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Spatchcock Chicken, Re-visited . See Also Spatchcock Turkey

Ok, won’t be long here as this is sort of a post to remind you of old posts, but then putting them all together in one cohesive new post. Ya dig?

On my IGTV today, you see me demo how to Spatchcock a chicken, which is also something you can do for your Thanksgiving turkey! Same exact method, just a bigger bird in need of a bigger roasting space. That’s all.

Spatchcock. Ok, so Spatchcock is essentially to flatten it, or sort-of butterfly it. More surface area gets exposed to the heat contact, creating more yummy crispy bits, the breast won’t dry out, and it cooks in about half the time.

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COCONUT COFFEE CAKE

When I was younger, I thought Coffee Cake had coffee in it. Otherwise, why call it Coffee Cake? It’s like hey – here’s a Chocolate Cake. But yeah – there’s no chocolate in it. Why would you think there’s chocolate in this chocolate cake, dummy? No, no. It’s just cake to have with chocolate. It’s just plain cake.

silly.

And then I made it one time in college from a recipe off the back of an Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix box. I was poor. Living alone. At our beach house (yeah, don’t feel too sorry). And my daddy was coming to visit, so like a good southern girl I wanted to have something for him when he got there. All I know is that I had all the ingredients needed to make that boxed coffee cake, and I was so proud.

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Our Picadillo

I know you’re used to seeing a staged professional food photo here, but this post is bringing something different to the table, so you get my thumb.

If you saw my Instagram story yesterday (on my highlights as ‘our picadillo’ now), you watched my daughter and I make dinner together. I make dinner with the family a lot… it’s not a unique thing that it happened, but yesterday I just felt like documenting it from inception to the finish line. I’ve started letting my kids have more control and ownership over our family meals. I have them pick a country or region in the world, and then we make a dinner inspired by that place. Sometimes it involves my kids closing their eyes and pointing to a world map, and sometimes it’s just because my daughter made a new friend from Puerto Rico.

And that’s what brought us to our dinner yesterday.

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH PUTTANESCA

I forgot how much I liked spaghetti squash! And I don’t like it as a sub for pasta (it’s not anywhere close to tasting like a noodle), but I do like it for what it is – a squash. It’s such a fun vegetable. And sooo simple to prepare, not to mention easy to adapt to whatever dish you feel like making that day. I’ve eaten it with pestos, ragoûts, brown butter / sage sauce, even just topped with herbs and cheese. But this here is my current favorite.

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