I’m sure I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite parts about blogging is the friends I’ve made online. I don’t often get to meet them in real life, although it does happen on special occasions (like this time and this time). I discovered Kelsey from Appeasing a Food Geek because she had linked to my site on her inspirations page. (Thanks, Kelsey!). It totally blows my mind when someone links to me like that. Before I started this blog, there were tons of blogs I followed that I consider my “inspirations.” It thrills me to know that my blog now serves that purpose for other people. Even though this site is almost two years old now, I still think of myself as a fairly new blogger. [Read more…]
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…]
Brita and I met back in the fall over the internet (as you do), and we instantly bonded and decided to collaborate with our blogs. She lives in Nashville (a city I am dying to visit someday soon), she loves food (obviously), we are both sort of closet “Tone It Up girls,” and she’s also super badass because she does roller derby. Brita is one of those people where I just know that if we were friends “in real life,” we would have so much fun and probably work out together and then bake cookies, because that’s how we live life. [Read more…]
Since hearing of pasta recipes like this one, I’ve been very intrigued. I love the idea of a pasta dish that merely requires you to mix some things in a bowl, toss in the cooked pasta (and some reserved pasta cooking liquid), garnish with some cheese, and serve. If you have access to fresh and flavorful ingredients, it’s the best solution for a quick and satisfying meal. [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.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cook more meat. That probably sounds a little backwards, so let me explain. Robert and I don’t eat meat every day, and I don’t plan on trying to change that. I know that it is certainly possible to do. I also know that some people can’t have meat for many different reasons, for one it might be too expensive, or they might have something like a chicken allergy. However, I’m usually more drawn to vegetarian recipes or those where meat is a secondary part. Also, Robert is the one who tends to handle cooking the meat (since I am easily grossed out by raw meat). He hovers over the frying pan, doing his thing while I chop veggies and clean up around him. This works out well for us, but I want to start trying some new recipes where the meat is the highlight, perhaps serving it with a side salad or veggie. I did get a bit of a start on this goal last weekend when I made Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken, a dish I highly recommend. (Don’t skip the pomegranates!) I also want to do more of the meat cooking myself, getting more comfortable with it, possibly even reaching that point where I can cut apart a whole chicken from the grocery store – a skill that would allow us to save money and use more of the whole animal. As part of this resolution I recently purchased a shiny new roasting pan, so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use and perfecting a roasted chicken. Here are some of the recipes that have been inspiring me: [Read more…]