Tag: cream cheese
Let’s face it, we all need more sushi in our lives. But, unless you buy the questionable grocery store stuff, it can be so EXPENSIVE! In the past, I have always been underwhelmed by the sushi I’ve made at home. It was OK, but nothing like those crazy rolls that you can get at the nice sushi places! This time, I was on a mission to make a restaurant-quality roll, that is easy to make at home.
Have you ever heard people say, “Go home Mother Nature, you’re drunk”? Well, that is how springtime in the mountains tends to feel. After a stint of 50F+ weather, we are back to a gloomy rainy/snowy week. The kind of weather that makes you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book.
I feel like I am constantly hearing about new products and health facts. First they say artificial sweeteners are better for you, then they say they will give you diseases. They say don’t eat this, then they realize you should. It is hard to keep up sometimes. One of my main issues is whether to use real butter, margarine, olive oil, or something else. I recently learned about cooking with coconut oil, and am really excited that I did! Coconut oil has saturated fats, BUT they are actually a good kind of saturated fat. Coconut oil contains lots of antioxidants, helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminates harmful bacteria, and fights the signs of aging. It can be substituted for fats in recipes, such as butter, olive oil, etc. If you are substituting it for butter, I would suggest using about 3/4 cup coconut oil for every 1 cup butter.
Since I first began blogging about food, I have enjoyed following one blogger named Alyssa over at Constructive Deconstruction. Many of her posts are deconstructed dishes recreated in the most amazing ways. I was constantly in awe of her ideas and got inspiration from her from day to day. I always tried to think of ways that I could deconstruct something, but it just never really clicked in my head; until this. I am sure I am not the first to think of this because this is such a simple deconstruction, but I am excited about it because I have never really been good at them.
This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe is a hearty spinach and pepper dip; great for a cold winter day. There is something nourishing about a warm cheesy dip with bread. This recipe is a great pick-me-up. It goes well with chips or bread and is a great recipe for a potluck or party, and can easily be doubled if need be.