We went on a five-day road trip over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. We wanted to use our free days off of work and take a trip somewhere. We needed a break from work and our daily lives and this road trip was just what we needed.
The Grand Canyon is amazing to see and WAY bigger than I pictured it. It looks fake and flat as I stare at it, but in reality I’m looking at things that are miles away. My eyes aren’t used to looking that far.
It was pretty cold in November, especially at night. We only needed sweaters when out hiking during the day but at night it dropped to around 30 degrees fahrenheit. We saw a ton of elk and deer roaming around, some even attempted to cross the road with cars speeding by. I can say at least twice we, or the car in front of us, has to slam the brakes to avoid certain turmoil.
Here’s us, enjoying the view behind our backs.
I like to write about my travel experiences and I also like to tie in the food experiences I had while on my trip (this is a food blog after all). Let me fill you in on our roadtrip snacking and our eating out experiences through California and Arizona. Continue Reading…
Here’s an idea for a quick, colorful and healthy salad. It’s so easy to put together and requires only a few ingredients. I whipped this up as a side dish for our fancy Valentine’s Day home-cooked meal last month. My husband and I decided to go all out and make homemade doughnuts for breakfast and a Beef Wellington for dinner. It was a glorious day of cooking! This salad took me less than 10 minutes to make, which was nice considering we had so many other things on the menu!
We don’t share the kitchen too often, I do most of the cooking and he cooks meals for me a couple times a week. Working through these new and time-consuming recipes together was a so much fun! The best kind of date in my opinion.
I like to buy a large piece of salmon at Costco, cut it into portions for two, place the pieces in individual zipper bags then freeze. When I do this I’m usually left with an end piece of the salmon – a piece that’s thin with less meat. I try to get creative with this last piece – bake it, flake it and put it in a salad or something. This time I wanted to try something totally different!
There’s this really good recipe for tuna croquettes from Alton Brown that I like to cook a lot. You take canned tuna, mix it with egg, seasonings and bread crumbs, shape them into cakes, then pan fry the pieces. This makes a really good main dish or appetizer for a crowd. Why not try it with salmon?
This is a great recipe to use up leftovers – I made baked sweet potatoes the night before and I had one left over to use for this recipe! I mixed it with the salmon to make these cakes. You can use leftover salmon, canned salmon, or cook a fresh end piece like I did.
Happy New Year!
January, and hopefully the rest of the year, is a time for resolutions and new goals. One of my goals this year is to eat healthier and exercise more… I hate to be like everybody else but after a month like December, kicking it back into gear is much needed! It’s nice to use the new year as an excuse to reevaluate your food choices and make better ones.
A part of eating healthier is to eat less processed foods. This can be difficult during a busy week when you just don’t have the time to prepare meals from scratch. That’s why my new best friend this year is my new Crock Pot. There is nothing easier than throwing in a bunch of ingredients and letting it cook all day without fuss.
This vegetable lentil stew is my go-to healthy slow-cooker meal. It’s made with just vegetables and lentils and comes out so surprisingly delicious that you’re going to want seconds. And having seconds is nothing to feel guilty about.
Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for eating desserts and dieting later!
I am obsessed with galettes. They are like pie, but flat and better. I’ve made this cranberry orange galette for holiday dinners two years in a row now and it’s always a hit. It’s refreshing and different than your typical holiday pie, which is why I like it.
If you are looking for ideas for a delicious and different dessert, look no further, this galette is your answer!
I came upon boxes of fresh figs for free a little while back. They were being given away at my work along with boxes of persimmons and pomegranates. No one wanted to grab the figs because they thought they were gross. ARE YOU CRAZY? Figs are delicious. Whatever, more for me. I took them home and immediately searched for fresh fig recipes. I had to act fast because I was leaving for the weekend to visit my family and my figs would probably go bad within a couple of days.
I decided to make a galette with the figs and some strawberries. It was so damn good. I ate one piece of this and shared the rest with my family – it was my intent from the start. I selfishly regret that decision. Now, I don’t have a supply of fresh figs and all I want is more of this galette!
Figs are rare. I practically never seem them fresh at the grocery store and when I do, they are usually pretty expensive for produce. They ripen and spoil so fast you really have a limited time to eat them. I used to have a fig tree at our old place and even then they were rare! I couldn’t pick them until they were soft and if I came by hours too late, the birds would eat them all. Or rather, eat half of every single one and leave the the other halves there to taunt me.
So anyway, the moral of my story is that figs are delicious and if you ever come across a bunch of them, make this galette. Continue Reading…
I live just a short 5 minute bike ride from the local Saturday market here in my home town. There’s just something so special about purchasing fresh, local food without having to drive in my car somewhere to get it. Everytime I go, I get so excited and I usually buy a bunch of cool things just because I’m there and it feels like a special occasion. Last time, I decided to talk to the lady who sells salts. I was intrigued by her truffle salts. I’ve been wanting to splurge on truffle oil or salt, once I had a recipe in mind. I didn’t have a recipe in mind that day, but I was at the magical farmers market so I had to get some. Now, to find a recipe.
Next to her booth was a man selling homemade pasta. I purchased some fresh fettuccine and immediately headed to the mushroom guy to get a bag of shitaki mushrooms. Finally, I grabbed some fresh basil at another booth and ran away before I could buy anything else (after purchasing a bunch of fresh sunflowers to decorate my kitchen with, of course).
I got home and whipped up this pasta dish in no-time, finishing it off with a sprinkle of truffle salt. Pure-truffle-heaven.
This little bottle of black truffle salt cost me $10. It was a splurge but a delicious one. Totally worth it. It only takes a little bit of this salt to give you the strong truffle flavor. You just sprinkle a little bit on your finished dish such as pasta, eggs or even sauteed vegetables. Always add it to a finished meal – if you cook with it, the flavor diminishes. I don’t use it all the time but when I feel like having an egg sandwich with truffle salt, I do. Continue Reading…
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe” – Carl Sagan
I love that quote and even better, I love this remix song made out of Carl Sagan quotes, enjoy:
This week’s recipe is an easy one. I really just wanted to share this salad with you because I am so excited about raw corn.
I have two questions for you: 1) Have you ever attempted to eat corn off the cob, raw? and 2) Did you ever know that it’s insanely delicious? If you answered no to these questions, you have GOT to try corn raw! When you eat it raw, you really get a taste of it’s natural sweetness. It goes great with a crisp green bean salad… like this one!
Now I don’t know if I will ever go back… canned or frozen corn will never be the same.
This salad is super fresh, from the slightly cooked green beans to the raw corn… you can’t get a salad more refreshing than this! Continue Reading…
This simple yet hearty soup is everything you would want from a chicken soup but more. Beans and Italian sausage give this chicken soup that extra bit of “umph” that just might win you over as your new all time favorite soup. This is officially my favorite soup of all time and I’m never, ever going back to my old ways of boring chicken soup again!
I wanted to make something different so I looked online at all kinds of soup ideas. With a bunch of different recipes for inspiration, I came up with this recipe on my lunch break, immediately went shopping after work for chicken and sausage, then I tossed everything in my Dutch oven once I got home. The result: pure chicken soup bliss. Continue Reading…