Sunday, April 24, 2016

H is for: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sliders

My original plan was to post these for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which takes place every year on April 12th.

But, lucky for me, my procrastination hasn't totally ruined one of my favorite food holidays... because, ALL of April is National Grilled Cheese Month. So if you haven't celebrated yet, get on it!

In the past, I've commemorated the event with green bean casserole grilled cheese sliders, a PB&J grilled cheese with bacon jam, chicken parm grilled cheese, and even a Nutella dessert grilled cheese.

If you're not normally a Hawaiian pizza fan, not to worry. Neither am I. But for some reason I'm on board with these. Perhaps because they are grilled in more ways than one.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

G is for: Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese

I realized something the other day.

In 4.5 years of this blog's existence, I have posted exactly two mac and cheese recipes.

TWO.

That, my friends, is a travesty.

In order to attempt to right this massive underrepresentation of one of the greatest comfort foods of all time... I present to you:

Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese.

Really, the title should be: "Gouda Cheddar Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon, Mushrooms and Greens"... but that seemed like a mouthful.

Better to stuff those mouths with delicious bites of mac and cheese.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

F is for: Fried Brie with Jalapeño Cherry Dipping Sauce

You guys.

So this new schedule is kind of kicking my ass.

For those of you who are unaware, ESPN started a new morning Sports Center exactly 5 weeks ago. By far, it's been one of the most rewarding things I've accomplished in my career. Helping to get a brand new show off the ground on a national sports network is no small feat. We have an outstanding crew, and we have a blast. But we are also on the air from 7-10am Monday-Friday, which means my alarm goes off at 3.

Yes, 3am. It is an ungodly hour to be awake.

The good news is... I'm done at 10am everyday. Sounds amazing, right? Sounds like I would have loads of time for hitting the gym or working on my neglected food blog. But inevitably, when I get home around 11am, all I want to do is sleep.

So last week, I forced myself to try to get back into the blog game. Had to cancel lunch plans to do it (thanks for understanding, Jen!) As I was trying to think of something to do to coincide with the letter "F," the word "fried" kept popping into my head. I had some leftover brie in the fridge from a girls ski weekend and I thought to myself, "can you fry brie?" Suddenly I was determined to find out.

I'm happy to report that yes, yes you can.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

E is for: Everything Bagel Dip with Homemade Bagel Chips

My friend Devon and I have this hilariously awesome Christmas present tradition in which we insist on buying each other some sort of kitchen or food related gift.

It started off as ridiculous kitchen gadgets. She's gotten me things like a cake tester (aka metal toothpick) or a special ginger peeler. (I use both BTW). I got her a "butter boy" one year for helping to butter corn on the cob.

This year, we gravitated to more "food stuff" items. I got her a special tea infusing travel mug and some of my favorite coconut green tea. She gave me a colorful set of Le Creuset ramekins (I love me some ramekins), and some deliciously wonderful spices from Oaktown Spice Shop.

I'm excited to report that both are prominently featured in today's post!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

D is for: Date Energy Bites with Almonds, Oats & Coconut

I don't know if I'll ever get used to the early mornings. Never once in the past year has my alarm gone off and I've thought to myself "Wow, I'm wide awake and ready to start my day."

Generally speaking, it's more like "Ugghhhh. Noooooo. Just five more minutes." Followed by "Ok five more minutes." Usually I do that a few too many times before I frantically throw the covers off the bed and try to quickly hurry out of the house.

To help speed my getting ready process along in the morning, I do as much as I can the night before... including prep my breakfasts on Sunday for the week ahead. My go-to grab and go breakfasts these days: Overnight Oats, hard boiled eggs, and these date energy balls to eat as a mid-show snack.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

C is for: Chicken Parm Meatballs {you taste so good...}

Sing it with me now...

"Chicken Parm you taste so good..."

It's funny the places I draw my inspiration. I actually thought of this recipe during one of those Peyton Manning Nationwide commercials.

Seemed like a natural combo. All of the ingredients of delicious Chicken Parm (chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, mozzarella, herbs, marinara sauce) wrapped up into one tasty meatball.

I've actually made these twice this month and they were hits both times. The first was at my college girlfriends' annual ornament exchange (which I got to attend for the first time in Seattle!) and the second was at a co-worker's Christmas party. I made a few tweaks and I am really happy with the finished product. They are fabulous as a party appetizer but would also be amazing on a big plate of spaghetti or on a sub.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

B is for: Barley Risotto with Brussels Sprouts, Fennel & Apple

How is it possible that Christmas is in a week?!?

I feel like I got back from Mexico, blinked and it was Christmas. I also feel like I probably say this every year.

The sad part is, I was trying to be proactive and actually made this risotto for my friend Dana pre-Mexico so that I could post it shortly after I wrote about my trip to Tulum.

A month later, here I am.

But enough apologizing. Let's talk risotto. Similar to my farrotto and my brown rice risotto... I decided to use a whole grain to keep it healthy but still cook in the traditional risotto style. This dish also utilizes some of my favorite fall/winter produce: brussels sprouts, fennel and apple.

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