Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Whole Wheat Pasta

by heidi on September 23, 2014

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“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.


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Friday Faves

by heidi on September 19, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday friends.

How was your M-TH that’s so much better now that your looking F-S-S square in the eye? I thought so.

My week started off with a definite uptick in my demeanor and in my desire to dig into work. I believe I have one thing to attribute it to and it’s that Monday rolled around and I was refreshed and inspired after a weekend getaway of womanly girl time with a few of the many inspiring bloggers I’m lucky to now call friends.

Who’da thunk that a virtual job where I don’t see anyone all day except my dogs when they’re begging for a bite of my lunch, and the occasional drop-in from my husband when he forgets a tool, his wallet or is craving his afternoon serving of cracked black pepper pistachios—BTW, they are unreal!—would result in real-life, flesh and blood friendships?

Not me.

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It was the tiger sauce topping these beef steak sandwiches that pulled him in and took the rest of us right along with him.

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Watching cooking shows on weekend mornings is how my husband and I ease into the reality that in a wink of an eye we’ll be smack dab in the middle of Monday. Oh, how we rue the day (fist shake at the sky).

It’s also the way we figure out what’s looking good on the Casa de Larsen menu for the week and usually my husband decides on at least a few of the recipes because we share time in the kitchen. See, I don’t always have to be in charge.

We get our fair share of episodes on Food Network, but you simply can’t forget about good old PBS and some of the long-loved cooking shows that have outlived many an episode’s kitchen timer like those featuring the 80-year-old Jacque Pepin and Lidia Bastianich and yes, even the doyenne herself, Martha Stewart.

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If you’re any sort of food lover in the kitchen you’ve likely run across America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country on PBS. What a set up these guys have in their sweet countrified-porch-wrapped kitchen that makes you feel right at home so pull up a chair.

They do the testing. Lots of it. They work the recipes until they discover the secret to it’s success. And only then do they share it in all it’s glory. And Christopher Kimball…in his trademark bow tie. If you have a thing for a guy in a bow tie, this is your man.

These Sirloin Steak Sandwiches were a featured player a few weeks ago. They called them Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwiches. We simply called them delicious.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

by heidi on September 16, 2014

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There are two jobs in particular that I bet are matches made in heaven for imaginative voyeurs. They’re perfect professions for those people who daydream their workday away by living the lives of others, due simply to the clues presented that give a really, really good glimpse into what’s really happening at home.

The first voyuer would be the neighborhood postal carrier.

Day in and day out, every month of many years, this worker gets to know everyone in the neighborhood more intimately than anyone else. Thanks to the steady stream of bills they know if you’ve been seeing the doctor or are in danger of having your cable TV cancelled. They know if you’re a shopper when the Nordstrom bill and Christmas catalogs arrive. They see the IRS notices (yikes!) and they know who gets handwritten letters that mean someone does indeed care. And just think of how they can dial in your personality depending on which crazy mix of magazines you subscribe to. Okay, that could be scary.

The second daydreaming voyeur is one I know you have wondered about every time you go to the grocery store. Yep, the grocery checker.

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Friday Faves

by heidi on September 12, 2014

Hello friends, loved ones and partners in crime. Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit this little slice of the web called FoodieCrush. I love to share, and am so glad you care. Care enough to stop by and see what’s cookin’ in and out of the kitchen.

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We had some new neighbors move in across the street. Instead of the de rigueur welcome pie or brownies, I took them a cornucopia of caprese makings, burrata (yes!) and DeLallo pasta fixin’s. Okay, it was a basket, not a cornucopia, but the idea…it’s solid.

I’m sublimely happy harvest season is in full swing, and have been sharing posts featuring ingredients to help you #eatseasonal. Tomatoes are always at the top of my hit list but with the Farmer’s markets delivering such stellar produce, I’m not stopping there so more seasonal fare recipes will be coming your way. Long live autumn!

In last week’s Friday Faves I shared 5 food blogs I’m following now, and hope that you are now too. If you missed the post, check it out here.

And now, onto this week’s list of list loves…

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