This chili recipe comes from my friend Lauren, who is not only a great photographer but also an excellent cook. I’m convinced that this recipe may just be the perfect weeknight meal. As a bonus, it’s the perfect comfort food for escaping chilly February weather with your Valentine. Continue reading
Our bathroom is very white – white walls, white tile, white laminate. Being a rental, we can’t change any of this, but it does make for a nice blank canvas. Until recently, the white theme had continued with a white shower curtain and white towels, and only a small pop of color in the green rug. Last weekend, I got inspired to do a fall update when I saw this shower curtain on clearance at Target in rust. I managed to steer clear of white and get coordinating rust and deep gray towels, an incredibly comfortably gray rug, and mercury glass accessories. Continue reading
Inspired by the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co lemon recipe cards, I decided to create custom recipe cards as a birthday gift for my sister. Her name and the various fruits and vegetables were painted with watercolors and then scanned into a computer to add the lines and “from the kitchen of” text. They were then printed our on blank A7 flat cards from Paper Source in luxe white. Continue reading
pen and watercolor on a blank notecard
I found this recipe on Repinly where it’s #20 on the all-time most popular pin list. It was originally pinned by Alexandria Harrison, but the recipe is from Real Simple and it seemed like an easy option for a midweek meal. With just about 20 minutes of prep time, minimal dishes to wash, and the result being a complete meal for four people (or in our case, a meal for two people plus leftovers for lunch the next day), I want to find 10 more recipes just like this and make them in a rotation during the workweek.
As I said, the amount of prep time was actually not that much more than the 15 minutes the recipe claimed. Generally, I assume that anything that says 15 minutes of prep time really is more like 15 minutes of assembly after I spend upwards of a half hour chopping things. In this case, even with all the washing, chopping, and mixing included I went from nothing to having the pan in the oven in under 20 minutes. As a disclaimer, I did use green beans that were already trimmed and washed by Trader Joe’s, so I didn’t have to do much to those, which made things that much faster. Continue reading
This garlic cheesy bread is the number one most popular pin of all time on Pinterest, according to Repinly. It’s had close to 100,000 repins, which is pretty crazy to think about, and was originally pinned by Mandy Wakeman. I had a feeling this would be good, seeing as it’s a combo of bread, cheese, butter and garlic – seriously, what’s not to like? I was a little worried about how the bread would turn out though, seeing as I don’t have a stand mixer and kind of winged it with my food processor based on prior knowledge of making pizza dough.
To start with, I substituted all-purpose flour for bread flour. I did a little research about the difference between the two, and learned that bread flour has slightly more gluten and therefore generally creates a more chewy and/or lofty bread than all-purpose flour. In most cases, all-purpose flour can be substituted for bread flour, but you don’t want to go the other way around and sub in bread flour for all-purpose flour. Seeing as I don’t make a ton of bread regularly, I opted to use the all-purpose flour I had rather than buy a bag of bread flour. My bread definitely didn’t end up as large as the photos from the original pin, which I think probably had something to do with this substitution, but the texture seemed fine. Continue reading
I found this recipe on Repinly in their most popular pins of all time list. I was looking for a side to go with some barbecue pulled chicken and this seemed like a good fit. It looked really fresh but hearty at the same time, and as a native Californian, I’m sold on anything involving avocado. As a bonus, Jennifer at Once Upon A Chef suggested making the salad the night before and just adding the avocado right before serving, which cut out a lot of prep time for a post-work meal. All the chopping and mixing of ingredients the night before took about a half hour from start to finish. I also took the suggestion of using canned black beans with fresh cooked corn, and boiled the husked corn cobs in water for about 6 min before cutting the kernels off. Continue reading
They sell these muffins at Fraîche Yogurt in Palo Alto, along with Bluebottle Coffee, which I’m just slightly addicted to. The last time I was there getting my caffeine fix, I noticed they had been featured in an article in Food & Wine magazine that included the muffin recipe so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up making 10 muffins and a bread loaf, and while they could have been a bit sweeter, they were pretty tasty and went really well with coffee. Next time I’ll likely add more sugar, but there definitely will be a next time. Continue reading
This is an old standby from my favorite cookbook: Joie Warner’s No Cook Pasta Sauces. All the recipes in this cookbook use a method where the fresh ingredients for the “sauce” warm in a serving bowl placed on top of the pot of boiling water while the pasta. is cooking. Just make sure your serving bowl is ceramic or metal so you don’t get any melted plastic in your pasta. This recipe in particular is great for a last minute meal because I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so there’s no need for a trip to the store. Joie Warner describes the dish as being inspired by a Bloody Caesar cocktail, but being more of a Bloody Mary girl myself, I can’t really vouch for this. In this instance, I had fresh basil on hand so I decided to try using that instead of dried basil as the recipe suggests. It turns out that this may have been one of those few cases where dried herbs taste better than fresh herbs, because the dish was lacking in its usual flavor. This could also have been because I didn’t have a lime so there wasn’t any lime zest, which always adds a nice freshness to it. Still good, but when it is made according to the recipe, it’s definitely better. Continue reading
This is a recipe from the “Fast & Fresh” section of Sunset, which is the first section I flip to whenever the new issue arrives. The photo looked amazing, as did the claim that it could be made in 30 minutes or less. I had to make a few variations to the recipe due to a lack of ingredients… as overwhelming as the selection is at Safeway, they did not have unsweetened or toasted coconut, so I used the sweetened variety and toasted it myself. I also used jarred instead of fresh mango, mainly because it was already 8pm and I was hungry. Overall, the dish was really good – just the right amount of sweet and spicy, and a good mix of flavors. And it actually only took 30 minutes to make, including peeling the shrimp. Even though it called for unsweetened coconut, it was unanimous that the toasted sweetened coconut was the best part. Although the recipe said it was for 4 servings, as a main course it served 2 with about a half serving left over, so next time I’ll definitely be doubling the recipe. Continue reading