The Best Creamed Spinach

The Best Creamed Spinach // shutterbean

I’m not quite sure how I did it, but I was low-carb for the last two years of my college life. I know… I constantly ask myself HOW??! During this time, I had short lived tech support job at the campus computer lab. This was over 13 years ago so the internet was a different beast. At that time, I was obsessed with changing my Winamp skins and downloading TV-show theme songs on Napster.  While I was sitting in the computer lab, I remember having some weird/random craving for creamed spinach and I spent one of my whole shifts looking for a good recipe online.  That was one of the first things I made from the internet.  The image of me following directions that I printed OFF THE COMPUTER in my little college apartment is somehow burned into my brain. And here we are now… I have a food blog and have been making this dish for 13+ years.

If you’ve listened to one of our old podcasts, I think I talked about the period of my life where I ate creamed spinach like it was going out of style.  THIS IS THE CREAMED SPINACH I WAS TALKING ABOUT.  Over the years I’ve made so many versions. I’ve added shrimp and pesto. Sometimes mushrooms make an appearance. I made it with artichoke hearts and that went over well because it was kind of like a warm artichoke spinach dip. I’ve used some as a stuffing for meat dishes and I think there was a time where I mixed in some marinara and served it with chicken parmesan.  I have a tendency to make things repeatedly until I get sick of them.

The Best Creamed Spinach // shutterbean

As a result, this creamed spinach recipe has been a once a year dish for Thanksgiving but after making this batch yesterday and it NOT being Thanksgiving (YET) I’m thinking it might need to be added back into the rotation. There’s something about churning out a huge vat of food and making a whole dinner that has the power to turn you off from making/eating something. You know what I’m saying?

For this recipe, I always use frozen chopped spinach because I love the texture and the ease. The creaminess comes from the marriage of cream cheese and Parmesan. I have to say that during the Thanksgiving crunch, the creamed spinach dish sometimes gets left in the oven too long and there’s a nice crispy Parmesan crust that forms.  I don’t mind. In fact, I’m 100% into it.

And I Quote:

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One Touch of Nature // shutterbean

Plants cry their gratitude // shutterbean

A setting sun // shutterbean Never be afraid // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 46

Here’s what this past week looked like:

My baby.

My Everyday Life: Week 46

Ginkgo trees are my favorite.

My Everyday Life: Week 46

Afternoon light.

My Everyday Life: Week 46

Snack time.

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Pouty.

My Everyday Life: Week 46

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY!

  1. It’s important to make time for rest & solitude. 
  2. Things you can organize by color!
  3. I secretly wish I could live in this tiny apartment.
  4. Oscar Wilde was witty!
  5. Facts about Starbucks.
  6. My brain likes looking at this.
  7. This also pleases me greatly.
  8. I’m gonna hafta make this for the holidays.
  9. I love Louis CK.
  10. Any recipe that has the word DRUNKEN is alright with me.
  11. Did you know I’ve never made a Shepherd’s Pie? Time to change that.
  12. What stores should really be called…this is hilarious.
  13. The transformation is incredible.
  14. I love Heidi’s thoughts on Maintaining a Long Term Blog
  15. What a beautiful DIY project for a wedding!
  16. I’d love to make a necklace like this one.
  17. This backsplash situation is gorgeous.
  18. Our Mommy Problem. Oh this is it.
  19. I’ve seen a few of these movies.
  20. I’m totally an INFJ.

 

Chocolate Dipped Clementines

Chocolate Dipped Clementines // shutterbean

Sometimes you just need to put chocolate chips in a bowl….melt them in the microwave… and dip clementines in the melty chocolatey goodness and call it a day. You know what I’m saying??!!

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter


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 Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter // shutterbean

I’ve made quite a few recipes that involve pumpkin butter and I almost always get a comment asking if I’ve made my own. The answer is NO, but now it is YES. Yes, I’ve made my own pumpkin butter and it’s REALLY REALLY EASY. Of course I added bourbon to my pumpkin butter, because that’s how I operate.

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter // shutterbean

It’s November which means we’re all kind of expected to GO GO GO. I’m a fan of making life easy for myself. Shortcuts are always welcome and recipes that don’t take a ton of effort are my wheelhouse. I just typed wheelhouse. Sorry about that.

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter // shutterbean

If you’re thinking about giving the gift of treats this year, you should really add this Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Butter to your lineup. It’s kind of an unexpected gift because somehow pumpkin gets lost under the fold of COOKIE NATION. People love a little something special they can add to their regular meal rotation.   You could pair a small jar with a bigger jar of homemade granola as a hostess gift.  I’d write a little card that says Just Add Yogurt!  Or maybe if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll make your own?  I’m pretty sure the lucky recipient of this pumpkin butter will appreciate the smooth texture (thanks to a whirl in the Vitamix!) and cinnamon-y bourbon notes. I bet it would make an even better addition to a milkshake…

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats // shutterbean

My dear friend Andrea told me how life changing overnight oats were for her.  I had no idea what she was talking about cuz I’d never made them before. But now I have…and I’m happy to report that….

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats // shutterbean

They are indeed life changing. Like…I like them better than regular hot oatmeal. With an overnight stay in the fridge, rolled oats puff up and get a little chewy. They’ve got great texture and they’re not mushy like regular oatmeal.  It’s like a super easy version of muesli. You mix your ingredients together the night before and you wake up to breakfast already made for you. It’s as convenient as an automated coffee machine. You just have to remember to do it!

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats // shutterbean

In this version, I mix homemade pumpkin butter (I’ll have a recipe for you tomorrow!) with almond milk and some spices to make a pumpkin infused oatmeal. I topped mine with extra pumpkin butter, cinnamon toasted walnuts and some bananas for a little sweetness.

I’m obsessed, Andrea is obsessed and now you’re on your way to becoming obsessed too.

And I Quote:

Originality is the by-product // shutterbean

You have to expect things // shutterbean

If you surrender // shutterbean

Obstacles are those frightful things // shutterbean

The difference between ordinary // shutterbean