It’s Labor Day, which pretty much marks the end of summer. School has start, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the weather is a bit cooler (for now). To mark the end of summer, I’ve got a recipe for an Old Bay shrimp boil. I think it’s a pretty great end of summer transition meal. It’s perfect for dumping out on a table during a barbecue on a hot summer day. However, it’s also lovely bubbling on your stove and served in a bowl to warm you up on a slightly crisp fall day. (more…)
It’s the return of Tourist Tuesday! I mean sort of, as it’s Thursday. It’s been months since my last Tourist Tuesday so you can tell I’m a bit rusty. However, I decided it was time to bring this series temporarily out of retirement because Colonial Beach, Virginia is incredibly cute and charming. Last weekend my friends Ashley, Anna, Charlotte and I went to Colonial Beach for a girls weekend and I just had to write about it. This little town, with only one stop light, is less than two hours from DC and has fun things like a beach, a trolley, a vineyard, and excellent wildlife. (more…)
I’ve spent most of this weekend camped out in my apartment because it is wildly too hot outside. Far too hot to do anything. Even walking outside is too much. Last weekend though, the weather was actually pretty nice. I ventured not only outside of my apartment, but I went to visit Star Hollow Farm in Pennsylvania. That farm is where I got the tomatillos for this tomatillo salsa. (more…)
Did you know that you can buy chicken in a can? I just learned this! In the packaging, it looks just the same as tuna in a can. I grew up with tuna in a can so it doesn’t seem weird to me. And, I’m not sure why it’s different, but chicken in a can somehow feels… unsettling. However, home cooks I trust have told me it’s perfectly good.
But the reason I even learned about canned chicken though, is because I became obsessed with making buffalo chicken dip. (more…)
It has been unbelievably hot in DC. So hot, that I shouldn’t walk to work anymore. Even though I’m going to since I just took up Pokemon Go (embarrassing I know). So hot, that a friend of mine remarked it’s hotter outside than inside our bodies. And so hot, that I barely want to cook. However, I can’t stay out of the kitchen. I still want to make food so I need oven-free recipes. Like this one, for pickled radishes. (more…)
I like to ask people what is the best thing they ever ate on vacation. It’s a good question to ask friends. It’s an even better one to ask new people thereby avoiding, “what do you do?” I like it because it’s hard to choose! You can get into a lengthy conversation about food, and travel, and happy memories. This question is fun because it’s not only about the flavors, but often it’s also about the ambiance, the surprise of something new. Sometimes, a food simply has a strong tie with a place.
One food that I identify with beach vacations is fudge. In that spirit, I want to share a recipe for vanilla fudge swirls (the inside is chocolate peanut butter spread – yum!). While maybe not the absolute best thing I’ve ever had on vacation, it reminds me of Jersey shore vacations. (more…)
What – if anything – are you having for breakfast? Currently I’m having a bacon scone with a cold brew coffee whose cup is sweating all over my desk. And while, those are lovely things for breakfast, I really wish I was having these corn fritters with avocado and salsa instead. Why? Because they’re flipping delicious and then I’d be at home relaxing in my pjs having a healthy, filling, savory breakfast. Sure, pjs don’t have to be a part of eating this meal but if I’m dreaming of a better breakfast then why shouldn’t I be in my pajamas? (more…)
It’s hot. So wildly hot here in DC. What about where you are? Are you melting away this summer? Because I am.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat. The bright sun, the warmth on my skin, excuses to eat ice cream, and daylight late into the night. But also, my plants are starting to wither, I’m sweating at 8am on my walk to work, and I’m intimidated by a whole Saturday free because I want to go outside, but it’s so sticky! The key is, you gotta have ways to cool off. Go to the pool, sip frozen cocktails at happy hour, get a popsicle, or make this really yummy recipe for sparkling limeade. (more…)
Do you ever get fixated on an idea about something completely random? And it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, it just becomes a strong unshakable association? That is me with macarons. I had my first macaron years ago in Montreal. There was a trolley at the mall with a display of beautiful brightly colored macarons and I was astounded. They were so delicate and gorgeous. Ever since that day, I’ve been fixated on macarons and I associate them with being fancy and special.
Since I’ve over hyped them in my mind, I’ve long been afraid of making them myself. In fact, I’ve had more than one disastrous attempt. They’ve come out wrinkly, and flat, and completely mismatched in shape. But, with a little patience and practice I’ve finally been able to do this successfully at home. And of course, I wanted to share this recipe for pistachio and strawberry macarons with you, so you can do it too! (more…)
I have not been great at blogging this month. The reason being that two weeks ago I went back to London to visit my girlfriends (photo below!). I spent a glorious week eating, drinking, and playing with my friends. We went to Brighton, we had tea, we had game night, we lunched, we dressed up and went to a wine bar, and we stayed in and spent time together. It was a delicious, perfect week.
Then this last week was my birthday. I got presents, cards and ate lots of cake. I’ve also officially been of legal drinking age for ten years. Yikes, right? Anyway, all that fun and activity has meant I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. In honor of all my partying and celebrating, I’ve got the easiest (and booziest) recipe: drunky bears plus other boozy gummies. (more…)