ever.
  6. What’s that you say?  You want to buy the Sheet Pan Suppers e-book for under $2?  OKAY!
  7. #Glut
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