November 2018

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe full flavoured with butter, sour cream, garlic and parmesan cheese. Perfect for the any time of the year!

With a table full of food, the most loved and devoured foods are side dishes. Specifically, these Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes. The secret to this mash though is not an abundance of butter, but SOUR CREAM! Half butter, a good amount of sour cream and HOT MILK make the most best and perfect Creamy Mashed Potatoes!


Perfect for any occasion, whether it be after a hectic day at work, or a festive dinner like Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving! With only 5 main ingredients, you guys will love these just as much as we do!

These creamy mashed potatoes have been in our family for years. We don’t normally measure anything, so imagine how hard it was to add ingredients while measuring them at the same time to make sure I could give you guys the BEST mashed potatoes of your life.


Cut your potatoes into the same sized pieces to ensure they all cook evenly and at the same time.

Boil potatoes in salted water until JUST fork-tender. Try not to over cook too much as they can become quite sticky or gluey when overcooked.

Drain cooked potatoes, then add in the hot milk, butter and sour cream.

Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until smooth, adding a little extra milk if needed. You can also use an electric hand mixer beaters to ensure a smoother consistency. Beat just enough for them to smooth out while being extra careful not to over beat as they may become gluggy.

You can add almost anything into mashed potatoes and they will taste amazing! Some optional ingredients:

Onions: green onions, shallots, red onion (again, add to the water with the cook and potatoes together).
Fresh herbs like thyme, parsley or rosemary
Cream cheese


Lentil soup

Lentil soup

This Lemony Lentil Soup recipe is full of amazing flavor, it’s made with all sorts of healthy ingredients, it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, and it’s so incredibly comforting and delicious. Stovetop, Instant Pot (pressure cooker), and Crock-Pot (slow cooker) instructions included.

We have been eating an inordinate amount of lentil soup around here lately…

…due in large part to the inordinate amount of lentils that, um, keep getting added to our pantry.

What can I say? The adorableness of our neighborhood is fully to blame. Turns out that Barcelona’s most charming little bulk/health/natural food store, Casa Perris, happens to be located literally just around the corner from our apartment here. And oh my goodness, you guys, I couldn’t love this little place more.

The shop itself is over 75 years old, and is located on one of my favorite plazas in the neighborhood (which happens to be awash with the most golden sunlight in the mornings when I go grocery shopping). And it is filled every kind of pastas, nut, flours, seeds and spices dried fruits, rices, beans, dried mushrooms,chocolates and jams, and nearly every other bulk ingredient you could imagine…including a literal rainbow of lentils for sale. All in enormous 4-foot burlap bags. Super affordably priced. Right by the register.

I mean, what’s a lentil-loving girl to do?

Perfect my all-time favorite lemony lentil soup recipe, that’s what.

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Well, speaking of adorable neighborhoods, I should note that we’ve specifically been trying to recreate our favorite lentil soup recipe from Barclay’s cute neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant in Kansas City…that’s what.

Anyone in KC will tell you that Aladdin Cafe‘s lentil soup is hands-down the best in the city. And Barclay and I couldn’t agree more. Once a week when he lived there we used to walk down the block and bring home an order of lentil soup to go probably at least. And it was one of the few soups in the world that neither of us ever grew tired of. ( fec to”. So here’s to hoping you all love it too!

I’ve included instructions below for how to make it on the stovetop, or in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. You’re welcome to leave it more chunky if you prefer, though (But honestly, the stovetop route takes about the same amount of time as the Instant Pot, so just a heads up there.) I also recommend pureeing the soup once it has cooked.

Lemonade recipe

Lemonade recipe

Lemonade is so refreshing and timeless. You won’t believe how easy it is to make with just 2 ingredients! Once you try homemade lemonade, it will spoil you forever.

If you have a bunch of lemons, this is our favorite way to use fresh lemon juice and each glass has a healthy dose of Vitamin C. You can use this lemonade base to make Strawberry Lemonade if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Even though this has just 2 ingredients (lemons and sugar), the right method is important. It will sink to the bottom and won’t dissolve if you just stir the sugar into cold water.

This Lemonade is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. We’re sharing our favorite proportions of sugar to lemon juice but you can add more sugar or more lemon juice to taste.

How to Store Fresh Lemonade:

Since ice cubes can dilute lemonade, it is best to store in the refrigerator without ice. Add ice when serving to enjoy ice cold lemonade.

Pro Tip: Add lemon juice ice cubes along with regular ice cubes and the lemonade won’t get diluted.

Is Lemonade Healthy?

Lemonade is still a sweet drink but it’s certainly healthier than concentrate and often less sweet than what you might order at a restaurant. You can add less of the sugar syrup to cut down on calories and carbs.

The benefits of drinking homemade lemonade are (1) staying hydrated and (2) it’s high in Vitamin C as each glass has about the equivalent of 1 juiced lemon. Read the nutrition label below to get a full calorie count per serving.

How to Make Lemonade:

All you need to make this recipe is a great lemon juicer, a saucepan and a pitcher.

  1. Simmer 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to dissolve the sugar. Cool to room chill and temperature.
  2. Squeeze 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.
  3. To serve: combine 7 cups cold water, chilled sugar syrup and chilled lemon juice. Serve over glasses filled with ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Refreshing Summer Drinks:

As temperatures climb, stay hydrated and keep cool with these bubbly, flavorful and crisp summer drink recipes.

Homemade lemonade will never go out of style. It’s a real treat in summer. Next, step? Stock up on on lemons and satisfy that craving.