Posts in Fridge Foraging
Chicken and Butternut Squash Tamale Pie

This is the ultimate comfort food - hearty chili is baked with cornbread on top. The whole meal is combined into one pot making clean up super easy. Win win.

I once had a coworker in a kitchen that I worked in who didn’t know what tamale pie was. When I explained it to her, she was totally put off. I was so confused - how could you go wrong with tamale pie, it is basically chili baked with cornbread. I am a fan and I hope you are too.

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Shrimp and Grits

Let me start by saying this is my version of shrimp and grits. An easy tasty version. I feel like I have to start it that way because I would imagine, especially in the south, everyone has their own family secret recipe when it comes to shrimp and grits.

I know I say this all the time, but this is my ultimate bowl of comfort food - creamy grits and heart shrimp, I could literally eat this all the time.

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Grain Bowl with Carrot Hummus

I am convinced that I pretty much only eat food that can be served in bowls. I don’t even know why I have plates sometimes because bowls are just that much easier. This grain bowl with carrot hummus was born out of the heaping mounds of carrots that seem to have been collecting in my fridge. I love good grain salad and served alongside a smear of carrot hummus, this might be the perfect healthy meal.

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Fridge Foraging: Coconut Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Broccoli Stems

I often get asked what are the staples that I always have in my pantry. Well one of these days I am going to put together a list but this recipe includes three ingredients that I always have: sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and curry paste. I know curry paste seems super random but since it is so flavorful and rich, you can create pretty much something out of nothing with it and it will always taste good. It is a great way to create a base of a dish that uses every last vegetable in your fridge. 

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Fridge Foraging: Breakfast Tacos with Bacon and Pickled Corn

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea! This week on fridge foraging you all chose the breakfast tacos and it was a great decision. Tacos topped with black beans, bacon, pickled corn and most importantly a fried egg. One of my secret weapons in the kitchen is to always have a carton of eggs around. If you have an egg, you can fry it, poach it, hard boil it and even grate it. So if you have an egg are halfway to a healthy and delicious home cooked meal. 

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Summertime Fruit Clafoutis

If you have been following along long enough, you know that I love cooking with what I already have. I really don't like the idea of going to the grocery store just for one recipe and think we all can make so much more than we know with just the simple ingredients in our pantry. This idea rings true when it comes to savory cooking because you can riff and experiment so much more easily with savory ingredients. 

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Chicken Bruschetta

I have never been able to just eat chicken breasts on their own. To me, they are really hard to prepare and unless they are fried plain chicken breasts just don't have a lot of taste. I am always looking for toppings or pan sauces that will put the flavor into the chicken. Enter this week's choice in fridge foraging - chicken bruschetta. 

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Fridge Foraging: Oven Baked Paella

When I first started teaching myself to cook (before cooking school) I basically cooked all of Ina's recipes. Her recipes are so well written and tested that it was a great way for me to learn the basics. One of the recipes that I kept on going back to during those days was her Lobster Baked Paella. It was just so easy. I don't think I ever used the lobster in there but the base recipe was delicious. 

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Fridge Foraging: Zucchini and Corn Fritters

This week's fridge foraging was a competition between an asparagus tart and these zucchini and corn fritters. Obviously the fritters won out, creating a really simple and light summer dish. 

I have been making a version of these fritters for many many years. When I first was learning how to cook, years before cooking school, i would go to the farmer's market, buy some vegetables and fruit and see what I could create with it. I came home with pounds and pounds of zucchini one morning and discovered all the ways to eat zucchini, including Ina Garten's amazing zucchini pancakes. 

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Summertime Fruit Crisp

I have gotten a couple requests for fridge foraging dessert style. I will admit fridge foraging for sweet dessert recipes is a lot harder than creating a savory recipe out of what is in your refrigerator. This past weekend though I realized I had a ton of leftover fruit, both fresh and frozen, and decided to make a fridge foraged dessert in the form of a summertime crisp. 

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Fridge Foraging: Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp are one of the things that I keep on hand in my freezer. Since they defrost so well they create so many different easy weeknight dinners. 

In today's fridge foraging you all chose shrimp scampi. Shrimp scampi is one of those classic dishes that comes together really easily and taste like a millions dollars. It is pretty hard to beat the garlic, wine, and butter trifecta. 

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Fridge Foraging: Smoked Salmon Rice Bowls

I swear that most of the food that I eat comes in bowl form. Who needs a plate when you can just pile everything into a huge bowl!

In this week’s fridge foraging you all chose the smoked salmon bowl over the coconut curry stuffed sweet potatoes. The bowl is filled with brown rice, smoked salmon, pickled vegetables, avocado, and served with Sriracha mayo. Hearty and healthy and proves that food in bowl form just tastes better.

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