brunch – for the win!

i love it when a plan comes together. especially if it’s an easy, deliciously savory plan. i came across this recipe while browsing dinners for winners drool-inducing blog. it seemed the perfect solution to my ‘what to contribute to easter brunch’ dilemma.

buttery pastry, earthy asparagus & nutty gruyère? sign me up. it’s only an added bonus that it’s also refreshingly simple.

Asparagus Gruyère Tart


i highly recommend taking a peek @ dinners for winners for some kitchen inspiration.

hope your easters were inspiring, your mondays were quick, your weeks going well.


family favorite redux

there are certain recipes that will forever remind me of home, of my childhood, of holidays… of the past. i love when the aromas of certain foods reach me and instantly transport me to a favorite memory.

one of these recipes is a dish my family lovingly refers to as “potarrots.” the greatest mashed potato/carrot concoction there ever was. oh, it was savory… a little bit sweet… so, so creamy and buttery. really, the perfect complement to your gravy. {more on my total and complete gravy obsession another time} they.are.delicious. they are also not super healthy. i know, i know… but just because they have carrots in them doesn’t make them healthy. so when one night i was craving some potarrots, i set out to create a healthier version of the old family favorite. i give you… “carriflowers.” and i highly recommend you try.
Smashed Carriflower
what you’ll need:
3C carrots, rough cut
1 head of cauliflower, about 5C rough cut
2.5C reduced-sodium chicken stock
3TBSP fat free cream cheese
1TBSP Brummel & Brown margarine (optional)
salt & pepper, to taste
parsley, to garnish

what you’ll do:
1. in a large pot, add cauliflower, carrots & stock
2. bring to a boil, cover & cook until carrots & cauliflower are tender (about 15 minutes)
3. add cream cheese & mash away until you reach desired consistency (i used my handy dandy immersion blender, but you could mash by hand, no problem}
4. salt & pepper to taste

{note: fond memories may be a side effect of smashed carriflower consumption.}

woo-hoo! completely yummy, and completely healthy. i was so pleased with these, I made them again two nights later.

any family favorites you’ve successfully revamped & made your own?