I’ve been writing this blog for SO long that I feel like some of my all-time favorite recipes are sort of in the dark depths of the archives…with terrible, terrible photos. From time to time during this year I’m going to be re-shooting these recipes, giving them a bit of a re-do.
The first one up is the childhood soup that was a staple in my house: Aguadito. I feel like every type of cuisine around the world has its own version of chicken soup. They’re all meant to heal, warm and nourish you when you have the sniffles, are hungover, feel under the weather or when you’re just really fucking cold.
Today is the very last day of my cleanse and it has not been a walk in the park. On Saturday I felt like I was dying. There were body aches and headaches and my entire sinus situation was all messed up. I sneezed I’m not kidding you like twenty times that day. I was in bed all day watching Million Dollar American Princesses (I love shit like that).
But then, it all went away. They say it’s all the toxins working their way out of you. I feel great today, not sick, not sneezing, but still dreaming about nachos. I don’t think that’ll ever go away.
Instead I have this, which ain’t so bad. I love the dressing. I could put it on everything. Then again, I love, love tahini. It’s just like the most magical thing ever.
These soba noodles are all buckwheat but my favorite noodles are the ones that have a bit of whole wheat in them. They taste a million times better. If you’re trying to be uber healthy, then maybe you’ll want to go with the buckwheat ones—your choice!
This week has been weird and foggy…and rainy! I feel like I’ve been yawning the entire time and haven’t had that gusto that everyone seems to be having except me. GOALS! RESOLUTIONS! BE THE BEST YOU! I’ve been more like:
1. Maybe Steve Avery really did to it?
2. Leonardo DiCaprio is gonna win an Oscar and he grunted the entire time. (A must see!)
3. I really want pizza.
4. I really want a milkshake.
5. I bet there’s someone on Pinterest that has made a pizza milkshake. Barf.
Back to reality, back to alarm clocks and emails and to-do lists and hashtag goals. Can we just all go back to bed? The goals thing is giving me a headache.
This break was maybe my favorite. I slept a lot, thought a lot, wrote down dreams and hopes, hung out with Amelia and Josh and my mama and friends.
And though the vacation flew by and I wish I could do it again, I’m super excited about 2016. I love fresh starts. I love clean and bright things and this new year feels hopeful. I’m kicking this whole “let’s eat healthy” phase we’re all going through with a healthy-ish recipe.
I’m not all that great with healthy (although I’m starting this thingy tomorrow, plz keep me in your thoughts) so it’s not outright healthy just healthy-ish.
Ribolitta is a Tuscan soup often thickened with bread. Some people put bacon or sausage or meat in it, but I prefer a veggie version.
I like lucinato kale and sweet carrots. I like this with more broth than what’s typical because I love slurping soup. And I love the lemon juice. I think it’s essential, though totally untraditional. And I love, love a lot of crushed red pepper. The soup is flavorful and deep yet very light.
This is one of those super silly no recipe type things but except there is sort of a recipe.
I’ve been making this—I’m not kidding you—nearly every single day for the past few weeks. I usually serve it with piece of roasted chicken or a few shrimp or even a side of roasted sweet potato.
I feel like a genius that I found out that tongs are the simplest, fastest way to spaghetti-ing the spaghetti squash. It takes about a minute and there’s no burning your hand trying to get two forks all up in there.
This recipe is sort of inspired by the idea of the book Sheet Pan Suppers. It doesn’t take from any of the recipes in there but this can literally be made on one sheet pan—that’s all you need!
The spaghetti squash is laid down, flesh side down, on the baking sheet. And then I sneak under a garlic clove or two so that steams along with the squash in the oven.
I think it’s safe to say that I love English things. I have an English dog (hi Amelia), an English car (hi Mini Cooper), I love baking scones and drinking tea with a splash of milk in it and I love reading English literature. I also grew up watching English dramas on PBS, including most recently Downton Abbey.
Next month I’m headed to London with Grey Poupon to visit a few Downton Abbey locations, including Highclere Castle. Imagine forty exclamation points because I feel like that expresses my true excitement. I can’t wait to sip tea in the same rooms as Edith and Mary and Sybil. (I miss her!)
To kick things off, I’m sharing this recipe for Welsh Rarebit.
Now, when I first heard the name of this recipe I swore it had rabbit in it or something. I dunno! It’s confusing! Rarebit…rabbit. They sort of look alike.
If you don’t know what it is, Welsh Rarebit is basically a beer sauce that’s typically poured over a piece of toast. I love melted leeks so I added that to the bread for a bit of an onion flavor.
A few months ago when I was fishing around Google Images for pizza inspiration, I came across this gem of a photo and my mind was straight blown.
It took me a long time to figure out how I would actually do this/if I should do this. Initially I wanted to make it slightly classier but then I was like whatever, this is Pizzaception! let’s make it fun!
Before I forged forward with this recipe, I had a few concerns:
1st concern: Would it be too dough-y. Is there such a thing as too many carbs? I think yes.
To solve this issue, the dough is not allowed to proof, like, AT ALL. The first time I did this, it rose on the cutting board while I was making the mini pizzas and it was way too dough-y. SO, to prevent this, when we divide the dough, we put it in the fridge to stop the rise.
When we’re done assembling the mini pizzas, then those too go in the fridge.
2nd concern: What’s the point? Why don’t we make little mini pizzas and end there?
Well, what if I told you that you could have different flavored pizzas in one slice! This is achievable here.
Where do I start with this recipe? Oh man, you know those recipes you’ve wanted to make/share for a long time? This is one of them. While my parents aren’t Cuban, I grew up eating at Cuban restaurants. It’s like a staple in South Florida. Everybody eats at them. They’re always a great place to go with a large group of people; the food is affordable, comforting and just plain delicious.
I always, always order ropa vieja (direct translation: old man’s clothes). It’s shredded beef in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. I’ve always wanted to make it and for some reason never have.
I was watching the new season of Mind of Chef the other night and it’s goooooood. Oh man, I want to make and eat every single thing Gabrielle Hamilton makes on the show. There was an episode that especially stood out to me; it was all about “garbage” and waste. She, like, many chefs is constantly thinking about waste. It’s pretty incredible how many times she uses a broth over, how she reuses scraps and how she uses “waste” in other dishes in new and unexpected ways. It shows how clever and smart and conscious she is.
I, too, think about waste. Running this food blog, I’m often left with leftovers. I think about storing them, rolling leftover ingredients into another recipe and blog post. This means fresh herbs are stored in bags with a damp paper towel (do you do this? they last SO much longer), cheese are stored in bags and containers help with leftovers.
Today I’m teaming up with Glad to talk about World Food Day, which is next week (October 16th). World Food Day is about taking a stand against worldwide hunger. The mission is to protect food so it stays fresher, longer. It’s about being a bit aware of our consumption and of our food waste.
For each black & white food photo you post and tag #GladToShare, Glad will donate $1 to international charity Free The Children to provide a nutritious meal for a person in need in communities around the globe. Visit Glad to learn more about how you can take a stand against global hunger in honor of World Food Day.
I will always be a strong advocate for breakfast for dinner because it’s fun. And who doesn’t want to eat fun food—it’s the best. I tried to think to myself why it’s a bit of a thrill; maybe it’s that we all feel like we’re doing something we shouldn’t? That’s the fun of being adult, WE DO WHAT WE WANT!
While these tacos aren’t exactly candy cereal for dinner, they’re still a pretty good time. For this post, I teamed up McCormick Gourmet to create a dish that’s perfect for dinz time.