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Month: January 2014

Tomatillo Salsa with Pepitas

Tomatillo Salsa with Pepitas

Salsa is one of those condiments that when you learn the bare bones basics and have a generally decent sense of taste, can be so versatile and suited to any flavor profile and personal taste. This is how I usually cook (unless I’m baking then […]

52 Weeks: 4/52

52 Weeks: 4/52

A peek at a bit of my week: Getting out and about on a late afternoon bike ride down the juniper dip. This ride turned into a mini adventure down a dirt path we’ve never been down leading to someplace we’ve never been… Just glad […]

Blood Orange Mimosas

Blood Orange Mimosas

IMG_5261_edited-1Well folks, we all made it through another week. Now, that’s something to celebrate so pat yourself on the back for a job well done and get to squeezing some fresh blood orange juice. If you want to get fancy, because it’s the weekend and we have brunches and stuff to host and peeps to impress, make some blood orange sugar to rim your glasses.

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IMG_5254_edited-1Blood Orange Flavored Sugar:

2 blood oranges, zested

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Combine zest and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until combined, set aside.

Mimosas:

Yield: 2 servings

juice of 2 blood oranges

slice of blood orange (to moisten rim of glass)

champagne

Use the slice of orange to moisten the rim of each glass. Dip each glass into the orange sugar.

Juice 2 blood oranges and split the juice between each of the two champagne flutes. Pour the champagne over the juice, stop at 2/3 full to allow for the bubbles.

Cheers and Happy Friday!

Blood Orange and Campari Sorbet

Blood Orange and Campari Sorbet

This weekend was unseasonably hot. There was only one way to celebrate summer in the winter and that involved making use of seasonal fruits. Since we’re celebrating, I added a splash of Campari to this sorbet.  I absolutely love the jewel tone color of the […]

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried Chicken and Waffles

S let me know she was hungry and she wanted fried chicken. I had already had dinner, probably at home at my parents house so I had no appetite. To be honest I could not even tell you where we were at the time she […]

52 Weeks: 3/52

52 Weeks: 3/52

Hey Hey! Week 3 is heavy on food, nothing fancy, just good eats and a few other random shots:

The week started off with a healthy lunch and making use of leftovers. Purple kale, farro, and tuna tossed with sherry vinaigrette.

Preview of blood orange sugar for an upcoming treat. Hint, hint: a 5:00 treat!

Pizza Port beer and veg pizza. Tasty duo.

This week seems to have been salad week as far as work lunches were concerned. I can’t complain because they are a cinch to pull together and didn’t leave me in a food coma afterward.

Fresh squeezed orange juice with a splash of blood orange for an AM pick-me-up after a long night.

Brunch at Parkhouse: chilaquiles with soyrizo, tofu, and black bean patty + lots of black coffee.

Guess what? I finally got myself a waffle maker after how long? I finally broke down and got one so it was waffles for breakfast while I tested out a yeasted batter recipe and learned how to operate the waffle maker. Dog butt here is an extra.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Farro and Kale Salad with Olive and Cheese Bread

Farro and Kale Salad with Olive and Cheese Bread

This salad was a reproduction of what I had for lunch the other day. We’re pretty good at cobbling meals together by cleaning out the fridge of whatever needs to be used up. Tonight’s meal was no exception. This idea came to me when I […]

Chouquettes with Chocolate Chips

Chouquettes with Chocolate Chips

The first time I had a chouquette was in Amboise, France in the Loire Valley. One bite and I was hooked forever. It had the same effect on me as the first time I had a cannele bordelais. I will always search for these whenever […]

52 Weeks: 2/52

52 Weeks: 2/52

Week 2’s random snaps of the everyday…

A late afternoon walk in the park and a bottle tree.

Working on a new recipe (coming soon) while Mr. B patiently waits for me to drop something good to eat.

Checking out a new brewery and taking some to-go.

The Dickies at Soda Bar- I’ve been waiting for this show since last year! As always, it was a good show although very crowded hence the poor photo.

Cleaning greens from the market. You probably already know that if greens are washed, dried, and stored in a plastic zip top bag with a dry paper towel right after bringing them home they will stay fresher longer. It works every week for me.

It’s cocktail hour! I tried a new drink with sasparilla bitters and enjoyed it very much. Cheers to trying new things.

Afternoon pick-me-up americano.

Mid morning snack and testing out a new granola recipe.

Amandine

Amandine

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about classic desserts and long forgotten gems that have been hanging out in the dark, dusty corners of my mind… for years. There have been desserts that I have not made in more than 10 years but have not […]

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