You know that saying, I’m working for the weekend. I’ve always thought that sentence was SO depressing because it made it seem like weekdays can’t be fun.
But right now, that’s sort of my reality. The next two weeks are jam-packed with deadlines and long to-do lists and recipes I need to nail. So, while I’m definitely not working for this weekend, I’m sort of working for Memorial Day Weekend. I’m headed to Palm Springs with a few friends and I’m super excited about swimming in the pool with Amelia. My friends Cassie and Burke are bring their pet bird, Ludo, which is sort of strange but whatever!
I’ve been thinking a lot about chimichurri recently.
Back when I was a senior in high school, in Florida, I spent that entire year mostly eating (surprise, surprise!). I grew up mostly eating cuban, Colombian, Peruvian and of course, American food, but this was the year where I really sought after different types of food on the regular.
As a friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is thisnext Sunday. YASSS. Mark it on your calendar because if you don’t call your mom/get her a gift/think of her, etc. you’ll probably have a Beyonce-type beehive buzzing at your door.
There’s a classic French dish called Potatoes Anna. I hear that this is one of the first things you learn when you go to culinary school (never went! lol). But when I first started cooking a lot, my dad bought me the FCI textbook and I cooked my through many of the recipes.
Potatoes Anna consists of a bed of perfectly browned round slices of potatoes, layered on top of each other. It’s the simplest most perfect dish because it’s literally just carbs and salt and butter. EMOJI HEART EYES
Since the beginning of time I’ve wanted to make a version of it, my way and call it a very cheeky, Potatoes ADRIANNA.
I’m really good at overeating deviled eggs. And let me tell you, they’re sort of not such a great thing to overeat. Pie? Ok sure. Ice cream? Alright. But deviled eggs? A little gross.
My motto with deviled eggs: Proceed with modesty and I’ll be ok! These were inspired by this recipe for naturally pickled eggs that my friend Hourie sent me from Epicurious. I was like daaaaang, so beautiful. I’ve made beet pickled eggs before. But never cabbage and turmeric. And let me tell you, the colors these two ingredients leave behind is so ridiculously beautiful.
The turmeric combination might be my favorite. The cloves, cardamom pods and black peppercorns make for a really delicious flavor combination that you can really taste in the eggs.
The process is simple: you combine the vinegar, water and sugar with the different type of pickling items you’d like. This liquid is boiled and then brought down to room temperature. The boiled eggs are dropped into the pickling liquid and then they sit in the mixture for about 24 hours, or up to 2 days.
There are nights when all I want for dinner is a big bowl of guacamole and chips. And since I’m grown up, I have just that.
This is somewhat of a silly post because we all know how to make guacamole, don’t we?
Though we probably all vary with additions and ratios. This is my favorite version. It’s untraditional, as they say, because I love adding diced tomatoes, jalapeños, red onion and lots of lime and salt.
I do prefer the smash up the avocados first and then fold in all of the add-ins because I don’t want smashed onion and tomato, you know? But other than that, it’s crazy easy and simple and normal.
If you ever live in South Florida for a bit, you get well acquainted with Cuban sandwiches. As a kid, I liked them but actually used to take out the pickles because I thought warm pickles were gross-city. And I also hated mustard so that had to go, too. But now I think they’re maybe the most perfect sandwich in existence.
Here’s how a Cuban sandwich goes: bread with a crispy exterior and super soft interior, a swipe of mustard, pickles, pulled pork, thinly sliced ham and a few slices of melty swiss cheese. The entire thing cooked a la plancha (think a griddle kinda with a press on top). Eat that with a side of cafe con leche or my favorite pineapple soda in the entire world, and your head might explode it’s so good.
Since there’s this whole football game situation coming up, I thought I’d be a perfect time to make that Cuban sandwich I just described into a dip! Yeah boi.
This dip is obviously a little different because in order to make it in dip form some cream cheese and creme fraiche (the tartness is necessary) have to be thrown into the mix but seriously it tastes similar in many ways.
I used to be one of those psycho people who liked to be really hungry for Thanksgiving dinner. So instead of having breakfast, I’d just power through the day so I could REALLY enjoy dinner. But then that lead to be, like, being mean to people so now I make sure to eat breakfast AND I always have an appetizer prepped.
This is perfect for that because it can be made the day before and then heated up when hanger-vibes strike.
I’m headed to London, TOMORROW! The past week have been me frantically scrambling, setting up Amelia-walkers, finding an umbrella to take with me, packing scarves and all sorts of other fun things. And pies! So many pies have been made, which are coming very, very soon. But first, we need a Thanksgiving appetizer. This should probably be made the day before so when you’re all cooking and gallivanting in the kitchen, you can pull this baby out of the fridge and snack on it all day long.
For this post, I partnered up with Reynolds Kitchens. I actually wrote a few Holiday-inspired recipes for them. I love all of them, but the one that’s near and dear to my cheese-loving heart is this Pimento Cheese Ball. Nothing says let’s have fun like a cheese ball—they’re the life of the party!
This weekend I accompanied my best friend to look for wedding dresses. When she made the appointments, we both sort of rolled our eyes and shrugged our shoulders. I guess we’re gonna have to do this. Neither of us are super girly so the idea of having to go to a bridal boutique or whatever didn’t sound all that exhilarating…until we got there.
Man, it was way more fun and emotional than I ever thought it was going to be. It was such a happy experience! It made me appreciate all the steps along the way to getting married. It made me happy for her and for me and for her mom, who was so grateful and thrilled to witness every single dress, good or bad.
What did you do?
Are you realizing that Thanksgiving is like a stone’s throw away?! I went to CVS the other day and they just skipped from Halloween to Christmas! JUST LIKE THAT! It’s really intense and aggressive and it’s stressing me out.
This is a classier version of dipping pizza into ranch dressing. It’s the same idea! Something Italian being smushed together with someone southern and very very American.
I was about to call this a high and low but that would insulting to ranch dressing. If these two were people, yes, they’d probably grow up quite differently. They’d be going to different schools, wearing different types of clothes, speaking different languages but they’d both agree on this: anything fried dipped in ranch dressing is a big, gigantic WIN!