Snack

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey

Last week I was in New York for three short nights and I can tell you from my experience, Spring has not sprung. Being greeted by twenty-one-degree temperatures, AND after a red-eye flight is kind of a brutal (but I had a pretzel later so all was ok). Luckily Spring is near. I’m not a groundhog or anything but I’m staying positive for all of you east coasters.

I’m sure many of you still dealing with Winter’s lingering attitude can’t wait for brunches. Is there anything better than sitting outside, eating with friends while the warmish April sun looks on? I guess when I think of weekend brunching, I think of Spring. It’s that time when we’re just itching to do everything outside, which includes eating. Cocktails and appetizers and pancakes mixed with lunch food. I probably love the mix of foods most about brunch. It’s not just breakfast, but a healthy mix.

P_BakedBrie_2

I baked some cheese for when you’re ready to do this occasion of brunching. I’m hoping you’ll be able to do it soon. (If not, don’t worry because baked cheese also eases sorrows. Trust me.) 

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey // www.acozykitchen.com [click to continue…]

{ 31 comments }

Winter Squash Hummus with Za'aatar Dusted Pita // www.acozykitchen.com

December always starts with me being sort of depressed that December is starting. December’s beginning means that the year’s end is imminent. And 2013′s end kinda gives me a panic attack because I can remember its start so vividly.

Not to worry! if you too, are in a lil’ panic mode, this month is full of appetizers and cookies and cakes and cinnamon rolls. All will soothe your pain. I have lots of cookies on my brain and cakes. All I want to make right now are cakes. I figured we’ve all eaten enough this weekend so best to start off with something light.

Winter Squash Hummus with Za'aatar Dusted Pita // www.acozykitchen.com [click to continue…]

{ 21 comments }

Classic Avocado Toast

This year I’m doing something I haven’t really done: I’m editing my wardrobe so I have room for new fall clothes. Who am I?! It kinda feels organized, slightly fancy and something Lucky Mag would tell you to do. I usually read these types of suggestions in magazines while I’m getting my nails done and feel all inspired to do it when I get home but never do. Other things usually end up being more exciting to me. But this year, I’m actually doing it!

Cleaning out my drawers has made me realize that I cannot own enough classic plain white t-shirts. I own a lot of ‘em. And I love ‘em all (minus the ones with food stains on them).

I feel like a classic avocado toast might be food version of a classic white t-shirt. It’s what you could eat every day and not tire of it. Refreshing, simple and so good! I love it.

Classic Avocado Toast

I teamed up with LeafTV for one last video on my favorite snack EVER! I would include a recipe below but that’s kinda silly. You know what you’re doing when it comes to this.

Classic Avocado Toast

[click to continue…]

{ 16 comments }

Apple Cheddar Latkes // www.acozykitchen.com

Is it…

“Lat-keeeeys” or “lat-kays” or “lat-kuhs”?!

My (Jewish) boyfriend says the latter. I (not Jewish, obvi) say the first one. Who’s right?! He probably is. “Lat-kuhs” it is. (I just had a conversation by myself. SAD.)

These latkes are pretty awesome. If you follow me on Twitter/Facebook, you might’ve seen me link you to the sweet version that I made for Etsy last week, Spiced Apple Latkes with Cardamom Cream. Those are dessert; these are dinner.

Apple and cheddar is a classic childish flavor combination. Pieces of cheddar and slices of apple is what your mom set out for you as an afternoon snack, right? Right. And since most of us all enjoy eating things that are childish and immature, this is just perfect.

Apple Cheddar Latkes // www.acozykitchen.com [click to continue…]

{ 39 comments }

I try to be a good person on the daily. When I’m going into the coffee shop, I always hold the door for the person behind me. I smile at strangers. I smile at cute babies…and even more at cute doggies. I give people the benefit of the doubt. I call my mama on the regular. I try to tell the truth even when it sucks. I eat my vegetables and I like it.

So, if all that doesn’t work and I’m sent to hell at the end, I guarantee it’ll look like a mall on Black Friday. There will be people and shopping carts everywhere. Babies will be crying (because they know what’s up!). There might even be a few lil’ people toppling over each other fighting over some game console I’ve never heard of. People will be outside in tents camping to get the best deal on a TV. It will look a lot like the weekend of Thanksgiving. That’s what my hell is.

My idea of heaven is cooking soup in colorful socks. What? Yes. Maybe even Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas will be blaring in the background. Cooking soup and making snacks! It’s my favorite pastime. This lil’ tartine is a perfect snack/breakfast/lunch meal.

[click to continue…]

{ 24 comments }

I love a free sample at the grocery store. Like, LOVE. I mean, it doesn’t mean I always like them, I usually don’t, but that doesn’t stop me from snacking. Sometimes my grocery lists are exhaustive and I need a lil’ snack break, you know?

A few years ago I was perusing Whole Foods around the holidays and they had one of those goat cheese logs rolled in dried cranberries out for the public to sample. You’ve tried this, no? It’s the simplest/most genius concept in the world: tangy goat cheese cheese rolled in sweet and tart dried fruit. SO GOOD!

I stood there and ate like half the log of goat cheese by myself hoping no one would realize that this girl couldn’t pry herself away and leave. That thing became a problem. After that when I needed a quick appetizer for guests (also known as just myself), I’d copycat that appetizer from Whole Foods.

A few days ago I was in the mood to make cornbread. (I don’t get in good moods, bad moods or sad moods. Instead I get in biscuit moods, roasted chicken moods or, what brings us here today, corn bread moods. It’s weird.)

[click to continue…]

{ 34 comments }


This avocado hummus is delicious. And I know I say that a lot, but I really rilly like this one. It’s a good one!

In other related news, why are avocados so expensive? I get that they’re delicious, buttery, fatty (in a healthy way!), pretty, and again, delicious.

No but really…

[click to continue…]

{ 109 comments }

On Monday morning I did something totally crazy.

I reached for my cell, dialed Time Warner and cancelled my cable. This was a desperate measure to take my life back. Sound dramatic? Probably. But last week I called my mom to discuss Bethenny and Jason’s marriage, which sort of seems on the rocks (right?!!?). And on Sunday night I was all like, “Whoa Cythia! That orphan comment you said about Kim was craaaazy messed up. KIM, DON’T FORGIVE HER!”

I have to draw the line sometimes, you know? Being invested in TV relationships is just too much for me right now. I can’t deal. I’d rather spend my life thinking about other things…like bacon and popcorn, and cookies with brown butter in them.

Also, this means I have more money to spend on shoes. Shoes > Cable. DUH!

[click to continue…]

{ 147 comments }


Have you ever had a savory cupcake? I have. A fancy famous chef made it for me. It was $15. I didn’t like it.

Have you ever had savory bread pudding? I have. Incredible.

Have you ever had a savory pudding ? Just no.

Have you ever had/heard of savory biscotti? Up until last weekend, I had not. I came across it on the internets and was fascinated upon first sight. And since it’s all up in your face, pictured above with a cup of steamy coffee, it’s obviously a major yes. Duh.

[click to continue…]

{ 45 comments }