The Rising Spoon

Friday, May 20, 2016

Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs

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Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs

Do you remember filling out questionnaires in elementary school that asked about your favorite color, hobby, and food? You might still have a few brightly colored pieces of paper tucked away somewhere with your crooked, misspelled handwriting scrawled across it. 

Well, my answer to the food question growing up was usually ribs--smoked barbecue ribs to be specific. Honest, to goodness, it's one of my all-time favorite foods. 

Yet, at some point in my teenage years, I became self-conscious of my love for ribs. I thought, shouldn't my favorite food be something more sophisticated? Like a perfectly cooked steak, fresh steamed shellfish, or pan-seared foie gras?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta with Tomatoes & Asparagus

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Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta with Tomatoes & Asparagus

Do you have a love affair with pasta, but totally hate the carb coma afterward? I was the same way until I discovered einkorn wheat noodles! I used to fix huge bowls of saucy spaghetti back in the day with all the fixings (wine, salad, garlic bread) and always planned on changing into my pajama pants soon after the meal in order to get comfy. I always felt suuuuuuper full and tired from all that pasta. I'm sure you can relate!

Well, this all changed when I picked up a box of einkorn spaghetti and gave it a try one night. Like my typical self, I ate a ginormous helping expecting to feel sleepy immediately. Instead, I felt normal. Full, but not overly full. No need to unbutton my pants or curl up in a ball. I even went back for a second helping just to prove myself wrong. That made me a bit more full, but still no carb coma.

I was flabbergasted. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The KonMari Method: How One Short Book On Tidying & Joy Can Change Your Life

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The KonMari Method: How One Short Book On Tidying & Joy Can Change Your Life


Occasionally you come across something so immediately and profoundly impactful on your life that you're compelled to share it with all your friends and family - if not the whole neighborhood (or the internet in this case). 

In early January, I experienced just that when I bought a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese author Marie Kondo. It's an insanely popular book on decluttering a.k.a. "tidying" (#1 on the New York Times bestseller list and seemingly always checked out at the library), so you've probably already heard of it by now.

So What's All The Hubbub About? 

This book ditches typical organizing advice like "do a little each day" or "focus on one room at a time" and instead teaches you how to tidy your home (not to be confused with cleaning) once and for all by using the KonMari Method. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blue Cheese Dressing and Dip

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Blue Cheese Dressing and Dip

Want to feel like the best cook in the world without spending hours in the kitchen? Make all your dressings, dips, and sauces at home! I promise you, it's soooooo easy and if you're serving guests they'll be clamoring for your recipe! 

I now make my own ranch dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette, honey mustard dressing, cranberry saucesour cream and onion dip, gravy, alfredo sauce, queso dip, and basil or kale pesto throughout the year. I can't wait to try more!

Take blue cheese dressing, for example. It only takes a few minutes to stir together a simple batch using five core ingredients: full-fat sour cream, good-quality mayonnaise, lemon juice (or vinegar), milk (use any kind you wish), and blue cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste and you're done.