10 Pinterest Recipes That Are Actually Delicious (and Pretty Easy)

Things, they are a-busy in my neck of the woods. I’m almost done Christmas shopping, which is fantastic, but that means I have a TON of wrapping to do. I hate wrapping. So, I’m avoiding it by sharing my top 10 favorite Pinterest recipes!

Now, I’ve tried a fair amount, and let me tell you, not all of them are winners. Some day, maybe I’ll share a few of the ones that didn’t live up to expectations, but as a blogger myself, it feels a little mean-spirited to critique other people’s content. So instead, positivity! Yay!

A note: You’ll probably notice that these recipes all have a lot in common. I swear, I do make things other than kale, artichokes and chicken. But I guess I just like those best. So, here they are, in no particular order:

#1: Artichoke Chicken Skillet from Budget Bytes
Artichoke Chicken Skillet by Budget Bytes - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
This recipe is really, really good and it’s cheap. The author claims that the whole dish only costs $9.84 to make(?!). That’s worth trying, right?

#2: Orecchiete with Kale, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from MyRecipes.com
Orechiette with Kale, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from Cooking Light - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
This is actually kind of similar to my tooth-chipping kale salad, so it’s not a surprise that I like it. Orecchiette can be tricky to find, but you can use farfalle (bow ties) or conchiglie (shells) in a pinch. Here’s the recipe.

#3: Spinach & Artichoke Grilled Cheese from Too Many Cooks A Couple Cooks
Spinach and artichoke grilled cheese from A Couple Cooks - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
This is just … there are no words. Wait, I came up with some: it’s basically spinach and artichoke dip on a sandwich, but WAY better. Make it. If you don’t love it, I owe you $5. (Warning: I’m not going to pay you.) Get the recipe here.

#4: Thai Coconut Soup from AllRecipes.com
Thai Coconut Soup from AllRecipes - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
That image is very small and sad. But the soup is amazing, I promise. I appreciated that I was able to find all the ingredients at my regular grocery store. There are definitely more authentic recipes out there, but this one is easy, and it tastes pretty close to restaurant quality to me.

#5: Chicken Piccata from Red Shallot Kitchen
Chicken Piccata from Red Shallot Kitchen - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
When I first tried a bite of this chicken piccata, it was so good, I almost wept. I’m not kidding. We served it over angel hair and now we’ll never be the same. Here’s the recipe.

#6: Fresh Spinach, Tomato and Garlic Tortellini Soup from Cooking Classy
Fresh Spinach Tomato and Garlic Tortellini Soup from Cooking Classy - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
I made a giant pot of this a little while ago while Brad was out of town, and I ate the leftovers every day for over a week. I didn’t get sick of it. That should tell you something. Recipe here. Note: The recipe calls for three-cheese tortellini, which I did use, but I also threw in some sweet Italian sausage tortelloni, and it was a really good decision.

#7: Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese from Saveur
Orechiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese from Saveur - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
Rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) is one of my husband’s favorite vegetables, and goat cheese is one of my favorite everythings, so this recipe was a winner for both of us.

#8: Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad from Bon Appetit
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad from Bon Appetit - Found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
The first time I made this, I was concerned that it was going to be terrible because the dressing and kale were both so bitter. But then, I took one bite of the finished product with the parmesan and almonds mellowing everything out, and the angels sang. This is now one of my very favorite salads. I make a giant bowl, separate it into containers and eat it for days and days. (It never gets soggy because kale and brussels sprouts are badasses and dressing ain’t got nothin’ on them.) Here’s the recipe.

#9: The Chew’s Baked Artichoke Chicken from Stacey Snacks
The Chew Baked Artichoke Chicken from Stacey Snacks - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
If you’ve got an hour to bake this, it’s a pretty simple weeknight dinner. I’ll admit, I buy the chicken that’s already been cut up – but even if you go for the whole one, you’re basically just chopping a few things and throwing them in a pan. My kind of recipe. Get it here.

#10: Campanelle with Burrata, Spinach, Lemon and Toasted Almonds from Bon Appetit
Campanelle with Burrata Spinach Lemon and Toasted Almonds from Bon Appetit - found via Glitter and Goat Cheese
When Brad and I made this, we couldn’t find campanelle, so we used fusilli. Then, like a day later, we spotted campanelle at Kroger. Oh, well. Anyway, have you ever had burrata? If you haven’t, go get some at Trader Joe’s or something. It will give you life. Here’s the recipe for the pasta dish.

So, there you have it: 10 recipes that you can go try yourself with full confidence that they’ve been vetted by yours truly (a mediocre cook who really, really loves food). If you make any of them, let me know what you think! (You better love them or I’m disowning you.)

Punch Up Your Holiday Party

Brad and I aren’t having a holiday party this year – the next couple of months will be busy and a wee bit complicated – but if we were, I’d definitely be making a punch of some kind. At this stage of our lives, we can’t really afford to set up a full bar, so we usually encourage BYOB-ing, but I always like to have something just in case, and punch is the easiest (and most festive) solution.

With that in mind, I pulled together a list of 23 boozy recipes and shared them over on BuzzFeed Community.

23 Boozy and Festive Punch Recipes to Serve at Your Epic Holiday Party (by Stephanie Shore Fisher, via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I found cold punches; hot punches; punches that use bourbon, vodka, champagne, rum; caffeinated punches; creamy punches … it’s, uh, a pretty comprehensive list. Hope you’ll check it out!

Kale Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Israeli Couscous

I don’t mean to brag, but I really love kale. I know – what an asshole. So many people struggle to eat enough of the bitter superfood, and I just happen to totally dig it. It’s downright obnoxious, but I promise, I don’t take this blessing for granted.

Because I love it and know how healthy it is, I try to eat kale as often as possible – in smoothies, in pasta, in soup – any way I can. My very favorite way to eat kale, though, is salad. My husband always makes fun of me because I’ll make a meal out of any ingredients I like, whether they go together or not, but I think the ingredients in this salad are extremely well-matched, despite the fact that I cobbled them together from whatever I could find in my kitchen.

I always start with a big bowl of regular kale. None of that baby kale crap. I remove most of the bigger ribs.

A big bowl of kale (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Right off the bat, I drizzle it with a little olive oil, a healthy helping of fresh lemon juice and some sea salt.

Kale drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Then, I massage the kale for two to three minutes, until it’s softened and a bit wilted.

See how much it’s reduced?
Softening kale with olive oil lemon juice and sea salt (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Once that process is complete, I set the kale aside to continue soaking up the oily-lemony-salty goodness while I prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Whole wheat Israeli couscous (or pearl couscous) is another one of my very favorite things. It’s more versatile than the teeny couscous, in my opinion – much better in salads. My grocery store carries one by RiceSelect, but I’ve seen a few other brands. Trust me, it’s worth the search! Just one tip: like many whole wheat pastas, it can be a little bland-tasting on its own, so I always cook mine in chicken broth.

For this salad, I make about 3/4 cup of couscous, and I cut up a whole pint of grape tomatoes.

Halved grape tomatoes (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

For my protein, I tear four slices of turkey bacon into little bite-sized pieces, and I use whatever chicken breast is left over in my fridge. (For this particular salad, I used some that Brad had made for shawarma the night before, but the nutmeg was an odd fit – I might not recommend it.) If I’m grilling the chicken specifically for this salad, I just mix up some extra lemon mustard vinaigrette to marinate it with.

Making salad dressing is an art in my kitchen, not a science. Every time I try to use exact measurements, I just screw it up. This is my best guess, though: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon dijon mustard, one teaspoon minced garlic. Add to small bowl and whisk. Salt and pepper to taste.

Lemon mustard vinaigrette dressing to go with kale salad (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I toss all the ingredients and dressing together with my softened kale …

Kale salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette, chicken breast, bacon and Israeli couscous (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

And I serve it with a very generous helping of shaved parmesan.

Kale, chicken, bacon and Israeli couscous salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Let’s be honest – everything in life needs a generous helping of shaved parmesan.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Kale salad with bacon chicken Israeli couscous and lemon mustard vinaigrette

Side note: If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I recently chipped my front tooth while enthusiastically trying to lick the last bit of Israeli couscous off a bowl. Yes, this is that Israeli couscous, and the mixing bowl you see in this post is the bone-breaking culprit. While I would recommend using utensils to eat this salad like a civilized human being, I’m hoping my tale of woe tells you just how delicious this salad is. I mean, I wanted to finish it so badly that I smashed a bowl into my face. So, uh … give it a try. Go kale!

Penne alla Vodka with Prosciutto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I’m very lucky to have an Italian husband. I’m even luckier to have an Italian husband whose mother taught him to cook. And it’s a good thing, because when I met Brad, I knew how to make three things: scrambled eggs, stove-popped popcorn and stir fry. Lord knows what we’d be eating if he hadn’t shared his skills with me.

I think I’m a decent cook now, but Brad’s the sauce master of the family, so when it came time to celebrate National Pasta Month, I begged him to make his famous vodka sauce so that I could share it here on the blog. And obviously, so that I could eat it.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Penne alla Vodka with Prosciutto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Of course, the internet has no shortage of vodka sauce recipes, so I suggested we set it apart by adding prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes. We were both skeptical when we saw how chunky the sauce looked, but in the end … oh, mama. This stuff is what dreams are made of.

Like so many dreamy things, Brad’s vodka sauce starts with extra virgin olive oil. He sauteed the onion first, then added the prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes. The minced garlic went in last.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Sauteed onions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto

Next, he added canned San Marzano tomatoes, tomato paste, vodka and fresh oregano.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Cooking vodka sauce with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes

After simmering the sauce and allowing it to thicken, he stirred in heavy cream. By the way: I never promised this recipe would be healthy.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Adding cream to vodka sauce

The sauce then simmered and thickened some more while we cooked the penne. Yum.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Vodka sauce with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes

We served the pasta with some parmesan and fresh basil. And we each ate two giant bowlfuls because enjoying good vodka sauce is much more important than being able to fit into your pants.

Penne alla vodka with sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto - by Glitter and Goat Cheese

Vodka Sauce with Prosciutto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Serves 4
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion (we used sweet)
  3. 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and coarsely chopped
  4. 8 ounces prosciutto, cut into half-inch ribbons
  5. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 (28-ounce) can of peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  7. 1 (6-ounce) can of tomato paste
  8. 1/2 cup vodka
  9. 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped OR 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
Instructions
  1. 1. Coat large, heavy pan with olive oil and heat to medium-high. Add onions and saute about 3 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  2. 2. Add sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. 3. Add garlic and saute until it has just begun to turn golden brown, about 1 minute.
  4. 4. Stir in the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, vodka and fresh oregano. Bring the sauce to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes, until thickened.
  5. 5. Stir in the heavy cream (make sure it's at room temperature). Continue to simmer 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve over your desired pasta and add salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. This sauce is very thick and chunky. If you'd prefer it to be thinner, use 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes and 4 oz. prosciutto instead (or just leave them out entirely).
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The Past Few Weeks, According to My Phone

Oh, hey, everyone. I really hate when I don’t post for a long time, but I’ve been stupid busy, which is partly good and partly just obnoxious. I have a bunch of projects I want to start/finish and a bunch of things I want to take pictures of, but I haven’t had a free second! Boohoo, poor me, etc. So, I figured I’d share a few of the things with iPhone pictures of subpar quality. Please, keep in mind that I took most of these for myself, so the areas of my home you’re about to see are, uh, not styled or cleaned up or prettified. We’re keeping it real today.

I recently took some rough measurements of our downstairs to get an idea of how much it might cost to redo the terrible, tragic floors, and I confirmed what I already knew – that it’s going to be a while before we can afford it. So, I’ve endeavored to cover them up as much as possible so that my hatred for them won’t burn me up inside with QUITE as hot of a fire. I started with this runner from Overstock.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Foyer with gold frames and geometric area rug

I pushed myself out of my gray comfort zone to get the Brown/Bone, and ultimately, I’m glad I did. We needed some warmer shades up in here, and it also should be pretty good at disguising dirt. In the above photo, you can also see that we’ve made some progress on the gold frame collage in the stairway, and you can see my new vintage brass(-ish) mini cabinet thing in the bottom left! I don’t know what time period it’s from or even what to call it, but I just love it. I found it at DuPre’s Antique Market in Marietta Square and felt that I couldn’t live without it, so my mom bought it for me as an early birthday gift. I’ll post better pictures of it some day soon!

I’m still pretending to know how to take care of plants, so I got a few hanging baskets for our porch. I did a fair amount of research on shade-friendly flowers that can handle being neglected, and I came up with lobelia.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hanging lobelia

Aren’t they pretty? They droop when they’re thirsty, then I water them and they perk back up. I like plants that tell me what they want.

Speaking of plants, I was CRAZY bored the other night, so I said to myself, “Self, you should gold leaf something,” and the first thing that came to mind was terra cotta pots, a la The Hunted Interior. I’m really feeling how they came out.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY gold leafed terra cotta pots

I usually try not to tell the internet if I’m going out of town, but now that I’m back, I can tell you that I spent last weekend in California(!). Brad was there working with our insanely talented friends from Manchester Orchestra, so I got to see them play two nights in a row.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Manchester Orchestra Cope tour

I’ve been to many Manchester shows, but they inexplicably get better every time I see them, and this tour is particularly amazing. If there’s a show near you and it isn’t already sold out, you need to get yourself a ticket.

For another part of my trip, I visited my dear friend Katie in San Francisco.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Steph and Katie in San Francisco

Katie and I met in college, and after graduation, we both scattered across the country, so we don’t get to see each other much. I was really pumped to spend even a couple days with her, and she showed me SUCH a good time. I love San Francisco! I couldn’t believe how GREEN everything was. I know I probably drove everybody nuts by talking about the plant life so much, but it’s just a really beautiful city. And really fun, too.

Another great thing about Katie is that she introduced me to this amazing kale and brussels sprout salad recipe.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Kale and brussels sprout salad

I made it the other night and it was even more delicious than I expected. To counteract the healthy factor, I served it with spinach artichoke grilled cheese sandwiches. Holy moly.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Spinach artichoke grilled cheese

I find food photography to be an extremely intimidating art form, and I’m pretty sure this phone photo hasn’t captured the magic of these sandwiches. But trust me when I tell you that they may be one of the tastiest things I’ve ever put in my mouth. TRY THEM. TODAY.

Jumping back to when I went out of town: My dog, Macy, had a bit of a tough time. She was at the kennel and decided she was just done and wanted out, so she wouldn’t let anyone near her. I had to hire a trainer to go pick her up (PS: Frogs to Dogs is AMAZING) and then our petsitter took care of her the rest of the weekend. She’s a very special creature, and I just want to be with her and protect her at all times.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Steph and Macy

My poor sweet little fool.

Lastly, I ordered this rug during the Rugs USA Mother’s Day sale, and it came today. Imagine my surprise when I unrolled it and instead of being violet, it was hot pink. Of course, I had to lay it out to see how it looked.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Rugs USA Windsor Overdyed Grove Rug in Pink

This is what it was supposed to look like:

Windsor Overdyed Grove Rug in Violet

Ohh, you guys, I don’t know what to do. Fuchsia is my favorite. And I think that would look really good in here. But the pink is so cheerful and warm, and it has less of the distressed white parts, and UGH, I don’t know. I attempted to PhotoShop it into fuchsia to see how it would look.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room with Photoshopped rug

I’m very, very torn. I’m not sure I can live with myself if I don’t try the fuchsia, but how much would it stink if I sent the pink back and ended up liking it better? I’m going to call Rugs USA tomorrow and see what my options are.

So, that’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods. What’s up with all of you?