I love the whole concept of spinach salad with bacon dressing. It strikes just the right balance of healthy and splurge-worthy. Loaded up with vitamin-packed spinach, mushrooms, and red onion, and some protein-righ eggs, this salad makes for a healthy lunch option. Add in some warm, rich dressing and big crumbles of bacon and you have a lunch option that you actually want to eat. Win-win.
You may have noticed that I don’t have a whole lot of breakfast recipes around here. It’s not that I have anything against breakfast, or that I don’t like to cook it. It is true, however, that I have no interest in things like blueberry cheesecake stuffed french toast or cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese-butter-maple-syrup icing. Those things sounds delicious, but, in all honesty, I think if I ate them for breakfast I think I would either pass out from the sheer force of sugar or, at the very least, not make it til nap time.
It’s been a particularly frigid winter in the Chicago area, with lots of days spent inside drinking tea and dreaming of summer. A frequently recurring daydream around here involves the smell of burgers on the grill with a cold beer in hand, lounging around in the backyard. Unfortunately, burgers on the grill are just not going to happen anytime soon. When we start getting a little forlorn at this prospect, these burgers come to the rescue. They’re easy to put together without the help of a charcoal grill, and are so flippin’ delicious that it blows memories of Labor Day barbecues away. Continue reading
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a pretzel roll? To me, the perfect pretzel roll is flavorful, light and fluffy on the inside, with a dark brown, chewy (but not crisp) crust, and a hefty sprinkle of salt on top. All the best parts of a really good pretzel, but with the versatility and unfussiness of a bun or roll. They’re easy enough to find in a grocery store these days, but with a few exceptions, they are pretty unremarkable. Some are too dense, while others are all fluff with no chew to the crust. Nothing disappoints like the promise of a delicious pretzel roll unfulfilled. Continue reading