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Bacon and Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

The past five months have flown by with a newborn, and it has hit us that next week we will be flying out to Wisconsin to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Turkey Day is the first of many opportunities to over-indulge (in food and drink) with friends and family on a regular basis through the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with making a conscious choice to treat yourself. However, we’ve learned that going off the rails has its consequences and is less and less appealing each holiday season.

As a result, we are always trying to create more options for our holiday tables, and this time we think we’ve really struck gold. This creamed cauliflower, spinach, and bacon medley has the heartiness of mashed potatoes, plenty of spinach, and bacon for days. It’s a great option for anyone looking to stay low-carb during the holiday feast, but it won’t leave anyone else feeling deprived. We hope it makes its way to your table as well, no matter the season.

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Wirsing in Sahnesauce (Savoy Cabbage in Cream Sauce)

This past weekend, after we returned from Canada on Friday, we went to Virginia to visit my parents and my aunt. Saturday morning, before we arrived, they visited their local farmers market and picked up a beautiful head of Savoy cabbage for us to bring home. With this head of cabbage came a challenge: how would we use this for a recipe to share with the world?

After some research, we found some fun German preparations of Savoy cabbage—wirsing, auf Deutsch—and this sautéed cabbage with bacon and a “cream sauce” was a must. The hint of nutmeg really brings a winter-y warmth to this recipe that will only get better as the temperature continues to drop. We hope you’ll enjoy this dish as a savory side dish or a main dish. Guten Appetit! 

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Bacon & Broccoli Salad

The day after the Fourth of July, we’re excited to share with you our newest picnic-approved salad. We gave it a dry run this week at a gathering with Real Everything and The Paleo Mom, and received positive feedback from kids and adults alike.

We hope you’ll continue our good luck with this salad at your summer, spring, fall, and winter meals. The key to this recipe is the homemade mayonnaise—adding bacon fat to the mix is perfect. Enjoy this recipe, and let us know how what you think in the comments below!

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Pork Shoulder with North Carolina-ish Barbecue Sauce

Today we’re particularly ecstatic about batch cooking. The reason this pork shoulder recipe is so timely is that Heather gave birth to our son Otto early Sunday morning. Labor was relatively quick (about 7 hours) and mom and baby were healthy enough to leave the hospital early. We’re getting less sleep than normal, so having large amounts of pre-cooked food has been a life saver.

This pork shoulder is another iteration of cooking pork shoulder in the Instant Pot. Normally we submerge the shoulder in broth or water, and this time we decided to use just a small amount of water in the bottom. We ended up with a tender meat with a spicy, vinegar-based sauce. This isn’t a traditional North Carolina barbecue sauce, but we think you’ll like it all the same.

Also, at the bottom of the post you can catch a glimpse of our newest family member.

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Baked Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Bratwurst have been a family food since before I can remember. Growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, my father remembers being relegated to the basement with other children at the Stayer’s house for cocktail parties. You may not know the Stayers, but they named their family business, a butcher store, after the town they lived in—Johnsonville, Wisconsin. That small butcher shop, opened in 1945, is the same Johnsonville’s known nationally for their sausage offerings.

The standard midwest protocol for bratwurst is to grill it over charcoal and then simmer in a bath of beer, butter, and onion. We do this often, and you can check out our recipe here. Today’s recipe skips the grill and uses the oven, a healthy amount of sauerkraut, and a Granny Smith apple. Made in about an hour in the oven, it’s perfect for rainy days or any time you’d like to make bratwurst without as much active attention. Whether on the grill or in the oven, we love brats. Let us know in the comments how you like your bratwurst!

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