Blue Bottle’s Double Chocolate Cookies

Blue Bottle Double Chocolate Cookies - Meatballs & Milkshakes

Our whole family is a huge fan of blue bottle coffee. And what’s more perfect with a nice macchiato than a double chocolate cookie? The almond flour gives these cookies a terrific chew, and they’re so easy. They are definitely going into the standard cookie rotation around the kitchen, and I think I’m going to have to make these again very soon. Read more »

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Vanilla Madeleines

Vanilla Madeleines - Meatballs & MIlkshakes

I love the simplicity of a madeleine: a small, fluffy cake that goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or an espresso. With a slight crunch to the outside due to a sprinkle of sugar in the pan, these have an addictive quality that will make it hard to stop at one. You can change up the flavorings if you want, but the original is pretty perfect. You’ll be making these over and over again. Read more »

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Orzo with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Orzo with Broccoli Rabe Pesto - Meatballs & Milkshakes

I made this the first time right after having a wisdom tooth out, because I was dying for real food but still wasn’t able to chew much. It turned out to be one of my favorite recipes this fall, and I’ve made it three times since. The broccoli rabe is a nice, slightly bitter change from a regular pesto genovese. Pairing it with orzo can make it a little healthier by encouraging you to increase the vegetable to pasta ratio. A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil at the end gives it a floral, fresh flavor and a more luxurious mouthfeel. Try it this weekend! Read more »

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Soba with Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

Soba with Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad - Meatballs & Milkshakes

I love soba salads, and I make many variations on this. Sometimes I make sesame noodles with soba, sometimes I add chicken meatballs, and sometimes I make a more salad-heavy version like this. It’s healthy and fiber-filled, plus the greens are hearty and the sesame seeds give it a nice crunch. Read more »

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes - Meatballs & MIlkshakes

If you’re looking for a less traditional Thanksgiving side dish to change things up this year, this is your sweet potato. If you really want to take them to the next level, sprinkle with some bacon bits or better yet, crispy prosciutto bits. Piping the filling into the shells is surprisingly easy, and your guests will leave asking for the recipe. Mine did. Read more »

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Creamy Polenta with Bacon and Eggs

Creamy Polenta with Bacon and Eggs - Meatballs & Milkshakes

When it starts to get cold, there’s nothing like a hearty weekend breakfast. Nine times out of ten, I want salty, eggy breakfast instead of sweet, which means I do a lot of cheesy eggs. This is one of my favorites because I can make it decadent with a lot of cheese and bacon, or I can make it a little healthier without the cheese and using turkey bacon. For anyone not familiar with polenta, it’s similar to southern grits but it’s milled finer. You can make it creamy, or if you use less water, you can make a more solid version for sauteing until crisp. This is a creamy version that blends with the oozing egg yolk and crisp bits of bacon. Try it this weekend. Read more »

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Lemony Homemade Hummus

Lemony Hummus- Meatballs & Milkshakes

The great thing about making your own hummus is that you can personalize it any way you want, and it couldn’t be easier. I love to add lemon and paprika to mine, but you can add whatever you want. Once you’ve tried making your own, you’ll be hooked. Read more »

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Eggplant with Tahini and Goat Cheese

Tahini Goat Cheese Eggplant - Meatballs & Milkshakes

These make a great healthy appetizer for parties or just for weeknight dinner. Surprisingly, the goat cheese and tahini is a really yummy combination, but I certainly wasn’t sure before I started. A sprinkle of toasted pine nuts adds crunch, and a smattering of fresh herbs gives it some green garnish and fresh flavor. These will become a staple of my healthy party snacks. Read more »

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Ultimate Classic Grilled Cheese

Ultimate Classic Grilled Cheese - Meatballs & Milkshakes

This is the standard classic grilled cheese with one big change- it has a crispy outer cheesy layer. A sprinkle of parmesan on the outside crisps up and adds another layer of flavor to a classic grilled cheese. Embellished with a slice of peach or apple, or add some fresh tomato sauce on the side like I have and you’re ready to go. You can add a side salad, if you’re feeling virtuous. Read more »

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Strawberry Muffins

It’s been a little while since my last post, I’ve been up to a lot though. Between our trip, starting a new job, and finding a new apartment, I’ve had my hands full. I have a challenge over the next few weeks though, because I want to use up as much from the pantry as possible before we move. So this means that there will be some baking, and it starts with these yummy strawberry muffins.

Decent strawberries are now available all year long, but these are best with fresh, local summer strawberries. There’s nothing like a hot muffin just out of the oven, and these are a great thing to reheat quickly before running out the door during the week. Read more »

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