I refuse to call the crazy snow storm in Baltimore “snowmageddon” or “snowpocalypse”. Why? I’m a party pooper.
So – being stuck in the house has forced me to cook more than usual. Lately – I’ve relegated cooking to Sundays only but being trapped in my house has forced my hand to be a little more creative.
Lucky for us – we had a surprisingly amount of good things in our house.
First up, Chickpea Blondies. I was surprised that we had all of the ingredients but I’m happy that we did. I don’t remember where I originally saw the link to this recipe, but here is the recipe.
I was excited that I finally got to use my 6-cup food processor. It has been in the box for almost a year. We have a mini food processor that has been sufficient but for this recipe, I needed something bigger.
It is a Pampered Chef measuring cup thingamabob. I was sold on it because it was great for peanut butter. I bought it almost a year ago and never used it! Apparently this snow storm has gotten me to use some of my impulse purchases.
Now I guess I should use that stupid cookie press I got from Crate & Barrel…
They were surprisingly good. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about chickpeas as a dessert-type treat. The peanut butter and fruit spread are what made this delightful.
I also found out that we had a lot of soups in the house. I busted out the organic red pepper & tomato soup (sorry – no picture). We didn’t have any bread and I really really wanted some tortilla chips so I made my own chips.
These were really good. They weren’t exactly like chips but they had a nice crisp crunch and were obviously much healthier. I’ll probably opt to do this more often.
I was also able to finish off the homemade hummus I made last week (sorry – no picture).
Lastly, I’ve been catching up on reading magazines. This Bean & Vegetable recipe caught my eye in Runner’s World and so we made that last night with a few tweaks:
I didn’t take pictures during the prep work and forgot about it until this morning (hence it in a tupperware bowl instead of a pretty bowl).
We nixed the meat, added more carrots, substituted the eggplants with yellow squash (because the grocery store didn’t have any eggplants) and added wine to the sauce. It was amazing.
According to my husband, Berger cookies were essential to winter storm survival.
Sadly – these are almost all gone. In one day. Yowza!
Because Baltimore is predicted to get even more snow – we’re making another trip to the grocery store for actual essentials. Fun fun!