Archive for the ‘Cooking Light’ Category
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
I’m always surprised when someone tells me they don’t like broccoli…it’s one of my favorite green veggies!
Not to mention, broccoli cooks up super quick, is fabulous in risotto, and goes so well with cheese (or vegan “cheese” sauce!). Plus the florets look like little trees. What’s not to love?
When I ask why they don’t like it, the most common response I get is I guess I’m just sick of it…I need new ideas!
Well, there’s no way I can hear that and not come to the rescue. (more…)
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Have I ever told you about my mom’s apple pie?
She always makes it deep-dish style (like Chicago pizza). Sometimes she’ll make it with a double crust and sometimes she’ll make it with what she calls a “French crumble topping”, and her thick apple layer is perfectly spiced and sweetened. It is hands-down the best apple pie. In the world. (Tall claim, but I’m sticking to it…but I won’t argue if you tell me the same about your mom’s pie.) (more…)
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Monday is back again! I hope you had a relaxing weekend…Saturday was a completely relaxing day for us and we loved it. The only thing we did all day (at least that’s what it felt like!) was walk to our favorite Japanese restaurant for dinner. I feel rested and ready to start the workweek!
Here’s the dish this week… (more…)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Would you believe I absolutely hated rice as a kid?
I attribute this to the fact that my mom served what she called “Mushroom and Wine Rice” to my sister and I the first time we remember ever having rice. Although I think it sounds delicious now, this is not something your average five-year-old will generally devour; needless to say, I grew up thinking I hated rice. (more…)
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
When I was dreaming up this cake I had a decadent chocolate cake in mind.
Something really indulgent…sinful, even.
Then I looked in my fridge and found three pretty zucchinis that needed to be used up (even despite making a few zucchini recipes lately, like Roasted Vegetable Crustless Quiche with Basil & Pine Nuts and Cinnamon + Nutmeg Zucchini “Applesauce”).
Seeing the zucchini I got an idea and I knew sinful would have to wait. (more…)
Monday, August 12th, 2013
I go crazy for onion. I’m the girl who orders her sandwiches/burgers/pizza/omelet/salad with extra, extra onion. And even with double extra, I find that most places are still a bit too skimpy with the onion for my liking. (Good thing my hubby is an extra, extra onion kind of guy too.)
Normally I’d say this salad is all about the onion for me…because just look below and see how gorgeous that roasted red onion is. (more…)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Beautiful buttery-golden pound cake, faintly flavored with vanilla and almond, is the perfect summer dessert.
It’s simple and pretty, not to mention it’s a fantastic vessel for topping with some of summer’s beautiful bounty: fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or cherries. (more…)
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
We all know not to go grocery shopping hungry. Why do I try to defy the laws of nature and not heed this rule?
A while ago I was shopping on an empty stomach, foolishly thinking I was immune to impulse buys. I was zipping around the store, only grabbing items on my list. I guess I got a little too cocky. (more…)
Monday, June 24th, 2013
I have an aunt who absolutely goes nuts if you use her toothpaste and don’t roll the tube up from the bottom.
And my mom – she’s like the princess in the children’s story The Princess and the Pea when it comes to a grain of salt or sugar on her kitchen floor. She sweeps her kitchen religiously three times a day and loses it if she steps on a single grain. I have no idea how she feels them, lol.
One of my best friends will only drink coffee in a lidded reusable plastic cup, even at home. No idea what’s up with that.
I have my fair share of pet peeves/quirks too. (more…)
Monday, June 10th, 2013
As I type this post, even with the aroma of cinnamon bread swirling around me, my mind is completely somewhere else.
I’m thinking about hiking, beautiful mountain views, and pristine forests. Swimming and biking. Quaint little towns and cozy cafés. Buying fresh food every day and cooking it that night in the country kitchen of the luxury, fully-renovated 1800’s farmhouse where we’re staying in the Adirondacks this week. (My kitchen at home is anything but luxurious, so that might be what I am most excited about!)
We are leaving tomorrow for a little mini vacation, and I’m thrilled. It’s been far too long since I’ve been to the Adirondacks and Mike has never been, so we’re planning on making the most of it. (more…)