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I pre-made some soups and purees (think sweet potato, cauliflower/potato, etc) before I had my wisdom teeth out and it was a huge help! I also ate a lot of yogurt, smoothies, etc, as mentioned above. Green smoothies are great if you're feeling a little nutrient deprived. I highly recommend getting a stick blender if you don't have one!

Joy the baker has a few soup recipes I've really enjoyed! -

(obviously just skip the crunchy toppings - I recommend topping with a dollop of greek yogurt and/or a squeeze of lemon if you feel like you need something!)

Ideas for Soft Foods to Eat After Jaw Surgery? Good Questions
7/16/14 11:06 AM

Just made this for a second time and I think it came out even better than the first - used a half can of full fat coconut milk (added water to make for a full can of liquid) for a happy medium between light and full fat, and mostly frozen spinach for cost reasons (though I finished it off with a few extra handfuls of fresh baby spinach I already had in the fridge.)

I did forget to add the sundried tomatoes until a bit further into the recipe but it didn't seem to be a problem ;) I too remember it coming out a bit sour last time (though serving with a sweet potato balanced that out), but not so much this time - perhaps it was the full fat milk (last time I used light) or different sundried tomatoes? For those who found it too sour I would also probably make sure to measure 2 TBSP of lemon juice (if you didn't) instead of just juicing the whole lemon - I definitely got more than 2 TBSP out of my lemon which I would say was on the small-medium side and I think more would have been too much.

While I agree that sweet potato is THE thing to serve this with, I had some on top of cottage cheese on ezekiel bread for breakfast this morning and it was great! My stomach has a hard time with eggs and so am always looking for savory, eggless breakfast options and this was perfect :)

Recipe: Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
2/22/14 12:48 PM

We had Cornish games hens for a small Thanksgiving (4 people I think?) - I can't remember how many birds were made (2 maybe?) but I know they were delicious!

How Can I Make Thanksgiving Special When My Family Hates Turkey? Good Questions
11/12/13 06:24 PM

I grabbed the Vampire Cabernet for a friend's Halloween party and thought it was quite tasty! (...this could have something to do with the fact that my typical wine purchase for casual/everyday drinking is at $6-$9 bottle, haha)

Spooky Wines to Spice Up Your Adult Halloween Party
10/31/13 11:19 PM

I'm a Pink Lady fan too and have always liked honeycrisps and noticed these in Fairway the other day and grabbed them instead (same price, and I remembered seeing this article) and oh man I am glad I did! These are great! Sweet and tart and crunchy and delicious :)

SweeTango Apple: Could This Be the Next Honeycrisp?
10/8/13 01:43 AM

1-2 hours? No way. haha. (I'm going to guess 4?) Gearing up to dive in... this task will probably take a few days ;)

Day 2: Declutter and Clean Pantry and Food Storage Areas The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013
10/1/13 03:13 PM

Any other filling suggestions? These have been a life saver at my very long shifts at the US Open so far this week and I want to make them again for next week but am thinking of mixing it up.

(yes they were quite a bit of work even using pre-packaged ww pizza dough from fairway) but so much easier to grab and go as I DASH out the door in the AM/more portable than a sandwich etc - and I've been keeping them non-refrigerated (and in somewhat warm conditions) for a good 6+ hours before eating with no problem)

Travel Recipe: Spiced Lentil, Sweet Potato & Kale Whole Wheat Pockets Recipes From The Kitchn
8/27/13 11:51 PM

Curried egg salad on raisin bread.
(Just mix the curry powder into your egg salad with salt/pepper/mayo and/or yogurt/what have you) - so tasty :)

(you could also mix in raisins and use regular bread/skip the bread all together but for some reason I never do that). I'm sure this would be just as tasty as a chicken salad as well (I always loved curried chicken salad with raisins but for some reason I never seem to make this at home either... haha)

In Defense of Curry Powder
6/19/13 12:03 AM

Gosh I miss Waitrose from when I studied abroad in London! We had one right around the corner from our flats. Such a nice market. Granted it was expensive, but I was a 20-year old living primarily on my parents' dime so I didn't think about that too much, haha...

Question for Our UK Readers: What's Your Favorite Grocery Store? Reader Survey
6/10/13 11:47 PM

I came looking for an answer to this as well as I recently needed one jalapeno for a recipe and my grocery store was only selling them in big packs. I wish I had more! ;)

What Can I Do With a Bunch of JalapeƱos? Good Questions
2/24/13 06:21 PM

er too thin that is, haha

Recipe: Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
11/10/12 08:18 PM

DELICIOUS :) made tonight with what I had on hand:

I used light coconut milk and also added the water used for reconstituting my sundried tomatoes (I had the suuuper dry ones) which made for something slightly more soup/stew-like but not at all too thing and super delicious! I also used pre-minced ginger from a jar in both stages of the recipe where ginger was called for and as far as I can tell it worked just fine. I also only had about 11oz of spinach and while more would have been lovely I didn't find it lacking.

I agree the sweet potato brings it together perfectly!

Recipe: Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
11/10/12 08:18 PM

Yes to piling and "dump zones" ! I dump everything on a chair in the living room near the front door and will often end up with 3-4 different backpacks/purses/coats/etc there at once (dump a new thing each day and never put it away.)

We also accumulate piles of papers and awkward mini-piles of items for recycling (we live in an apartment and the recycling goes in bins in the trash room directly across from our front door (making it pointless for us to have our own bins in the house), but items for recycling will collect on our kitchen counters and especially in my bathroom on top of the trash can for a while before I actually walk the 5 steps to take them out)

What's Your Bad Habit at Home?
9/24/12 11:57 AM

Urban funk with a touch of classic, french eclectic, then elegance which I really didn't buy, so I tried again and got explorer.

fun ;)

Just for Fun Online Design Quizzes:
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9/11/12 09:19 PM

lovely. I love fall and am eager for it, but should remember to soak up these last days of summer as well.

Late, Late Summer Weekend Meditation
8/28/12 09:20 PM

I AM AMAZED. I want to separate some eggs now, just because. haha

The Best Trick Ever For Separating Eggs Video
8/24/12 12:08 PM

GENIUS! Smoothies are my go-to for hurried mornings (protein powder, spinach, banana, almond milk, some sort of berry and GO) and I almost can't believe I didn't think of this. I'll have to give it a try.

Time-Saving Tip: Freeze Smoothie Ingredients in Muffin Tins
8/1/12 05:21 PM

haha yes, I too have a tendency to eat my dinner with a small fork (or really whatever fork I happen to pull out of the drawer) and breakfast (yogurt) is always with a small spoon! I find I only use the big spoons for soup. I agree with @sillyputty, they are otherwise way too huge!

Are Salad Forks & Teaspoons Outmoded?
7/20/12 10:30 AM

I'm so interested in investing in a wok after reading this collection of posts (I always find myself attempting to stir fry and knocking half the contents of my pan onto my stove, haha) but I was wondering if anyone would recommend a smaller (12"?) wok for someone who is usually cooking for one, or sometimes for two? Or is 14" the way to go even if making smaller portions?

How to Buy and Season a New Wok Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/30/12 03:44 PM