Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

You can’t really go wrong by putting things in skillets.

Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

Especially when the thing in the skillet is a glorious mash-up of rosemary, thyme, cornbread, and buttery biscuit-y goodness.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

Comfort food is totally in order today, because Kyle and I are officially moved out of our apartment! Which would be great, except for now we have a ten day wait before we can get into the NEW apartment, which means literally everything we own is in a truck that’s sitting at a friend’s house while we live out of suitcases in a short-term sublet. I can’t even get in to the sublet place until late this afternoon, but we had to be out of our old apartment this morning, so I’m basically killing the whole day by bouncing from one coffee shop to another and attempting to get some work done while I’m temporarily homeless. Moving sucks! I know it’ll be worth it, because the new place is cheaper and nicer than where we were – and it has a DISHWASHER, OMG – but I’m just ready for the whole process to be over. Fortunately, Ithaca has some great coffee places and restaurants (hellloooooo, rosemary salt bagels!) with free wi-fi, so I can salvage some productive-ness today while I’m in between the old apartment and the new sublet. Plus, free wi-fi means I get to tell you about these biscuits! WINNING.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

This particular dish went through a lot more recipe testing iterations than most of the food on Life As A Strawberry, mostly because I just kept changing my mind. I want rosemary! Wait, no I don’t. I want them to be cookie sheet biscuits! No, I don’t – I want them to be skillet biscuits! Wait, I DO want rosemary! Why aren’t they fluffy enough? Oh, probably because the baking soda and baking powder are still sitting on the counter instead of being in the biscuits. Am I really sure I want these to be biscuits? I think so. Or maybe scones! No, biscuits. Definitely biscuits. Ms. Indecisive, reporting for duty.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

And then, of course, I had even more issues once I’d settled on the perfect recipe version. Issues like, “whoops, I ate them all before I could take any pictures,” or starting the recipe at 10:00pm and (duh) being too tired to deal with cameras and artificial lighting by the time they were out of the oven. You’d think after doing that to myself a million times I would have learned by lesson. But you would be wrong.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

Basically, it was a bit of a long process to get these skillet herbed cornbread biscuits to you.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

Also, completely unrelated (but equally important), how cute is this tiny honey jar? It came with a cup of tea I got at a restaurant once, so naturally I snapped it up to use for pictures. Being a food blogger is awesome, because it gives me an excuse to collect tiny, adorable, completely unnecessary things without just being a hoarder.

Skillet Herbed Cornbread Biscuits

But I digress. These biscuits! Make them! And then eat them with Black Bean, Corn, and Turkey Chili, or some of this barbecue pulled pork, or some of this ROOT BEER pulled pork, or some insanely good Peach Whiskey Chili for maximum enjoyment. You could also just shovel them into your face with a bit of butter and honey as soon as they’re out of the oven, though. It’s all totally acceptable.  [read more...]


Shrimp Remoulade {and an announcement!}

In true Jessie fashion, I’m two days late to my own party. (But at least I brought food, right?) Because Wednesday was my two-year blogiversary! If I had confetti, I would throw it at you. Right at your face. Through my computer screen. And then scream YAY CONFETTI. And then make you less angry about the confetti throwing by giving you a plate of this shrimp remoulade. Truce?

I don’t have a lot to say about the blogiversary, really, because I’m too excited to tell you about other things (EXCITING HAPPY THINGS). So I guess I’ll just say this: TWO YEARS?! Whoa. So many good things in my life have happened because of this blog. And I’m so grateful for the friends I’ve made and the opportunities I’ve had because of Life As A Strawberry. I could spend an hour (or…y’know, five) with you all getting mushy-gushy over how happy I am to be a food blogger, but I won’t. Because we have important things to discuss!

Shrimp Remoulade

For those of you who follow The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project (which, um, you all 100% should), you’ll know that we announced our VERY FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE a few weeks ago. Today, I get to make an even BETTER announcement: We have chosen a hotel and have locked in conference dates! (This is the part where I throw more confetti at you through my computer screen #sorryimnotsorry). [read more...]


Breakfast Bruschetta

It was really only a matter of time before I added a heap of goat cheese to my breakfast and put the whole thing on top of crostini.

Breakfast Bruschetta
This is quite possibly the greatest breakfast breakthrough ever. Easy to make? Check. Includes cheese? Check. Able to be eaten with one hand while you sit at the computer attempting to get work done? Checkity check check. Also, there are tomatoes and fresh basil AND some scrumdiddlyumptious (real word. Willy Wonka says so) scrambled eggs. [read more...]


Sometimes I like to sneak bread and cheese into otherwise healthy snacks. Just because I can. Because I’m a grown up. And that means I get do do whatever I want, even if what I want is ice cream for breakfast and cupcakes for lunch and to “forget” to go for a run or do anything productive because life is just better when you sit on the couch in your sweatpants and watch all ten seasons of Friends right in a row.

Pear, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Crostini
Take pears, for example. I could have just eaten a pear. But instead, I was like, you know what this pear needs? Goat cheese. And bread. And some prosciutto. And some more goat cheese. [read more...]

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes

I am so super into these smashed potatoes. Like, to the point of obsession. Not that that surprises anyone here, I’m sure. Since an (unhealthy? nahhhh) obsession with food is kind of my thing. No big deal.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
But seriously. These potatoes combine all of my favorite things. Goat cheese? Check. Pesto? Check. Balsamic vinegar? Checkity check. POTATOES? You betcha. It took everything I had not to eat them all by myself à la this chicken pesto orzo soup and save a few for Kyle. [read more...]