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One-Bowl Red Velvet Lava Cakes (Gluten-Free)

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Quick and Easy, Winter

(This post is sponsored by ALDI. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy.)

I’ve recently (re)discovered books on tape and this has leadled to some incredible and entertaining walks with Amelia. Even though I should be paying 100% attention to the story being told to me through my headphones, my mind still wanders off and I naturally start thinking about…food, always. Last week, specifically: Valentine’s Day foods.

For this post, I teamed up with ALDI. The place that is always my- go-to for all of my baking and cooking needs. They’re always so affordable and the ingredients are high-quality. This particular recipe is gluten-free (YAY!), utilizing their new almond flour that is available starting February 13th.

Before we dive into the recipe, I’d like for you to know a surprising fact about me. I love creating foods for my all-time favorite commercial holiday: Valentine’s Day. Maybe I like it because I can use all the pink my heart desires? Or maybe because cheese can be used as a form of affection? Not sure, but either way, it’s become my favorite.

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Instant Pot Pozole Verde con Pollo

Dinner, Instant Pot, One-Pot Meals, Quick and Easy, Winter

It’s been raining for four days straight in Los Angeles and while I usually love the rain, it’s starting to get, umm…a bit inconvenient. I feel like this how people must feel about snow: cute at first but then it gets boring, especially when the snow gets all gross and dirty and makes it hard to go grocery shopping and drive to work. I get it.

I can’t say it’s been all bad. There have been plenty of cozy nights like the night I watched the Fyre Fest which was…well, INSANE. It was incredibly entertaining and I found myself laughing way more than I thought I was going to. I’m going to be frank and say that I’m even more excited to see the competing documentary because it looks a lil’ bit sketch and I’m excited about the drama lol. Life if fun if you see the fun stuff!

While rain can be boring, what’s not boring is figuring out food for raining days. Because that’s easy and riveting! I made this on Sunday for a cozy night in and it was so delicious AND easy. Yes, of course, you don’t need an Instant Pot to make this. A regular pot will do.

Now for some history on pozole. If you’ve never had pozole, it’s almost like a cross between a stew and a soup (this iteration is a bit more brothy because I love broth). It has a rich history and is actually pre-Columbian. It was a dish the Aztecs served on special occasions. The main ingredient is hominy (pozole) which is basically shelled corn that’s been dried and then cooked in water and lime juice.

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Sweet Meyer Lemon Wild Blueberry Cornbread

Desserts, Quick and Easy, Winter

I’m currently doing two things that are very topical: staring at the new Frank Ocean GQ cover and Marie Kondo-ing (yes, her name is a verb now) my entire kitchen. Or at least trying to. I realize that trying to get a totally aesthetically and pleasing organizational space requires a bit of an investment in buying matching containers, dividers, mini shelves, etc. I’m hoping it pays off in the end. At the end of the year last year, I was terrified to open my drawers because after cooking day in and day out for 3 months straight, things had gotten a little disorderly.

But now that I have a bit of time, I’ve been trying to remove things, wipe things down and begin again. New and fresh. You know how it goes.

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