Until my 20′s, bell peppers and I were far, far, far from fast friends.
I viewed the crunchy, green orbital vegetables with a look of disdain whenever they appeared on pizzas or veggie platter plates and as a kid, wrinkled my nose and plotted how to ditch every single bite in a napkin when my mom served them up for dinner.
But just like taking leisurely car rides on a Sunday afternoon, reading novels with long words you finally understand but now need readers to see, and taking hot baths (give me a tub every night of the week!), eating the food you hated as a kid suddenly becomes not. that. bad. as an adult. And sometimes, even really, really good.
And whenever I can serve a meal in it’s own vessel, it’s bonus time. Enter, stuffed bell peppers.
It’s official. Fall has arrived. Two days in and I’m talking about the weather on the blog again like the old boys playing cards at the senior citizen center. But this time I’m totally okay with it because it’s my favorite season.
The food—apples, peaches, casseroles, crock-pot, comfort, oh my. The clothes—because layering and wrapping to cocoon is always flattering. And sleeping under an open window—it’s heaven to fall asleep to chirping crickets and wake up to the crisp chill on my face.
For me, fall says it’s okay to slow down. Let the clock tick a little slower, give myself a break to enjoy the changes going on around me. Yesterday I did just that when I headed to our beautiful Utah mountains to hike the hills with two friends. It’s part of my continuing plan to take more time for myself and my well-being, and take time for my friends like I talked about here.
My challenge to you this weekend is to set a timer for 5 minutes and do—nothing.
Zero. Nada. Don’t fiddle with your Instagram. Don’t read or do the dishes. Just sit, look around and soak it all in before it all changes again, because it will change again in what seems like an instant and you don’t want to miss it.
It might not always be big in portion or production value (hey, I’m all good with frog in the hole or a microwave egg sandwich or even basic scrambles) but we do make it a point to have something substantial and wholesome in our bellys before we walk out the door (Smudge and my man), or down the hall (me), to face the day.
We’re privy to spending a little more time on the process come weekend time. Isn’t that always the case when it comes to cooking?
So while my man was easing into his Sunday by flipping through the channels with switch ups of Meet the Press (“Hey, I’m digging the new addition of Chuck Todd,”) to Food Network (“Babe, we should make this for dinner,”) and settling upon the FOX NFL Sunday (“Kaepernick said WHAT?”), I was staring at a refrigerator full of blog post leftovers that had no combination value for breakfast, too many condiments and an overflowing crisper of farmer’s market finds.
This scrambled egg recipe isn’t so much about a “recipe” per se, but what you have in the refrigerator that needs to be used up. Choose flavors that meld together, in this case, our breakfast burritos went in an Italian migration sort of way.
The weather’s getting cooler (let’s hope it stays that way), the kids are back in school (thank God!), and carnivals and state fairs have been in full swing where crazy food is the main attraction.
Where else can one make a meal of those giant medieval turkey legs that bring out the caveman in us, a side of deep-fried Oreos, and a caramel apple (because, balance?).
Some of us love the fair just for the food—particularly the melt-in-your-mouth, deep fried doughy goodness kind. Gimme all the funnel cakes!
That’s my go-to—the funnel cake, though we called them elephant ears, which is cute and also disturbing if elephants are your favorite animal. Doused, not dusted with a generous white cloud of powdered sugar, the doughy concoction with the upturned crispy edges never failed to put a smile on my face, or sate my wicked sweet tooth.
A Taste and Tell Fair for All
Last harvest season we followed one of our favorite food bloggers, Deb from Taste and Tell, around the Utah State Fair where she and her family romped with rubber duckies, got cotton candy stuck in their hair and enjoyed some good old fashioned fair food.
Afterward, Deb shared her favorite recipes for fair food in the summer issue of FoodieCrush magazine. And that inspired us to hunt around for even more crazy fair foods from food bloggers across the web.
“I like the chicken. And the broccoli is pretty good. But I like the pasta the best.” Music to this mama’s ears, especially given I was delivering whole wheat pasta for dinner.
I’m not going to paint a picture that’s all rosy and rah-rah that says my family agrees with me when I say, “Yes! Let’s eat more healthy whole foods!”
The truth is, my family is a little reluctant when it comes to downing a whole bowl of whole wheat pasta. Case in point when my husband walked into the kitchen and saw this dish on the stove, and said, “Oh. * sad face * Whole wheat pasta, huh?”
Ahhh, not to fear, I have my wiley ways. And things can change pretty quickly around here, including his mind, when I put my mind to it.