Appetizers

Winter Fondue

My first date EVER in my entire life was at an upscale fondue restaurant. I think I was 15 or 16 and had been to some nice restaurants before but this time I was by myself, with a boy (!!), not with my parents. For the first time, I sort of felt like an adult. It felt super fancy and I was very into it.

Halfway through the meal, after the lobster, I realized I’m not all that into boiled meat and fish. My favorite part, by far, was the bread dipped into the cheese and dessert, of course. Who doesn’t love melty chocolate with fruit?

Winter Fondue

For this very adult, fondue party, I teamed up with ALDI to score all of the veggies and cheeses. A few weeks ago I walked through ALDI trying to think of all the things I could dip into cheese. The good news is that it’s not a hard task. Mostly everything is delicious in cheese!

I feel like this is an easy winter-party situation that you can throw together. People come over, chop up some winter vegetables and tell everyone to dip them in cheese. Game over!

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Classic Rösti

Wasn’t that lil’ break the absolute best? I needed it. I think we all needed some rest and chillaxation. On Thanksgiving day, there was a long walk with Amelia and Joshua, some cooking (but relaxed cooking), a nice Friendsgiving with lots and lots of wine (thanks to Whitney!!!).

The next day Josh and I went to Seattle for book signing. I LOVE SEATTLE. It’s so rainy and overcast and cozy.

BUT NOW WE’RE BACK. I don’t know about you, but I wish the holiday season lasted about twice as long. The weeks go by so quickly and I love all the decorations and the sparkly lights and the foods.

Classic Rösti

A rösti has been on my to-make list for a v v long time. If you’re unfamiliar, think of it like a latke but bigger and thicker. It’s more cake-like.

I thought about making this rosti out of other things besides potatoes, but the thing I enjoy about them the most is their crispiness. And nothing in the entire world can get crisper than a potato. It’s made for dat crisp.

If you’re asking yourself, “what is the difference between a rösti and a latke?!” not to worry, here’s the answer:

A latke is held together with a bit of flour and egg, while a rösti is only held together with melted butter. It makes the execution a bit tricker.

Latkes are also much thinner than röstis which tend to be thicker and taller. I think both have their home at certain times and certain moods. But right now, I’m all about dat rösti.

Classic Rösti

Since there is no binder, the technique is pretty imperative. I used the technique from Chef Steps because they do a lot of good work over there and it was super duper simple.

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Jerusalem Bagel Dogs

It is fall!!! FINALLY. I know it’s been fall all over the entire country for a few weeks now, but not in LA. Yesterday I wore a sweater and didn’t sweat! And Josh made homemade tortallini stuffed with chicken confit, while I made one of those pumpkin loaf mixes from Trader Joe’s. If you’ve entered a TJ’s recently, you know that it is bursting with pumpkin stuff. The mix wasn’t half bad but I kinda wished I made it homemade, from scratch because we have a huge surplus of pumpkin puree because it’s Amelia’s favorite.

No pumpkin recipe today, maybe next week. But we do have another v v sweater weather-friendly recipe: Molly’s Jerusalem Bagel Dogs!!

Jerusalem Bagel Dogs

Jerusalem Bagel Dogs

These were inspired by the Jerusalem bagels Molly had on her adventures to Israel where apparently zaa’tar comes in drug bags?!?!? Cool.

This recipe comes from her new book, Molly on the Range, which is so fun and cool and special. If you read through it, you’ll know very random things about Molly that will make you feel a little like a stalker, but she won’t mind, like…:

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Cheddar Cheeseball Rolled in Dukkah

This summer has been the summer of binge-watching for me. A lot of times I’ll watch a few episodes of a show and then forget about it and just look at meme’s on the internetz all night long but lately I’ve enjoyed getting so enthralled into storylines that it then leads to me on Reddit reading WHAT COULD HAPPEN NEXT SEASON.

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Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

I’m currently hanging around Copenhagen with Yossy and Michelle. Recap coming very soon!

Before I left I had this idea to combine my two favorites things: vegetables and chz in a spicy concoction that screams summer!

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to eat on the healthier side because it’s so easy to do in the summer time. Every morning I’ve been getting up, sautéing some cherry tomatoes over super high heat and throwing in green onions, zucchini, crushed red pepper flake and lots of garlic. I’ll eat this with a couple of eggs and it’s perfection! It makes me feel all powered for the day, especially when I have like two almond milk lattes.

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

This isn’t all that healthy I suppose but it’s SO good and tasty.

You start with cooking and caramelizing the zucchini. This may seem a little strange but don’t worry. It taste so creamy with the cheese—it’s delicious!

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Heirloom Pan Con Tomate

Heirloom Pan Con Tomate

I JUST finished the first pass of A Cozy Coloring Cookbook. I added a few more recipes because I want it to feel full and worth it. I added an olive oil cake studded with apples and fall spices…that can all be thrown into one-bowl. It’s maybe my favorite new cake in the entire world because it takes like 10 minutes to throw together. It just took me a million tries to get right and I’m still, like, is this tasty, is this good? I plan on making it one last time this week before I head to Copenhagen.

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Summer Picnic

Every summer I have these very grand ideas that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that I go camping. On the surface camping seems like SO much fun. The campfires, cooking salmon over cedar planks, the rivers, the s’mores. But when I begin to logistically think about it, I’m not so sure. I have a tendency to over-pack. It’s taken me years to pack appropriately for a 3-day weekend so I know that when it comes to camping I’ll probably bring my entire apartment.

That will of course to lead to too much work, so every year, I abandon my camping ambitions. BUT! Luckily there are picnics, which are way easier. I know they’re not the same but you sort of get that nature-y-let’s-eat-outside-vibe going on.

Summer Picnic

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Aguachiles

I was in Mexico almost a month ago. (WHA!!) Time is flying.

The thing I wanted the absolute most the minute I landed was aguachile. I knew that it was something that I’d probably find a lot of in Cabo.

If you’re unfamiliar with what aquachile is, it’s simple. Think of it like a super spicy Mexican ceviche but with lime (vs. tomato). And most times the shrimp hasn’t marinated and “cooked” all the way through in the lime juice. The important thing when eating/making aguachile is that the shrimp you use must never have been frozen. We’re talking super fresh, sushi-grade shrimp.

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Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders

I’m currently in Mexico recovering from my friend’s wedding, chilaxing by this pool, reading this book, and drinking way too many of these. More on Mexico soon!

Before I left El Ley, I made these burgers from Jon’s new book, THE SLIDER EFFECT.

Can I just tell you that I had SO much fun making these with Billy. I haven’t made sliders in way too long and was kindly reminded that they’re are so fun and cute to make and eat.

Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders

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S'mores Twists

Remember when I made these pumpkin twists? Those were tite. But that was a different time; the air was crisp, fall spices were in the air, everything was cozy…it was fall.

Right now it’s the opposite. It’s all about bbqs and outdoors and picnics and mosquitos. It’s summahtime. I feel like every year I have the urge to push myself to make some different iteration of s’mores. I basically want s’mores in everything. I want to eat all the s’mores.

This year I decided to take on the French tarte de soleil and turn it into the most American summertime dessert ever.

S'mores Twists

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