As we finish up 2014 I wanted to go back through my archives to remember what we’ve made throughout the year and to share with you a few of my favorite dinner recipes. Josh and I have definitely found several staples that we will keep making. We have cooked a few of these so often that Josh can even make them without me giving him directions from the other room (this cauliflower fried rice is his go-to).
And because this has been the year of pairings (paired up with Josh to write a book, and teamed up with a few friends to open a coffee shop) I thought I’d pair my favorite meals with these amazing candles by Produce Candles.
The chicory candle puts off smells of nuts and coffee. This Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew has charred bread and sautéed fennel which make for a fun match alongside the toasty smell of chicory. I think the chicory candle would also go great with Chestnut Soup, or Brazilian Feijoada.
We have had this candle lit all throughout the Christmas season. I think it would be the perfect complimenting aroma as I cook up these sautéed vegetables with herbed ricotta dumplings. It also perfectly balances all of the sweets coming out of my oven during the holidays (like this challah bread or these cookies).
We make this easy pot pie often and use whatever vegetables we have on hand. Though I don’t always add beets to the pot pie the flavor coming from the candle would add a nice earthy aroma when the pie is bubbling away in the oven.
This soup is perfectly sweet and spicy all at the same time and a little addition of honey in the air would work just perfectly. We make this one all the time. For Christmas Eve we used farro instead of quinoa for a more hearty and stew like consistency. This slightly sweet candle would also go great with my Super Food Bowl Salad which is made with a honey lime avocado dressing (& one of my most popular posts to date!).
If you’re interested in teaming up some of your cooking with a new fresh Produce Candle, check out the offerings on their website at ProduceCandles.com. A few tips for candle pairing – use complimenting flavors or flavors that are already in your dish. For example if you’re making Moroccan food, which is usually sweetened with honey, you could try the honey candle or if you’re making a pasta dish with lots of herbs try one of the candles featuring an herb. Try not to overpower the smells coming from your kitchen with a candle but instead partner with them. Also, bring the candle into your entry way or living room to spread out the good vibes.
I wanted to share the great smells I’ve enjoyed this holiday season so I’m giving away a candle to one of you! Leave a comment with the best dinner you’ve made all year to win. Winner
will be announced on New Years Eve is Debra from Elliot Eats! For a double entry check out my previous post and add a comment with a challenge you hope to take on this coming year.
Here are some more favorites dinners from this year:
Cauliflower Fried Rice We change this one up a lot adding in different veggies, chicken, and occasionally rice plus cauliflower. The cauliflower perfectly soaks in all of the juicy flavor from the soy sauce and sesame oil!