Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SLOW COOKER SOUPS AND STEWS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/slow-cooker-soups-and-stews.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/slow-cooker-soups-and-stews.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:00:40 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5467 slow cooker round up jan

One of my kitchen resolutions for 2015 is to rock that crockpot!

We still have plenty of slow cooker season ahead of us, so in order to get some inspiration, I’ve rounded up 19 delicious-looking slow cooker soups and stew recipes.  Check them out!


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FETA-STUFFED GREEK MEATBALLS WITH LEMON-GARLIC YOGURT SAUCE http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/feta-stuffed-greek-meatballs-with-lemon-garlic-yogurt-sauce.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/feta-stuffed-greek-meatballs-with-lemon-garlic-yogurt-sauce.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:09:42 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5448 Turkey meatballs are flavored with garlic and oregano, stuffed with feta cheese, and served with a lemon-garlic yogurt sauce.

Feta-Stuffed Greek Turkey Meatballs with Lemon-Garlic Yogurt Sauce

I am very excitedly typing up this post from my very own office!

It may be in the basement…there may be storage boxes piled nearly to the ceiling beside me…and there may only be one tiny, obscured window, but this is the first Sweet Peas & Saffron post I’ve written in a verrry long time while not sitting on the couch or in bed.  I know.  Terrible, right?

I used to have an office, then it became the nursery, and all my stuff was shuffled into the Man Cave.  Then the Man Cave became where things {and plants} went to die.  But seeing that at some date in the {hopefully} near future I will be full-time writing my thesis, I have set up the Man Cave Shared Cave as my new office, complete with a gorrrgeous brand-spanking new iMac.  Seriously.  In.  Love.

I do have to keep reminding myself that it’s for thesis writing…but I can’t help wondering how much easier it will be to edit photos on a 27 inch screen versus my 13-inch Mac Book Pro screen!


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BLACK FOREST BROWNIE BITES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/black-forest-brownie-bites.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/black-forest-brownie-bites.html#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:40:42 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5455 Bite-sized brownies are stuffed with maraschino cherries and topped with whipping cream in these cute Valentines desserts.

Black Forest Brownie Bites: Cherry-Stuffed and Whipping Cream-topped little bites of heaven

Does January 21 feel too early to discuss Valentine’s Day?  Probably, but I’m going there anyways ;)

Valentine’s Day at our house isn’t much of a big deal…we don’t get all spiffed up and go out on a date, or exchange gifts.  Our little tradition is to cook up a nice meal, one which is a bit fancier than normal, and enjoy it together.

Last year, we worked together to cook up this Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Port Sauce.  It took a bit longer than our normal dinner routine, and Kai {4 months at the time} was surprisingly calm and happy, playing in his exersaucer while we were cooking.

But the moment we sat down to enjoy this wonderful meal, ‘waaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!’  Sure enough, we had hit the limits of the food/tiredness continuum and Kai had a complete and utter meltdown.  So I put down my fork, fed Kai, put him to bed, and eventually returned to my cold meal.


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DRUNKEN CHICKEN POT PIES WITH ROSEMARY AND SWEET POTATO {& GIVEAWAY!} http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/drunken-chicken-pot-pies-with-rosemary-and-sweet-potato.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/drunken-chicken-pot-pies-with-rosemary-and-sweet-potato.html#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:25:32 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5439 Sweet potatoes, rosemary and chicken are simmered in wine and stock to make this delicious chicken pot pie filling, which is topped with flaky puff pastry.

Drunken Chicken Pot Pies with Rosemary and Sweet Potatoes

The plague has hit our house.  Again!

I should have anticipated that once Kai started going to daycare that he would be exercising his immune system.  And mine.

Since November we’ve had two colds and two bouts of the flu…I was lucky enough {lucky?} to only catch one bout of the flu, but not so lucky this time to avoid the cold.

I am currently yawning furiously to pop my ears while curled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, and dreaming of warm comfort food of all kinds…such as this pot pie!


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SOUTHWESTERN CHOPPED KALE SALAD WITH CRISPY TORTILLA STRIPS AND A HONEY-LIME VINAIGRETTE http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/southwestern-chopped-kale-salad-with-crispy-tortilla-strips-and-a-honey-lime-vinaigrette.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/southwestern-chopped-kale-salad-with-crispy-tortilla-strips-and-a-honey-lime-vinaigrette.html#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:11:20 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5413 A fresh twist on the kale salad with avocado, corn, and crispy tortilla strips tossed in a tangy honey-lime vinaigrette.

Southwestern Chopped Kale Salad with Crispy Tortilla Strips and a Honey-Lime VinaigretteI don’t know about you, but the last week or so at work, I’ve been seriously dragging.

Maybe it’s the cold I have, maybe it’s just getting back into the swing of things after Christmas holidays.  Maybe it’s the knowledge that we have a lot of winter to get through here before we get to spring.

Whatever it is, I feel like I’m ready for my next holiday, please!  I choose somewhere warm and sunny…where Mariachi music can be heard, and the margaritas are flowing.  Please oh please let me be magically be transported to Mexico!

No?  OK well then I will have to bring Mexico up north.  In the form of a kale salad.


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BOURBON-SUGAR FRENCH TOAST DONUTS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/bourbon-sugared-french-toast-donuts.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/bourbon-sugared-french-toast-donuts.html#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:04:09 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5421 French toast flavored baked donuts are rolled in bourbon sugar in this easy and delicious recipe!

Bourbon-Sugared French Toast DonutsI tried.

I really, really tried.

I guess it was just a few posts ago that I proclaimed I was going to be all over that healthified baking.  And then I made these muffins, which took 8000 batches to get right.  And then I tried to make donuts.  With no butter and no refined sugar.

And as I poured $8 worth of maple syrup into these donuts, I caught my reflection in the window and thought “who is this crazy person who is about to advise people that they should use $8 worth of maple syrup on some donuts?”  This batch of donuts, by the way with no butter, and half whole-wheat flour tasted like gummy cardboard.  Even with said $8 of maple syrup.

So I guess I’m back to my old tricks, hanging with my buddies sugar.  And butter.  And bourbon!  And life is good again.


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SECRETLY HEALTHY DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MOCHA MUFFINS, AND A GIVEAWAY! http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/secretly-healthy-double-chocolate-mocha-muffins-and-a-giveaway.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/secretly-healthy-double-chocolate-mocha-muffins-and-a-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:00:06 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5375 These double chocolate mocha muffins are so moist and chocolatey that you won’t believe the facts: whole wheat, no oil or butter, and only 137 calories per muffin!

'Secretly Healthy' Double Chocolate Mocha Muffins

It’s Friday.  We’ve {almost} made it all the way through our first week back at work.

What a long week!  Or maybe it only feels that way to me right now because I was stuck at home with Kai all day today {his dayhome was closed due to the flu}, it was too cold to leave the house, and I’m pretty sure he’s working on 8 teeth right now.  Yes.  8.  It is not fun.

I don’t know about you, but I need some chocolate, stat.


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SAUSAGE, WHITE BEAN AND ORZO SOUP WITH PARMESAN KALE CHIP ‘DIPPERS’ http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/sausage-white-bean-and-orzo-soup-with-parmesan-kale-chip-dippers.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/01/sausage-white-bean-and-orzo-soup-with-parmesan-kale-chip-dippers.html#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:16:04 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5377 A hearty and comforting soup served with crispy parmesan kale chip ‘dippers’.

Sausage, White Bean and Orzo Soup with Parmesan Kale Chip 'Dippers'

My first post of 2015, and I feel like I should make some resolutions.  I’m not very good at sticking to actual New Year’s resolutions, so I thought maybe I’d share some of my ‘kitchen resolutions’, aka the kinds of things you’ll be seeing around this blog in 2015:

  • Healthy food!  I am still trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and oh my gosh all those holiday treats did not help that one bit!  I want to make more healthified desserts and snacks, more soups and salads, and lightened up mains.  I hope you guys are on board with this one!  (Fear not, there will still be decadent desserts and comfort food lurking around here, too!)
  • Slow cooker recipes!  I am still figuring out my slow cooker, but I just love the convenience it offers.  I hope to make more week-night slow cooker recipes (ie: 8 hr + recipes).
  • Fast and easy week-night meals!  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired when I get home from work, and need something fast, easy and convenient.  And delicious.
  • I want to keep pushing myself in the kitchen, in my recipe development and photography, and in my writing.
  • Last but not least, this isn’t so much a resolution, but I want to keep having fun in the kitchen!  2014 was a blast, and 2015 is going to be even better!


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TOP POSTS OF 2014 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/12/top-posts-of-2014.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/12/top-posts-of-2014.html#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:45:57 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5364 top 10 2014 graphic

I went back and forth on the idea of putting together a ‘best of 2014′ post, but decided to go ahead with it, because I like the idea of summing up the highlights of the year on the blog.

Going through the recipes, it was fun to look at how I grew in terms of my photography and recipe development.  I am so excited to continue challenging myself in both avenues, and hope 2015 has amazing things to come!

I want to thank all of my blog readers, whether you are new here in 2014, or…are my mom :P  It has been wonderful getting to know you through your comments, e-mails, and feedback on recipes!

Happy New Year!  Here are the most popular posts (by traffic) from Sweet Peas and Saffron

Continue reading: TOP POSTS OF 2014

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CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE PROSECCO COCKTAIL http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/12/cranberry-pomegranate-prosecco-cocktail.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/12/cranberry-pomegranate-prosecco-cocktail.html#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:59:13 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5337 An easy, festive cocktail perfect for a New Years party!

Cranberry Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail with Mint and Lime

2014 is ending.  How is that possible?

I mean, the year 2015.  Doesn’t that sound like such a futuristic date, when our cars would fly and we would each have our own hoverboard?

OK, so yes, I am a child of the 80’s and maybe I’m channeling Back to the Future a bit here.  But to me, I feel like it is still 2005…it wasn’t that long ago that I was watching the O.C. and listening to The Black Eyed Peas.

It just seems absurd that 10 years have gone by since those days, and here we go again…another New Year!!


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