First off, check this out (pardon the blurriness–my hands were shaking from excitement):
My brother, S, is staying with us this week (happy happy happy!) and our brother G shipped us this delicious surprise, replete with the appropriate cheese knife and everything. G is in Spain and these are some delicious local delicacies. Needless to say, I only snapped one picture before we dug in.
Thanks, G! Wish you were here to enjoy it with us.
My mom mentioned on Monday that we are moving over to a new internet home, ditching our current site and name in favor of one that we think fits us a bit better: Table1095. Part of what makes a house a home, though, is having your friends and family there with you.
A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. Pause, savor, remember.
So, I thought I had two disparate post ideas for today, but after thinking them over for a while, I’ve realized that, in fact, they’re deeply connected.
As you may or may not know, last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The goal of the week (helmed by the National Eating Disorder Association) is to increase awareness and, along those lines, this year’s theme was “Everyone Knows Someone.”
Think you don’t?
You do. You know me. Read the rest of this entry »
So who likes chocolate? Here’s a quick desert that takes about 20 minutes to make, 10 minutes to bake, and an evening to enjoy! We make this molten lava cake a few times a month … very little “real” baking technique is required and the results are amazing. This recipe is from Epicurious, and can be doubled or halved as needed. For tonight I only made two, even though we have 4 ramekins. Did I mention it’s quick and easy?! And of course why would I pair this with anything other a chocolate beer!
Do you see that picture? Do you know what it’s of?
IT’S HOMEMADE SNICKERS BARS.
And now that you’ve put that all together, you understand the need for all caps. I mean, come ON. Had you ever even imagined that such a wonder existed in the world? I say this as someone who has witnessed the miracle of birth relatively recently, too. And yes, I’m putting the bars and the baby on the same spectrum of holy-crap awesomeness. Read the rest of this entry »
Exciting doings here at LTIR central: Rachel and I are actually cooking together because she is visiting the East Coast. Last night we whipped up this tasty dip inspired by a recipe from Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan (a cookbook we highly recommend).
Despite Rachel freaking out just a little because I don’t own a single measuring spoon, meaning she had to “estimate” an actual tablespoon, we managed to make this without coming to blows. And I took just a little pleasure — okay, a lot — when it tasted just fine despite the inadequate cooking utensils chez Mom. Hah! Read the rest of this entry »
What could be better?
I am also a major fan of red velvet cupcakes (which I would just like to register a moment of complaint about here that at Rachel’s wedding celebration in our backyard we had both red velvet cupcakes AND cheesecake cupcakes and I did not get a single one. Apparently our guests share my tastes.). Anyway given the combination of cheesecake and red velvet tastiness in this picture I saw in the February Food Network Magazine, it is no surprise I ripped this recipe out of the magazine immediately.
So, I was going to write a post for today about these amazing cupcakes I made for John as a Valentine’s Day treat. He’s a vanilla vanilla man (as in vanilla cake with vanilla frosting) and I found a recipe that used 6 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs, generating the fluffiest, pillowiest little cupcakes I’ve ever put in my mouth. I also found a whipped frosting recipe which served as the perfect cloud-like topping for these treats. When I sat down to write, though, I realized that by the time you all read this, you’ll probably have made your way through a whole box of chocolates–either from someone who has a crush on you or to celebrate your single status on the day dedicated to love. When I eat a whole box of chocolates (or, you know, half a batch of cupcakes…), I usually find myself jonesing for something savory the next day. Oh, and nutritious. I really like to follow up sugar binges with vegetables, thereby creating a zero sum equation in my head (or some such logic).
Enter chard chips.
You’ve probably heard of kale chips (I feel like they’re all the rage, at least around these parts). Our neighbor gifted us with four bunches of chard the other night when she stopped by to borrow a measuring cup and spoons for her daughter’s birthday cake. Not really paying attention, I just assumed it was kale because she’s given us bunches from her garden several times in the last few months.
With 20 minutes to kill before our friend arrived to watch Max so we could go on a date, I washed the chard and then all three of us sat on the kitchen floor tearing it from its stalks into bite-sized pieces. Into the salad spinner it went until it was super dry and, from there, into a big bowl where I tossed it in olive oil and sea salt. John spread the chard on a baking sheet (at which point we both realized it was chard instead of kale…not sure why it took us so long since the two really do look pretty different from each other) and then put it into the oven at 350 degrees. Ten minutes later, when the edges had started to brown, we pulled it out.
Oh. My. God. Good.
Like, so good.
Like, pumpkin seeds on crack good (though, now that I’ve re-read that sentence, I’m pretty sure pumpkin seeds on crack is gross…but whatever, you follow).
And so easy! And so quick! And so good FOR you!
So grab a bunch of chard the next time you’re at the market and whip up some chard chips. You’ll be smiling and munching through your daily dose of vegetables.