Friday, March 31, 2017

V is for: Veggie Tots

"Give me some of your TOTS."

"No, go find your own."

That's pretty much the conversation you will have if you make these delicious veggie tots. You may or may not hoard them in your cargo pants like Napoleon Dynamite, but you will definitely not want to share them. ("I'm freakin' starved!)

I'm calling these "veggie tots" because you can pretty much make these with any veggie. I made them with cauliflower to mimic the look of their potato cousins, but you could also try broccoli or sweet potatoes.

Now, will they exactly mimic tater tots? No, I can't promise that. But they will provide you a much healthier and lower carb snack by subbing cauliflower and baking in the oven.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

U is for: Uni Carbonara {Sea Urchin Pasta}

I have a weird love-hate relationship with Uni.

I feel like it's a very "foodie" ingredient and I'm supposed to be obsessed with it and order it whenever it's on a menu.

But the truth of the matter is, I don't love it.

Most of the time, it tastes to me like I'm taking a big bite of the ocean, and if you've ever been crushed by a wave and taken in a mouthful of seawater, it's not always the most pleasant experience.

That said, there are some instances where I can enjoy and appreciate the unique flavor and "umami" it brings to a dish. For example, one of my last nights in Greece a couple years ago, we ate at a nice Italian restaurant in Mykonos for my friend Josh's birthday. They had an uni pasta dish so I decided to try it. And lo and behold... I liked it! That said, it was still very rich and I couldn't finish the whole serving (especially after wine and appetizers), but I liked it enough to try my own version here on the blog.

Monday, January 30, 2017

T is for: Travel! {Montreal}

This always happens.

As soon as I return home from a really awesome trip, I immediately must start planning another one.

Remember when I went to Greece? I came back and instantly started mapping out my visit to London.

Or how about my epic trip to South Africa? I went to Tulum just a few months later. France planning bled right into planning for Singapore and Thailand, and once I returned home from that vacay (and recovered from my bacterial infection), I frantically felt the need to go somewhere cool for New Year's Eve just a few short weeks later.

I considered somewhere warm like Miami, or a ski weekend in Vermont, but thankfully my travel partner in crime (Dana) texted me with the same urge and said "Let's go to Montreal!" Done and done.

Monday, January 23, 2017

T is for: Tomato Tarragon Soup with Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

My addition is real.

And for once, it's not food related.

I know I'm about 5 years behind on this, but I finally started watching Game of Thrones. And I now understand what all the fuss is about.

I've been meaning to start for about a year now, and finally decided that winter of 2017 was the right time. (Winter is coming... heh.)

Problem is, it's consuming my life. I watched 17 episodes my first weekend. I'm now through the first three seasons (so 30 episodes in all) with 30 to go.

The rest of my life is somewhat suffering because of it, specifically the blog. So I'm implementing a self-imposed "pause" from my GOT binge to get caught up on a couple blog items... starting with this very season-appropriate comfort food dish: grilled cheese and tomato soup. (Ironically, I actually made this during the first weekend of binge watching, so I did manage to tear myself away from the show for a couple hours then. A girl's got to eat, you know?)
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