Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp and Dill {Cookbook Club}


I finally let myself have a bit of a life this weekend, which was a nice change of pace.  I’m still struggling to find the grad school balance between reading everything, reading only what I need to read to get a good grade, and reading enough to get a good … Continue reading

13 Ways You’ve Never Thought to Use Cauliflower


Let’s be honest, cauliflower isn’t the sexiest food on the planet.  In fact, I didn’t eat if for years after an STD slideshow presented to our 7th grade Sex Ed class.  True story.  Between that and the poor condom’d banana, they just about toppled the food pyramid! Cauliflower shouldn’t be … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas


Anyone else notice that I seem to have a “Christmas color” theme going on here in the Messy Kitchen?  Seriously, the last three recipes I’ve shared have been red and green!  This particular one has been filed away under the “must make” category for far too long.  It’s even been … Continue reading

Beetroot Crust Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Caramelized Beets, Goat Cheese and Kale


I know I’ve been M.I.A. lately, but the unfortunate reality is that when I get really busy, the blog is one of the first things to go.  Whereas in the past my “busyness” has been self-induced by a tendency toward overcommitment and social butterfly syndrome, having started the second course … Continue reading

Just Beet It! Smokey Beet Burger with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread


One of the most meaningful takeaways from the Intro to Nutrition class I just completed was just how significantly diet affects every single chronic disease that Americans are suffering from at ever increasing rates.  The resulting socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes are far more serious than most realize or care to acknowledge. … Continue reading

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Hawaiian Pizza Pie


When I saw this I knew I had to make it, given my childhood history with Hawaiian pizza and my current obsession with spaghetti squash.  And honestly, it was pretty good, but didn’t excite me the way that little pile of ham and pineapple did as a kid.  But then again, … Continue reading

Spiced Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash Noodles (+Beware of Mandolines!)


I really loved this recipe.  What I don’t really love?  Mandolines.  Those things are straight-up dangerous.  Seriously, they need to come with dexterity checks and “you will at some point lose a sizable chunk of your finger” warnings.   I posted this picture on Facebook (because I obviously have no … Continue reading

Swedish Pea Soup & Pancakes (Thank God It’s Thursday!)


It’s Thursday!  In the U.S. that just means we’ve made it over the hump, the weekend is so close you can smell it.  To the Swedes?  It means pea soup and pancakes, of course! (I talked a little bit about the tradition in my Taste of Sweden post, but now I’ll … Continue reading

Pomegranate Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Whipped Tahini


This morning I have a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you for almost as long as I’d been meaning to make it.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait. And you’re going to have to wait just a moment longer, because first I’m going to go on a little … Continue reading

Black Forest Ham and Béchamel Crepe Torte {Cookbook Club}


I should preface this post with a full disclosure: I said “this is the worst recipe I’ve ever made” no less than 60 times while making this torte.  And really, it’s right up there.  Not the final product; in that department it was a relative hit.  This recipes is just … Continue reading

Date Pecan Rosemary Cookies with Chia Seeds and Dark Chocolate Chips {Leftovers Club}


I’ve been craving some healthy cookies lately.  You know, the ones that when you bite into them, they satisfy both your sweet tooth and your taste for nuts, grains and seeds.  With Leftovers Club coming up, I figured it was a good time to make them.  Hopefully my partner Elizabeth … Continue reading

Paleo Pumpkin Tahini Sauce with Spaghetti Squash and Tahini Chicken

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I won’t be telling you much about my Superbowl snacks this year.  Not that I didn’t make any (buffalo cauliflower bites, buffalo hummus, carnitas tacos).  It just seems that I accidentally poisoned Courtney, myself, and all of our guests with said snacks.  Or we all got the stomach bug at exactly the … Continue reading