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Winter Pear and Walnut Salad Recipe

This week has been insane.  As many of you know, I care for my ninety-two year old mother-in-love.  She has Alzheimer's and dementia which means that she needs round-the-clock care.  Well, last Friday she fell and broke her hip.  It was devastating and we've basically been at the hospital non-stop ever since.  That means we've had A LOT of hospital food.  I finally had some time at home yesterday to get my house put together, and I was craving some salad. I went to the fridge to see what I could throw together and that is where this Winter Pear and Walnut Salad recipe was born.


Okay, I realize salads aren't necessarily recipes, but if you're anything like me, sometimes it's a struggle coming up with flavor combinations to keep them new and exciting.  That's why I love this Winter Pear and Walnut Salad recipe.  These simple pantry staples pack a whole lot of flavor which make this the perfect lunch or even a light supper.  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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The Saturday Sip: My Winter Reading List and a Book Club

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Seasonal Living is something I have talked a lot about on this blog as well as my social media platforms.  What is seasonal living you ask?  To me it means living the fullest life possible in every season.  This could be celebrating both large and obscure holidays, making the newest season of your favorite television show and event, doing seasonal activities such as visiting pumpkin farms or sleigh riding.  You get the picture.



Right now we are in the thick of winter.  One of the things I love doing in winter is reading.  There is just something magical about cozying up with a fuzzy blanket, a pup or two, and a good book that makes my heart happy in the winter time.  I usually set seasonal reading goals for myself, and make small bucket lists.  However, this year I thought it would be fun to make this a group effort.  I have put together a Winter Reading List, and created The Kitchen Wife Seasonal Reading Book Club Group on Facebook.  This way we can read together, discuss what we did and didn't like about each read, and grow more as a community.  I'm really excited about this and I hope you are too.

The winter reading list is as follows:



Since we are getting a late start to this one I kept the list short, but I'm really looking forward to diving into these books and talking about them with you.  One thing I want to stress is that this is NOT meant to be agonizing.  I don't mind if you read the actual book, kindle version, or listen to it on audible.  I say that because I will be doing all of the above.  Let's just keep this as fun and light hearted as possible!  

So let's get started with our winter reading!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living, 
~The Kitchen Wife~

Caprese Beef Patties w/a Balsamic Glaze Recipe

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Cravings.  They can be the bane of all existence, can't they?  The other day Studhubs was craving burgers, but I was craving pizza.  Neither of us was willing to give on the matter, so I decided to get creative and make these Caprese Beef Patties w/a Balsamic Glaze.  


Using only a few humble pantry items, this fun play on a caprese salad combines the juiciness of a great burger with the flavors of an amazing pizza.  I know you and your family are going to LOVE these, so...

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Easy Beef Chow Fun Recipe

When I tell people that I'm trying to eat healthy I usually get one of two responses.  One, "Oh I would love to do that, but it is just too expensive."  And two, "Man, that would be nice, but I just don't have time."  Well, I'm here to tell you tell you that healthy eating can be both inexpensive and quick.  Take my Easy Beef Chow Fun for example.  

The pan of beef chow fun on the counter with the title above it.

I'm not claiming that this is traditional, more like my West Virginia take on it, but packed full of veggies and protein, this delightful Asian meal is full of flavor and ready in no time!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Listen to Your Body...


Dear Kitchen Family,

Can we talk about food for a second?

This morning I woke up craving toast.  Not avocado toast, not sweet potato toast (yes, that's a thing), just good ol' fashioned toast.  You know, the crispy kind, with butter on it.  Of course my initial reaction was to deny myself because that's what society and the health food industry has taught me to do.  Carbs are bad...butter is bad...you will get fat.  But this is why we really need to educate ourselves about food.  Now I am no expert.  I am not a nutritionist.  Heck, I'm not even skinny, but I can tell you that while on this journey to health I have learned this.  A calorie is a calorie.  Fat is fat.  It's the kinds of calories and fats that you eat that are important.

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

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Sheet pan meals are all the rage right now, and for good reason.  You get an entire meal, on one pan, ready in 30 minutes or less.  I'm definitely a fan, and one of my favorite sheet pan meals to make is this Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables Recipe.  


With a few simple ingredients, and an amazing homemade marinade, this Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables recipe will soon be a family favorite!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Egg Recipe

Recently I mentioned on my personal Facebook page that I was trying to drastically reduce my sugar, caffeine, and dairy intake this year.  So many people responded with "If you take all of that out, what's left to eat?"  My response to that was simply a picture of this, my Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Egg.  


Packed full of protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins this dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.  I know you're going to love it so...

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