- Jalapeno Pickle Brined Fried Chicken (with ranch. duh, this is America)
- Blue Cheese Potato Salad w/ Bacon and Scallion
- Beergarita Popsicles with Smoky Chile Salt
- Tomato and Peach salad with Basil and Red Onion
- Strawberry Icebox Cake
f summer had a patron saint, it would be potato salad. It’s the perfect carby, creamy complement to the season’s grilled meat (or some spicy fried chicken). No self-respecting BBQ is complete with out it.
Unfortunately, most potato salad recipes suck. Half are candy-sweet, and the rest taste like you’re freebasing a jar of French’s. While sugar-and-mustard-covered-potatoes seems to be the status quo: we think there’s gotta be a better way.
In a little less than two weeks, I (Rachel) am marrying Tanner. It’s fucking awesome but making me a little more sentimental than is my typically stoic Capricornian wont. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on big milestones and influential people in my past. Childhood heroes, and other events I’ve had to shave my legs for. Most recently, I’ve been thinking about my exes.
When I was 23, I dated a guy who shared a one bedroom apartment about the size of a wheelchair accessible bathroom with another dude and that guy’s oppressively goth girlfriend. We ended up spending a lot of time with the (actually pretty lovely) chain-smoking couple, on the futon mattress that doubled as their bed and our couch. Somewhere between complaining about Lost and listening to John Vanderslice, his roommate introduced me to Tom Robbins’ “Jitterbug Perfume,” and I have been obsessed with beets ever since. If you’ve not read the book, stop reading on the internet and do your brain the favor. If you have: you obviously love beets, too….
Eating non-holiday meals during the holidays can be weird. It’s hard to execute a hot meal in the morning when you’re busy, but December means planning for strangely timed meals and the questionable cooking abilities of your loved ones. Along with the usual requisites for food being tasty and satisfying, there’s a balance that must be struck: non-holiday meals need to be nourishing to keep you alert and feeling well enough to face your creepy Republican uncle while you pick at gristly ham and Jell-o salad, but they can’t be so filling that you don’t have room for pie.
Our solution is a gigantic breakfast with plenty of fiber, fat, and protein to keep you satisfied until it’s time for dessert.
Breakfast Skillets are full of the most delicious things on the planet and are our go-to hearty breakfast. Tender potatoes with crisp edges, chunks of meat, deceptive volumes of vegetables, and runny eggs with melty, bubbly cheese are an easy way to leverage hot sauce and ketchup into your face, but they also are nutritionally dense and diverse. Breakfast Skillets are a great way for your body to get some of the vitamins it may have missed during last night’s appetizers-on-a-stick repast and fill you up without making you need a nap. More than that: they are a great way to feed a hungry crowd, like your hungover friends or out of town relatives usurping your couch.
Eat it alone with Cholula and black coffee to correct any ills remaining from yesterday’s eggnog or pair it with Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Bread and some fresh OJ for a low-maintenance family breakfast that is so fucking classy, it will make your mother get off your back about finding a job.