Category Archives: Recipes

  1. Need some last-minute Super Bowl snack ideas?

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    January 31, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Full disclosure: I only follow sports enough to carry on small talk after a big event like the Super Bowl. I am, however, a fan of any occasion that calls for appetizers.

    If you plan on going to or hosting a Super Bowl party, check out one of my boards on Pinterest called Dips, Bites and Other Delights.

  2. Tardy to the ramen noodle party

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    January 24, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    Brace yourself for a surprising confession.

    I ate ramen noodles for the first time two weeks ago.

    It seems criminal that it took me nearly three decades to eat this budget-friendly dish. The only time I was close to ramen as a child was when my mom only fixed ramen for my dad, who slurped up the noodles with baked chicken legs. It seemed like a “grown-up food,” so I stuck with my spaghetti. Then I went to college, where the halls of my all-girls dorm were thick with the smell of spice, salt and chicken, the hallmarks of a bowl of ramen. The smell was so pervasive that it dissuaded me from ever bringing those noodles into my life, budget be damned.

    As with most of my food awakenings, Rob is the one who opened my eyes to the possibilities behind the red and yellow square packages. He grew up eating ramen noodles because “they were cheap, they were good and they were easy to make.” A couple of weeks ago, he came in with a Kroger bag full of ramen packages. I’m pretty sure his eyes twinkled.

    It was time to give these noodles a whirl. He expertly boiled water and dropped the brick of wavy noodles into the pot. After pouring away most of the water, he sprinkled a chicken flavor packet into the now-flaccid noodles while simultaneously tossing them with a fork to ensure even flavor distribution. It was like watching Iron Chef. And the secret ingredient is … RAMEN.

    I steamed some leftover bok choy to accompany the ramen (you know, to make it healthy) and helped myself to a bowl. My mind was blown. The ramen was so salty and spicy that I’m pretty sure I met my sodium intake for the day. The bok choy added some crunch to this tender noodle dish. My mind raced with all the vegetable additions I could make in the future.

    Days after my awakening, a six-pack of chicken-flavored ramen sits patiently in the cabinet. But I won’t let almost 30 years pass before I eat ramen again.

  3. Don’t waste a failed bread recipe. Transform it in these 4 ways.

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    October 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Bread pudding with a bourbon-spiked glaze.

    It’s easy to save a little money if you are willing to look at something with new eyes. Take, for …
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  4. When life gives you hard biscuits, make some hearty stuffing

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    February 28, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    During the weekend, I had some flour, butter and a lot of time on my hands. This meant that I …
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  5. [Recipes] Cauliflower and other foods I’d never eat without Green BEAN Delivery

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    February 17, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s been a couple of months since I started receiving a Green BEAN produce bin every other week. The organic …
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  6. Use a wooden skewer to remove the pits from cherries

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    July 28, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This is a great time of year to get a pint of delicious cherries. Too bad you have to eat around …
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  7. I found the perfect banana bread recipe, and it includes Nutella

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    June 8, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I muddled two banana bread loaves before I hit perfection. I blame the recipes, both ripped from the women’s lifestyle …
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  8. For love of the Kentucky Derby: New takes on classic Derby dishes

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    May 6, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This Saturday, Louisville will be the hot spot for horse racing with the running of the Kentucky Derby. I love …
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  9. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with citrusy lime chicken thighs

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    May 5, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I like any occasion to add tequila to a meal.  Many Americans probably agree, hence the eager acceptance of Cinco …
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  10. A musical fruit recipe (part 2): This soup will kick you in the throat.

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    April 14, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Oh, beans. How I love thee.   I’ve bombed every new recipe I’ve tried in the past few weeks. My …
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