February 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Last month when Kate and I were interviewed for the New York Times my conversation with the interviewer at one point got on the subject of foods from my childhood that I hold a fondness for.  Without hesitation I started talking about casseroles.  When I was a kid we ate lots of cream-of-something soup casseroles.  As much as we like to get “foodie” around here, those retro condensed soup casseroles are some of my most favorite comfort foods and I still …

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Corn Salad with Queso Fresco

So I’ve always said that I’m a winter person. That I love cold and snowy weather, that I can’t wait to move back to a place where we can count on getting snow several times a year. We moved to Louisiana 4 years ago last month and I was fully expecting semi-tropical weather year-round, that I would never need a jacket; heck, I probably would never even need pants (I would wear shorts, all of you dirty-minded smart alecks out …

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Posted in Sara, Snacks
Herbed Garlic-Parmesan Popcorn

Many people have commented that we should write a cook book containing nothing but popcorn recipes.  Heaven knows we could fill it!  We’ve got Kettle Corn, Caramel Corn, Fruit Flavored Candy Popcorn, Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn, Cinnamon Cookie Crunch Popcorn, Peppermint Bark Popcorn, Cinnamon Bun Popcorn, and more.  But one thing we haven’t posted?  Savory popcorn.  Which is actually quite surprising since I make savory popcorn mixes as often as sweet.  Okay, not really as often.  Sort of often.  Only …

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Red Chile Rice

So apparently I have this rice thing going on lately. I’ve even had a whole extensive rice tutorial on tap for months now to supplement replace this old, old, old post from the first few weeks of our blog because I guess rice and I are BFFs right now. But who has time to post extensive rice tutorials when there are things like Red Chile Rice to be made? To be eaten? To be fantasized about? Because this rice and …

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Posted in Cookies, Sara
Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

The other night I had to run to the grocery store.  I generally do everything humanly possible to not take all of my children to the store with me at the same time, but this particular night I had no choice.  It was just about bed time and everyone was cranky already when I realized I would need to pack them all up to get some things I’d need early the next morning.  It was as chaotic as I had …

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Not-So-Dirty Dirty Rice

So apparently it’s State Pride week at Our Best Bites. We totally plan these things from time to time. Go, Idaho! Go, Louisiana! Just kidding. It’s just a funny coincidence. And Mardi Gras. I am not kidding when I tell you that my kids are just about as excited for Mardi Gras as they are for Christmas. Parades, candy, music, screaming like idiots for beads and plastic cups. If I’m being completely honest with myself, it’s a pretty awesome holiday–it …

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An Idaho Sunrise: Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

A few weeks ago a friend and I got talking about egg recipes (since she has chickens, and therefore fresh eggs in abundance!)  She mentioned she had made egg stuffed potatoes and they sounded so super yummy.  I love baked potatoes.  There has been a phase during all three of my pregnancies where the only thing I want to eat is a big baked potato with sour cream, chives, and lots of black pepper.  And I always scarf them down …

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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! My husband and I officially have no plans, no babysitters, no dates, and I have no presents (and the likelihood of him having anything is not good), but we do have lots of candy, so we might be able to salvage the day. So when I was growing up, my dad would always make scones for our neighborhood 4th of July party and for super special occasions. And by scones, I mean fried pieces of sweet …

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How To: Make Muffin Tin Crayons {Plus a Valentine Printable!}

At my house I am constantly picking up 3 things:  pennies, Legos, and broken crayons.  Seriously, I have no idea where they all come from, but without fail, 5 seconds after I sweep or vacuum any surface in my  house, I look down and there are pennies, Legos, and crayons.  it’s like some mystical force that spews them out just to mock me.  If you’ve got mystery crayons at your house too then this one is for you.  I used …

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies {Plus Grown-Up Valentine Printable!}

Did you know that Pinterest is a very, very dangerous place?  A place that throws things like healthy eating, budgets, and blog calendars to the wind? A place that embeds images of naughty and beautiful food into my brain, tormenting me into driving all over my teeny tiny town trying to find things like, say, coriander seeds, not letting me rest until I’ve successfully (or unsuccessfully–I’m talking to you, beautiful meltaway cookies) made said food myself? Like these Surprise Cookies …

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