What I love about summer is the chance to eat lovely, light, fresh food, especially as I’m not a salad-person. I generally crave hearty pastas or stews or dishes that make me feel cozy on the inside. But since I started kickboxing this summer, I’ve really started craving lighter meals.
Answer: delicious Vietnamese-inspired summer rolls.
I lost a bet.
More specifically, I lost a Masterchef bet because I really really wanted that adorable Brandi to win. (It’s okay, girl, madeleines are hard!) So, I owed a friend something baked and chocolate. Being as busy and lazy as I’ve been this year, noted in my nine month absence from the blog, I pulled out a recipe I tried once last year and decided to change it up with a peanut butter filling instead.
I’ve decided the best thing to do with leftover roast chicken is…. stuff it into pizza dough with bacon, onions, and some Caesar dressing and make chicken bakes! Okay, there are lots of other things you can do. But chicken bakes are easy and portable and filling. And they remind me of the absolute perfection that is Costco’s chicken bakes. (more…)
I can’t believe it’s already December. I know I say this every time the season turns, but the past few months have really flown by! It’s nice to look forward to a lot of baking this year after nearly killing the turkey on Thanksgiving. BTW, Alton Brown’s turkey is so good that even accidentally forgetting to reduce the heat (from 500 to 350) for the last 1.5 hours didn’t completely burn the bird. The foil blanket also helped. It was really good in congee that night and pot pie the next day. (more…)
Everyone loves a baked potato, right? The perfect lazy side if you have an hour to spare. You can add anything on them and they’re perfect as a meal unto themselves. I read on Tasting Table that lots of chefs will bake off a few potatoes at the end of the night rather than pull together a full meal. The way they add flavor to it is to bake it encrusted in salt. Hmm… (more…)
There aren’t many things I like about the weather getting colder- mainly cuz I hate being cold and I love long lazy summer days. However, I do love that I can go on crazy baking sprees for the holiday season. I love the smell of delicious goodies baking in the oven. It spreads warmth, sweetness, and the scent of homemade all through the house. There’s nothing quite like it. (more…)
There are some things that just scream fall: pumpkins, pumpkin spice ANYTHING, colorful foliage, pumpkin farms (okay, pumpkins= fall), scarecrows, warm jackets, boots(!!), brussel sprouts… yes, brussel sprouts. It is this time of year you can buy them on the stalk at Trader Joe’s and they are such a yummy side-dish on any fall table. (more…)
Some days, all we want is chocolate. And gummy bears. Preferably together. Gummies in disguise? (more…)
So the house I’m living in for the next two or so month is still mostly unpacked; mostly because it feels like too much work (and there’s not enough space) to unpack everything. Why do I bring this up? Because, kitchen. (more…)
Okay, I know I dropped the ball here for over a month and I completely apologize for it. There was the traveling, the mutant cold, the moving, the drama with the moving, then no Internet, then the practice… too many things = no energy for here. But here, these amazing cookies are my offering to you. If you were in here in my kitchen, I’d probably offer to make you some. Cept the kitchen is kind of a mess right now. (more…)