Eggs. Ohh eggs. I could eat them every single stinkin’ day. This is why I say (almost every day) that we need chickens. I want chickens soooo badly so we could have fresh eggs every day! Someday… Someday. In the meantime I will keep making delicious egg recipes that will just continue to fuel my longing for chickens.
About 7 or 8 years ago my best friend Holly baked some homemade Pita Chips that just blew my mind. At the time I wasn’t too far from my burning rice in a microwave days so the idea of making your own pita chips was like whoa. And lately, I’ve been thinking about those chips and how we’ve made so many of our own in the past year: Cheddar and Sour Cream, Salt and Vinegar, Flour Tortilla chips, Corn Tortilla chips, a couple of different Kale Chips, and even Sweet Potato chips for Nigel. But no pita chips! Until now…
A couple of years ago when I started making my own hummus I went to the grocery store in search of tahini. But I had no idea where to look, so I asked the first person who worked there that I saw where I could find it. They looked at me and said, “What’s tahini?” Which at first I thought to myself, what do you mean what’s tahini, but then I realized I had no idea what it exactly it was made of myself. I literally could not describe it to the person aside from, “It’s in hummus…”
When it came to food, I definitely wasn’t a picky eater, but I was… weird. I ate more tuna fish sandwiches than peanut butter. And not PB & Js, just straight peanut butter ’cause I refused to touch jelly… or cream cheese… or mayo (unless it was mixed with tuna). I just had a weird aversion to most condiments. But if it was green? I loved it. Broccoli, peas, celery, cucumbers, spinach. Loved. It baffled my parents, but they happily went with it. My most favorite vegetable ever? Asparagus. I used to get sooo excited when my mom would make asparagus and because it was pretty pricy for us, it was such a treat. Now, if it was in season all year, we would totally eat it every day; it’s still a favorite in this household.
We eat a LOT of chicken in this household and my hubster’s favorite cut are thighs. So usually on busy weeknights I end up just making our standard Baked Rosemary Chicken that is very easy and we know we love it (plus there’s tons of fresh rosemary growing around our neighborhood). And, although I know I’m blessed with the most non-picky eater husband in the world who would never ever complain about eating the same thing over and over again (and sometimes would actually prefer it), I needed to find a new super quick, super delicious, baked chicken thigh that would spice things up for him.
I loved tuna as a kid. Loved. I think I can honestly say that I ate more tuna salad sandwiches than peanut butter sandwiches. Weird, I know. But I was also that kid who never ate PB & J’s because I refused to eat jelly… I know, I was a strange child. But let me just say, this tuna salad is not the tuna salad of my childhood. It has avocados and cilantro both of which I had no idea existed when I was a kid!
Since starting our Scratch Cooking journey we’ve been sooo pleasantly surprised at how simple so many everyday products are! Mayonnaise was one that surprised us the most because it’s totally one of the easiest condiments to make from home!
I have a confession to make: I. Love. Tater Tots. I do. And I’m ashamed to say it’s been a secret love, but there all the same. McMenamins Cajun tots? Love. Blitz’s Tat-chos? Double love. Two bars that I otherwise don’t really care for, I will still go to just for the tots. I know, it’s terrible and I’m so embarrassed to admit it, but I just can’t help myself. They’re just crispy, greasy, potato heaven. Hi, my name is Tracy and I am secret tater tot lover. There, I’ve said it. But it’s ok, because now, ooohh now, we can make them at home From Scratch!! (uh oh)
Homemade (nearly from scratch) ketchup made in just 5 minutes! And I say nearly from scratch because this is if you have pre-made tomato paste. Tomato paste from Scratch takes quite a bit of time, and honestly, it’s one of the few things I will opt to buy over making. Why? ‘Cause it takes forever. And I had the unfortunate experience of buying 25 lbs of tomatoes, spending an entire weekend in my kitchen making paste, to only get about a pint and a half from it >grumble<. So now, more times than not, I opt to buy it. Buuuttt even though I don’t make it every time I use it, the important thing to me is that I understand how it’s made. Plus, a can of organic tomato paste has just two ingredients in it, the tomato paste, and citric acid. I’m totally OK with that.
I don’t know about you all, but I am a long time sufferer of OBS, also known as Overactive Brain Syndrome. Which only seems to kick in when I want to go to sleep. Worse, it’s not like I’m awake trying to find the cure for cancer, World Peace, or even anything remotely productive. Last night, Dan had mentioned something about reading Curious George as a kid to me. From there, I went, Curious George… the Man with the Yellow Hat… I wonder what his name was… I could see him as an Elliot…Maybe an Ethan… I wonder what color that yellow was… sunshine yellow? No, that’s too obvious, I bet it had a more creative name like egg yolk yellow… egg yolks… breakfast… what should I make for breakfast… STOP THINKING ABOUT BREAKFAST IT’S MIDNIGHT… I love eggs… I want chickens… I wonder how long it will make a coop… OMG SHUT UP AND GO TO SLEEP.