Fall, Olive Oil, Padrón Peppers, Peppers, Sea Salt, Shishito Peppers, Spanish, Summer, Tapas, Vegan, Vegetarian

Blistered Padrón Peppers

When padrón peppers come into season, they signal the winding down of summer. They cook quickly, so they are perfect for those lazy nights when you’d really rather just eat than cook. While they’re frying, you can chop up some nice cheese and sausage, open a bottle of red wine or a nice hoppy beer, and rip a hunk of bread and voila: Dinner! …with randomly very spicy peppers. Did I forget to mention that part?

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Bay Leaf, Beans, Black Pepper, Cannellini Beans, Cheese, Chicken Stock, Curly Parsley, Dinner, Ditalini, Fall, Flat-Leaf Parsley, Garlic, Italian, Macaroni, Olive Oil, Parmesan, Pasta, Pink Beans, Pinto Beans, Salt, Soups & Stews, Tomato, Vegan, Vegetable Stock, Vegetarian, Winter

Simple Beans and Pasta

This is some slow, lazy, budget cooking. There was a chapter of my early adult diet that consisted entirely of lentils, rice, beans, and pasta with the occasional splurge on a nice block of cheese or some chicken. Luckily, these easily affordable foods are delicious and filling, and it’s easy to make a giant batch if you have an army to feed or just need to have dinner ready for yourself for the rest of the busy week.

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Baking, Breakfast, Butter, Caramel, Dairy, Eggs, Fall, Flour, Heavy Whipping Cream, Milk, Pancakes, Pears, Salt, Spring, Sugar, Summer, Vegetarian, Whipped Cream, Winter

German Pancakes with Caramel-Poached Pears

German pancakes, or Dutch babies, are the traditional Christmas morning breakfast from my childhood. While these take a little while to bake, you only need about three minutes, one bowl, and one whisk to throw together. Depending on what you top them with, they can go either sweet or savory.

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Apple, Black Pepper, Butter, Chicken Stock, Fall, Olive Oil, Onion, Pumpkin, Salt, Soups & Stews, Vegetable Stock, Vegetarian, Winter

Roasted Pumpkin & Apple Soup

This light soup is sweet, tart, and buttery. It’s perfect with a melted cheese sandwich on a cool fall day, and not so labor-intensive that those ever-increasing cold-weather lazy feelings will keep you from getting up and making it.

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Basic Ingredients, Dijon Mustard, Eggs, Mayonnaise, Salt, Sauces, Vegetarian, White Pepper, White Wine Vinegar

Mayonnaise

To finish freshman composition, I had to turn in a paper comparing and contrasting both sides of a controversial issue, with the history of the subject and two personal interviews. Most people went political, but I chose to write about mayo.

Apparently the Italians and the French still argue over whose war-captured chef slave invented the sauce. Regardless, the recipe has traveled all over the world, making all Japanese deep fried foods even more excellent. P.S. Thanks for the whole frying idea, Portugal! (Unrelated and also cool: Ketchup is Chinese. Get over it.)

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Butter, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Chicken Stock, Curly Parsley, Fall, Flat-Leaf Parsley, Garlic, Green Onion, Mint, Olive Oil, Onion, Potato, Salt, Soups & Stews, Summer, Summer Squash, Vegan, Vegetable Stock, Vegetarian, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Mint Pistou

I love a soup that is just as good hot as it is cold. With the unpredictable Oregon springtime weather, my lately medium-low attention span, and my busy schedule, having something quick and easy that can be served a few different ways is always nice.

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Active Dry Yeast, Baking, Flour, Olive Oil, Pizza, Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian

Basic Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is even easier than no-knead bread! Making it at home will save you a ton of money. Those pre-baked shells are tasteless and expensive, and the somewhat tastier ready-to-bake doughs are outrageously expensive. (Not to mention the cost of buying a delivered pizza… and who knows what’s really in that.) You’re only four basic ingredients, ten minutes of actual work, two dirty dishes, and one floury counter top away from having a homemade pizza crust anytime. Save that extra cash and tip your beertender!

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Baking, Black Pepper, Butter, Cheddar, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Eggs, Flour, Green Onion, Half and Half, Parmesan, Salt, Spinach, Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian

Spinach Quiche

Ah, quiche, my time-saver breakfast. I am out the door before 5 am most mornings, and I know that I do not want to do a dish, but I also do not want to eat a bowl of sugar (I’m looking at YOU, oatmeal, you delicious, unhealthy pile of carb). If I get some protein, fruit, and vegetables into my system in the morning, I’m ready. Look at me, I can take care of my blood sugar and slack on the dishes all by my adult self!

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