Tuesday, October 21, 2014

B is for: Blue Cheese Stuffed Bosc Pears with Balsamic Glaze {+Arethusa al Tavolo Restaurant Review}

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes.

I often draw mine for this blog based on a number of things. The alphabet (e is for eat!), the current season, fresh produce, experiences, adventures, and restaurants have all sparked my creativity when coming up with a new blog post.

These pears fit into all of the above.

My mom was here visiting last week, and at the top of her agenda was to experience the fall foliage that New England has to offer this time of year.

Originally, I had planned to take an overnight trip to Vermont since I have never been. Unfortunately, I injured my back right before her visit and suddenly a 3+ hour drive didn't sound like the best of ideas.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

B is for: Bubbles, Bikes & Baguettes {Adventures in Sonoma & Napa}

"I only drink champagne on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not." -Coco Chanel

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my enthusiasm (obsession?) with bubbles. For me, sparkling wine is not merely limited to toasts or apertifs. I will drink it at a bar (providing they have a decent bottle), I will drink it with my entree, I will drink it on a random Tuesday while I'm working on my blog.

My friend Laura shares this love, and it's our mutual appreciation that sparked our "Bubbles, Bikes & Baguettes" trip. Originally, we planned to do it while I was still living in SF, but then Laura got pregnant with her second child, so we postponed. And then I moved 3,000 miles away. 

But never fear! Not even geography could keep us from living out our dreams!

Monday, October 13, 2014

A is for: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples & Quinoa

When I first told people I was moving to the East Coast after ten years in California, generally their first reaction was: "Those winters are brutal."

But it was almost always followed up with a secondary comment: "But you will love autumn."

Of course, both statements are absolutely true. Winter was pretty rough last year, and they're saying this year is supposed to be even worse. (Grrrrreaaaat.)

This makes it especially important to embrace and enjoy everything that New England fall has to offer.

Recently, I went apple picking with my friend Adam. I made sure not to go too crazy with my apple and pear bounty, but I knew I had to make something apple-related for the blog.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A is for: "ABC" Tamales

So I have this list.

It's a running list that includes blog ideas, that is, of course, organized alphabetically. And since very early in the writing of the list, the "T" section has included: "tamales."

It has long been something I have wanted to try, but have avoided due to all of the stories and cautions.

"They're hard."

"They're time consuming."

"They're not to be tackled alone."

And while all of these things are true, tamales are also fun, and totally worth the effort. Especially if you have an enthusiastic partner in crime.

My friend Kate fits that bill perfectly. We have been wanting to cook together pretty much since we met. So when our schedules finally coincided and I suggested tamales, she accepted without hesitation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A is for: Apple Pie Moonshine, & other Tablespoon Treats

Several people have commented that I've been a little MIA on the blog recently.

While this is true, it doesn't mean I haven't been busy in the kitchen OR blogging.

As many of you know, I write for the website, tablespoon.com a couple times a month.

It's a fun collaboration because they solicit ideas from all of their bloggers, and then assign posts for each month. It ends up being a fun blend of my ideas and theirs.

For example, this Apple Pie "Moonshine" is DELICIOUS. Perfect for a fall get together or just because. Here's the link to the post, and I've also included some links below to some of my other recent Tablespoon treats!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Z is for: Zucchini, Corn and Feta Fritters

I refuse to believe that summer is over.

In fact, there's a good chance I'm in full-on denial.

Therefore, my inspiration for these little fritters was two-fold:

1.) Summer means vegetables like zucchini and corn, so they feed my denial (and my general hunger).

2.) Today was GORGEOUS. Not fall-like at all. About 75 and sunny.

So when I strolled through the mini-farmers market set up in the Whole Foods parking lot, autumn was not even a blip on my radar. (Until I saw Halloween decorations at the hardware store.. wah wah).

And since all of the local farmers still have plentiful zucchini and corn, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fry up some fritters.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Y is for: Yiamas! {My Big Fat Greek Vacation}

Yiamas.

It was the first word I learned when I got to Greece, and it was really the only one I needed.

"Cheers."

...The perfect way to describe my magical vacation to the Greek Islands this summer.

When my friend Sam messaged me a few months ago, casually asking if I was interested in going to Greece, I didn't need much convincing. (Like, zero).

I booked my flight two days later. I was in desperate need of an adventure, and I consistently list Santorini as one of my top 5 places I've ever visited.

The plan for this trip was to stay on a smaller, lesser known island called Paros. I loved the idea of a more remote, "locals" destination. I was in.
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