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ONE WEEK TO GO UNTIL THE FOODIEST FOODIE HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR!
Or, like, the day to celebrate how thankful we are for the life we live and the people we have in it.
Also until Jay’s birthday.
One week to go until all of that.
So we need to keep planning our food. Last week’s list was pretty good, but here are some of my other fav ideas for the big meal next week!
The one I told you about last week that we’ve been making a ton. It happened totally by accident, I buy the really thin haricots vert at Trader Joe’s at least every other week, and one night they were the veg of choice to go with whatever carb and protein of choice were happening. I knew I wanted to add something pickly with something creamy because I think those two things just contrast so well and make boring side dishes exciting.
And these are, like, totes exciting for green beans.
I use pickled cherry peppers from TJ’s too, but any kind of pickly pepper that you like will work great! Smoked paprika adds a ton of flavor almost in a grilled or bacon-y way, and I’ve never had anyone, even vegetarians, complain that things taste kind of like bacon. It’s a really great spice to keep on hand to meat-up meat-free dishes!
On Saturday two of my best friends threw me a baby shower (it feels selfish to say that like…they threw the baby a shower and I’m just her representative) and it was lovely and wonderful and I’m going to tell you all about it. The party was in our neighborhood, so before we headed over my sisters and mom came over to take some pictures because 1. we didn’t at the beach this year, 2. we were all showered and looked pretty good and 3. we won’t all be together at Thanksgiving, which is when we usually have this ritual of kind of fighting about pictures but then being really happy we took some.
It’s always kind of a process.
And every week until it gets warm again because 1. it’s easy, 2. it’s delicious, and 3. cheese.
This was actually inspired by my friend Nathan, who sent me a message one morning and was all “do you have a recipe for chicken chowder?” and I was all “I didn’t know that was a thing.” And then I proceeded to rattle off what I WOULD do if I was making chicken chowder in a slow cooker, had I known that was a thing.
And then I thought about it all week and MADE IT and it turned out way better than I ever could have expected. I just kind of went with a standard broth-based-but-with-dairy version of chowder with chicken instead of any kind of seafood. I used SUPER simple ingredients because this time of year I feel like the fancy stuff has to be reserved for parties and gifts and holidays, and the rest of the time you really need simple things that are balanced and comforting and EASY.
Enter the slow cooker. And cheese.