This is a cozy carb-fest in a cast iron skillet. Just how I like it!
This weekend I’m headed to HOTLANTA where I’ll be speaking at Create + Cultivate about digital media and food. I’m also so stoked to be going back to the south where I can order half sweet tea/half unsweetened tea like the almost-southerner I am and eat all the biscuits I want.
I was born in Atlanta and lived the first three years of my lil’ life at The Georgia Tech family dorms while my dad finished up college. I’m excited to pass by and look at the playground I used to play in. (I’m pretty sure it’s another math lab now, but whatever.)
In preparation for this trip, I wanted to pull together another fun, appetizer-like carb fest for you all. The best part about this entire thing is that you can totally use store-bought pizza dough (s/o to Kenji Lopez for the inspiration).
I teamed up with McCormick and their new herb grinders. They’re super simple to use and for this recipe I used two, actually: the Italian blend (it went inside the butter mixture) and the basil (for the top).
The recipe starts with all sorts of stuff being mixed with butter. There’s salt, the McCormick Italian blend, crushed red pepper, Parmesan, lots of fresh garlic and olive oil. The knots are knotted, stuffed with chopped Spanish green olives and then dunked in butter.
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.
Lately everything has been happening too soon. Holidays, birthdays, ends of months, beginning of seasons, etc. Everything.
I don’t know if that has to do with me living in a big city like Los Angeles where everything just moves so quickly or it has to do with this part of my life, when it’s busy-busy and there’s no time for slowness.
I’m trying to figure out ways to stop time a bit. One thing I’ve been doing lately is going to the farmer’s market on Sundays and cooking with what I get that day. I try for it to be as leisure as possible, I play music, loudly, I invite my friends over. I drink wine. I eat cheese.
For this post, I teamed up with The Laughing Cow because I can eat like twenty of their wedges of cheese and not even think twice. Out of all their flavors the new Creamy Asiago might be my favorite. I have good memories of asiago bagels so maybe this is why I love it so much.
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.
My mom isn’t Colombian so this wasn’t something she made for us. Instead, it was something that my dad’s aunt taught me how to make. But since I was a lazy teenager, I never wanted to make them. I’d drive to this little Colombian restaurant near my house where they sold them frozen in batches of twelve. I’d just heat them up in oven and boom…breakfast, lunch, a snack.
They always were more cheesy than maybe they should be and I was totally ok with that.
These rolls only took about a million times to get right. But when I got them right, I got them right! (Or at least I think so.)
For this recipe, I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet to bring you the lightest, fluffiest and buttery rolls evrrrr. And they’re topped with my favorite topping in the entire world: “The Everything” bagel topping.
I’ve put the topping on a lot of things at this point: hamburger buns and pretzels and now, Cloverleaf Rolls. But it’s for a reason.
I’m still having trouble understanding the Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton thingy.
I’m also perplexed about when and how Nene is going to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta.
I’m having trouble deciding what two (that’s it?!) pies I’ll make for Thanksgiving. SO MANY OPTIONS!
One thing I’m not having trouble with is how much I love delicata squash (and this gratin).
Delicata squash is maybe my favorite type of squash. Do you wanna know why?! Because I don’t have to peel it!
One less step, man. When I first thought of putting rice in a gratin, I’m not gonna lie, part of me thought it might end up, well, scary looking. but I think it turned out a-ok! I thank the pretty color of the squash and the pretty color of the wild rice.
It’s decadent, yet not too much. It’s delicious and nutty and downright amazing. For the full recipe, head over to SheKnows.
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!
Flying while being on the internet has alway felt like magic to me. I can’t be the only one. When I think about it really hard I’m like, WHO MAKES THE INTERNET WORK?! What does it look like in physical form. How does it even work. Maybe this sounds dumb (probably does) but as a non-engineer it all feels like it just exists in the ether and happens on its own. (I’m not stoned, I swear.)
Now, about this bowl of corn. This is proof that seasons can play wonderfully together to create something warm and cozy. Corn is still around, it’s at the stores and at the farmer’s markets, but not for long. And squash seems to be popping up (!!!) and out of all the squash varieties, spaghetti squash is one of the first to appear.