Eat in, Save Dough: How to Create a Food Budget

In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages of cooking at home is its cost effectiveness. Trade in your Chipotle runs, pizza deliveries, and Saturday night steaks at Texas Roadhouse (although I must say their bread is to die for) for home-cooked meals, and you’ll have saved yourself some pretty pennies. Money. In. The. Bank.

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How to Cook a Sweet Potato: Two Quick & Simple, No-Fail Ways

A few years ago I had never eaten a sweet potato, let alone known how to cook one. It was one of those foods I was always curious about, but never ventured out to try – I guess you could say I was kind of afraid. Thankfully, that’s changed.

I’m sure everyone has at least one food like that. Maybe you don’t know how to pronounce it (I thought quinoa was pronounced quinn-o-a, when it’s really keen-wah, for the longest time), where to buy it, or how to cook it. Maybe yours is couscous. Or turnips. It could be tilapia. Or maybe even kale. For me, it was the sweet potato. Continue reading

10 Essential Kitchen Tools for the Everyday Home Cook

Sooooo…I don’t have a kitchen. I bet that’s the last thing you expected to hear a food blogger say.

But, unfortunately it’s true. You see, I am in my final year of undergrad and have been living in the dorms on campus for the last FOUR YEARS. Yep, that’s four years of communal bathrooms, dining hall food, and noisy neighbors.

The past two years I have been working as a Residence Assistant (RA) though, and absolutely love my job, so really, I shouldn’t be complaining. I love getting to work with so many students, helping to build a sense of community within the hall, and helping to foster relationships that they will have for the rest of their college experience.

Fun fact: here @ UW we are fancy and trade the “RA” title for “House Fellow”.

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5 Simple, Sweet and Chocolate-y Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Ohmygosh. How are we already half-way through February!? I am still trying to get used to writing 2014 2015. Crazy stuff.

I’m sure most of you already have your Valentine’s plans squared away, but if by chance you’re like me a bit behind, don’t fret. Today I am happy to share 5 easy treat ideas from my favorite bloggers around the web! If you ask me, there’s no better way to show someone your love than with a homemade treat – be it your family, you significant other, or your gal pals – I love a good ‘GALentine’s Day’ celebration. Continue reading

Hearty, Healthy Morning Glory Muffins: Breakfast in 5 Seconds Flat

Let’s begin with breakfast. I mean after all, it is my favorite meal of the day, and not to mention the most important one! Pancakes, waffles, eggs…mmmm I love me some breakfast. I relish the days where I can lazily cook myself a stack of flapjacks, standing in my PJs over the griddle dropping blueberries in one-by-one. But sadly, there are five other days of the week where my alarm goes off at the crack of dawn and there just isn’t time to cook something hearty and wholesome, and still make it to where I need to be on time. But I tell you, I won’t hit up the drive-thru for an egg McMuffin, or worse, resort to skipping out on breakfast altogether. Oh no…I’ve got a plan. Enter the muffin.

pardon the horribly chipped polish...

Please pardon the horribly chipped nail polish.

But not one of those carb-loaded, sugar-bomb things the size of a softball that the coffee shop sells. Continue reading

Welcome to my Table

Hi. My name is Jenni and I am absolutely in love with food. Healthy food, that is. Don’t worry, I like some other things too, but you can read about all of that jazz and more about me here.

I especially love pineapples the size of my head.

Who doesn’t love a pineapple the size of your head?

Anyways, back to what I was saying… I am in love with food. And by in love I mean, like ‘having-six-jars-of-peanut-butter-open-at-once, spending-my-spare-time-scouring-grocery-store-shelves-for-new-ingredients, and reading-cook-books-like-novels-kind-of in love. One thing I’m not so keen on… is how today’s food environment and culture is shaping up. You see, what I am talking about are the take-out around the TV every night-ers, the 13 fast food joints you drive by on your way home from work, or the bajillion different “dinners in a box” that line the supermarket shelf. Now, I’ll admit that these things all have their time and their place, but I don’t think that that place, should be commonplace. I mean, what ever happened to “brown-bagging it”, Sunday dinners, or home-baked milk and cookies?? Continue reading