So, How's It Taste? https://www.sohowsittaste.com Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:20:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Eggnog Cookie Logs https://www.sohowsittaste.com/eggnog-cookie-logs/ https://www.sohowsittaste.com/eggnog-cookie-logs/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:20:42 +0000 https://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6347 Oh, hi! (waves) Yep, I know it’s January and we’re all thinking about eating healthier, but I want to talk about cookies! As most of you know, my mom and I bake several batches of cookie each year known as Cookie Baking Day. It’s a super fun tradition and this year we got fancy with matching aprons and Christmas pins. We’re adorkable. 🤓 So, enjoy your celery sticks, but bookmark these Eggnog Cookie Logs for next year. I’m not a huge fan of drinking eggnog, but anything flavored eggnog is fair game. We first made these cookies years ago, long before I had a blog, and they were the one cookie for which I had recipe requests. They can be a bit tedious to make since you have to roll out the dough, but once you get going, it’s not such a big deal. The cookies are barely sweet, which I love because that makes the frosting perfectly suited for them. They taste great without it, but that bump of sweet frosting really gives it a nice flavor. Plus it’s double nutmeg with some in the cookie and some sprinkled on top. If you didn’t want to bother with the […]


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Oh, hi! (waves) Yep, I know it’s January and we’re all thinking about eating healthier, but I want to talk about cookies! As most of you know, my mom and I bake several batches of cookie each year known as Cookie Baking Day. It’s a super fun tradition and this year we got fancy with matching aprons and Christmas pins. We’re adorkable. 🤓 So, enjoy your celery sticks, but bookmark these Eggnog Cookie Logs for next year. I’m not a huge fan of drinking eggnog, but anything flavored eggnog is fair game. We first made these cookies years ago, long before I had a blog, and they were the one cookie for which I had recipe requests.

They can be a bit tedious to make since you have to roll out the dough, but once you get going, it’s not such a big deal. The cookies are barely sweet, which I love because that makes the frosting perfectly suited for them. They taste great without it, but that bump of sweet frosting really gives it a nice flavor. Plus it’s double nutmeg with some in the cookie and some sprinkled on top. If you didn’t want to bother with the log shape, you could definitely use a cookie scoop and bake them in rounds. Perfect for the holidays with a big cup of cocoa!

Other goodies from Cookie Baking Day 2018:
Cream Cheese Spritz
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Walnut-Topped Ginger Drops (stay tuned!)
Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies (stay tuned!)
Chocolate Guinness Cookies (stay tuned!)

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Black-Eyed Peas & Greens https://www.sohowsittaste.com/black-eyed-peas-greens/ https://www.sohowsittaste.com/black-eyed-peas-greens/#comments Sat, 05 Jan 2019 04:43:01 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6308 Happy New Year! I hope 2019 has been treating you well so far. Did you make resolutions? Have you broken any? 😉 I made a few including baking more, especially bread! On January 1, I made Black-Eyed Peas & Greens in my instant pot for good luck. I usually eat boring peas and greens on the first every year, but I’ve had this particular recipe bookmarked since early last year. It is full of flavor, but the peas and greens still shine. If you didn’t get your good luck food in this year, save this recipe for next year. I did that last year with the good luck piglet. It’s never too late for a little good luck! Thanks to my trusty Instant Pot, this recipe is really easy. The time consuming part comes from soaking the peas overnight. I know, I know, why are you soaking peas when, hello, you have an Instant Pot. I scratched my head on this one, too, but finally figured out it’s probably because cooking the dried peas in the Instant Pot AND doing the rest of the recipe would add 30+ minutes. Doable, but much easier to just soak your peas overnight and […]


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Happy New Year! I hope 2019 has been treating you well so far. Did you make resolutions? Have you broken any? 😉 I made a few including baking more, especially bread! On January 1, I made Black-Eyed Peas & Greens in my instant pot for good luck. I usually eat boring peas and greens on the first every year, but I’ve had this particular recipe bookmarked since early last year. It is full of flavor, but the peas and greens still shine. If you didn’t get your good luck food in this year, save this recipe for next year. I did that last year with the good luck piglet. It’s never too late for a little good luck!

Black-Eyed Peas & Greens

Thanks to my trusty Instant Pot, this recipe is really easy. The time consuming part comes from soaking the peas overnight. I know, I know, why are you soaking peas when, hello, you have an Instant Pot. I scratched my head on this one, too, but finally figured out it’s probably because cooking the dried peas in the Instant Pot AND doing the rest of the recipe would add 30+ minutes. Doable, but much easier to just soak your peas overnight and go ahead with the recipe the next day. I also chose to buy a bunch of collards instead of the bag of already chopped. To save time, you can certainly use the bag, but I’m anti collard stems, so I prefer to chop them myself.

I had never used a smoked turkey leg in my cooking before. It really does add a nice, smoky flavor and was pretty cheap at my grocery store (under 5 bucks). I didn’t like having to deal with removing the meat and shredding it, so next year I think I’ll skip that step and use ham instead. That means using a veggie or chicken broth, since the first part of the recipe is making a broth from the smoked turkey leg. Really good, but I really hate dealing with meat on the bones. I’m a weirdo, I know.

Definitely a keeper recipe that I’ll make every year. It’s slightly brothy, but not enough to where I’d call it a soup. Just super good comforting food to start your year off right!

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White Bean & Spinach Soup https://www.sohowsittaste.com/white-bean-spinach-soup/ https://www.sohowsittaste.com/white-bean-spinach-soup/#comments Sat, 06 Oct 2018 18:34:02 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6289 Is it fall where you are? Not here in Nashville. We’ve had weather in the 80s and 90s STILL. I’m thinking if I keep making cold weather meals, I can will fall weather this way south. This is the second weekend in a row that I’ve made this incredibly easy and delicious White Bean & Spinach Soup. It’s so easy, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand. I used to be team fresh (garlic, lemons, onions, etc) and while I still appreciate that those items are better fresh, I find myself turning more and more to convenience items. And you know what? I’m not missing out on any flavor, but saving tons of time. I say this recipe is super easy because I use frozen chopped onions (I always have a bag or two in the freezer), jarred minced garlic (I know, I know), Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base, and already cooked crumbled bacon. When I want a quick dinner, these items are life savers…and saves clean up time, too! You just have to be mindful of how you’re using them because sometimes the fresh versions are truly better. In this soup recipe, the shortcuts work great! This soup […]


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Is it fall where you are? Not here in Nashville. We’ve had weather in the 80s and 90s STILL. I’m thinking if I keep making cold weather meals, I can will fall weather this way south. This is the second weekend in a row that I’ve made this incredibly easy and delicious White Bean & Spinach Soup. It’s so easy, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand. I used to be team fresh (garlic, lemons, onions, etc) and while I still appreciate that those items are better fresh, I find myself turning more and more to convenience items. And you know what? I’m not missing out on any flavor, but saving tons of time.

White Bean & Spinach Soup

I say this recipe is super easy because I use frozen chopped onions (I always have a bag or two in the freezer), jarred minced garlic (I know, I know), Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base, and already cooked crumbled bacon. When I want a quick dinner, these items are life savers…and saves clean up time, too! You just have to be mindful of how you’re using them because sometimes the fresh versions are truly better. In this soup recipe, the shortcuts work great!

This soup is so colorful and full of flavor. It’s pretty good without the optional toppings, but ooo boy the bowl I had today was a game changer! A sprinkle of bacon, cheese, and chunks of avocado on top took this to another level. So, come on Nashville, where’s my cardigan weather?

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Farro and Shrimp with Parmesan and Feta https://www.sohowsittaste.com/farro-and-shrimp-with-parmesan-and-feta/ Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:46:03 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6276 Are y’all in love with the Instant Pot as much as I am? When anyone asks me if they should buy one, my answer is always yes! And, if you use it for nothing else other than to make risotto, it’s worth the money. So, why am I talking about risotto? Well, this Farro and Shrimp with Parmesan and Feta reminds me of risotto so much. It’s creamy, decadent, and super fast and easy to make in the Instant Pot. The big difference is that instead of rice, it’s farro. Farro is a grain that’s really hearty. I was introduced to it a few years ago back when I made this Cheesy Baked Farro (move over mac & cheese!) and one of my all-time favorite dishes on the blog is Farro with Brie and Squash. If you haven’t had farro, start with those recipes and you’ll love it! So, with the combination of hearty farro and basically being like a risotto, I couldn’t get enough of this! The Old Bay seasoning mixed with just a bit of butter makes the sauce ever so decadent. And, it was my first time cooking and eating Swiss chard! If you haven’t had it, […]


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Are y’all in love with the Instant Pot as much as I am? When anyone asks me if they should buy one, my answer is always yes! And, if you use it for nothing else other than to make risotto, it’s worth the money. So, why am I talking about risotto? Well, this Farro and Shrimp with Parmesan and Feta reminds me of risotto so much. It’s creamy, decadent, and super fast and easy to make in the Instant Pot. The big difference is that instead of rice, it’s farro.

Farro and Shrimp with Parmesan and Feta

Farro is a grain that’s really hearty. I was introduced to it a few years ago back when I made this Cheesy Baked Farro (move over mac & cheese!) and one of my all-time favorite dishes on the blog is Farro with Brie and Squash. If you haven’t had farro, start with those recipes and you’ll love it! So, with the combination of hearty farro and basically being like a risotto, I couldn’t get enough of this!

The Old Bay seasoning mixed with just a bit of butter makes the sauce ever so decadent. And, it was my first time cooking and eating Swiss chard! If you haven’t had it, it’s a little more earthier than spinach, but not as delicate. It wilted down, but holds up a bit more. Finally, the saltiness from the Parmesan and feta put this over the top. If you saw me make this on my Instagram stories, you’ll hear me say how this dish could be something served in a restaurant. It’s THAT good!

Yield: 4 servings

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Farro and Shrimp with Parmesan and Feta

Ingredients:

14.5 oz. can chicken broth, reduced sodium
1 cup pearled farro, rinsed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 lb. medium frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined, no tail
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tbsp. butter
8 oz. bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves chopped
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup crumbled feta

Directions:

  1. In your Instant Pot, combine the first five ingredients (through pepper). Stir. Lock lid in place. Set Instant Pot to cook for 12 minutes on high pressure. Use a quick release.
  2. Carefully open lid. Stir in Old Bay and frozen shrimp. Stir. Lock lid in place. Set Instant Pot to cook for 1 minute on high pressure. Use a quick release.
  3. Carefully open lid. Add Parmesan, butter, and Swiss chard. Stir until chard is wilted. Add lemon juice and feta. Stir and serve.

per serving: 364 calories, 8g fat (4g sat fat), 203 mg cholesterol, 1,351 mg sodium, 41g carbs, 6g fiber, 2g sugars, 35g protein

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March Yoga & Stretches Challenge Results https://www.sohowsittaste.com/march-yoga-stretches-challenge-results/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 14:20:09 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6263 Welp, it was bound to happen eventually, but I’m surprised it was with this challenge. March’s challenge was to practice yoga once a week and stretch everyday. Sounds easy enough, but I failed at it…miserably. What happened? Read on. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges.Read more on March Yoga & Stretches Challenge ResultsCopyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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March Challenge Fail

Welp, it was bound to happen eventually, but I’m surprised it was with this challenge. March’s challenge was to practice yoga once a week and stretch everyday. Sounds easy enough, but I failed at it…miserably. What happened? Read on. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges.

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Salmon Burgers with Slaw https://www.sohowsittaste.com/salmon-burgers-with-slaw/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:22:57 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6246 If you’re looking for a quick, but super tasty dinner, you’re going to love this recipe. I couldn’t wait to make these Salmon Burgers with Slaw. Super easy and super fast! Canned salmon and bagged slaw make this a cinch to put on the table in no time. Read more on Salmon Burgers with SlawCopyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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If you’re looking for a quick, but super tasty dinner, you’re going to love this recipe. I couldn’t wait to make these Salmon Burgers with Slaw. Super easy and super fast! Canned salmon and bagged slaw make this a cinch to put on the table in no time.

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Swiss-Stuffed Crusty Loaves: March Bakealong in Insta Stories https://www.sohowsittaste.com/swiss-stuffed-crusty-loaves-march-bakealong-in-insta-stories/ Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:26:31 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6219 Last weekend I attempted King Arthur Flour’s March Bakealong challenge and documented the step-by-step process through Instagram Stories. I love making bread from scratch, so I jumped at the chance to make Swiss-Stuffed Crusty Loaves! I substituted Swiss for Gruyère – similar taste, way cheaper. They were SO EASY. If you’re a first-time bread baker or nervous about making it from scratch, this is the recipe for you! Read more on Swiss-Stuffed Crusty Loaves: March Bakealong in Insta StoriesCopyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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Last weekend I attempted King Arthur Flour’s March Bakealong challenge and documented the step-by-step process through Instagram Stories. I love making bread from scratch, so I jumped at the chance to make Swiss-Stuffed Crusty Loaves! I substituted Swiss for Gruyère – similar taste, way cheaper. They were SO EASY. If you’re a first-time bread baker or nervous about making it from scratch, this is the recipe for you!

Swiss-Stuffed Crusty Loaves

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February Gratitude Journal Challenge Results https://www.sohowsittaste.com/february-gratitude-journal-challenge-results/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:04:21 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6205 Can you believe it’s the last day of February already? This year is flying by too fast, although I’ll admit I’m ready to hang up my winter coat and welcome in warmer weather. February’s challenge was to write down three things each day for which I was grateful. Sounds easy, right? This one was much harder than I expected! So, how’d it go? Read on. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges.Read more on February Gratitude Journal Challenge ResultsCopyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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February Gratitude Journal Challenge Success

Can you believe it’s the last day of February already? This year is flying by too fast, although I’ll admit I’m ready to hang up my winter coat and welcome in warmer weather. February’s challenge was to write down three things each day for which I was grateful. Sounds easy, right? This one was much harder than I expected! So, how’d it go? Read on. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges.

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January Reduce Sugar Challenge Results https://www.sohowsittaste.com/january-reduce-sugar-challenge-results/ https://www.sohowsittaste.com/january-reduce-sugar-challenge-results/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:30:20 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6181 I made it to the end! If I’m being honest, I’ve never been so happy to close out a month. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges. January was reduced sugar month and I’m so glad I did it first. I had a hard time deciding if this was a success or failure, but ultimately decided I succeeded in enough big areas to call it a win. So, how’d it go? Read on.Read more on January Reduce Sugar Challenge ResultsCopyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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January Reduce Sugar Challenge Success

I made it to the end! If I’m being honest, I’ve never been so happy to close out a month. To catch up, read this post on my Year of 30-Day Challenges. January was reduced sugar month and I’m so glad I did it first. I had a hard time deciding if this was a success or failure, but ultimately decided I succeeded in enough big areas to call it a win. So, how’d it go? Read on.

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The Mockingbird (Nashville) https://www.sohowsittaste.com/the-mockingbird-nashville/ https://www.sohowsittaste.com/the-mockingbird-nashville/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:00:55 +0000 http://www.sohowsittaste.com/?p=6129 It seems like every other day a new restaurant is popping up in Nashville. My “to dine” list is growing and growing and growing! Last month I finally got the chance to check out The Mockingbird. This place is the cutest, down to the plates. It had a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to go back when the weather is warmer and check out their patio. Luckily I went with a group of friends who love to eat, so we ordered several small plates, entrees, drinks, and dessert! It was a feast and I can’t wait to go back! First up was drinks. I ordered their Punchin’ Bag, which is kind of like a grown up version of a Capri Sun. They come in a few different flavors and mine was a lemon mint with bourbon. It was really good and refreshing, but hard to toast with one of these! Read more on The Mockingbird (Nashville)Copyright © 2009-2019 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short


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It seems like every other day a new restaurant is popping up in Nashville. My “to dine” list is growing and growing and growing! Last month I finally got the chance to check out The Mockingbird. This place is the cutest, down to the plates. It had a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to go back when the weather is warmer and check out their patio.

Mockingbird Plates

Luckily I went with a group of friends who love to eat, so we ordered several small plates, entrees, drinks, and dessert! It was a feast and I can’t wait to go back! First up was drinks. I ordered their Punchin’ Bag, which is kind of like a grown up version of a Capri Sun. They come in a few different flavors and mine was a lemon mint with bourbon. It was really good and refreshing, but hard to toast with one of these!

Mockingbird Punchin' Bag

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