Dinner

'Everything' Hamburger Buns

Remember last week when I made homemade cream cheese and I told you to save that whey?!? Yeah! I put it in hamburger buns. Yass! And since I think I’m particularly clever, I wanted to tie it back to a bagel by adding the “everything” mixture to the top of the burger bun.

Well, I’m pretty happy. I currently feeling myself. I’m patting myself on the back. Skipping in the street. I think I’m smart, but mainly I’m just stoked about making another delicious thing that involves carbs.

If you’ve never made hamburger buns, you’re in for a lil’ treat because not only are they super fun to make, they’re not too, too difficult either.

Homemade Everything Hamburger Buns

These buns were tweaked from King Arthur’s Flour, which in my opinion, has the best burger bun recipe out there. The whey gives these a softer texture but not so soft that it feels like cheap, store-bought white bread. It’s sort of in between of what you would get if you used half water and half milk.

'Everything' Hamburger Buns

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Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Jicama Slaw

Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Jicama Slaw

I sort of have nothing to say today. Do you ever feel that way? Kinda want to write, HERE’S THIS SANDWICH I LIKE!!!

But seriously, I love this sandwich. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in love with a sandwich more.

I’ve always had a deep love for sandwiches. It think it all ties back to my love of carbs: bread, pancakes, biscuits, pasta…if it has all-purpose flour in it, chances are I’m going to love it.

Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Jicama Slaw

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Jerk Chicken

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Jerk Chicken

My eyeballs sting and I’m dosing off which means I really wish I could just write this entire blog post in emojis. That’d be easier.

I’d use emoji flames, emoji nail painting, emoji face with sunglasses. I’m thinking those illustrate my feelings properly about this chicken. I’m feeling myself!

I once dated a Jamaican dude who taught me so many things about myself. A good jerk chicken recipe, unfortunately, was not one of them. It was one of those relationships you have when you’re young and need to learn what you don’t want, what doesn’t work for you. At the time nothing felt like a lesson, it just felt like heartbreak and agony and someone stabbing me in my chest. But after that relationship, I went forward in search of the exact opposite…haha. Is this mean? I’m thinking nah, I’m thinking it’s just a little real.

Jerk Chicken

Anywaze, the one positive thing that came from that relationship was our eating adventures. It was high school, early college, so the food I ate during that time was either The Cheesecake Factory or Peruvian or Jamaican hole-in-the-walls. I ate more lomo saltado and jerk chicken in that time than ever in my life.

Jerk Chicken

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Build a Poke Bowl

I’m back from Chicago where I ate and drank waaaaay too much. I realized that I’m too old for that shit. I’ve never been a big drinker but omg now I’m even less so because it seriously makes me feel like I might die. But it was fun and worth it. I’ll be doing a lil’ round-up of a few of my favorite places I visited…maybe tomorrow or the next day.

But first, recovery food. Poke restaurants are popping up everywhere in LA. It’s the hot new thing, unfortunately most of them are not near my apt so out of pure laziness because I’m allergic to driving and traffic, I make them at home. Also, I love making things at home because it means I can add what I want. I DO WHAT I WANT!

Build a Poke Bowl

I like using really delicious, fatty salmon I get from McCall’s Meat and Fish Co., but really any sort of ahi tuna or other sushi-grade salmon will work.

This is obviously more of an idea than a recipe. I mean, I do mix the sauces together and I do make my own furikake and I do whisk together some mayonnaise and Sriracha but you can just eyeball all of these things. No need for measuring spoons.

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Cherry Purslane Salad with Lebneh and Crispy Freekeh

I’m on my way to Chicago for no reason at all other than to hang out. How amazing is that?! I wish I could bottle up the feeling right before a trip. You’re running errands, packing, washing clothes, and while normally those are really lame things to do, it’s actually ultra fun when they’re for a vacation vs. normal life.

This salad has Memorial Day written all over it. It’s large format or whatever you want to call it. Basically, it’s a big-ass salad for hella ppl.

Do you have cherries yet? I feel like LA/California gets produce weeks (sometimes months!) before the rest of the country so it’s hard for me to gauge if this is a useful recipe or totally pointless. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Cherry Purslane Salad with Lebneh and Crispy Freekeh

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Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar

As you may know, I’m what the world considers a grilled cheese enthusiast. I’m not sure there’s another sandwich that can make me feel all the feelings of warmth, comfort and just plain ol’ fun. For this post, I teamed up with Tillamook, the farmer-owned Co-Op from Oregon, to inspire you to create your own all natural, veggie-filled, gooey, delicious sandwiches perfect for a spring party with friends. Every single party in life should have a Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar. HELLO! This is the definition of comforting fun!

Spring is finally here, which means all of my favorite farmer’s market vegetables are back in season. I always miss them in winter. Winter veggies aren’t my favorite, but spring? YASS! These grilled cheeses aren’t difficult to execute, no, not at all, but like anything simple, the amazingness is in the details. This means paying attention to each and every ingredient carefully.

Veggie Grilled Cheese Bar

We’ll start with the most important part: da cheese. Tillamook cheese is naturally aged, made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones and contains no artificial ingredients. This is the real deal when it comes to cheese. Tillamook has actually been making cheese for over 100 years! I vote for giving people a few options. I went with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar (a classic), Tillamook Pepper Jack (for the people who love spicy a.k.a. me), Smoked Medium Cheddar and lastly, Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar (my favorite).

Also, don’t be shy to mix and match them. My favorite combo was sharp cheddar with the smoked black pepper cheddar—it was glorious!

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Raclette with Collard Green Pesto, Okra and Lemon

I miss the south sometimes. A lot of times actually. I miss the summer rains, the golden leaves in fall, the beautiful flowers blooming in spring and the biscuits. Oh man, the flakey biscuits. Whenever I don’t know what to cook, I’ll usually think of something super boring and then give it a southern twist.

I like to think that this is a dish a southern girl would make after she spent the summer backpacking through Europe. Maybe she spent a few weeks in Switzerland, maybe she had a fling with a Swiss dude (think Before Sunrise-like) and during that fling she ate at a restaurant and was introduced to the wonderfulness that is raclette.

This isn’t the “right way” to eat raclette. It’s usually cheese that’s cooked over an open fire, the cheese gets super melty and then the cheese is scraped onto awesome things like a variety of meats, vegetables and carbs.

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Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

My eyeballs sting and my feet sort of ache from standing all day but it’s ok because a rendition of this bowl is in front of me and Broad City is on the TV. Have you watched?

I watched Girls for the first few seasons but there was always something I didn’t like. I couldn’t really put my finger on it until I started watching Broad City, which I like a million times more, and then it dawned on me: I wouldn’t be friends with any of the women in Girls. Not one of them. They all complain about their lives and it’s annoying and boring and gets old. But Abi and Ilana, THEM MY GIRLS! I wanna hang out with them all day long.

Moving onto this bowl, it’s a single person’s dinner, though it could easily be doubled if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Moroccan-Spiced Cod with Cauliflower Cous Cous and Carrots

I’ve been eating really healthy (do not count those two glasses of wine Monday night plz) and I feel great. I sort of say that with an “ugh” because the sluggish feeling I had before was all thanks to cinnamon rolls and the glory of brioche bread. Probably. It’s always a bummer when you eat healthy food and you’re like, YEP they’re right!

I wish I felt fantastic when I ate all of the delicious things I love cooking and baking but I often times don’t. I mean, I don’t feel awful, awful, I just feel better when I eat healthy. I’m pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say that.

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Healthy Dinner For One: Enoki + Chard Mushroom Stir-Fry | www.acozykitchen.com

If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do is create a bunch of recipes for one person because A LOT of the time, I eat alone. And it’s not sad, it’s actually glorious! I make dinner, I pour myself a glass of wine or beer, or in this case, a La Croix over ice, put a trashy TV show on and eat. It’s super chill!

Cooking for one isn’t always easy. I’m not a big leftovers person so I don’t really care to eat the same thing the next day for lunch.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite, super easy, go-to dinzez (dinzes?) for one. The first one couldn’t be simpler. It’s full of flavor thanks to the soy sauce and mirin (Japanese cooking wine), ginger, lime and lots of garlic.

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