My book club recently read a book by Julia Reed entitled “But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria”. The book was a collection of stories surrounding food and drink from the author’s life growing up in the South. As the title suggests, there were many delicious cocktail recipes and of course a recipe for the namesake Sangria. However, one can’t live on vodka alone, so there were also many recipes for southern goodies to help soak up all that booze. These cheese dreams are certainly not something you would make while on a diet but man oh man are they delicious. They are like little grilled cheese sandwiches with extra butter. While assembling all these tiny treasures is a bit tedious, it is totally worth it. These would be a great appetizer for Christmas or New Year’s parties. Yum yum yum. Continue reading »
It’s that time of year again – time to put pumpkin in as many foods as possible. I can’t recall when the pumpkin craze first rose to the level its currently at. As a kid I only remember having pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies. Now when I walk into Trader Joe’s anytime from September through November its as if no other flavorings exist except pumpkin. But I’m not complaining – no sir. It would be impossible to complain after eating this amazingness for breakfast. I literally said “Oh my God” out loud with a mouthful of syrup after my first bite. So. Damn. Good. My husband ate half the pan in one sitting. It’s supposed to serve 10 but who’s counting?
I love corn. I spent yesterday trying to think of some witty comment I could write about my love for corn. I tried to come up with some kind of Iowa reference or maybe a quote from one of the “Children of the Corn” movies, but then I decided to just keep it to a simple statement of my love for the happy, yellow, summer fruit (Yes, corn is a fruit – Google it). I’ve also discovered that roasting vegetables is by far the best way to eat them. I’ve previously discussed my childhood hatred of Brussel sprouts that turned into an intense infatuation once I discovered they could be roasted instead of boiled, and corn is even more delicious when roasted as well. Bobby Flay knows what’s up. Continue reading »
While the internet obviously has many perks and has made life easier in many ways, sometimes it can take the magic out of things. Ever since pinterest came along, my beautiful cookbook collection has been sitting lonely on its shelf collecting dust. I decided it was time to take a break from recipe browsing on my iPhone and bust out my old friends. A few years ago a friend gave me Williams-Sonoma’s London cookbook and it is filled with beautiful pictures of one of my favorite cities and delicious recipes. I’m sad Willliams-Sonoma no longer carries the “Foods of the World” cookbook line, but the good news is you can still find them on Amazon.com. See, there’s one of those internet perks I was talking about.
There are few things I love more than a delicious meal that can be cooked in one pot in under 30 minutes. This recipe embodies the definition of simple deliciousness. The only negative is the recipe cooks so quickly you don’t even have time to finish a glass of wine while cooking it. Serious problem, I know.
I believe I’ve confessed my love for Giada numerous times already on this blog, but just in case you’ve forgotten, Giada is amazing. I still don’t understand how she stays so tiny while making all that amazing Italian food, but she’s just too cute and talented to hate. Continue reading »
We made the very wise decision this spring to plant zucchini in our little vegetable garden. It has been growing like crazy! Because of this I am constantly on the look out for good zucchini recipes. I feel like Bubba Gump except with zucchini instead of shrimp. “fried zucchini, zucchini breakfast hash, zucchini with sausage, zucchini enchiladas, zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, steamed zucchini, pickled zucchini, zucchini quiche…” You get the point. This recipe comes from my Aunt Martha who entered it in a competition at a zucchini festival in the Bay Area the year I was born and won second place! I can definitely see why, it is pretty delicious. Now I just need to get my hands on the first place recipe so I can whip that up with the next batch of home grown zucchinis. Continue reading »
When I was a kid, summer was hands down my favorite season. No school for three months? How could any season compete with that. However, ever since I reluctantly joined the work force, summer has dropped down to a possible last place tie with winter. 90 degree days just aren’t the same when you are sweating in a dark suit instead of floating around carelessly in a swimming pool. But there have been a few recent weekend days where summer has started to make a comeback. Drinking a beer in the sun while watching the Padre’s win 10-1 made for a pretty perfect summer afternoon. Attending a luau at a friend’s house with the perfect temperature pool was even better. It’s impossible not to love summer when you’re drinking an adult beverage through an umbrella straw and wearing a polyester flower lei. Summer may have just pushed its way up to second place in my book. Of course it will never ever pass up Fall…. Continue reading »
It was my Fiance’s birthday on Monday and I had to make him treats that would prevent any cold feet before our upcoming wedding. These babies definitely did the trick. They also served an unexpected secondary purpose of giving me a good arm workout as you have to stir the caramel base for the frosting for a full fifteen minutes non-stop. P90x has nothing on the barefoot contessa! The cupcake itself is not super sweet which is why I like them, but don’t worry if you are a sugar fanatic, there is more than enough in the frosting. These aren’t the quickest treats to whip up, there are a good amount of steps but if you have a little patience (and maybe a nice glass of wine to help pass the time), they are totally worth the effort. Continue reading »
Punxsutawney Phil is full of you know what! It hailed in San Diego Wednesday night – hailed!! I didn’t know it was even scientifically possible to hail in Southern California. Where in the Sam Hill is Spring?! I have mint colored jeans, neon tank tops and wedges all sitting in my closet with their tags on waiting patiently to be worn. My wardrobe is not happy and neither am I. So, I’ve decided to perform something called a “Spring Eat”. It’s similar to a rain dance except there’s no dancing and no hoping for rain. Instead, I will wear bright-colored, fresh, spring time foods in the hope the weather will get the memo and start changing. Oh and I’m very sorry if I’m boring you with all this talk about the weather. I turned 30 a few weeks ago and that’s what old people do.
My favorite holiday is almost here!! I have corned beef and cabbage cooking in the crock pot as I write this and I’ve been eating extra healthy all week to make up for the absurd amount of beer I plan to drink this weekend. And I’m not even Irish…. I don’t know why I love St. Patrick’s Day so much but as long as I can remember it’s been such a fun holiday for me. Maybe it’s because I look good in green? Or maybe it’s because it’s the one holiday where drinking is not only common but required. I usually love to make car bomb cupcakes but I figured I would try something new this year and a little more appropriate to bring into the office. These lucky charms cupcakes were a huge hit. Just remember to be careful with the green food coloring – at least three of my fingers have had a greenish tint for the last few days.