Saturday, October 29, 2011

Recipe: Baked Apples with Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal

With Halloween just around the corner, and Thanksgiving and all the December holidays sneaking up right behind it, the almighty apple is getting a lot of recognition right now.  From candied and caramel apples to enjoy on Halloween to sinfully delicious pies, streudels and tarts, the crisp, juicy sweetness of the apple is everywhere.

This pleases me immensely.  An apple fan since my youngest years, I would be quite content to subsist solely on apple juice, apple pie and tarte tatin for the rest of my life (provided the other Kimberstaples of cheese, dark chocolate and red wine were also available; Poor Girl likes variety).  Cookies, cake, soups, salads, brunch - there's not much the addition of apples doesn't make better.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Poor Girl Eats... #Unprocessed!

Today is #TipTuesday here at PGEW, and I have a great new one coming up for you later this evening.  But before I share that one with you, I'd like to point you in the direction of my friend Andrew's fabulous blog, Eating Rules

This month, he challenged people from all over to try going an entire month without eating any processed foods whatsoever - a.k.a. October: Unprocessed.  Some of you may think that's impossible but as many of his guest posters have shown, it's not only easier than you think, but far more delicious than you'd ever imagine.  From popular food bloggers to registered dieticians and nutritionists, Unprocessed contributors are more than happy to illustrate all the benefits of cutting out processed foods as much as possible.

Over the weekend I had the privelege of being a guest poster over at Eating Rules.  As most of you know, I do my very best to make my recipes with as much "real" (read: unprocessed) ingredients as I can afford.  It's not only healthier for me, it's much more enjoyable in all respects!  In my post, I cover three of the many ways I am able to eat so well, despite my financial hardships.  I've also resurrected one of my favorite recipes from the PGEW archives, so if you're new to the blog, you'll have fun with this one.

So, head on over to Eating Rules and read all about how Poor Girl Eats... Unprocessed!  Enjoy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Recipe: Not Quite Minestrone Soup


While some of you are freezing, I'm still attempting to usher in the slightly cooler temps of autumn by wearing boots and baking muffins every chance I get.  Since that hasn't been working so well, I'm whippin' out my soup kettle, putting on my mad soup scientist apron, and getting my soup on. 

Today, we have minestrone.  Sort of.  It started out as a craving for some white chicken chili, which I'd planned to make with some of the cannellini beans I had cooked up over last month's Hunger Challenge.  Since I'd cooked a large pot of them and frozen individual portions, that one pot of beans has lasted for several weeks. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Recipe: Spiced Pear Ice Cream (no machine required!)

The ice cream-making bug has hit me again.

I thought I would be safe, now that the weather has turned from sweltering to pleasantly warm.  Then I remembered that I'm one of those silly folks who craves frozen confections more in the colder months than in the warmer ones.  And with all the warm spices and rich flavors of the approaching holidays popping up all over the place (how did we get here so fast?!), I couldn't help but start to experiment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recipe: Veggie Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash


If it hasn't become totally obvious by now, here's the deal: I LOVE fall.  Love it!  Maybe it's because most fall days in Sac feel like the lovely San Jose weather I grew up with; maybe it's because it's the season of Halloween and Thanksgiving and really cute sweaters & boots.  One thing's for certain, though: the food has a lot to do with my love for this time of year.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Photo Makeover: Super Simple Tomato & Corn Salad

Today's photo makeover is one I've wanted to do since I posted the actual recipe back in 2009.  In fact, I'm still kicking myself for having posted the recipe with such a crappy photo because that is NOT how I like to do things around here. 

But sometimes even I get caught up in the must-post-something-today-or-else category.  It happens to the best of us, though we should know better.  After all, the results of choosing quantity over quality can be painfully apparent.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The $25 Shopping Cart, version 15.0

This week, something wonderful happened: I had my very first feature story published in The Sacramento Bee.  Not something from my blog, not a story about me - a real, honest-to-goodness article written by me!  It may not seem like a big deal to some folks, but for someone who's dreamed of being a writer all her life, it's quite a milestone to finally get published.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Photo Fridays: Simple Beauty, Cheap Therapy

Lately, I've been feeling a little funky. Don't get me wrong - there are some incredible things happening in Kimberland, and they'll eventually bring me closer to my goals.  But there are a few not-so-awesome things hanging like a dark cloud in my personal sky and they have me on super-high alert.  I hate that feeling.

To combat feeling such funk, I usually cook something.  Or write something.  But these days, I find myself turning to practicing my photography more & more.  I'll still bust out some quick poem of frustration for therapeutic purposes; but writing has always come easily for me, so I prefer the challenge of practicing something new. 

Yesterday I decided I'd finally do something with those figs I picked up during my last farmer's market run.  I'll have that recipe up next week, but for now I just wanted to share their simple beauty in a test shot I did before photographing the final dish.  Aren't they lovely?


I just love the vibrant green against that deep purple background...

Stay tuned later today for the latest edition of The $25 Shopping Cart, as well as new recipes over the weekend!  Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's in Store for October

Ahh, the power of a good recipe: I made a stone fruit crumble last week in the hopes that fall would finally start feeling like fall, and lo & behold... it got cold!  (Hey, that rhymed...) 

Yeah, that's right: October is finally here and so far, it feels good!  Sure, there's supposed to be some pesky rain (you all know how I feel about the wet stuff... I swear I'm part cat sometimes), but it's actually somewhat welcome.  As much as I prefer sunny days, I have to admit I'm ready for boots and sweaters and many, many hours making baked goods.

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