Honest Fare

Pretty Provisions and Notes from the Kitchen

Crispy Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Thyme Tender on the inside with crunchy caramel edges and smoked chipotle powder for kick.

Crispy Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Hi everyone!
Anyone still here?

Has it really been almost a whole year since my last recipe? Typically, I’d be pretty depressed about that after five years of cooking here, but it’s actually been a pretty awesome year, so I’ve just been rolling with the reality that this blog wasn’t fitting in with the rest of my life for a little while. So, a home renovation, lots of pottery, and an engagement later, here I am. Just in time for my favorite holiday, with one of my favorite vegetables: sweet potatoes! What a triumphant return.

I love everything about Thanksgiving. Well, except for that offensive sweet potato casserole thing with marshmallows on top. Why do people have to mess with sweet potatoes? They’re so perfect already. You want them sweeter? I feel like that’s just rude. Tell me I am not alone in this.

This recipe gives you everything you love about the natural goodness of sweet potatoes and everything some people love about that weird marshmallow thing. Those crispy, crunchy edges. Burnt bits of smokey, sugary caramel. And that lovely soft and soothing center.

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My excuse: kitchen renovation. Building a new kitchen is hard work!

My excuse: kitchen renovation., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Sorry for my disappearing. I miss this place. I miss cooking in general. BUT, I’m not complaining because my absence is all due to the exciting fact that we’re in the middle of a full-on kitchen renovation!

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Chocolate-Covered Cookie Sticks. Perfect for Christmas! With almond & sea salt or mint-chocolate drizzle.

Chocolate-Covered Cookie Sticks., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

A few years back I started a family tradition that would serve to both delight me and mock me for years to come. The Thanksgiving Bakeoff. Sounds innocent enough, right?…

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Fall Wheat Berry Salad Herb-roasted grapes, green beans, wheat berries, chèvre, Dijon dressing.

Fall Wheat Berry Salad, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

You know that impossibly sweet grape jelly taste that immediately takes you back to your childhood? Well, that’s kind of what roasted grapes taste like. They’re the real deal inspiration for Smucker’s grape jam and every other grape “flavored” candy or product you’ve ever had. And the answer is YES, they are awesome on a peanut butter sandwich—get nostalgic and sophisticated at the same time.

They’re also great in salads, as an accompaniment to chicken, and on top of vanilla ice cream. Or just serve them as-is for a simple, healthy desert. I decided to go the salad route. And a hearty grain like wheat berry is so nice for fall. Love this salad: crunch grains and green beans, silky from the chevre goat cheese, tang from dressing, and nice pops of savory sweetness from those herb-roasted grapes!

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Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins. Gluten free: Made with almond & corn meals, coconut oil. And yes, that's a nipple.

Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I’m going to just come out and say it: I prefer cooking for men. I love watching watching them eat. How they just go after it—one, sometimes two or three bites at a time. Without the reserve or guarded caution a lot of women practice at the table. Sure, we’ll put aside the lady-like niceties to devour a plate every once in a while, but generally speaking (and because apparently I am a gender stereotyper), men have a more untamed approach. And THAT is what I enjoy watching across the table.

I’m lucky then, because my man loves to eat. And better still, he loves to eat with his shirt off. Elbows on the table, the whole deal. Now were talking. So as you can imagine, I raised not one, but two dazzled eyebrows when I walked in to find my shirtless babe sitting at the table popping mini-muffins, back-to-back like nobodies business. One bite per muffin. Only a man. Pretty sexy stuff.

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Nature’s Creamsicle: Orange & Sweet Potato Juice Wait, what? Yep, sweet potato juice is a real thing!

Nature’s Creamsicle: Orange & Sweet Potato Juice, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

It seems like juice is all I crave during these unbearably hot Florida summer months. So instead of paying $7 a pop for it, I finally just ponied up and got myself the masticating juicer I’ve been coveting for about two years now. Mainly I’m excited because the centrifugal one I’d had for years sucked so bad, so it’s nice to have one that actually works well. That thing was just too loud, too big, and such a pain to clean – so I gave it up for a whopping $10 at our garage sale. Big money in the world of garage sales…Oh, some poor fool.

Anyway, the masticating one I have now is much more efficient, and even quite enough to use while I’m on the phone. I’m having a great time experimenting with it over here. Take this awesome Orange & Sweet Potato juice for instance. Inspired by the summer sunshine and nostalgic of a classic ice cream truck creamsicle in flavor!

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Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. Smoky & creamy avo, queso blanco, red cabbage, tangy cilantro sauce.

Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

As a devout avocado lover, I’m pretty much open to anything avocado. Put it in my smoothie, salad dressing, pudding, soup…I’ll take it hot or cold, for breakfast or for dessert…whatever. But, this grilled avocado thing was a first for me. Never crossed my mind actually. Not until I saw a recipe for grilled guacamole a while back, which got me thinking about the possibilities.

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Aprons back in stock: Mother’s Day Sale! Get 20% off and FREE SHIPPING through May 11, 2014

Aprons back in stock: Mother’s Day Sale!, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Got some aprons back in stock for all the mamas and mama’s babies out there! The full coverage cooking smock is available in adult and youth sizes (fits 4 to 9 year olds). Entire stock is on sale at 20% off with free shipping until Mother’s Day. In the shop! And, check out the Mommy & Me Set!

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