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The cook-off

August 18th, 2010 - By Stephanie Precourt


My “assistant” Le Cordon Bleu chef Solomon and me, all serious about my dish.

The “Mommy Bloggers vs. Foodie Bloggers” event
last Friday went great. I thought I should share my (non)winning recipe. There were 3 rounds and the Foodie Bloggers ended up winning overall, BUT 1) at least it wasn’t a Motherhood competition and 2) THE head of Le Cordon Bleu in the USA chose my recipe! That totally counts!!

(But for real, my opponent was deeelightful! Love her! And you should definitely check out her winning recipe: Spinach braid with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, & provolone!)

And here’s mine:
Spinach, lemon, & pine nut pasta


Pasta (penne, bowtie, etc- 1 box)
2 C fresh spinach
1 clove garlic, chopped
1-2 lemons (for juice)
about 1-2 T pine nuts
1 T olive oil
lemon zest (optional)
1 T red pepper flakes
fresh Parmesan for garnish

Boil pasta according to directions. Just before pasta is finished, toast the pine nuts in a small pan (with oil, or without). Warm the olive oil in a large skillet, Add spinach & garlic and cook, tossing until just wilted. Add lemon.

Combine spinach mixture to drained pasta and toss. Top with red pepper flakes and fresh Parmesan for garnish.

(I like this extra lemon-y, so I might add more lemon to taste.) Also, delicious with lemon chicken but I kind of wanted to offer a vegetarian dish for Friday night. This is the kind of meal I make quite often for my kids.

You can also totally mix this up and substitute with whatever you have in your cabinets and fridge. I often toss in a bell pepper, green olives, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, whatever strikes my fancy (or whatever I have that is about to expire or go bad.)

Speaking of which- here’s another recipe I made this week that I keep forgetting is my super favorite. Black bean chili. You can really make this ANY way you want- completely vegan or with ground beef, ground turkey, etc.

This is what I had on hand and made yesterday:

2 cans black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
2-5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 T olive oil
1T chili powder
1T chipotle chili powder
1 T brown sugar (ohhhh yeah)
salt, pepper, garlic salt to taste
Hot sauce (to taste)

Heat garlic, onion, & green pepper in oil until onions are translucent. Add beans, tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then cook on low for about 15 mins or so- however long you wish, really. The brown sugar is to add a bit of sweetness- not necessary but so yum. Also, if I had ground turkey, I would have browned that first and added along with the beans, tomatoes, etc.

Ideally, I’d also add cilantro and maybe a dollop of sour cream. I didn’t have that. It was still delish!

(Also, Gray and Ivy loved the chili so much that we didn’t have enough for everyone for leftovers, and all I had on hand was a little left over onion, garlic, 2 cans of black beans and a thing of fresh salsa from the deli + seasonings. Hey, it worked- made it like that tonight.)

Have secret & simple recipes you make in your kitchen? Do share!

About the author: Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

Food Fight!

August 12th, 2010 - By Stephanie Precourt

i have four kids

Well, not really. But I somehow got myself into doing a Top Chef-like cookoff tomorrow night- Mommy bloggers vs Foodie bloggers at the Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago.

We were paired off (Mom blogger/food blogger) and given the same ingredient to make a dish (with our own recipe, something healthy we’d make our family for dinner.) I got “spinach” and that’s pretty awesome because I LOVE spinach. I decided to make a vegetarian dish and will whip up a simple pasta with spinach, lemon, & pine nuts. Probably the easiest recipe we’ll see tomorrow, but it’s totally something I make for my family.

We’ll see how it goes and I’ll totally share the recipe.

You can get involved with the “contest” in a couple ways. If you’re in the area, you can actually attend the free show tomorrow night- just RSVP here. I think you’ll also be able to watch it live (the kids are hoping to do this) (*more on that in a sec). Also, if you’re on Twitter tomorrow night and have nothing better to do, I think you can vote for me by using the hashtag #kls and my twitter handle @babysteph. You can watch my tweets and that hashtag for more specific instructions then.

*At dinner last night, I was telling the kids all about what I’ll be doing tomorrow night and they said Ooooh do you think you will win? Wow I bet you could maybe get THIRD place! And I was like, um, you don’t think I could win? They were like, ehh, maybe second?


[Photo above has nothing to do with this post, but it's cute and summer and I have been meaning to post it.]

About the author: Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .


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