While the internet obviously has many perks and has made life easier in many ways, sometimes it can take the magic out of things. Ever since pinterest came along, my beautiful cookbook collection has been sitting lonely on its shelf collecting dust. I decided it was time to take a break from recipe browsing on my iPhone and bust out my old friends. A few years ago a friend gave me Williams-Sonoma’s London cookbook and it is filled with beautiful pictures of one of my favorite cities and delicious recipes. I’m sad Willliams-Sonoma no longer carries the “Foods of the World” cookbook line, but the good news is you can still find them on Amazon.com. See, there’s one of those internet perks I was talking about.
We made the very wise decision this spring to plant zucchini in our little vegetable garden. It has been growing like crazy! Because of this I am constantly on the look out for good zucchini recipes. I feel like Bubba Gump except with zucchini instead of shrimp. “fried zucchini, zucchini breakfast hash, zucchini with sausage, zucchini enchiladas, zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, steamed zucchini, pickled zucchini, zucchini quiche…” You get the point. This recipe comes from my Aunt Martha who entered it in a competition at a zucchini festival in the Bay Area the year I was born and won second place! I can definitely see why, it is pretty delicious. Now I just need to get my hands on the first place recipe so I can whip that up with the next batch of home grown zucchinis. Continue reading
So even though I was super excited my 49ers were finally in the Superbowl this weekend, I was even more excited not to have to go to a Superbowl party. Call me a boring party pooper, but sometimes you just need a weekend that isn’t packed non-stop with places to be and people to see. After many busy weekends in a row, I was very excited about my quiet Superbowl Sunday in my pajamas. I was also very excited about my first attempt to roast a whole chicken, and, unlike my 49ers, I succeeded! I even managed to make it low-fat and healthy, something that never would have happened at a Superbowl party. My next mission is to learn how to properly carve a chicken – you will notice there are no pictures of the chicken post-carving as it pretty much looked like a wild animal attacked it. But taste is much more important that aesthetics so I still call this a winner! Continue reading
Sadly, I am back from my amazing Hawaiin vacation. I’ve decided to try and stay in lazy, happy go lucky vacation mode for as long as possible. This means when people ask me complicated questions at work I will respond by simply saying “Hang loose.” This also means I will spend my evenings with my feet up, drinking tropical concoctions and not cooking. So until I get back to my busy body, type A lifestyle, here are a few photos for you to drool over.
The beauty above is called “Hula Pie” It’s an ice cream pie in an oreo crust smoothered in chocolate fudge and macadamia nuts. Between 5 girls, the thing was gone in under 2 seconds. We had it at the Hula Grill in Waikiki – add it to your bucket list.
These babies are banana pancakes coated with macadamia nut syrup. It’s called syrup but it’s more like frosting. I absolutely do not want to know what it’s made with because it must be a perfect combination of everything horrible for you but it is so gosh darn delicious. You can find them at a little hole in the wall called Boots and Kimos in Kailua on Oahu. The place is so teeny it doesn’t have a website, but you wouldn’t know by the lines out the door. Get there early if you go!
Let’s be honest, unless it’s passed 9:30am on a Saturday or Sunday, waking up in the morning sucks. I typically hit snooze for about thirty minutes because I dread it so much. However, today I remembered I had these muffins waiting for me, and I only hit snooze for about ten minutes. The task of getting out of bed during the work week is much less daunting when you know you have a delicious baked good waiting for you – especially one that goes so well with a giant cup of coffee. My Fiance gave me a strange look when I told him I was making orange and chocolate chip muffins. Apparently he doesn’t believe in such a combination – until now. He ate two muffins while I typed this. Remember those chocolate orange thingys that you would crack on the sidewalk and eat them in segments? Those things were super yummy right? Well, so are these muffins, and they have oats in them so they’re pretty much a superfood. Continue reading
I love to cook and I love to eat. After spending years being inspired by delicious recipes on other food blogs, I decided it was time to start my own. For the most part, I try to cook healthy recipes but every once in a while I like to indulge – its good for the soul.