It was a Thursday night, shortly after I had moved in with Robert. I was stressing out because we needed to throw dinner together but we also needed to clean the apartment since we had weekend guests arriving right after work the next day. That morning I had mentioned dinner to him and we decided that with a box of pasta in the pantry and some brussels sprouts and bacon in the fridge, we could put together a decent pasta dish. I was just starting to get the hang of how Robert and I could put a meal together with various ingredients we had lying around, as opposed to following a full-blown recipe. (My father-in-law is a chef, so Robert grew up with thrown-together dinners all the time, whereas my mom always follows a recipe.) While I was already on my path to becoming a more adventurous cook, I was still learning. [Read more…]
Have we ever been so excited to start a new year? I know I’m not the only one ready to say “boy bye” to 2016. The year 2017 feels like a fresh beacon of hope with its newness, and I know I’m ready to start fresh. Back in June I decided to put the month of January aside for taking a break and recharging my batteries (aka I’m a super-planner), so I’ve been looking forward to that month for many reasons. I’m planning to squeeze out one more blog post in January, but then I’m taking the rest of the month “off” to work on a site redesign (fingers crossed it all works out), have some down time and basically Marie Kondo my entire life. I’m really excited about it. And true to typical Sara fashion, I have the bulk of 2017 planned out for the blog and I’m excited to share all of that with you as well. There will be lots of fun recipes, cookbook reviews (as per usual), and a new fun blog series if all goes well. [Read more…]
It’s a funny thing, making friends on the internet. And as I’ve learned over the years, it doesn’t take much. In the case of my friendship with Molly from the universally-loved blog My Name is Yeh, it started with a tweet. I found her blog in late 2013 because apparently I was living under a rock. I remember finding her site, falling in love with the photos and recipes, reading her “about me” section and being all like “OMG I JUST FOUND MY NEW BEST FRIEND.” So obviously I tweeted something to that effect to share my newfound love for her site. This was shortly before I launched Cake Over Steak and my old personal website with my illustrations was still up on my Twitter profile. (It is now gone because it mysteriously disappeared from the internet along with the hosting company I used for it, although it had wonderful timing because it happened about a week after I launched this site.) Molly tweeted back at me and said how much she loved my illustrations, so I told her to stay tuned because I was launching an illustrated food blog in a few weeks. When that day came I made sure to let Molly know the site was live, and she was the first person to comment on my first blog post. Ever since then Molly has continued to be incredibly kind and supportive of my blog. [Read more…]
I learned about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) back when I first started getting into cooking and was reading food blogs like a madwoman. I was a broke college student in Philadelphia at the time, and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t signed up for a CSA to feed me through my senior year. I loved the idea of getting a weekly box of vegetables (with some items I may never have bought on my own), figuring out what to do with them and learning along the way. Since I couldn’t sign up for one at the time, I just fantasized about the day when I would be settled somewhere after graduation and could find one to join. [Read more…]
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…]
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.
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.