Here’s the situation: It’s 7:54AM and your eyes crack open. You were supposed to be up at 7:15. You need to be out of the door in 20 minutes. You run around the house like a mad person: showering, throwing on clothes, maybe brushing those teeth.
You simply do not have time for breakfast.
Or do you?
This burrito is not fancy. It’s requires almost no chopping and you cook the whole darn thing in the microwave. It’s a recipe of necessity.
The important part? I guarantee you that you can make this faster than you can go through a drive-through. It’s hot and in your hand in less than five minutes. I won’t tell if you make it even if you have time to make something different.
Since we’ve moved to Denver, I’ve been getting more into biking. I really do think it’s the best way to get around a city assuming you live in a city that is bike friendly!
One problem with bike riding though is that bikes tend to break a lot. If you’re putting 5-10 miles a day on a bike, it’s going to break. It’s also really annoying to take it into a shop to fix minor stuff.
Me being me, I figured I could sort of teach myself the basics of bike maintenance, but it just wasn’t working. I would watch youtube videos and stuff and get nowhere fast!
So I decided to get some real training. I had my first intro class to bike maintenance on Tuesday and it was amazing. I learned more about bikes in an hour than I’ve learned in the last six months. I can’t wait to learn more!
Remembering Judy Rodgers- I was really sad to hear about Judy Rodgers passing away this week. She has always been a food writer and chef that I look up to. I never met her, but this post is a fantastic tribute and definitely worth a read. (@ Ruhlman)
Five Minute Bourbon Balls- Bets and I are hosting a holiday party this weekend and these might be on the menu. They look wonderful and I love that I can make them quickly since I’ll be working on many other dishes also. (@ Sprinkle Bakes)
Serious Mulled Wine – Another item that might be on our party menu this weekend. Toss everything together in a crockpot and it’s done! I might add some cinnamon sticks for good measure. (@ Endless Simmer)
Polenta, or grits, gets kind of a bad rap, but it’s such a flexible ingredient. It also happens to be one of my favorite winter foods because it’s really warming and filling. This week’s meal plan centers around the beauties of polenta!
You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out this plan and the others (there are now over a dozen total) and see if you like them!
There is a great little pizza place down the street from us here in Denver. All their pies are excellent, but in my opinion their white pizza is their best. They do it right by keeping the toppings limited and the sauce in the right proportions.
If you’ve never had a white pizza before, it has a cream base instead of a tomato base which creates some interesting flavors, but comes with some serious hazards. For starters, one of the nice things of a tomato base is that the acid in the tomato sauce cuts through the richness of the cheese and other pizza toppings. With a cream base, you’re adding to that richness instead of cutting through it.
Also, cream has a tendency to burn in the oven and make a big smoky mess so you have to be careful when you’re making a cream sauce pizza.
BUT, all of those hazards are easily avoidable and it’s definitely worth the risk.
If you are a fan of homemade pizza, spend some time making this sauce the next time you are in pizza mode and try it out. I think you’ll love it.
Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is my favorite part of the meal. I don’t really have a recipe for what I normally do, but I like to roast the cranberries so they caramelize a bit and then I mix them with some sugar, orange juice and zest, and call it a day.
Stuffing: I’ve tried probably a half dozen to a dozen stuffing recipes over the years and my friend Marquis’s stuffing is still the best I’ve ever had. It’ll be on my table.
Onions and Chestnuts: This is a new dish for me this year, but I saw it and had to add it to the menu. You can find the recipe here at the bitten word.
Mashed Potatoes: Nothing fancy here! My Mother-in-Law always handles these and makes some mean mashed potatoes. I’m sure she uses ZERO butter…
Some Sort of Veggie or Salad: Undecided as of yet, but I like to have at least some sort of green or salad on the table. If I’m feeling feisty, I might try this kale and farro salad.
PIE: Betsy suggested that we possibly didn’t need a pie this year and I spit beer all over the place. OF COURSE WE NEED PIE! I’ll probably do a classic pumpkin version, but might also do a raspberry cream one…
Have a Great Holiday
I hope everyone has an excellent holiday and relaxing weekend. I’m taking the rest of the week off from posting, but I’ll be back on Monday!