As I write this blog post, I’m happy to report that Heather and I have gone 128 days, or 4 months and 8 days, without having any delivery pizza. Pizza has always been a comfort food for me, and it’s really easy to sit down and devour an extra large pizza when I’m stressed. One day after succumbing to junk food for lunch and dinner, I set an ultimatum—100 days without pizza or Chinese takeout. We’re past this goal and have had little temptation for either Chinese or pizza.
This isn’t to say that we don’t love all the components of pizza (minus the bread and cheese). This pizza “pasta” salad was so delicious we finished it within 4 hours of making it. The flavors develop as it rests, but good luck having it rest very long. This pizza salad is fantastic!
One thing that many people still don’t know about us is that despite our blog name, we live in Maryland. Let me explain—when we started the blog a bit over 3 years ago, we were living in Springfield, Virginia. It was a great little spot, and we liked it a lot, except for the price. When we found the chance to move across the district to upgrade for a house (instead of an apartment), closer to the Metro, and lower rent, we jumped on it. This crab potato salad is just one small celebration of our time in Maryland.
You’re going to really like this potato (or yucca or jicama) salad. The crab, egg, and old bay add a flavor that is just in time for spring. Don’t just take my word for it, throw it together and try it out. The best thing is that it gets better as it ages in the refrigerator. Leftovers on day 3 and 4, if your leftovers last that long, are sweet. But enough from me, on with the crab potato salad.
Chicken soup is a staple meal that seems to exist in every culture, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see that the Scottish also have a great, and unique, chicken soup–cock-a-leekie soup. Traditionally, it has been made with barley (or rice) rather than potato, but this substitution does not take away from the taste.
Known by some as Scotland’s national soup, cock-a-leekie soup may have roots in French cuisine. As far as I’m concerned, I could care less who came up with this great soup. It’s hearty, filling, and really easy to throw together. For now, this will take the place of our chicken noodle soup. At least, for a little while.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Also, if you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that today marks the one month book-iversary of Bill and Hayley’s latest grain-free adventure. You probably know them from either their website, their phone/tablet app, or one of their many other adventures (including most recently chicken raising). In Make it Paleo II, they’ve hit it out of the park with over 175 new recipes that we can’t get enough of. Let me tell you about three of my favorite things about this book.
Although I never use it these days, I spent the better part of my time in K12 studying Spanish. I was lucky to have only 3 teachers from 6th grade to 12th, so I really was able to learn a lot in that time—having neighbors who spoke fluent Spanish and were kind enough to let me come hang out and help me with my homework wasn’t too bad, either. One of the staple meals we learned about was chicken with rice, or arroz con pollo. It is known as a variation on paella, and I found it to be much easier to prepare and cook.
Arroz Con Pollo is a hearty and versatile dish. It was good fresh, as leftovers, served hot or cold. We adapted the recipe to use cauliflower rice, and it turned out great. This was one of the few times I can say I’ve made something with cauliflower rice and not thought, “well this is pretty good for pretend rice.” The flavors and texture of this dish are great, and it goes well with a few dashes of Tabasco, too. We hope you’ll give this a try.