Big ol’ Pot o’ Beans

On Friday, I posted about my family’s tradition of eating meatless soups, chills, and the like together each Friday of lent.  My aunt invites and hosts everyone each week.  The no-meat on Fridays during lent is a Catholic thing, if you aren’t familiar.  Since I was raised in an Italian and Catholic home, lent was as much part of my cultural upbringing as it was a religious practice.  Even now, as a “heathen protestant” (as my father refers to me in jest) the practice and tradition are deeply ingrained.  I can’t fathom abandoning them.  For most of my family, the practice isn’t about religious dogma, doctrine, or rule following.  Rather,…

Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken with Olives, Dates, and Bulgar

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  We have arrived.   The. Main. Course. The dish all other courses are planned around! The thing the whole meal revolves around! The brain child. The idea for this dish swarmed in my head for ages.  After a while, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to execute the dish.  The ingredients.  The flavors.  The techniques.  The finishings.  Everything.   Because Middle Eastern cuisine is basically my 2nd love language, I knew it simply must be the star of a Valentine’s…

Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup with Herb Garlic Finishing Oil

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of overindulgence, loads of stuffing, a mountain of mashed potatoes, and leftovers coming out your ears.  We are still working our way through the turkey.  And I see all of these wonderful ideas for using up your turkey.  And we have given some of them a try in the past, but to be honest, I’m happy with adding it on top of a salad, and the husband will tell you that there is nothing quite like a leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with mayo, sourdough bread, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper.  The boy could eat that morning, noon, and night…

Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you had to guess, what would you think the most popular recipe on Almost Properly is?  Never in a million years would I have guessed that it would be a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts.  These honey balsamic brussels sprouts to be  exact. Want to know something else, guess what the second mod popular recipe has been?  Another roasted brussels sprouts recipe.  These honey dijon brussels sprouts. So its safe to say that roasted brussels sprouts are having a moment…. or two. Its so ironic because as a kid I remember my mom serving steamed brussels sprouts with zero seasoning – because thats how my Mom served all steamed…

Football Food: Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ok, we all know that I mostly watch and encourage others to join in the watching of Football primarily for the snacks.  Like 95% for the snacks.  4% to hang out with friends.  And 1% to appall the husband with my questions – due to my utter lack of football knowledge.  But, lets be clear, I am 0% there for the football. Since 95% of the reason I showed up or opened my home to these football watching people is the food, then it better be pretty darn tasty!  But a lot of football snacks are the same.  Chips. Dip. Guac. Lil smokies. Hoagies. Chicken wings. Ribs. Etc.  I think…
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