While I like to experiment in the kitchen, sometimes it’s just nice to go with the familiar. And easy. That’s exactly what this Poppy Seed Chicken is for me. Familiar and easy. Honestly, I mostly make this from memory.
Do you have those dishes you make so frequently that you have to stop and think when someone asks you for the recipe? There’s a bit of comfort in that, I think.
This Poppy Seed Chicken screams comfort. I usually divide the casserole in half and freeze part for later use or share it with someone. It sure is nice to have a ready meal available in the freezer for those busy, busy days. It’s also nice to be able to share as well.
Serve this with a simple salad and vegetable side and your meal is made.
A couple years ago I was flying to a blog conference in Dallas and grabbed a bite to eat in the airport before I left and had the most amazing Queso Chicken Pasta of my life. Who knew some queso and chicken would taste so good over pasta??
When I got home from that conference I decided to try to make it myself and it turned out to be super simple and super delicious! I have tried several variations of the recipe over the year but this is one I keep going back to, the simple one!
You literally just boil your pasta, boil your chicken, and make some two-ingredient queso and mix it all together. In the past I have added garlic, bell peppers and onions, Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup, milk and some other things but so far the four ingredient recipe I am sharing with you today is my favorite!!
I am a huge fan of any and all Mexican food but sometimes I get tired of the same ole tacos, burritos, nachos, etc and I think this pasta is a yummy shift from traditional Mexican recipes. Plus it’s pasta so it’s a total comfort food. I haven’t tried it before but I bet it would be good with taco meat as well. I mean anything is good with queso, right?
Ricci is an Respiratory Therapist by day and a lobgger by night. She loves big hair, anything monogrammed, traveling and living in the natural state. She has one fur child, a dog named Sophie, and thoroughly enjoys being the “cool Aunt” to her many nieces and nephews. You can catch up with her on her lifestyle blog, Ricci Alexis, or find on any social media platform as @riccialexis
Mmmmmmm. Yum. Soup month is my favorite! Soups are so easy to prepare, taste delicious, and are my new best friend as a mom to four little ones because clean-up is EASY and dirty dishes are minimal.
I have a rule for myself in my home. Anytime I make soup I must make double or triple the recipe. Soups are easy to freeze and save for a later date. They make excellent lunches as leftovers and are typically very healthy.
My thought is, if you are making a soup it doesn’t take that much extra work to double the ingredientsto throw in the pot and itsaves you time for a future meal.
My mom got me a HUMONGOUS soup pot for Christmas a couple of years ago, and it is still one of my most used and favorite gifts because when I make soup, I am really making about three soups. If you don’t have a big one, I suggest you make the investment and get one now. It is hands down one of my most helpful kitchen items.
The recipe I’m going to share with you is for a HUGE soup pot, so don’t double or triple the recipe to save it. Actually use the ingredients and amounts that I listed.
To freeze this soup, put it in freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer. To thaw them out, you can put them in the refrigerator the day before. Or, if you are like me, you will forget. So, I just put my soup frozen and all on the stove top on the lowest heat available to thaw it out and warm it up. It works every time.
Having a plethora of frozen soups in my freezer has saved me in hosting on more than one occasion. You will always have something to serve unexpected company for a quick bite to eat.
Enjoy! Print this recipe or pin it to make later. But make it soon! Soups and cold weather are comfort to the soul!
Amanda Farris is a former teacher/coach who hung up the whistle when she got promoted to mom. She still keeps those competitive juices by running in local races and playing competitive board games with her kids. She is the reigning Jenga champion in her home.
I have only a few memories of my great-grandmother, Granny Mary. I remember sitting on her front screened in porch, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and drinking my first cup of coffee around age six (which meant I was really drinking milk with a little bit of coffee.) I remember walking down the street to the Five and Dime and buying a sun-hat, making sure to leave the tags on like Minnie Pearl, and I remember her Chicken-and-Dumplings. They were legendary. The dumplings thick, the soup silky, the chicken chunky.
I have done my best to recreate her recipe from memory, and my Paw (Granny’s) said I got awfully close, which is good enough for me. This recipe has now become a family favorite and my boys ask for it most in the winter months, when the wind is cold and the nights long. This is a large recipe—enough for twelve adults.
Note: You can use homemade or store-bought chicken stock, or a combination of both.
4 pounds of boneless chicken breast (frozen or thawed)
6 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of baking powder
3 teaspoons of salt
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
Bring 15 cups broth to a boil.
Add in carrots, celery, onion, salt and chicken breasts.
Once the chicken breasts are fully cooked, pull them out, and set them aside to cool.
Reduce broth to simmer and leave simmering while you make the dumplings.
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
Next, cut in 1 cup of solid vegetable shortening (use either a pastry cutter or 2 table knives).
Once the shortening has been cut in well, begin adding ice cold water, ½ cup at a time, into the mixture.( I use about 2 ¼ cup of iced water - sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less, depending on the humidity in the air).
Your goal is to create a dough that is soft, smooth, and easy to roll out but is not leathery or mushy or grainy.
Next, roll your dough out. These dumplings are Southern-style flat dumplings like we make in Arkansas, not the round fluffy “drop” dumplings that are common in the North.
Roll out the dough, using a slightly floured rolling pin, to between 1/8-1/4-inch thickness.
Next, using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.
Bring your stock back to a rolling boil, and tear the cooked chicken breast into bite-size pieces (or shred using a stand-mixer,) then add the meat back to the liquid.
Once that is done, begin adding the strips of dumpling dough into the stock.
Once all the strips have been added, give the pot a good stir, and cover.
Reduce the heat to a simmer. Check every few minutes, stirring gently, until the dumplings are tender and cooked through, about 15–20 minutes.
My good friend and baking mentor Lynn taught me this great kitchen tip: When rolling out dough, spread out a smooth kitchen towel on your counter (I prefer the flour sack variety) and cover it with a good dusting of flour. This will be your rolling surface, and after you are done, you can simply fold the towel up and take it outside to shake off the excess.
Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, blogger, speaker and Minister to Children, Youth, and Families at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Her first book A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together was published in 2013, and her second book, At Home in this Life, will be released spring of 2017. Jerusalem, her husband Nathan, and their two boys Wylie and Miles live in rural Arkansas where they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. She blogs about all of this and more at jerusalemgreer.com.
I don’t know about you but I hate to go grocery shopping. I hate battling crowds, always forgetting something, and the store usually being out of the one thing I came to get. So frustrating!
With all of that being said when I can’t find anything to make for dinner I usuallyplay a game with myself called “Iron Pantry”. It’s similar to the TV show Iron Chef (is that show still on??) in that I just dig through the pantry for random ingredients and make them into a meal. I have created some of my favorite meals this way! Today Iam going to share that meal with you, Spicy Ranch Chicken and Rice!
I was playing Iron Pantry one night when I created one of my all time favorite meals!! I literally came up with this recipe when I was in college and it’s still around today. Two things that I always keep on hand are chicken and brown rice…I switched from white to brown rice when I was in college and never looked back. It just tastes so much better to me than white rice!!
I marinated my chicken in some fat free Italian dressing and grilled it on my George Foreman. Can I just stop and say right here that I am obsessed with my George? I am a single lady and have not yet mastered an outdoor grill, but I can grill anything on my George!
I usually use whatever brown rice I find but have made it a point lately to buy Riceland Brown Rice. I love knowing that the rice I use was grown and harvested right down the road, Plus it just tastes better than most.
With my protein and grain I had a great start for the base for my meal! The night I created this meal I had some bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic that I needed to use so I decided to sauté them and mix them in with my chicken and rice. The meal was looking better but needed a little something…
After digging though my spice cabinet I decided to spice it up with some Cajun seasoning. I always have Cajun seasoning on hand; it just goes good on everything!!
It was looking pretty good but I decided to kick it up a notch and throw a little Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch on it and HOLY MOLY it was amazing!! And finally finished…HA!
These days I usually have everything I need to make this Spicy Ranch Chicken and Rice on hand and make it at least once a week. Sometimes I switch the veggies up and just use whatever I have on hand but that's the beauty of any recipe, you can totally customize it to what you like!
So that’s it for my favorite go-to dish!! What’s yours??
Arkansas Women Blogger Ricci Ellis is an Arkansas native and current central Arkansas resident. Her favorite titles include dog mom, sister, aunt, blogger and respiratory therapist. You can catch up with her on her lifestyle blog, Ricci Alexis, or on any social media @riccialexis.
Arkansas Women Blogger members enjoy a special relationship with Riceland Foods. Not only is this Arkansas-based company headquartered here, it supports and features some of the best farmers and producers in our state. Riceland is unique because it is a cooperative of rice farmers, meaning it is owned by those farmers. Both Riceland and ARWB take tremendous pride in supporting our local farmers and producers.
Captain Mom, also known as Rhonda Franz our Girl Friday of everything The Women Bloggers, starts her family’s day off right with a Favorite Way to Eat Brown Rice for Breakfast. I certainly remember eating and loving steaming bowls of rice with sugar and cream especially on cold, winter mornings.
And who doesn’t love a good dessert? Rice can be your go-to ingredient for sweet craving as well as for your savory. Julie Kohl of Eggs and Herbs, Content Creator for ARWB, recently shared her Jumble Cookie recipe — perfect for lunch box treats.
I’m really looking forward to experimenting more with Riceland’s Jazmine (Jasmine) Rice in some of the Indian and Thai recipes I’m learning. (Thanks Swathi!)
Have you checked out the Riceland blog? Here are a few other examples of some of the jewels you’ll find when you do!
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Join me Tuesday, September 27 when I’ll be sharing some of our favorites from Riceland on THV11 This Morning — at 6:15 am (go ahead and set your DVR:)
Bon Appetít Y’all
All recipes and photos courtesy of Riceland Foods.
When I first moved to Arkansas, I had no clue what I was in for. All I pretty much knew about Arkansas was that it was home of the Razorbacks, a rival of my alma mater. I’ve lived in this beautiful state for two years now, and I’m glad to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
There are plenty of things to do and see, all throughout this state, even things a foodie like myself would enjoy. Cupcakes that have been featured on Food Network? Arkansas has that! A restaurant owned by humble celebrities? Arkansas has that! A bbq restaurant that’s been around for almost a century? Yep, you guessed it! Arkansas has that, too. And let me tell you, friends…I love bbq. If you’re from the South and you don’t love bbq, I don’t trust your judgment, and we likely won’t be friends. Harsh, I know. But I’ve got principles.
McClard’s BAR-B-QUE has been around since 1928. This quaint Hot Springs establishment has been featured in books, magazines, and tv shows, all geared towards foodies. It’s pretty much a food lover’s paradise. So, what you ought to infer by now, is McClard’s is good stuff.
Thankfully, you can buy their bbq sauce in stores throughout the state and have yourself a mini-feast at home. I’ve put together a ridiculously easy pulled chicken recipe for you that’s made in the slow cooker. It’s a true “set it and forget it” recipe. The end result is fork tender chicken that falls off the bone, which makes a great pulled style sandwich. It’s so tender you could chop it up, if that’s your preferred style. I’ve always been a pulled chicken fan myself, so this is a win-win situation for me.
I like to eat my pulled chicken naked and drizzle extra sauce on top. If you want “all the things” then all you have to do is add the chicken, once pulled, back into the slow cooker and mix with the sauce. I’ve used a whole chicken, cut into pieces, because I love both white and dark meat. The recipe works with all white meat as well. Your choice.
I’m also a minimalist, so you won’t catch me adding coleslaw or chow-chow to my sandwich. Only bread and pickles, please. But again, do whatever you want. Either way you’re going to end up with a bbq sandwich that’s a little tangy, and a little spicy. A great balance for those of you who like all the spectrums.
Whitney blogs at WhitBit’s Kitchen, where she focuses on international food and drink recipes. You can find her onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Whitney’s recipes have been featured on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Parade Magazine,The Frisky, and Food & Wine
There is such a thing called season fatigue. It happens when one season is ending and another begins. Let’s be honest, the fatigue sets in about a month before the new season actually begins. You know that itchy feeling you get when you are ready for fall?
You are done with mowing the grass, washing bug splatters off the windshield, and you find yourself wearing a sweater to work because the weatherman said that it will be in the low 80s today. Think about that. If it is springtime and the weatherman says low 80s, the shorts and tank are donned faster than you can say Off! mosquito spray.
As we tiptoe into the cooler waters of fall, there are a few areas of summer we may still want to hold on to and linger a while before we let them go. The slowing down of summertime we enjoy such as eating outside, grilling, nibbling on smaller plates and chilling over longer conversations.
For today’s foodie Friday, I got to thinking. What would be better than to share a dinner idea that has us transitioning from summer to fall? The ingredients really can be anything but should follow along this format:
GRILLING + SUMMER STAPLE + FALL INGREDENT = #summer2fall
It’s that simple really. I can’t wait to hear what combinations you come up with or dream up. By all means, comment before you actually make dinner. Just be sure to come back and share a photo or two. We’re in this together.
How does a grilled tostada with grilled sweet potatoes and grilled chicken sound, to get you started?
When I was a kid, my mom made runny, undercooked, boring scrambled eggs. I decided to take matters in my own hands and learned how to 1) make dry scrambled eggs and 2) kicked it up a notch and learned how to make cheese omelets. Never again did I have runny, undercooked, boring scrambled eggs. Thanks mom!
What is your favorite international cuisine?
slow food from France and Italy
I like the country rustic fare from just about anywhere: fresh fish plucked from the sea, lightly but perfectly seasoned, wine with brie and fruit and long conversations, and whole chicken simmered in broth with garlic. I can appreciate fancy food yet I fall in love with simplicity that is delicious.
What is always in your refrigerator at home?
good, grass-fed butter
whole whipping cream
large curd cottage cheese
whole milk plain yogurt
minced garlic in a jar (what, you didn’t think I always mince my own garlic, did you?)
What is your go-to ingredients that you use time and time again?
When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes?
kayaking, fishing or just hanging out in the lake, remodeling, landscaping, going for drives with my husband and hanging out with family.
What else would you like us to know about you? I need a clutter-free zone to function properly.
Arkansas Women Blogger member Lyndi Fultz writes about living and eating well from her life in beautiful Northwest Arkansas at nwafoodie. Much of her blogging inspiration comes from this gem of a place, which she refers to as the proverbial land of milk-and-honey. Read more related to cooking, entertaining, gadget suggestions, ingredient explorations, local finds, local restaurant treasures, kitchen tour spotlights, and always with a healthy and simplistic approach.
Four years ago, in July of 2011, my husband and I served in Kenya on a short term mission trip. We had no idea how the Lord would use two weeks in East Africa to change the trajectory of our lives. It was in Kenya, where the Lord first called my husband to ministry. It was in Kenya, where the Lord solidified our call to adoption. It was in Kenya, He started teaching us to prioritize our lives to honor Him. The Lord tied our hearts to this country.
Most recently, I have joined the American staff of African Christian Outreach. I leave September 28 to spend 2 weeks in Kenya working along side our Kenyan staff to vision forecast, plan and pray for the next steps the Lord wants us to take in East Africa and beyond. Kenya is most commonly known for child slavery, orphans, poverty and most recently- terrorism. But Kenya is also a beautiful country, rich in color, love, and flavor.
I am certain your taste buds will love this authentic Kenyan dish as much as I do.
2 hot chili pepper, minced (add an extra pepper for more heat)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons ginger (I prefer fresh ginger)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup cilantro
In a blender or food processor, mix together onion, chilies, garlic and ginger. Mix/blend/process until all the lumps are gone and the sauce is smooth.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add processed sauce, cumin and curry powder to the warm olive oil stirring frequently to heat thoroughly and prevent burning.
Mix in the tomato sauce and allow to simmer over low heat for an additional 5 minutes.
Finally add in the raw chicken and coconut milk. Keep cooking temperature on low, stir well and cover.
Cook until chicken is thoroughly done and tender anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
By Katie Clifton
Arkansas Women Bloggers http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/
My mouth is literally watering just thinking about all of the flavor in this chicken dish. I love spicy food, my husband not so much. I tell him often that he has a “baby mouth”. If you also have the spice capacity of an infant, then back off on the hot chili peppers. If you like to sweat while you eat, you will want to add all three.
Mix together rice, coconut milk, water and sea salt in a large pan.
Cook rice mixture over medium heat until it is boiling, stirring occasionally.
Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is done, approximately 20-25 minutes.
Before serving rice, add in the additional 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and fluff with a fork.
Spoon the Coconut Rice onto a plate and top with a heaping spoonful of Kenyan Chicken Curry.
Serve and eat while warm.
By Katie Clifton
Arkansas Women Bloggers http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/
If you are quick in the kitchen, you should have about 15-20 minutes of down time while you wait for each dish to completely cook. This would be the perfect time for you to visit www.acokenya.org. (Yes, I know. Shameless plug.) You can learn more about our ministry in East Africa and learn how you can become a mission partner. If you would like to serve with us next summer, please contact me so that we can turn your hopes into a reality.
Enjoy the aroma and flavor of East African cuisine.
Getting to Know Your ARWB Foodies What food reminds you of childhood? Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. They gardened and my grandmother refused to buy anything she could grow herself. When I think of my favorite childhood foods I remember my taste buds falling in love with fried okra, corn bread, turnip greens, squash and eggplant. These aren’t typical foods that kids love but I have fond memories of sitting at the kitchen table with my grandparents and them being so proud of me for trying their vegetables. I have always wanted to cook like my grandmother. I think she is a big reason I enjoy cooking for my family now.
What is your favorite international cuisine?
My favorite international cuisine is sushi. Hands down. I love fish and seafood, but when I think of Japenese cuisine I also think of art. It is as satisfying for me to look at, as it is for me to eat.
What is always in your refrigerator at home? My refrigerator always has eggs, bacon, vegetables and apples. I can pretty much mix together a fast meal with these ingredients. Fast dinner ideas are a staple for our busy family.
What is your most used cookbook? My most used cookbook is the one my grandmother made for me. It is a purple 3 ring binder a spiral notebook and post it notes used as divider tabs. She added recipes for my most favorite foods and gave me space to add more o my favorite recipes. I cherish my cookbook.
What is your favorite kitchen gadget? Ha! My favorite kitchen gadget is my coffee pot. There are seasons in life where my coffee pot has by far been used more than anything else: colicky babies, my husband in seminary, a toddler with sleep disorders. A coffee maker is an absolute necessity.
Do you have a favorite food indulgence? I love having the opportunity to have a date night with my husband and visiting new restaurants. We do not do it often, but we both love visiting restaurants that are making a name for themselves locally by hiring top chefs and creating unique food and flavor combinations.
What is your go-to ingredient that you use time and time again? Garlic. Fresh or ground garlic is used almost daily in my kitchen.
What is your favorite food meal to cook at home? I love making large meals for my family. All of my kids are great chicken eaters so I enjoy finding new recipes for chicken, making green beans with bacon, creamed potatoes, and adding fresh fruits. This type of meal gets everyone in my family excited to eat since it consists of their favorites. What is a cooking tip that you would like to share with beginning cooks? If you can read you can cook. Do not be afraid to try spices and dishes. Find cookbooks and websites that offer meals you enjoy eating and begin there.
When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes? I’m a mom to 4, a business owner and a missions advocate. My husband works full time and is also a bivocational church plant pastor. Our lives feel like a merry-go-round most of the time. So, I think taking time for myself is very important (although rare at times). My favorite hobby is running. It is therapy for me. It relieves stress, helps me feel better and encourages me to fuel my body better as well.
What else would you like us to know about you? I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of my favorite recipes with you.
ARWB member Katie Clifton is a native Arkansan. She serves as the Missions Advocate for African Christian Outreach and is a church planting pastor’s wife at Renew Church in Benton. Katie advocates for adoption and building bridges for interracial unity within her community. She is a Jesus lover, writer, speaker and lover of all things flea market. You can find Katie’s writing at Mire and Manna.
We’ve been living in the United Kingdom as expats for over a year now and one of the many discoveries we have made is that any number of dishes have been created in celebration or in honor of royalty.
One of those staple dishes is a curried chicken salad dish called Coronation Chicken. You can purchase a boxed sandwich almost anywhere in Britain with this combo of chopped chicken, mayo and curry in between two slices of bread. It was first created for the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and the sandwiches you find with this name vary widely in quality.
The resident hero of British cooking, Jamie Oliver, created this updated version of Coronation Chicken for the Queen’s sixtieth year on the throne in 2012. He calls it ER’s Diamond Jubilee Chicken, and he has removed the mayo and added in its place pineapple, cilantro and nuts.
The result is a delightful bursting-with-flavor salad dish that is as fitting for a main meal as it is gorgeous to serve. Layer the ingredients on a large platter to highlight all the beautiful colors.
We have loved using Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks. They have been a great way for us to discover British cooking and I appreciate how Jamie always seems to try to create recipes that have no waste. In this recipe he gives instructions for using up the cilantro stalks and even the chicken skins.
4 chicken leg quarters and 7 chicken thighs (or could also use 14 thighs)
1 heaped tablespoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper
a thumb-sized piece of ginger root, peeled and grated
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
2 heaping tablespoons sesame seeds
½ cup toasted sliced almonds
1 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 cup sugar snap peas
6 spring onions, peeled and chopped
1 fresh red chili pepper and 1 green jalepeno pepper, sliced, seeded and thinly sliced
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 bunch of cilantro leaves
Put chicken pieces skin side up in a baking dish.
Sprinkle all the spices over the chicken, as well as salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the chicken.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes or until the meat pulls away from the bone.
Once cooked, remove the chicken skin and place it upside down on a separate roasting tray. Scatter the sesame seeds over the chicken skins. Then put the tray in the oven for around 10 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the seeds toasted (don’t burn them!). Remove from oven and leave to cool.
Place the cucumber and pineapple on a serving platter. Then add the sliced onions and chili pieces. Pull the chicken apart, discarding the the bones and fat, but reserving the juices in the roasting dish. Place all the meat on the platter as well. Also add the sugar snap peas and the cilantro leaves, reserving the stalks for the dressing.
In the roasting dish, mix the yogurt and the juice of the limes with the chicken juices. Be sure and scrape all the flavor from the tray. Add a little salt and pepper. Also mix in the chopped stalks of the cilantro.
Pour the sauce from the tray over the platter. Sprinkle the toasted almonds and the crispy skins and sesame seeds on the top.
Toss the salad and serve immediately.
By Alison Chino
Arkansas Women Bloggers http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/
Getting to Know our ARWB Foodies
Alison Chino Chino House
What food reminds you of childhood?
All homemade cookies.
Cookies were the first thing I learned to make as a child. My sister and I would beg our mom to let us make cookies and she would say that we could as long as we cleaned up our mess. Anna and I would eat so much cookie dough that we usually felt sick by the time we were finished!
What is your favorite international cuisine? I go in phases and currently I’m in a Mediterranean phase. Hummus and really fresh Greek feta cheese are making regular appearances in my cooking.
What is always in your refrigerator at home? Apples and extra sharp cheddar cheese.
What is your most used cookbook? It’s a cross between The Barefoot Contessa and Soup and Bread by Crescent Dragonwagon
What is your favorite kitchen gadget? Probably my emulsifier (stick blender) which I use for salad dressing and to puree soups!
Do you have a favorite food indulgence?
Think cream. Creamy soups. Homemade whipped cream. Cream in my coffee. I can never be a skim milk kind of girl.
What is your go-to ingredient that you use time and time again? I use garlic every single day. LOVE it.
What is your favorite food meal to cook at home? I make soups most often but my favorite would probably be either a pasta with creamy sauce or a fancy salad with lots of ingredients.
What is a cooking tip that you would like to share with beginning cooks? Recipes can always be simplified. You don’t have to have ALL those tools (you can chop up garlic if you don’t have a press) and you can get by with fewer ingredients.
When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes? Reading, writing and being outside!
What else would you like us to know about you? I live in Scotland, but I miss Arkansas something fierce.
Alison Chino is a born and bred Arkansan who lives in Scotland, where she is learning to walk everywhere and to live with tiny appliances. She loves hiking the Scottish Highlands with her husband and kids on the weekends. She’s blogs at the Chino House and she’s pretty much obsessed with Instagram.