Vanilla Cupcakes

Yummy and pretty for Mother's Day!

Yummy and pretty for Mother’s Day!

It’s my first mother’s day tomorrow and I’m psyched! Psyched for promised pancakes to be made my husband, psyched to go to my good friend’s house for homemade pizza, and psyched for my little guy finally feeling good after being sick for a week. I was ill-prepared for how gut wrenching it would be to see my wee little baby suffering from being sick. We’ve had a rough couple of weeks but things are looking up! I can’t believe Baby P is four months old today. I’m positive I’ve posted WAAAY too many photos of him on Instagram. He has commandeered my feed for sure. Food schmood, I have become one of those people who think everyone else wants to see photos of my kid. Sigh, oh well. He’s too darn cute not to share with the world!

so sweet and sleepy!

so sweet and sleepy!

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Best Quiche Ever

yummmmmmmmma

yummmmmmmmma

Why is this quiche the Best Quiche Ever? Because I’ve put all my favorite things into it, and so can you. For me it’s bacon (no-brainer), mushrooms, and gruyere cheese. That’s it. Oh and eggs and cream of course. And maybe sautéed the mushrooms in shallots too. For you, maybe it’s spinach, leeks and zucchini? Ham and Swiss? Whatever you choose to make it your Best Quiche Ever because it’s all up to you. I figure quiche comes around only a couple of times a year (like Easter and Mother’s Day – hint hint?) so you should totally go balls out when making it.

quiche with other delicious treats

quiche with other delicious treats

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Potato Dominoes

best. potato. ever.

best. potato. ever.

Francis Mallmann’s potato domino recipe elevates potatoes to something other worldly. He turns an ordinary potato into a crisp yet tender, super savory, glorious thing. It’s like eating an awesome hot potato chip with the softest insides and the crispiest outsides. Mailman’s recipe solidifies my ongoing love for the potato. Is there anything this tuber can’t deliciously morph itself into? Unless your name is Jiro Ono, you will need a mandoline slicer to make perfect potato cuts. Also, I used Yukon Gold potatoes instead of Russets. I am sure the Russet is used because it’s larger and turning it into a perfect rectangle will still leave a good sized hunk of potato per person. I did not perfectly trim my Yukon Golds, but instead left some imperfect sides and skin for a rustic (read: messy) shape and more texture. Serve this at your Easter brunch, step back, and wait for the oohs and ahhhhhs. Continue reading

Toasted Ciabatta with Ricotta and Sugar Snap Peas

toast with delicious junk on it

toast with delicious junk on it

The past seven days have been a bunch of postpartum “firsts” for me. Last week I cared and cooked for houseguests (instead of the other way around), watched my first live rugby match, hosted a small brunch gathering, attended my ladies book(wine) club, took baby P to the grocery store with me, and overall, felt like a normal human being again. PHEW, it’s been a busy week! It’s no wonder the only recipe post I’m managing is one for fancy toast with junk on it. Continue reading

Guinness Affogato

yum

yum

In prep for the big Irish Day, Bon Appétit emailed the masses a photo/recipe for a Guinness Affogato earlier this week.  One quick read of the ingredients; Bailey’s Irish Cream, Guinness, espresso and ice cream, and I knew it was something I had to make and put it in my gob as soon as possible. Continue reading

Connie’s Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

nana + baby p

nana + baby p

The week after I had baby P my mom made us oven “fried” chicken per my dad’s request. Along with spaghetti and meatballs (which she also made) her oven fried chicken is one of my dad’s favorite meals. The Hubs and I liked it so much that we requested it two more times over the remaining twelve days of their stay. The leftovers (she made a ton of chicken!) were especially our favorite the next day. Because we were eating at odd hours (i.e. whenever we remembered to) it was lovely to have a quick and tasty protein on hand with which we made wraps, sandwiches and salads. It’s amazing how sleep depravation makes you feel like you are starving when you wake for a 3AM feeding.

we are a couple of chumps for this baby

we are a couple of chumps for this baby

I can’t believe baby P is already two months old today! He’s grown and changed so much already. He pretty much has his daddy and me wrapped around his finger and plays us for chumps on a daily basis. Anyway, back to the chicken… did I mention yet that the leftovers are the best!? Hot or cold, this chicken does not disappoint. The Italian dressing marinade makes the chicken super tender and the chili powder and paprika give it a little kick right where it’s needed. We could eat this (at least) once a week. Serve with roasted veg and some potatoes and you’ll have one happy belly. The ingredients are pretty simple and the prep is quick and easy. Let’s get started! Continue reading

Spicy Tuna Roll

this bite was 10 months in the making...

this bite was 10 months in the making…

Today marks M’s Belly’s two year blog anniversary!  Woot!  When I look back into the post archives and see my first (uninterestingly written and poorly lit) post for mini beef wellingtons, I see I shot some of the photos outside on the condo balcony.  I remember March being simply lovely and in the mid-50’s that year for temperatures.  Man, what I’d do for mid-50’s now!!!  We’ve been sloshing through the Icepacolypse for the past two weeks and even for this Northern girl, it’s been unbearably cold here in the South.  The ice coating was rather pretty though, all the tree branches were icicle weighted and looked like sparkling prisms in the sun.  I noticed kids throughout our neighborhood sliding down hills on makeshift sleds such as laundry baskets and cardboard.  These homemade sleds were not for lack of funds, just for lack of sled availability, as sleds are hard to come by and sledding in Tennessee is not a pastime like it is in Michigan.

the magnolia tree in our front yard after Icepacolypse!

the magnolia tree in our front yard after Icepacolypse!

I thought I’d commemorate the bloggiversary with one of my favorite things to eat; spicy tuna rolls.  I had to forgo raw tuna for the entirety of my pregnancy, so I’ve been craving these rolls big time now for a while.  This made me wonder; do pregnant Japanese women omit raw fish from their diets?  Someone, please let me know. Continue reading

Perfect Filet Mignon at Home

this recipe is foolproof!

this recipe is foolproof!

As I mentioned in the last post, I always cook a special dinner for The Hubs on Valentines Day.  This filet is the To Die For cornerstone of said special meal.  If you like meat and have a fancy occasion on which you are willing to drop a few extra bucks, this recipe is for YOU.  This year’s V-day was slightly different than last, featuring a new, extra demanding, one-month old special guest star.  Even though we had to hurry up and eat in-between his cries for diaper changes and feedings, I wouldn’t have traded it for any other Valentine’s Day dinner.  Our meal was delayed by one day because by the time Saturday night rolled around severe sleepless fatigue set in and we ended up ordering a pizza (for shame!).  The Hubs then gave me the greatest Valentine’s Day gift possible; he told me to go to bed and he took ALL the night feedings.  I slept from 8:30 PM to 6:30 AM.  Ten hours of glorious sleep – I truly have the best husband on the planet.  I felt SO AWESOME the following day. Amazing what sleep can do for you when you’ve not had it in a month.

thank god for the mamaroo!

thank god for the mamaroo spacechair!

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Toaster Oven Single Sized Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

in 25 min or less, these cookies can be in your mouth!

in 20 min or less, these two cookies can be in your mouth!

In my last post I mentioned toaster oven chocolate chip cookies for two.  Again, this is about all the baking/creativity I’ve been able to manage lately.  When The Hubs isn’t home, it seriously comes down to living off of what I can make in the toaster oven.  I don’t know about you, but when I make cookies it looks like a flour bomb went off in the kitchen.  Also, multiple mixing bowls, mixer, multiple spoons, baking sheets, cooling racks – let’s just say the clean up can sometimes be so daunting for a 9 month pregnant lady that a box of chips ahoy sometimes wins over homemade cookie cleanup.  Not anymore!!!!  This recipe is awesome because all you have to throw in the dishwasher is one cereal-sized bowl, measuring spoons, and a 1/4 sized measuring cup – that’s IT!  Total homemade cookie cleanup I can get behind.  It’s quick, too; in less than 20 minutes you can be eating warm, gooey homemade chocolate chip cookies, which is great because my attention span lately… SQUIRREL! Continue reading