Saturday, January 10, 2015

E is for: Easy Empanadas {with Spinach, Mushrooms & Goat Cheese}

Sometimes I take a photo and I'm so pleased with it I think I could be a professional food photographer. (Pats self on back).

Other times, I take a photo and no matter what I do, it just doesn't do the food justice and I consider scrapping the post altogether. (Face palm).

Turns out, empanadas aren't the most photogenic of foods. Especially when it's winter. And I"m losing light. And I'm hungry. And all I want to do is devour said empanada.

So I present to you... spinach, goat cheese and mushroom empanadas. They are delicious. And easy.

You just might have to take my word for it.


Friday, January 2, 2015

D is for: Detox Salad with Kale, Quinoa, Apples & Grapefruit

The calendar has changed to January, and that means it's time for the "D" word.

As in "Detox."

Time to hit the gym, eat healthy and work off all that holiday weight.

But let me set things straight: I'm not a believer in juice cleanses or anything of the sort. If you're one of those people who like to drink cayenne-laced lemonade for a week straight, then more power to you, but I'm not one of those people and you would not want to be around me if I was.

I need food. Real food. Good food.

But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. There are things you can eat that naturally help detoxify the body without depriving it of necessary nutrients!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

C is for: Candy Cane Jelly Shots

Ho ho ho.

I'm like the Santa Claus of jelly shots.

Except, you know, without the beard and big belly. But I do have a bowl full of jelly... shots.

These ones are fun and festive for Christmas because they look and taste like candy canes. I used my little trick where I tilt the shot glasses on a slant, and I used peppermint schnapps with red food coloring to achieve the candy cane flavor.

(Truth be told, I don't love candy canes. Or peppermint. But I do love jelly shots).

Head on over to Tablespoon to snag the recipe. Merry Christmas everyone!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

C is for: Cranberry Salsa

I randomly ended up with Thanksgiving Day off this year, and since I just can't help myself, I decided to take the opportunity to go visit my friends Kim, John and their baby Nora at their new home in Washington D.C.

I randomly met this couple on a plane ride to Mexico, and as they say, the rest is history. I was a bridesmaid in their St. Louis wedding, and I even threw Kim a bacon-themed bridal shower while we were both still living in San Francisco.

Kim loves cooking and entertaining just as much as I do, and on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she invited some of their friends over for food, drinks and games. Aside from the homemade pizza and cheese/charcuterie board (which I overindulged to the point of making myself sick), she made her go-to party snack: cranberry salsa. It's so simple but so yummy and perfect for holiday gatherings, so I figured I would share it on the blog.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

C is for: Caramel Apple Jelly Shots

Someone asked me today if I'm doing anything Thanksgiving related on the blog this week.

Oh yeah. Thanksgiving. One of the biggest food holidays of the year.

And I'm a food blogger.

Yeah.... I should probably do something.

I'll admit, due to my recent London vacation, I did kind of drop the ball on the blog this year with regards to turkey day. Last year was great because my family and I celebrated a week early, which allowed me to test out a new turkey cooking method and create some brie mashed potatoes.

But... not to fear. I still have a delicious (and awesome) addition to your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Who doesn't love boozy jelly shots at family gatherings?!? These ones simply use apple cider and caramel vodka to create one of my favorite creations yet. To get the recipe, head over to Tablespoon. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 14, 2014

B is for: British Holiday {My London Bucket List}

Umbrella Art near Borough Market
Here's the thing about traveling: the more you do it, the more you crave it.

It's called wanderlust and it's sort of addicting.

So when I returned home from Greece this summer, I almost immediately began planning my next adventure.

My Aussie friends Jenna and Ben (whose wedding I attended in Australia with my mom in 2012), moved to London from SF around the same time I moved to Connecticut. I've been dying to visit and November seemed like as good a time as any. (My theory: since it's always grey and rainy in London, I wouldn't be missing out on any good weather back home).

Additionally, I planned to meet up with my college friend Breege who lives just south of London and my friend Max who lives in Prague.


I planned my stay for one week, and in the end this didn't feel like enough time to do everything I wanted. London is a gigantic city with a ton of history and cool things to see (and eat, and drink). Because of this, it's best to really prioritize what sights and activities are most important to you. In order to narrow it down, I consulted several friends who either currently live there or have lived there in the past and read several "London Bucket Lists" like this one and this one. There was no chance I could even attempt to do it all even if I tried, so I came up with my own personal London Bucket List and have shared it with you below.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

B is for: Birds & Bubbles {Restaurant Review}

Finally! 

A restaurant that completely validates my view on food and wine pairing. If you know me well, you know that I will pretty much drink the bubbly with anything. But that doesn't mean it goes with everything (though in my mind it does unless I'm eating a big juicy steak or something).

Many might argue that it also does not go with fried chicken. Well, sorry to break it you you but you're wrong (or agree to disagree). The bubbles and acidity provide a perfect way to cut through the fattiness of the chicken. I think the dry citrus flavors of the sparkling wine make an awesome pairing with the salty, peppery fried chicken.

Chef Sarah Simmons, you are speaking to my soul with the creation of "Birds and Bubbles" restaurant on Forsythe Street in NYC. And for that, I thank you.