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Spinach Salad with Bacon, Red Onion and Egg03.22.10

Spinach SaladThe Salad Wars rage on here at headquarters and I’ve struck a blow for the side of leafy greens by wielding one of my favorite weapons:  bacon. As Buffi says: “Jenny, bacon is ALWAYS the answer.” One of the things The Boy has complained about with regards to salad is he doesn’t like the crunchy pieces. I don’t even get that, considering he’ll eat croutons until his palate is shredded. Being that this is the case (for now, bwahahaha) I figured a nice, tender, baby spinach would be a good starting point.

And then I remembered this salad that my mom and her girlfriends used to have when they’d gather to catch up on life while the kids ran around half-naked in the backyard. Granted the ladies never served theirs with boxed stuffing mix, but they also weren’t trying to appease The Boy.

Spinach Salad

I don’t know if this is the classic spinach salad or not, but it is always delicious and filling. I have seen a lot of recipes that include button mushrooms, but I’m not a fan. What I am a fan of is garnishing with mandarin orange segments. Mmmm. Here’s what we started with:
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Broccoli and bacon baked potatoes01.19.10

099 Well, I’ve been swinging for the fences over here, but I’ve been mostly hitting foul balls, if I connect at all.  The Boy has been getting frustrated, and I’ve been getting frustrated, and we’ve been eating a lot of mediocre soup.  What’s a mom to do?

After a bit of discussion, I decided to take it back to familiar foods, and incorporate a lot of things that seem to make everything go down easier.  Namely – butter, bacon and cheese.

After checking the pantry, and getting a gander of Elise Bauer’s gorgeous twice-baked potatoes recipe, I thought we might have a successful night in the kitchen.

Besides, there are few things more enjoyable that a baked potato on a chilly night, especially if you take the proper precautions so your potatoes don’t turn terrorist.  Confused?  Read it and weep, my friends.

With The Boy on board to help assemble, and a big ole bag of russets in the pantry, we assembled our ingredients and got ready to make some twice-baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli, bacon and cheese.

Here’s what we started with:

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Chicken Pot Pie01.08.10

036The weather around here has been chilly and socked-in with fog, and I’ve been craving comfort foods like crazy. Everyone has their own favorites, but one of mine has always been chicken pot pie. While cruising around the internet looking for possible recipes, I came across a beauty of a pot pie recipe at Nicole Aloni’s inspirational blog A Conscious Feast.

Seriously, go marvel at it.

While I loved the list of ingredients she had put together, I wanted to use the veggies and seasonings we already had on hand. What really made an impression was the glorious photo that accompanied her recipe. Ooh, I thought. I have RAMEKINS. And The Boy loves him some puff pastry. Without further ado, here’s what we started with:

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