I’ve totally fallen behind on my resolution to read 15 books this year but I’m climbing back on the bandwagon. I love to read and I really need to make more time for it! After starting it in March, I recently (read: finally) finished the book, Mindless Eating, by Brian Wansink.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Brian Wansink is a Food Psychologist and his book explores the reasons behind certain food choices we make and why we often overeat. Some of his findings are truly fascinating and he includes tips and tricks for how to “mindlessly” lose weight instead of mindlessly gaining weight. Simple steps, like changing the clear, see-through candy jar on your desk at work to a colored, opaque jar can actually save you from eating a number of calories throughout the week. I liked this book because it focuses on small lifestyle changes as opposed to drastic diets, which, the author points out, almost always fail. The author points out many invisible factors that influence our food/meal choices and it has certainly helped to make me more aware of why I’m choosing to eat something. (more…)
I need to make shopping lists before I go to the grocery store. If I don’t I almost always wind up forgetting something or buying something we already have. Case in point, we have three bottles of unopened Windex sitting on a shelf in our apartment. The good news is I won’t have to buy Windex for many, many years. Recently, I managed to do the same thing with eggs. I asked Matt to pick some up and he brought home a dozen. Then, a couple of days later, I forgot that we already had plenty of eggs and I picked up another dozen on my way home from work. I mean, honestly, it’s going to be really hard to eat 24 eggs between the two of us before they go bad. Unfortunately, unlike Windex, eggs don’t keep for years. So, needless to say, I’ve been trying to come up with recipes that incorporate eggs. This sweet potato hash with caramelized onions and sausage is one such recipe. (more…)
I recently spent the weekend in South Beach for a bachelorette party and although the entire trip was fun, one of the highlights of the trip, at least for me, was lunch at The Dutch Miami. First of all, one of the other bridesmaids happens to work at The Dutch New York and was able to get us a pretty amazing discount but aside from that, the food and setting are both phenomenal. If it’s not too hot, dine outside. It’s absolutely dreamy. By the way, they have one of the cutest about pages ever. (more…)
I’m in the phase of life where many of my friends and peers are getting married. About three weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in Vermont and just this past weekend, I flew to Miami for a whirlwind bachelorette celebration for another friend who asked me to be a bridesmaid in her September wedding. I was looking forward to both occasions, but to be honest was not expecting to enjoy them as much as I actually did. I knew they would be fun, but I didn’t realize how much I truly needed these mini vacations. (more…)
I wasn’t really sure what to call this recipe. It’s definitely crispy, thanks to good ol’ corn starch and it’s definitely got some pretty potent Asian flavors going on like soy sauce, ginger and garlic, so I settled on calling it: Asian style crispy chicken and eggplant. But it’s not authentically from one particular part of the world, at least that I’m aware of. Maybe it counts as some sort of fusion food, although again, I’m not even sure which countries are fused together in this. It’s a concoction of sorts, but a delicious one, none the less. (more…)
The weather is FINALLY warming up in this corner of the world and it’s got me giddy with excitement. I’m totally over winter and even mildly cool weather. I am ready for the heat, sometimes even sweltering heat, of summer. But this post is not about how much I love summer. It is, however, about a summer-inspired salad. Everything about this salad screams summer from the colors to the bright, fresh flavors. I’m not sure which ingredient stars in this dish, but I think it might be the corn. It’s hard for me to say that because of my love affair with avocados and guacamole, and they definitely shine through in this salad too, but the Jersey corn this time of year is so sweet and wonderful and it pretty much steals the show. (more…)
Breakfast for dinner. It’s not something I do often but sometimes it just feels right. Last night was one of those times. My fridge was looking pretty barren but I did have 4 eggs, 7 slices of bacon, whole wheat (low fat) tortillas, and lots of leftover varieties of cheese. These ingredients might not sound like very much but I was able to stretch them and make them into FIVE breakfast quesadillas. Plenty for a dinner for two hungry people and we even had leftovers for today’s breakfast AND I even gave a few bite sized pieces of bacon to the dogs. Bacon makes everyone happy.
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t make meat and potatoes very often. However, the other day I stumbled across this balsamic roast beef recipe on Pinterest and it sounded so delicious. It seemed like the perfect recipe to use up a chuck roast I had in my freezer. Plus, the recipe utilized the slow cooker, which I am always excited about. The beef simmered away all day in a savory balsamic gravy. It made the house smell wonderful, and I knew it would be a winner dinner and that my meat-loving husband, Matt, would be so excited.
I just needed to figure out what to make to serve alongside the beef. It needed to be a substantial side dish that could soak up all that wonderful gravy. Potatoes seemed like the best choice. Meat and potatoes is a classic for a reason. Instead of mashing the potatoes, or just baking them in the oven, I came up with these easy skillet potatoes. They are cooked in a cast iron skillet so they get really crispy on one side, but stay soft enough to absorb all the juice from the beef. (more…)
I’m obsessed with the show The Kitchen on Food Network. Whether the hosts share an interesting cooking technique, a kitchen gadget, or offer tips and ideas for recipes, I almost always learn something new and I walk away with renewed inspiration. In one of the recent episodes, Katie Lee (love her!), who, by the way, was apparently married to Billy Joel at one point according to wikipedia (what??), offered a tip that helped me come up with my dinner Monday night. They were discussing deli shortcuts and tips and Katie’s tip was that she often picks up some grilled veggies from her deli and uses the veggies to make quick and easy burritos. She didn’t go into too much detail, but I thought, what a great idea. To be honest, I never even noticed the grilled veggies at the deli, but the next time I went to the grocery store, sure enough, there they were! Pre-sliced, perfectly grilled veggies. (more…)
Mmm…brunch. There is something about brunch that just makes me feel relaxed. I love it, especially around this time of year. The weather is warm, many places offer outdoor dining, the menus are incredible and it’s a great way to enjoy the spring season. Recently, I was lucky enough to get brunch in Princeton two weekends in a row and it got me thinking about all the awesome Princeton brunch spots there actually are. If I choose to eat out, it’s generally for dinner. I often forget or overlook the brunch spots altogether. But going out to eat for brunch is such a rewarding experience, especially if you get to do it in the Princeton area. (more…)