I’d like to start this off by extending an official Happy New Year to all of our “What We’ve Been Reading” readers, since this is our first jump back into the weekly installment since 2012. I know you’ve missed reading about all the tasty blogs that we here at What’sCookin’ come across on a daily basis. But fear no more, my food-loving friends, we’re back and better than ever before! And now, back to our regularly scheduled broadcast...
This week’s featured food blog, The Speckled Palate, caught my attention the minute I laid eyes on the recipe for Spinach and Feta Burgers (is there any more of a match made in heaven? I think not). From there I couldn’t help but continue to browse through the incredible collection of recipes that the blog’s author Erin cooks at home, and then elegantly photographs for all the world to read. Cinnamon Pork Chops? Homemade Herbed Foccacia? My mouth was watering more than a leaky faucet.
What I really love about The Speckled Palate is not only Erin’s wide range of recipes—from Pulled Pork Shoulder to a Faux Yard Bird Sandwich, with lots of tasty choices in between—but her obvious love for providing rich and comforting food that’s also a little easier on the waistline. Being able to indulge while eating guilt-free has never been more satisfying.
For a hearty and filling Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast, I am immediately drawn to the Buttermilk Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes and the Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Both full of rich flavor, these are perfect vehicles for a sweet-salty bite at breakfast. Some lighter but equally delicious breakfast options are the Veggie Pita Scramble, a healthy and flavorful alternative to plain scrambled eggs, and the Homemade Maple Nut Granola.
Another thing I really love and respect about The Speckled Palate is how proudly meat-heavy it is. With the weather as chilly as it is, I love nothing more than a meal that really sticks to my ribs, and the recipes in the entrée section are perfect examples. Pork and Pineapple Pizza is a great way to show off sweet and savory, with the pineapple providing a pleasant sour element to the rich pork. And the Penne Arrabbiata is another great choice for a hearty meal, with bacon injecting the perfect fatty element to counter a spicy sauce. For a lighter option, go with the Baked Eggplant Parmesan, a vegetarian alternative that packs as much punch as any meat dish.
The Speckled Palate’s dessert section is a thing of true greatness. Not only is it full of tantalizing recipes that are sure to satisfy even the sourest of sweet tooths, it is able to hit two very important audiences; people who love sweets, and people who love sweets but don’t want to feel guilty about them. A recipe for Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing and Jameson Simple Syrup has a sweet, boozy kick, and the Cocoa Wafers with Mint Chocolate Ganache are one-of-a-kind. For a slightly lighter and less-sweet option, go for the Greek Yogurt Cut-Out Sugar Cookies. Using greek yogurt instead of sour cream cuts the calories, but still makes for a satisfying and tangy sweet treat.
We hope you enjoy The Speckled Palate as much as we did, and can find some comfort in these delicious and simple-to-make recipes. Cheers, and happy cooking!
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