This American Plate

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This American Plate is a lifestyle blog focusing on everything related to food, including recipes, dining experience reviews, dinner tablescapes, and vegetable and herb gardening. I’m glad to have you here, so please take your time. There’s no need to rush. 🙂 Be sure to follow This American Plate on Facebook, Instagram and Feedly.


  • Sauté Pans

    January 31, 2015
    Saute PanA 12-inch sauté pan can potentially serve as your everyday pan. As stated in the name, you can sauté (meaning to fry quickly in a little hot fat). This is great for cooking everything from boneless chicken breasts, pork chops, sausages, burgers, vegetables like spinach and chopped brussels sprouts, and grill cheese sandwiches. I have a Simply Calphalon non-stick sauté pan with cover very similar to the one pictured below. I will say that in the past 3 years that I’ve used it, it is well worn, but has served me well. I use the pan every time that I cook seafood, boneless ... Read more »
  • Project 365: Faux Flowers

    January 30, 2015
    Ranunculus | This American PlateFlowers are beautiful wonders. Their colors and soft petals attract insects and birds who help them reproduce. All of this beauty and fragrance also attract me and probably you too. My favorite flowers are Peonies and Ranunculus. I really can’t get enough of them. I love receiving them as surprise gifts. I enjoy buying them for myself and arranging them in vases. I check for them often at farmer’s markets and floral departments when they’re in season. Unfortunately, there are these things called “seasons” that control when and how often we can have access to these flowers. Well, access at affordable prices… Every now and again, I’ll see a faux ... Read more »
  • Roasted Root Vegetables

    January 24, 2015
    roasted root vegetables | This American PlateOh, the joys of winter. I love the colder months because I get to wear layers, wrap Christmas gifts, make pecan cream cake, drink hot chocolate in abundance, and enjoy root vegetables! Yes, you can get root vegetables like parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, rutabaga and turnips almost year round, but November to February seems like the best time to enjoy root veggies in abundance and in many ways from oven roasted to creamy soups to hearty stews. Root Vegetables Are Good For You The best part about eating root vegetables is that they’re really good for you, especially when you have them raw in salads and smoothies. They include ... Read more »
  • Root Vegetables

    January 24, 2015
    root vegetables | This American PlateProject 365 – Photo Day #24 Today, I picked up a few root vegetables from Trader Joe’s to cook for dinner.         Read more »
  • All About Pomegranates

    January 21, 2015
    photo of pomegranateHave you ever tried pomegranates? If not, you’re missing out on a treat. Pomegranate arils (also called “seeds”) are slightly sweet, have a nice crunch, and include antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and K. Typically, you can find pomegranates in U.S. super markets when their in season from September to February. I purchased the pomegranates photographed in this post from Trader Joe’s. When choosing pomegranates, be sure to pick ripe fruits with red to reddish-brown rind, which is inedible. They can last unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks, but once you remove the seeds they should be eaten within two days or you can freeze ... Read more »