It seems like lately my blog is all about the people I met at a picnic on that fateful June day two years ago, and that’s because a lot of them are having babies or publishing cookbooks. (Or in Lindsey’s case, having a baby and a book.) Isn’t that funny? Today I’m celebrating Cynthia of Two Red Bowls because she just became #ThreeRedBowls! Cynthia is such a sweetheart and she was the one who originally emailed me about joining in on that picnic because we had been trying to meet up. She brought the best tofu and a tasty broccoli stem salad, along with her big, friendly smile. Now she’s become a mom, so Steph and Alana gathered a bunch of us to share food that fits in bowls in order to celebrate her baby bowl. (Scroll down for the full list of recipes at the bottom of this post.) If you haven’t checked out Cynthia’s blog, you should do so pronto. Everything she makes sounds so wonderful (like sticky date cinnamon rolls or potato, garlic and leek soup) and I practically want to lick it off the screen, plus her beautiful darker photography style always inspires me. [Read more…]
When I attended that amazing food blogger picnic two summers ago (where I met Lindsey and a handful of other bloggers), I only had a vague sense of who would be attending based on my email chain. Someone made a comment about Yossy showing up later on and my ears perked up – “Yossy?” I asked. “As in Apt. 2B Baking Co. Yossy?!” (How many Yossys do YOU know? It seemed like the most logical option.) And I was right, of course. I was not a seasoned blogger (I hadn’t even been blogging for a year yet at that point), so the fact that I was there with some people I would call heavy-hitters already seemed preposterous, and then I found out Yossy would be there – Another big-hitter. If I was a Phillies fan or some other kind of sports fan, this for me was like meeting the Phillies, ya know? Aka I was nerding out HARD. [Read more…]
Happy Mother’s Day! This might seem odd, but today’s ice cream wish list is in honor of my mom. That lady loves ice cream. When I was growing up, a lot of my friends would get really excited about ice cream, and I was always so “whatever” about it. That’s because in our house, ice cream was not for special occasions – it was part of our nightly routine. We would all gather in the evening before bed for a television show or two (Boy Meets World or Frasier, etc. when I was younger, and The Daily Show when I was in high school), and we would eat a bowl of ice cream. That was just the way it was. We always had multiple cartons of it in the freezer. When it was on sale, my parents would buy TEN gallons, and that would maybe last us about two weeks? Even now with my parents’ smaller household, there’s still always at least 3 or 4 gallons in the freezer. We were known as the house that always had ice cream. (Maybe this is why our house was always the central meeting place for me and my friends …) [Read more…]
Happy Pi Day!!!! Did you know this is one of the most epic Pi Days ever? The number pi is 3.14159265359 … blah blah blah and today is 3.14.15, aka the first 5 digits of pi. I’m a math nerd, so this is kind of a big deal. When I was in high school my AP Calc class (which consisted of me and about ten of my best friends) would force our ever-gracious teacher, Mr. Miller, to let us celebrate Pi Day, which meant we brought in tons of pie and did nothing but eat pie all class period. It was great. I wanted to celebrate this year’s Pi Day with a virtual Pi Day party, if you will, by giving you a roundup of recipes I’ve been wanting to make. [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m getting into a whiskey/bourbon craze. I’ve noticed a lot of people around me getting into that scene lately as well, so maybe we’re all just conforming to a bigger trend? I actually heard an interesting story on NPR recently about how women are the future of whiskey. Historically considered a “man’s drink,” whiskey is becoming more and more popular with the female crowd, and whiskey producers are paying attention. Personally, I think I can attribute much of my coming around to whiskey to the artisanal cocktail scene. (I prefer to get used to a new spirit as it mingles with other tasty items in a fancy beverage.) To celebrate my newfound love, I’ve rounded up the whiskey and bourbon-focused recipes I’ve been eyeing on the internet. This wish list of mine is so true to life – I clearly love the sweets and cocktails more than real food. Also, you can totally tell which other bloggers are deep into the bourbon by their repeat appearances on here. (I’m looking at you, Minimalist Baker, Chasing Delicious and How Sweet It Is.) So let’s talk whiskey and bourbon recipes and get all boozed up together: [Read more…]
I may be a little late to this miso train, but I’m jumping on that bandwagon hard-core. As an ingredient I wasn’t really aware of until college, I had been a little skeptical of it, and had only ever heard of it being used in miso soup. Then I started to pay a little more attention, and I got curious. The miso glaze from Love and Lemons was like our gateway drug into The World of Miso. After that encounter, we became a little obsessed: Robert attempted to put that miso glaze on anything he could get his hands on, and I started pinning any recipe that mentioned that magical umami ingredient. Then there was the miso-creamed kale that rocked my world, and the miso-maple roasted roots that took our salad from “great” to “totally boss.” In case you can’t tell, I want to cook with miso some more. A lot more. As usual, Food52 came to the rescue by telling me all about how to cook with miso, and better yet – how to make a week’s worth of dinners with a batch of miso butter. I need to try that. Here are some other miso-centric dishes I want to try: [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.
I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.