Category Archives: Recipes

  1. When a new job gives you biscuits, make a breakfast casserole

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    May 13, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Cut the biscuits into cubes for the recipe.

    A dream job seemed like a fantasy. For the past few years, I’ve assumed that a job was something I had to tolerate for eight hours a day so I would have enough money to pursue the activities about which I was really passionate. I was lucky enough to land somewhere that wasn’t too bad. My co-workers were fun. The work was new. I gave up the idea of earning a paycheck from doing what I love and loving what I do (a first-world mantra that glosses over things like taxes, rent and savings accounts) and settled into a content cubicle life.

    Then my dream job showed up, slapped me in the face and reminded me that you can do what you love and get paid for it.

    Last week, I began working at the technology and review website CNET as a senior associate editor. I test and review ovens for a living. Seriously. I can’t make this up. A food writer landed in a job that requires boiling water, broiling burgers and baking biscuits in order to recommend which ranges are a good fit in consumers’ homes.

    Y’all, I’m living the dream. Let’s pause for a praise break.

  2. Sweet potatoes: an appreciation and recipe

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    January 20, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    That's me, desperately taking a picture with one hand and praying that I don't drop my phone in the water.

    A dish of sweet potatoes was special-occasion food in my family.

    They made regular annual appearances at Thanksgiving. My mother was a working, single mom, so Thanksgiving was an endeavor best tackled in stages. Mommy would buy a big bag of sweet potatoes a week before the holiday to get ahead of the crowd. A few days later, she or my Uncle Bobby would scrub the spuds, pile them precariously into the biggest pot we had, covered them with water, and let them boil for hours on the electric stovetop. The pot of potatoes bubbled away beneath the TV and the phone ringing and my family’s normal volume that was always set to “Yell.” As the house settled into the evening, the phone calls more distant and the talk a little quieter, Mommy or Uncle Bobby drained the sweet potatoes, peeled off the skin with a butter knife, sliced them length wise, and arranged them like shingles in a baking dish. That night, or the next day depending on how her full schedule was looking in those scant days before Thanksgiving, Mommy would cloak the naked potato slices in a layer of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg dotted with pats of butter. The dish baked until it bubbled and the brown sugar formed a crust on the once exposed sweet potato slices. The smell alone was justification for 365 days of waiting.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. [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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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