Recipes

Superbowl Recipes!

We aren’t going to be very social this year, since we have a little bundle whose iron-clad bedtime coincides with kickoff, but I couldn’t resist pulling out some of my favorite recipes for Super Bowl Sunday to share with you all. I always aim for crowd-pleasers that folks can fill up on, have fun eating, and serve themselves as the game goes on.

First up: Homemade Salsa!

How can you have a Super Bowl Party without it? I also have a recipe for homemade tortilla chips (very, very easy) on the same page.

Next up, Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip!

For another vegetarian option that’s just as festive as the meat version, here’s my recipe for Shortcut Chili, which tastes great with or without ground beef:

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Finally, our favorite — Brown Sugar Kielbasa!

This one I love because it doubles (or triples!) easily, and you just set it and forget it in your slow cooker.

Need more ideas? There’s beef stew, homemade pizza, an even spicier chorizo chili, and a truly gluttonous mac n’ cheese.

My beloved Pats aren’t in it this year (again…) but that doesn’t mean we won’t watch. We’ll put this little girl to bed, pop open some a couple Sam Adams Cold Snaps, and spend a rare evening just the two of us. How ’bout you?

Courtesy Marilyn Humphries, www.humphriesphotography.com.
Courtesy Marilyn Humphries (humphriesphotography.com)
Baby · Recipes

Labor-inducing pizza

In honor of my sister-in-law and cousin, who both had babies this week (hi little Keon and Cedric!), I’m re-posting the homemade pizza recipe that I just had to make the night before I ended up having Georgia, prompting one of my good friends to dub this dish “labor-inducing pizza.” 

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Here’s the original recipe from 2012, which I’ll repost below. Little did I know when I made up this pie that it would become “the pizza that brings on labor.” If you’re past your due date and getting desperate … could it hurt?

Labor-Inducing Pizza (aka, my Pizza Rustica)

INGREDIENTS

  • One pre-made round pizza crust (I used Archer Farms ultra thin & crispy pie, from Target. You could try any brand you like.)
  • 1 large tomato or 2-3 plum/roma tomatoes, sliced
  • a handful of basil leaves, torn by hand
  • 1/2 ball of fresh mozzarella, broken into chunks by hand
  • 1 cup of pre-shredded parmesan/mozzarella mix (again I used Target)
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • non-stick spray for the pan (or use olive oil)

DIRECTIONS

Start by spraying your pizza pan with non-stick spray or olive oil. Preheat oven to 400.

In a non-stick saute pan, stir-fry the sliced red pepper and onion until translucent and browned, about 10 minutes. While this is cooking on the stove top, assemble the rest of the pie.

Place pizza crust on the non-stick pizza pan and dot with olive oil; spread around evenly to coat crust.

Place tomato slices evenly around crust, then top with torn basil.

Add the fresh mozzarella on top of the basil, breaking off chunks by hand.

When the pepper and onion are done, distribute onto the pizza; top with shredded mozzarella/parmesan.

Cook for 10 minutes at 400 or until browned. Serve with spinach salad and enjoy!

Beware: if you DO go into labor after eating this, as I did, be forewarned that there’s just enough of a kick to, ahem, hurt your throat coming back up. And if you’ve never had a baby and are just now learning that labor makes you puke…well, I’m sorry. But it’s better someone told you.

Did you like this recipe? Check out my other easy, homemade pizza recipes here and here. And, a new way to work with pizza dough. Looking for a good pizza tray to use in the oven? I like this inexpensive, non-stick version that cleans up easily and won’t scratch when you slice your pie.

Recipes

Shortcut Chili

Talk about easy! This is like “cheater chili” because it has so few ingredients and doesn’t have to cook for very long. You can use real beef or vegetarian meat crumbles. (I like MorningStar Farms vegetarian meat substitute).

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Shortcut Chili

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb (approx.) lean ground beef or vegetarian crumbles
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 16-oz fresh salsa (from the refrigerated section of the store)
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans

DIRECTIONS

Brown the ground beef or vegetarian crumbles with 2 teaspoons of chili powder in a saucepan (I used my favorite, the Le Creuset dutch oven).

Stir in the 16-oz container of salsa (mild or medium; I chose mild) and the kidney beans with their liquid. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

Optional: mash some of the beans with a spatula to thicken the chili. Season with salt and pepper and serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt and shredded cheese.

Thanks to Peg for the recipe!

Baby

Cat Meets Baby

I’ve got nothing going on for recipes this week, so instead I am sharing with you this adorable (IMHO) video of Tasha, our cat, meeting Georgia, our soon-to-be-5-month-old, who has just recently discovered that we have a pet and that she is SOFT and MISCHIEVOUS and (for now) amenable to being touched.

Recipes

Bowties with Ham, Peas & Ricotta

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I threw this together to use up the leftovers from our Christmas spiral ham. Any time you have leftover ham, just pick up a box of farfalle (aka bowtie) pasta, a bag of frozen peas and ricotta, and you’ve got a meal.

BOWTIE PASTA WITH HAM, PEAS & RICOTTA

Ingredients

  • Leftover spiral ham slices, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • 1 container of ricotta cheese, preferably low fat/part skim
  • Milk, cream or water to taste for loosening the sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a dash of brown mustard

Directions

Set the pasta on to boil. Halfway through cooking, add in the entire bag of frozen peas.

Drain pasta and peas, reserving a bit of the cooking water. The starches will help make a sauce when you add the ricotta.

In the original pot over the lowest heat setting, add the ham pieces to the pasta and peas; add the entire container of ricotta. Stirring, add the reserved pasta water back in (1-2 cups should do it) plus a splash of any kind of milk, cream or water to loosen the sauce.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

I also added a squirt of brown mustard to the sauce to add a different flavor, and it really tasted good!

Makes great leftovers, just add a pat of butter and/or some water to re-loosen the sauce before microwaving.

This could be made vegetarian very easily by using Morningstar (or similar) “meats,” which I’ve tried and liked.

Just to be festive, I threw in half a cup of leftover eggnog to make this an extra creamy sauce. We ate it for dinner on New Year’s Day as a snowstorm starting swirling into New England. Cozy and delicious!

And now, my baby at 4.5 months 🙂

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2013 In Review

The WordPress.com stats monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for OrganicGlory!

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

What were the most popular posts of 2013? It may surprise you.

In 2013, there were 49 new posts, and the busiest day of the year was October 30th with 477 views. The most popular post that day was HOW-TO: Roast pumpkin & make pumpkin bread from scratch.

The other top posts of 2013:

Step by Step: Canning Peach Preserves
Traditional Shepherd’s Pie
Brown Sugar Kielbasa

Click here to see the complete report.

One year ago today, I was in the throes of first trimester morning sickness. As I’ve written about before, it definitely overstayed its welcome, but was all worth it since we welcomed Georgia in August. Last year my only “resolution” was for a healthy pregnancy. This year, my goals are still very baby-related — getting her to sleep through the night, continuing to de-clutter my life so I have the mental and physical space to enjoy her, and nurturing my marriage as it evolves through parenthood — but I also want to continue the wonderful momentum this blog has going, and to keep nurturing the awesome community here. Happy New Year to all of you, and here’s to a fab 2014! XOXO