a new chapter

Dutch Oven Sourdough | theclevercarrot.com

I’ve started and stopped this post about 100 times since January.

My head was filled with so many things that any time I’d sit down to write a new post I’d get all restless and distracted. My thoughts would eventually seize up like a bad hollandaise sauce (bless the delete button…).

Yes, I know. Excuses, excuses.

The truth is, I’ve been busy working on a very special project; one that’s literally consumed all of my time, thoughts, energy- you name it. Every day, I’d wake up and dive head first into the arduous task of balancing creativity with life, kids, work, and whatever else. It wasn’t easy and I took on way more than I could handle (hence the radio silence in this space).

But now I’m delighted to report that it’s over! No more deadlines. No more pressure. All of the pages have been signed, sealed, and delivered to my editor and we are in the final stages of completing the details.

What details you ask?…

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how to make crispy veggie fries without the fat

how to make crispy veggie fries without the fat| theclevercarrot.com

On Friday night, I treat the boys to steak and fries.

It’s their favorite meal of the week, and for once I don’t have to negotiate with them (they should both be lawyers!). The steak is grass fed from Trader Joe’s, and while I’m there, I grab a bag of fries too.

Yes! The Clever Carrot doesn’t make her own fries!

You heard that right. In my defense, the correct way to make fries is to double fry the potatoes for a super crispy outside and fluffy middle. Tell me something: who in their right mind would double fry anything in raging hot oil at the end of the week?

I’d rather eat out.

Plus, I found an easier and healthier way to do it without the fat….

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roasted butternut squash with figs + sage

Butternut Squash with Figs + Sage | theclevercarrot.com

My parents host a huge Thanksgiving feast every year.

I go up a dress size just thinking about it.

In addition to being surrounded by family and friends, what I love most, is the mass spread of traditional fare you only eat once a year (stuffing in July doesn’t sound good to you?!). To keep it fun, we do try to sneak in at least one new dish for the crowd.

But it has to be simple, and can’t add to the stress….

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