Girl Versus Dough

gluten free buttermilk spoonbread

Gluten Free Buttermilk Spoonbread

I’m just going to come right out and say it:

I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS SPOONBREAD AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT.

So there you go. Now you know. Informercial over.

OK but have you ever tried, or even heard of, spoonbread before? I’ve made it a couple of times for the blog, but I have to say this recipe? It’s my fravrit. As evidenced by my declaration above.

whole wheat clementine yogurt cake

whole-wheat-clementine-yogurt-cake

This week has been one of the slowest weeks of my life in the last year.

Truth? I kind of hated it.

You see, I thrive on being a busy little bee. I like to have a mild to moderate level of stress in my life at all times because it keeps me motivated. One day of nothing on the agenda, then two, then three… well, you’ll eventually find me on the couch surfing Pinterest or watching videos of cats on Buzzfeed for hours and hours. At 26 years old, I still don’t yet know how to make the most of my downtime, you see.

It’s not like there wasn’t anything to do, or that I really didn’t do anything. We started decluttering the basement and setting up the spare bedroom (as in, we no longer use an upside-down storage bin as a nightstand but an actual, real-life adult nightstand). I made some foodstuffs, like this cake, and we had visiting family over for a mid-afternoon snack time. We did some boring bank and tax prep stuff (snore) and bought paint samples and a crib for le nursery (yay!). And I did some real hard life-thinking about my 2014 and what I want it to look like (which is to say, come up with things I expect to happen and/or change that will inevitably not turn out the way I planned, but still in a perfectly agreeable manner anyway).

And yet, here I am, complaining because I didn’t feel busy enough.

I know there’s this “word of the year” thing floating around the interwebs and last year, I got so flustered by the idea of narrowing my goals down to one word that I gave up. And in some ways I’m glad I did, because I think 2013 turned out just dandy without one. But this year, I reintroduced myself to the idea — just to have more focus, more clarity on my goals. And before I let myself become flustered again by narrowing a whole year down to one word, my friend Madison came up with two words for her year. And then I realized that’s totally a thing I can do, too.

jam-filled toasted hazelnut bran muffins

Oh, these muffins. These jammy, crunchy, bran-y muffins.

The end.

Just kidding. But basically, all you need to know is that these muffins? The ones I just mentioned that are filled with jam and toasted hazelnuts and wheat bran? They’re tasty and you should put them on your personal carb menu soonest (that’s totally a thing, by the way).

Oh, and they’re also filled with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Deliciously Simple™ spread. And that, my friends, is why in addition to the jammy, crunchy and bran-y nature of these muffins, they’re also the softest and melt-in-your-mouthiest muffins I’ve ever made. No lie.

dad’s white chicken chili

In addition to being really into breakfast foods, my dad is seriously into chili.

True story time: One of his semi-real goals is to open up a restaurant that serves chili and hot dogs and call it “Dis Place.” I know. I mean, I don’t know. I don’t know where that idea came from, or why he wants to serve just those two foods, but it’s perfectly quirky and awesome. Just like Dad.

My dad typically makes two kinds of chili: red chili, with loads of beans and ground beef and tomatoes and chopped veggies, and this white chicken chili. The former, I believe, is his original recipe (which I need to share, too, one day) while the latter is a take on Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe. In both cases, my dad is famous for them. Well, in our immediate family, at least. But we’re really big fans.

girl versus dough is on ziplist (+ a tutorial)

Happy 2014! We’re ringing in the new year with fancy cookies and new features to this humble lil’ webspace of mine.

Recently, I signed on as a partner with ZipList. And here’s where you’re either all, “Wahoooooo! I love ZipList!” or “Um, what are these words you are typing. Do not understand.” In either case, I’m going to walk you through what ZipList is and does and how to do it all on Girl Versus Dough.

ZipList is a meal planning/grocery listing/life altering tool that a whole host of other bloggers I love use to help, well, do just those things. So when you see a recipe on my (or anyone else’s) blog that you’re going gaga for and want to save for later, ZipList does the job for you. It’s pretty nifty.

Here’s how it works:

See that “Recipe Box” category in the navigation bar? That’s your ZipList headquarters, so to speak. If you click on that link and you’re signed into your ZipList account, you can access all of your recipes, grocery lists, meal plans, etc. This is where, if you save a recipe from my blog or any other site that utilizes ZipList, it will be stored and saved for your use.