Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is the winter of Turkey Chili. I feel like it's everywhere! And why shouldn't it be? Turkey Chili is such a great meal - lean meat, beans, vegetables, tomato - so filling, one-pot, easy to make on a weeknight... need I go on? I will. Turkey Chili is easy to carry to work for lunch, and you can always have the ingredients on-hand to … Keep Reading

Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel...

Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Zinfandel Shallot Sauce ~ by My Utensil Crock

I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl. It's how I grew up, it's what I like, and I can't deny it. I don't cook a lot of steaks at home though. I think steak is just one of those things that is better when eaten out. Is this because steak houses paint their steaks with butter? Hard to say. Haaaard to say. And living in an apartment, grilling is … Keep Reading

Grandma’s Holiday Cookies {a/k/a C...

Grandma's Holiday Cookies {Cut-Out Cookies}

!Very. Special. Recipe. Alert! I had not had these cookies in probably 25 years, but when I made this batch and took one bite, I was instantly transported back to my early teens. I don't have many Proustian madeleine moments, but this was a big one. Totally back in Indiana, complete with peg-rolled jeans and intense bangs that were re-styled … Keep Reading

“Greens & Grains” ~ Far...

Farro, Arugula, Caper, and Olive Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

I was so excited to come home to this today. I skipped breakfast and took Tazewell on a nice long walk this morning, and as we started for home, I suddenly wished I had a big salty sandwich. Cravings, man. I thought about stopping at The Italian Store for some prosciutto, but then remembered I had THESE leftovers in my fridge. No, it's … Keep Reading

Dad’s Potato Latkes

Dad's Latkes ~ by My Utensil Crock

If I had to pick, potatoes may be my favorite food. Definitely among my very favorite foods. Top three for sure. And potatoes are at their finest when fried. I like the mushy and medium fries best though, not the little crunchy pieces. I mean, I will finish any fries that even slow down in front of me, but I prefer fries to have a little … Keep Reading

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo ~ by My Utensil Crock

I have had this recipe in my electronic "stack of pages torn from magazines" for years and years. This is not metaphorical - at one point, I scanned in like 100 recipes I had ripped out of magazines. It looked good to me, but I always shy away from alfredo sauces at restaurants, because I am sure they are pure cream and cheese. I honestly can't … Keep Reading

“Everything Bagel” Seasoning

Everything Bagel Seasoning ~ by My Utensil Crock

Have your tastes changed over the years? My favorite bagel used to be the Egg Bagel. It's possible that you haven't even heard of this variety - they are yellow (sometimes, almost unnaturally so), and for some reason kosher salami on an egg bagel (with NO toppings) was my thing for a long time. I mean, I wouldn't turn it down now, but it used to … Keep Reading

Easy Skillet Focaccia

Easy Skillet Focaccia ~ by My Utensil Crock

It is usually easier for me to bake bread from scratch than to buy it. I am often ridiculed when I say that. But with this statement, I obviously do not mean that handing a cashier a loaf of bread and a credit card is really difficult, and kneading bread and waiting for it rise and bake take less time than swiping a credit card. What … Keep Reading

delicious grEATings!

delicious grEATings by My Utensil Crock

You may have noticed a downtick in recipe posts in the past few months. I’m sorry about that. It wasn’t intentional. But don’t you worry, I have many in the hopper, especially after my productive week on vacation that I am wrapping up as I type. Well this is starting off quite nicely. #michiana #floridakeysmahimahi #beachdays #eeeeeats … Keep Reading

10 Tips and Techniques That Improved My ...

10 Tips and Techniques for Better Food Photography ~ by My Utensil Crock

In the spring of 2012, I bought a camera. I was headed on a fancy vacation with very dramatic scenery, and thought this was as good an excuse as any to buy myself a grown-up camera. Cue the dramatic scenery! It really looks like I'm standing in front of a fake background, doesn't it? My only specifications were: Light in weight / as … Keep Reading