Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

January 20, 2014
Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

When Dan and I first started dating, he told me that he didn’t really like Asian food. Rice was too bland, and anything more adventurous than Orange Chicken was too much. His idea of Chinese food was Panda Express and the over-sweet, candy-red BBQ ribs and fried egg rolls from some place called China Villa. Spicy food gave him indigestion, and sushi (of course) was a no go because he refused to eat raw fish. Sigh. Sob. This was, as you can imagine, devastating to me. Like, almost a deal breaker. I liked Dan (a lot), but I couldn’t bring someone who didn’t even like rice home to my parents, ya know? But more importantly, Asian food is awesome and Dan needed to know that. So I took...

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Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

January 18, 2014
Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

Is it weird that I sometimes miss college dining? Not dining hall food…definitely not. My dorm’s dining hall served mainly bland stir fries, greasy baked ziti, and soggy Monty Cristo sandwiches. Blech. What I do miss is the food from student center. I liked having all those options, you know? There was a brick oven pizza place that had amazing, gigantic sausage pizzas that my roommate and I devoured every weekend. Right next to it (same counter, really) was a bagel joint that made the best chicken salad bagel sandwiches I’ve ever had. Kitty corner from that was a creperie that, oddly enough, sold delicious frozen bubble teas. That was eventually taken over by Ana’s Taqueria, which made mind blowing al pastor quesadillas. And inside...

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Crockpot Parmesan Chicken….and a Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

January 10, 2014
Crockpot Parmesan Chicken….and a Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Happy 2014, everyone! Did you guys have fun over the holidays and/or New Years? Maybe you’re a little bit like me, and maybe you slightly over-indulged (a lot) over the holidays. Perhaps you are still getting residual bouts of heartburn from all that rich, indigestible food you shoveled happily into your body and all those boozy cocktails you tossed back. Yes? Well then, I have the perfect giveaway for you today! The nice folks at TUMS have provided me with a few samples of their products, and I’d like to share them with you: TUMS Freshers: The only TUMS product that relieves heartburn fast and freshens breath at the same time. TUMS Chewy Delights: Offers the same great heartburn relief as other TUMS products, but in...

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Reader’s Choice: Best of 2013

December 30, 2013
Reader’s Choice: Best of 2013

Well, 2014 is almost upon us. How did that even happen? 2013 was kind of a blur for me. Work was busy, wedding planning kept me really busy, and then there were all those trips for friends’ weddings, the honeymoon, and a whole bunch of other reasons I can’t even remember now sprinkled in the mix. Phew. What a great year though, huh? It was certainly a great year for Just Putzing Around the Kitchen. Lots of recipes came out of my kitchen this year, and you all seemed to like them, if Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr are any indication. Here are the best posts of 2013, according to you: APPETIZERS: Restaurant-Style Queso - I’m happy to see that you guys love chips and dip as much...

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Unicorn Tears

December 28, 2013
Unicorn Tears

Guys, my glassware/bar ware habit is getting out of hand. Even after donating like 4 boxes of stuff to Good Will, I am quickly running out of space (read: have already run out of space but am in denial) to store all of the new glasses and bottles I keep buying. My most recent purchase? Super long-stemmed fishbowl wine glasses, which Buzzfeed tells me are the same ones that Olivia Pope uses to feed her drinking habit on Scandal. I set out to just order the 23oz red wine glasses, but then I thought “you know, the 13oz white wine glasses are super cute too, and they match the red wine glasses, and I like white wine a lot, so….” So I went ahead and...

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DIY Flavored Butters

December 24, 2013
DIY Flavored Butters

Alright. It’s the morning of Christmas Eve. You’re getting ready for your annual holiday party later tonight. The tree is fully decked out, the stockings have been hung, and your gifts are all wrapped and tucked nicely under the tree. You’re running through your mental checklist of things that were supposed to be done by today, when you realize…shit. Forgot to buy/make a present for . What to do, what to do? No time to run to the mall, no time to order something online, no time to make a few bottles of DIY flavored extracts. You are screwed big time. But wait! You have all those cute little bottles/jars you bought at the flea market a while back that you didn’t...

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DIY Flavored Extracts

December 22, 2013
DIY Flavored Extracts

Guys. Are y’all as excited about DIY foodie holiday gifts as I am? I don’t know what’s going on with me this year, but I have literally flagged every single DIY food-related article I’ve run across online (damn you, Buzzfeed). Flavored butters, cupcakes in a jar, mulled wine kits, homemade nutella…so cute, so practical, so delicious. I want to make (and eat) all of it! You know what it probably is? All of these DIY gift ideas involve adorable little jars, and I am a huge sucker for cute glassware. Canning jars – want, have, used only when I have leftover frosting I can’t bear to throw out (but of course it just gets shoved to the back of my fridge and is immediately...

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Classic Thumbprint Cookies, Revisited

December 17, 2013
Classic Thumbprint Cookies, Revisited

It’s almost Christmas, which can only mean one thing – time to make a billion cookies. Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, peppermint cookies, hot cocoa cookies…so many cookies to choose from, so little time to cram them into my mouth. Nom nom nom, cookie cookie cookie. In my family, the only type of cookie that matters this time of year is thumbprint cookies with strawberry jam. Not raspberry, not blackberry, not (shudder) orange or apricot – STRAWBERRY. Cuz, you know, strawberry jam is red, and red is festive (raspberry jam is also red, but it’s not as delicious so why bother?). Our holiday devotion to these jammy thumbprints is so rabid that everyone expects to see these cookies at our family’s annual Christmas party. I don’t even...

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Charlene’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

December 15, 2013
Charlene’s Red Velvet Cupcakes

The first time I made red velvet cake was in back in law school, around the time I started this blog. It was my friend Jill’s birthday, and red velvet was her favorite, so I decided to surprise her with a homemade birthday cake. I hadn’t made a lot of non-box mix cakes at that point, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard. After all, red velvet cake was basically just chocolate cake with a ton of red food coloring, right? Wrong. So very wrong. The cake was a disaster. I used a basic chocolate cake recipe, which would have been fine, but I really wanted a gorgeous red cake so I kept adding more and more food coloring to the batter. As it...

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Sauteed Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

December 13, 2013
Sauteed Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Can we all just take a minute to process the fact that brussel sprouts grow on stalks? Like, big, thick branches covered with fat little sprout bulbs! Did you know that? I definitely did not. I sort of always assumed that the brussel sprouts I saw in the grocery store just….grew out of the ground that way. You know, like teeny tiny baby cabbages. So when I saw big, crazy branches of sprouts at Trader Joe’s around Thanksgiving, I was all OMGAWWWW WHAT IS THATTTTT. And then of course I had to buy one, just to see if branch sprouts tasted any different than loose sprouts. (They did not.) Dan was, unsurprisingly, not pumped when I came home with a giant stalk of brussel sprouts....

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