What’s cookin’ good lookin’?

From my lack of food posts you’d think not much, but you’re wrong! Yes that’s right, even though we’re not sharing it with the world we are still actually eating dinner every night. However, things have been a bit less exciting these past couple months for two main reasons: 1. the holidays always throw crazy wrenches into the eating routine and 2. Sarah’s baby baking belly has kept her exhausted. Alas, the holidays are finito and today we are 13 weeks pregnant (look for belly blog two this weekend!) i.e. in our second trimester i.e. Sarah doesn’t feel like she ran a marathon everyday and almost pass out on her desk by 4 pm. We’re psyched to get back in the habit of exercising our gastronomical genius and plan to post more regularly about our kitchen adventures.

Last night we made sweet potato and spinach pasta with crumbled goat cheese and toasted walnuts. Yeah baby! We picked up the sweet potatoes last Saturday at the Eno River Farmers’ Market where the wicked wintry winds were whipping through the stalls at a mere 31 mph. Fresh local food is totally worth it! Here’s a snappy:

Funny. Just noticed how very similar this dish looks to the last one we posted. But indeed the flavors were entirely different! Really. And well, it’s winter, so sweet potatoes abound. And kale. Man oh man are we done with kale. That is possibly the one and only negative thing about tending our own garden: the surfeit of veggies like banana peppers, yellow squash and kale that we will undoubtedly tire of long before the production has stopped. But that’s what friends are for! Consuming your undesirables.

Here are a few other recent recipes we recommend:

Meyer’s Lemony Broccoli and Chickpea Rigatoni – though quite the monochromatic dish (green broccoli aside, the whole wheat noodles, chickpeas and fresh grated parm hardly provide a pretty palette worthy of a picture) this was stupid good. Clean and delicious. Ate leftovers for lunch two days in a row.

Mustard Baked Chicken with a Pretzel Crust – guess what we served on the side? Smashed sweet potatoes!

Pear, Walnut & Gorgonzola Pizza – Ok. So. We made this a long while back. Maybe a year ago? And both of us loved it. Plus, a pear, walnut and gorgonzola salad with homemade dressing is divine. This time however, Sarah almost vomited. As it turns out, the one consistent aversion she has had during this pregnancy is any type of stinky cheese in a heated state. One morning Pete made omelets with stilton. The one bite Sarah took was hastily spat into the trash. That was at least three months ago and somehow forgotten until she sunk her chompers into this pizza and once again felt instantly ill. The smell alone will send her running. We hope this goes away one day as this pizza truly is scrumptious. At least one of us enjoyed it this time and it wasn’t wasted!

Curried Split Pea Soup – easy peasy and yummy in the tummy!

The weekend is just moments away and with it comes meal planning and grocery shopping so stay tuned next week for at least one mouthwatering tale of tongue teasing titillation.

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