Monday, April 14, 2014

Whole Wheat Strawberry Cream Scones

I'm back. And I'm baking. 

It felt so good to spend a Saturday morning in my kitchen. No plane to catch. No packing to do. No errands to run. It was delightful almost to the point of making me giddy. 

I was also super excited to remember that strawberries are in season. I picked up a great batch -- plump, sweet and juicy. The whole wheat flour that makes up the majority of these dry bfast treats ensures these don't taste overly-decadent. 

I also love the very simple ingredient list. No eggs, no oil and really no butter (other than for greasing purposes). Really, not too terrible for you. Although also not overwhelmingly good for you. 

But GREAT with a hot beverage on a rainy Spring Sunday or Monday -- which is exactly what the weather looks like in Chicago right now (making my hair look simply unacceptable by the time I got to work this morning).

These strawberry scones are more than just a tasty treat. To me, they are relaxation in dough form. And with no business travel for the next month or so, I hope to be in the kitchen relaxing and creating every weekend. In fact, I have my eye on a dark chocolate tart that I think I'm gonna love!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Cream Scones


3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups heavy cream (or a bit more)
3/4 cup  fresh chopped strawberries
Turbinado sugar for topping


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, grease thoroughly with butter
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in medium bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside
In a separate bowl, combine cream and vanilla extract
Gently pour cream mixture over flour mixture and slowly combine. Add strawberries.
Roll dough into small 2 inch balls spaced an inch apart on baking sheet
Wash with more heavy cream and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar
Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cowboy Noodle Bake

This recipe was kind of adventurous for me.

But before I go into why, I should admit that I named it "Cowboy Noodle Bake" for one reason and one reason alone: I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman, who is a cowgirl, and apparently thinks this is a classic.  Therefore, it has to be familiar with the cowboy community, yes? (I've never heard of it, have you?!)

Probably not, but we'll keep moving.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken

I'm in love.

But first, I have a confession.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Avocado Pound Cake

Well hello there. I may need to reintroduce myself. I'm Laura, Jackie's very lazy blogging partner. I've been on a record 7 business trips in the span of one month, coming home for only tiny windows of time. And when I have been home, sleep has been my number one say the least.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Unlike myself, Dan isn't content with eating pasta every night (or quinoa versions of pasta.) He's the meat and potatoes type, and since I'm anti meat and potatoes, I sometimes struggle to consistently make meals that please us both.

Cue this chicken. It's Mexican (for me) and non-pasta (for Dan), and shockingly, the meat is really the center of this dish.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easy Avocado Salad

This post is about food, but it’s also about life. (I’ll get to the salad, I promise.)

In the words of the wise Scott Cole (my pop), I have good news and I have bad news.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Allow me to share a little story with you.

One morning, after being sick of eating a granola bar for breakfast 328917842 days in a row, I decided I was going to treat myself to my favorite Chobani Greek yogurt -- the key lime one. I used to eat this yogurt 2-3 times per week, but with my new train commute, I've been reduced to easily-transportable granola bars.

But on this day, I thought, "I'm going to try something new. How dangerous could a five minute walk to the train with a yogurt in your bag be?"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Creamy Broccoli + Quinoa Casserole

Remember that broccoli, rice and cheese casserole your mom made when you were a kid? You know, the one with 89024289 grams of fat?

Well this, dear friends, is not yo' mama's broccoli rice casserole -- but a lower-fat, nutrient-packed version that I'm totally and completely obsessed with. I actually can't believe I've never posted this recipe, because I've made this dish more times than I can count.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chicken + Artichoke Lasagna Roll-Ups

It seems like this winter just plain won't go away.

I mean seriously. Another Polar Vortex this week? Last year, the general public couldn't tell you what a Polar Vortex was if you paid them. And now, it's a household term.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Juice Cleanse Confessions

Welcome to #juiceweek2014.

To jumpstart a reinvigorated healthy eating regimen, my coworkers invited me to join them in a three-day juice cleanse last week. I'm always up for a healthy eating challenge -- and with my Hawaii trip in less than a week, I jumped at the chance to detox.