Wednesday, December 28, 2016

T is for: Thailand: Railay Beach & Koh Phi Phi {travel}

After an amazing two days in Chiang Mai, we were ready to get our sun and beach on in the Southern part of Thailand.

There are plenty of islands to choose from, and we did some pretty extensive research before settling on Railay Beach and Koh Phi Phi in Krabi Province. Some islands are more chill and remote, others are more party atmosphere, and still others fall somewhere in between.

Additionally, there can be drastically different weather patterns depending on which islands you choose, so make sure to look into average weather and rainfall when you plan to visit.

And also remember... at the end of the day, you're in the tropics, so it can rain at any time. Just be ready to go with the flow!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

T is for: Thailand: Chiang Mai {travel}

After stuffing our faces in Singapore, stop number two on our Southeast Asia adventure took us to more amazing food in the north of Thailand, to Chiang Mai.

From everything I heard and read about this place, I had a feeling I would fall in love immediately and I was absolutely right.

Of the four places we visited on this trip, Chiang Mai stood out as my favorite.

From sampling the delicious food to exploring the markets to interacting with the friendly people to understanding the culture... it was easy to understand why it's known as "The Jewel of the North."

Chiang Mai, you shine bright like a diamond.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

S is for: Singapore {travel}

When my friends Geno and Michelle decided to move their family to Singapore for work, I knew right away I needed to go visit them.

What I didn't know is how much I would love this unique city state!

First of all, Michelle informed me the favorite pastime here is eating. Uhhh... Sign me up!! (Close second is shopping, and I'm all for that as well).

It's also one of the cleanest cities I've ever visited. (It's illegal to spit on the streets, chew gum, or litter.) Pretty impressive considering it's one of the most densely populated countries on the planet (second only to Monaco, which I also visited this year.) And being that we had two awesome and gracious tour guides, it made for a wonderful start to our Southeast Asian trip!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

S is for: Steak Tacos & One Minute Guacamole

How many times have you come home from work, with every intention of cooking dinner, only to decide you're "too tired" or it's "too late"? This inevitably ends with either take out or having wine and popcorn for dinner. (Guilty.)

But guess what? You don't have to do that!

I'm excited to share details today about a new kickstarter project, Aroma N Spice. The founder, Marina, came up with this idea while trying to develop quick, easy nutritious and GLOBAL meals for her family.

The result is these delicious and convenient meal starters... all full of flavor, all gluten free, and all allow you to sample different cuisines from around the world.

Of course, I gravitated directly to the Mexican spices, and tried out a chile rub for steak tacos, along with her super fast guacamole mix. Both were packed with flavor and I literally had dinner ready in under 10 minutes. To help get her business off the ground, she's launched a kickstarter campaign and needs your help! The best part is... just by pledging a small amount, you will get tasty spice packets in return! It's a win-win. To help make her dreams a reality, click here!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

R is for: Rosemary & Sage Sourdough Stuffing {or Dressing}

In my five years of writing this blog, I've posted most of my Thanksgiving recipe favorites here on e is for eat.

Among some of my go-to's...
Brie Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Kale & Butternut squash salad

But for some reason I've never shared a stuffing recipe. Which is crazy because it's one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides. It's one of those things where I will sneak bites of throughout the day and before you know it I've eaten a whole pan of stuffing.

My step-mom Jennea has an awesome recipe that was passed down from her grandmother. I'm sharing that today, with a few tweaks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Q is for: Queso {served in a squash!}

I want to bathe in this queso.

Actually, scratch that. That would be a waste of this delicious cheese sauce. Instead, maybe I will just siphon it into my mouth in a funnel made of tortilla chips.

I can't take credit for the recipe OR the genius idea of serving it inside a roasted squash. My realtor and friend, Kara, brought this to my housewarming party and there was a crowd around it until it was completely gone. 

And not only does  the squash make an adorable (and edible/disposable) serving dish, but because it is fresh out of the oven, it helps keep the queso warm. 

A warm, cheesy bath of queso.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

P is for: Pulled Pork Sliders

In the fall and winter, I probably make pulled pork in my slow cooker about every 5 or 6 weeks. It's easy, it's comforting, and it warms your belly on a cold night.

It also is great for feeding a crowd, as I recently did at my house warming party to celebrate me finally becoming an adult (well, in theory anyways).

I do already have a pulled pork recipe on the blog, and while I love it and totally recommend that you should try it out... it's not the most convenient of recipes. It calls for a homemade rub and wrapping the rubbed pork in plastic wrap overnight and it also calls for a homemade BBQ sauce. Neither are particularly labor intensive, but when you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, you want to eliminate as many steps as possible.

Enter this ridiculously easy (and ridiculously good) pulled pork recipe.
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