#Commute No. 8

#Commute No. 8 | Cake Over Steak

I spent all of last week at the beach in South Carolina with friends. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. But in addition to all of the normal things to love about being at the beach, I was really enjoying the scenery down there. We were on Seabrook Island, SC in a private community, and in some ways it felt like we were on a private tropical island. Just look at this place! (See below.)  [Read more...]

Hazelnut Coffee Fudgesicles

Hazelnut Coffee Fudgesicles for #POPSICLEWEEK | Cake Over Steak

It’s Popsicle Week!!!! This is a cause to celebrate. It’s like Christmas in July for food bloggers. If you’ve never heard of it before, Popsicle Week is when a crap-ton of food bloggers share popsicle recipes. That’s really all there is to it. But there’s something about a ton of food bloggers sharing popsicle recipes in the height of summer that just brings a smile to your face, am I right? The hype around this event is something that could only be pulled off by Billy from Wit & Vinegar, the mastermind behind this whole thing. (Keep an eye out for his cookbook, coming out later this year.) [Read more...]

Seedy Maple Granola & A Giveaway of Bowl and Spoon

Seedy Maple Granola | Cake Over Steak

One of the first meals that Robert and I ever cooked together after I moved in with him was the “brussel leaf and baby spinach saute” from Sprouted Kitchen‘s first book. I had bought it shortly before the move, so we ended up cooking from it quite a bit in those first few months of living together, and it remains one of our favorites. We ate that salad in the “front room,” AKA the “front porch” (Robert always called it that by accident), or what is technically our living room. Or rather, we ate it in the room that BECAME our living room. Before it turned into the lovely space where we eat dinner, watch movies, host dinner parties and where I shoot my blog photos, it was a room with a pile of boxes Robert had never unpacked since moving in, along with a card table, two odd chairs and just a random sconce on the wall for lighting. But we ate this amazing salad in there that we had made together, and in addition to helping Robert realize that he loves brussels sprouts with a passion, this salad was also a sign that living together was going to work out just fine, and if nothing else we would surely eat well. We went from never eating brussels sprouts to eating them at least once a week during that first fall and winter of living together. The original Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook is important to us for reasons like that.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: June 2015

Things I'm Loving: June 2015 | Cake Over Steak

June is always one of my favorite months of the year. June brings strawberry season, birthdays, my family beach trip (which tends to fall on my birthday – SCORE), lots of daylight (my birthday is actually on the longest day of the year WHAT WHAT), fireflies and warm, lazy days. I just love it. This year’s June did not disappoint. One particular highlight occurred yesterday (although I guess that was technically July), when I was a guest on the ChoppedCon Podcast. Be sure to check that out if you want to hear more about my food blogging journey. Here are some random things I was loving throughout the month of June: [Read more...]

#Commute No. 7

#Commute No. 7 | Cake Over Steak

I put a call out to Instagram and Facebook the other day for you guys to help me decide which image to paint next, and I was a little surprised by the results. Personally I think I was leaning towards 2 or 3, but you guys picked this one. But that’s why I enjoy asking the internet when I’m feeling indecisive – I’m always surprised by what other people find interesting versus what I’m drawn towards. In a way, I feel like this whole project is about finding the beauty in the mundane everyday things, and what I find to be the most beautiful won’t necessarily be the same as the person standing next to me. I literally drive by these sights every single day on my way to and from work, so this project forces me to really LOOK at it and celebrate the beauty in it. I love it for that.  [Read more...]

Golden Milk Cake

Golden Milk Cake | Cake Over Steak

Okay so … I might have lied to you a little bit. This isn’t officially called a “golden milk cake.” Its true name is “hot milk cake.” However, Robert and a few of our friends thought the name “hot milk cake” was a little … let’s just say: off-putting. We brainstormed a bit (while sitting around a table and eating almost the entire cake – THE SIX OF US), and Robert won with his idea of calling it a “golden milk cake.” So that’s what I have for you today.  [Read more...]

“Inspiralized” Beet Pasta with Oranges, Honey Walnuts and Crispy Kale

"Inspiralized" Beet Pasta with Oranges, Honey Walnuts and Crispy Kale | Cake Over Steak

For a while there I was eyeing up the “spiralizer” gadget on the internet. I considered putting it in my Amazon cart many times, but ultimately decided that it was just one of those things with one purpose and it would take up too much space in our small kitchen. But then around the turn of the new year (big surprise), Robert and I decided we wanted to start limiting how often we make pasta, hoping to incorporate some lighter meals into our weeknights more often. It can be really tempting to make a hearty pasta dish one night because it will last us through half the week, but that also means we end up eating pasta for 3 nights in a row. It’s tasty and efficient (cooking one meal for 3 days), but when that one meal is pasta, it can also leave you feeling heavy and bloated throughout the week. So with our newfound desire to start cooking lighter meals, Robert expressed an interest in getting a spiralizer (which I took as a major green light) and we bought one as a bit of an impulse purchase during our frenzy of “new year, new us.” [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: May 2015

Things I'm Loving: May 2015 | Cake Over Steak

Summer is finally here! I know it’s not official yet, but it sure feels like summer lately. Tank tops and sandals have become a daily staple and the air conditioners are going strong. I’m sad that we only had about a week of that perfect weather where you keep the windows open all day long, but I’m glad our terrible winter has ended (fingers crossed). And I’m so ready for the beach, it’s not even funny. I’ve been “tonin’ it up!” I can’t wait to use my fancy new yoga mat on the deck of the beach house and go for runs by the water with the sea breeze blowing in my hair. I’m planning to sleep in a bit, so maybe I’ll work out at 7 or 8 instead of 5:45 like I do now (oh geez I’m getting old). It’s going to be glorious! May was a lot of fun – We had a few road trips up to the Finger Lakes for my brother-in-law’s college graduation (congrats Daniel!) and for a Memorial Day/Robert’s Birthday weekend bash with friends. Aaaannnd I have to keep reminding myself that 2015 is almost halfway over and it’s not February anymore. What’s up with life?! Here are some things I’ve been loving this month:  [Read more...]

#Commute No. 6

#Commute No. 6 | Cake Over Steak

Detours and construction zones. They’re currently ruining my life. For a solid 8 weeks or more I’ve had two significant detours due to construction on my way to work, and they just keep adding more. The other day I was late to work because I ran into a new detour (which actually blocked me from getting to my detour from a detour, since I know a shortcut), and got stuck in a one lane construction zone, bringing the grand total of construction areas in my commute that day to five. My drive to work is only about 35 minutes long, so that means I hit a construction site every 7 minutes, on average. (#MathNerd – This is how my brain works.) One of these days I’m literally going to blow a gasket. [Read more...]

Papaya Coconut Popsicles & A Print Giveaway

Papaya Coconut Popsicles & A Print Giveaway | Cake Over Steak

Today is really exciting because I’ve partnered up with Liz from Floating Kitchen to bring you these popsicles and a giveaway. She was kind enough to come up with the recipe for these bad boys, and then I illustrated them and we’re hosting a giveaway for one of my prints of the popsicle illustration. Liz has become a very good “blog friend” to me recently. We have bonded over our love for things like chocolate and bourbon, and we’re hoping to meet up in person someday soon so we can indulge in those loves together. She also gets swag points from me because she lives on an island. I must admit – I get a little jealous whenever I see her beach pics (with her cute pup) on Instagram. One day I would love to live by the beach! If Liz could be my neighbor that would just be even better. [Read more...]