Monday, September 30, 2013

T is for: Three Ingredient Beef Tacos

Aside from the impending heat wave scheduled to hit Central Connecticut this week, I think we can all agree that once the calendar turns to October... fall is officially here.

And you know what fall means? (Aside from all things pumpkin)... Time to bust out my slow cooker.

There's really nothing easier than popping a cut of meat into a slow cooker in the morning, only to come home to an aromatic house and dinner just a few minutes away from being ready.

This particular recipe takes the simplicity aspect one step further. All you need for this one? Three ingredients. (Well, four if you count salt, which I don't). Just like my Coca-Cola marinade, this one uses the acid from soda to help break down the meat. Add your favorite taco ingredients, and you've got a quick and inexpensive dinner that couldn't be easier.

To get the recipe, click here to head over to Tablespoon (plus, you'll get 10 other slow cooker recipes using Coke). Happy Fall and Happy Slow Cooking!

Friday, September 27, 2013

S is for: #SireSF

Wow. I can't believe it's been half a year already. This week marks six months exactly that I started my new career at ESPN. 

As many of you know, my big move from San Francisco to Connecticut this spring was preceded by what I can only describe as the most epic goodbye tour ever. Knowing how much I would miss SF and my beloved West Coast lifestyle, I decided to properly say goodbye in the only way I knew how... through food, friends, drinks and debauchery. 

Being the active social media participant that I am, I documented the entire thing on Instagram, using the hashtag #SireSF. It was a fun way to keep track of my “funemployment” tour, and a good way to get my friends involved as well. What ensued was not only a memorable and thorough farewell to the city I fell in love with, but also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a 7-week hiatus from the working world and spend quality time with my amazing friends. Yes, my waistline and my wallet took a bit of a hit, but I wouldn’t trade one second of it for anything.

Side note: I’d been planning to do this blog post for awhile in anticipation for my next round of “S” on the blog, but like most things in my life, I procrastinated and put it off until I had inadvertently moved onto T already. I’m sure my readers will grant forgiveness on this one very important instance. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

T is for: Tablespoon {Rainbow Mooncake Jelly Shots}

Today I'm pleased to announce a new partnership with the website Similar to my association with ORGNL.TV, I will be crafting recipe ideas and posts to be featured on their website. If you are not already familiar with Tablespoon, I encourage you to check it out. The site features lots of fun and easy recipe ideas, and it even allows you to create your own recipe box.

My inaugural post features something very near and dear to my heart... Jelly Shots! Since I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject, this was a perfect thing to kick off my Tablespoon career.

Unlike some of my past jelly shot recipes, this one is super super simple. What makes them special is the mooncake details. For those of you unfamiliar, mooncakes are a delicacy offered between friends and family during the Mid-Autumn festival, which is a harvest festival for lunar worship and moon watching in Chinese culture. Traditionally, these are baked goods, but why make a cake when you can make a cake-shaped shot? (That's always my motto anyways).

Click here to head over to Tablespoon to check out the recipe!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

S is for: Serious Pie {Seattle Restaurant Review}

OK... it's time to get serious.

I've had a lot of great pizza in my day, with a lot of favorites for different reasons. There's the broccoli rabe pizza at Delfina, in my old 'hood in SF (which I never managed to blog about sadly). There's the delicious white clam pizza at Pepe's here in Connecticut. The famous margherita pie at Tony's in San Francisco. Flour + Water, Zero Zero, and Pizzeria Bianco all would make my Top 10 list as well.

But on my recent trip home to the West Coast, I had the pleasure of dining at this Tom Douglas restaurant and it's definitely at or near the top of my all-time favorite pizzas.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

S is for: Succotash

So this is my version of succotash.

And then there is THIS version made famous by Sylvester the cat.

I'll admit, up until this blog post, my knowledge of "succotash" was basically limited to the Looney Tunes character and his famous catchphrase. Turns out, it's a pretty tasty side dish as well.

I got the idea for this on a recent trip to this little farm stand near where I get my hair done. On this particular day, they were offering fresh corn, zucchini, and a variety of locally grown hot peppers. I bought a bunch of everything, not really knowing what to do with it. A friend suggested succotash and I was sold.
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