Meal Plan for February Week 3
Meal Plan for February Week 3

I don’t know about you, but we had a lot of Valentine’s treats around the house last week, so I’m excited about jumping into the kitchen to get some real food back on the table!

For this week’s meal plan, there’s quite a bit you can tackle over the weekend to make your dinners during the week a little easier.

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Chamomile-Honey Hot Toddy
Chamomile Hot Toddy

What is a Hot Toddy?

Children who are having trouble falling to sleep are often prescribed a glass of warm milk to help them nod off. Their parents, having spent the night cajoling, ordering and begging their children to go to bed, may need something a bit stronger.

Enter this chamomile hot toddy. It’s a drink of whiskey, honey, and lemon mixed with chamomile tea to help you doze off in no time.

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Shrimp and Grits
Easy Shrimp and Grits

A Classic Southern Dish

Shrimp and grits is one of those iconic Southern dishes that stir something deep inside those who grew up with them.

Originally from the oceanic South—Georgia, the Low Country coast of the Carolinas and Gulf Coast states all have their versions—this homey bowl of awesome was historically a simple fisherman’s breakfast: Grits, with some bacon and a few shrimp tossed on top.

If you’ve ever eaten it, you can understand why shrimp and grits has burst from the seaside shrimp shanties.

The grits are soft, buttery, and often cheesy, with a savory, bacon-studded sauce surrounding them, and lots and lots of shrimp. Maybe some parsley or green onions for color and crunch.

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Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies
Fudgy Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

We have a lot of friends on a variety of restrictive diets right now, and as someone who loves to entertain, I wanted to make sure I had a treat that everyone could eat. But first and foremost, it had to be something everyone would actually want to eat.

I began scheming up a super fudgy, no-frills brownie that could be gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free — and still leave us all reaching for more. Mission accomplished.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Cheddar Broccoli Soup

During the cold winter months, everyone should have at least one great soup recipe that’s not only warming and filling, but that can also be made quickly on any given weeknight.

This simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup checks all the boxes—plus, it’s easy to make in one pot. Bonus!

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Roast Chicken on Angel Hair Pasta
Roasted Chicken on Angel Hair

If you’ve ever watched a rotisserie chicken turning slowly on a spit—my local supermarket has several going at once— then you’ve seen the tray underneath the birds to catch the drippings. Those drippings are gold!

Now, imagine those chickens roasting over a baking dish filled with pasta: All those juices from the bird would drip into the pasta and give it an unbelievably delicious roasty flavor.

This idea of roasting meat on top of other ingredients is actually an ancient technique from when individual families didn’t have their own ovens, and cooks brought pans of meat or poultry and whatever went with it to the local baker to roast in the baker’s big oven. This approach inspired this recipe.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

A classic little treat perfect for a date or as a gift, chocolate covered strawberries are a defined part of romance in America. But don’t stop with simple dipping, dress them up to the nines with white and dark chocolate tuxedos!

Could they be more cute?

Super easy to make too!

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10 Best Side Dishes to Serve With Steak
Crispy Hasselback Potatoes

Steak and potatoes are often paired together for a reason—it’s a delicious and mouthwatering combination. We’ve got you covered where that’s concerned, no worries.

But there’s also this whole world of other side dishes available to you, some of which we think will make you rethink the concept of a traditional steak dinner.

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce
Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce - close up of pancake stack

Weekend breakfasts are a big deal around our house. We don’t get too crazy or complicated, but we do like to slow down and hang out in our pajamas a little longer than usual—especially around a stack of pancakes.

After a week of oatmeal or smoothies consumed on the way out the door (or at the desk), pancakes always feel extra special.

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Meal Plan for February Week 2
February Week 2 Meal Plan

This month, Megan Gordon is here to give us a look at what meal planning looks like for her family! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself falling into a rut of repetitive cooking in the weeks (and even months) after the holiday season.

Right now, I’m burned out from hosting, and I’m feeling uninspired by the cabbage and Brussels sprouts at the store (any fresh fruits and produce are pretty limited here in Seattle). It’s been all too easy to fall back on easy family favorites and stay in our cooking comfort zone.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this, of course! But I am always trying to get our son to try new foods so he’ll remain interested in new flavors and tastes.

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How to Make Crème Brûlée
How to Make Creme Brulee

At first glance, creme brulee seems simple: It has a short ingredient list and can be made in a few steps.

Beneath the surface, however, there’s a lot happening! Understanding the techniques needed to create creme brulee will help make your next batch a success.

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What’s in Season in February
february fruits and vegetables

Welcome to month 2 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guide!

When February arrives we are still in the thick of winter, but with hints of a spring soon to come. You can find almost all of the produce of January, like winter squash, cabbages, and citrus, but with some new additions like leeks, fennel bulbs, and baby arugula.

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Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork
Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

Five fragrant spices and a honey hoisin sauce give this pulled pork a ton of flavor in every bite. And oh hey, it takes just a little over an hour in the pressure cooker, too!

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Microwave Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Yes folks, it’s here! The homemade pudding from scratch that takes only a few minutes of your time and without a single scorched pot!

You will either love me or hate me for this. It’s that easy.

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Meal Plan for February Week 1

This month, Megan Gordon is here to give us a look at what meal planning looks like for her family! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

February can feel like one of the longer months in Seattle, where I live. The weather is often wet and cold, and we’re all starting to itch for signs of spring.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes were one of the first recipes I became obsessed with perfecting.

To me, the ideal chocolate cupcake is moist with a deep chocolate flavor. The recipe also should produce exactly one dozen cupcakes in a standard muffin tin, no more and no less.

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7 Easy Ways to Make Any Soup Better
7 Ways to Make a Better Soup

Soup is soul food, satisfying and warming on a cold day or night. Sometimes, though, you make a pot of soup that’s good and fine, but maybe you wish it were a little bit… better. Maybe you want to take this soup to the next level, and give it something extra to improve the taste, texture, or complexity of flavor.

Here are a few tips to take you beyond the recipe and make all your soups sing.

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Not Your Grandma’s Mushroom Barley Soup
Mushroom Barley Soup

Barley is one of those grains that your grandmother probably always had in her pantry. And like many other treasures tucked away on those shelves, barley is chic now and a star ingredient on many trendy restaurant menus.

With this modernized recipe, we’re adding barley to a pot of vegetarian soup along with both dried and fresh mushrooms, and seasoning it with a surprising combination of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.

The bowls of soup have a satisfying saltiness and an alluring sweetness—it’s an entirely new take on traditional mushroom barley soup.

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Slow Cooker Brats and Beer Cheese Dip
Slow Cooker Brats and Beer Cheese Dip

Being stationed in Germany for six years gave me a deep appreciation for two things: beer and bratwurst (sausages) of all kinds.

This Brats and Beer Cheese Dip was born out of my love for this German fare and for hosting Super Bowl parties. Honestly, I have no clue about how football is played—I just love any reason to have a party.

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Meal Plan for January Week 5
January Week 5 Meal Plan

Welcome to 2018! Our contributor Summer Miller is back to share her meal plans for the month of January. 

January is always a reprieve from the hectic holiday season and the one month where our family is light on sports commitments. Fall soccer has ended, spring soccer has yet to begin, and the cold weather keeps us huddled together playing card games indoors.

It’s a month of renewal as I prepare for the flurry of activities that hit our home from February through July.

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