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…)
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…)
Summer is shaping up to be a season of busy. It has been a beautiful week of plentiful sunshine, cool breezes, and lots of work! Planning for my Europe trip next month is one big thing I’ve been busy with. That’s right- I’ll be taking my first international trip to Europe! The first part of the trip is with my grad school advisor and her study abroad history of psychology class. I did a little preliminary research for the program years ago and she’s invited me along to see the fruits of my labor. I’m really excited to see some of these hallmarks of psychology I’ve only read about in textbooks and articles (and seeing my passport look more worldly). (more…)
I’ll admit, I was pretty (read: very) late to the red velvet wagon. It seemed like a dessert that couldn’t make it up its flavor-mind and hid its indecision behind a lot of food coloring. I thought I saw through that. Who wants a confused cupcake anyway? Then two years ago, a friend was throwing a surprise birthday party for his then-girlfriend and I offered to make cupcakes for dessert. Guess what her favorite cake flavor was? That’s right. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get this intense urge to bake cookies. Images of mixing chocolate chunks into cookie dough, dropping rounded dough on parchment paper, and pulling out warm delicious cookies play through my mind until I must. bake. cookies. Arrrghh… cookie making monster…. (more…)
I’ll confess: today’s post was a spontaneous I-saw-it-on-my-Instagram-feed-and-had-to-make-it-RIGHTNOW. Like, NOW. And they turned out so yummy that they had to be blogged about ASAP. Brownies made in cast iron skillets look so inviting, as if they were welcoming you to a campfire as an alternative to s’mores. (more…)