Summer is here! My favorite season. Flip flops, the ocean, tan lines, fireflies and this grilled corn and asparagus salad are just some of the reasons why I love summer. Recently I’ve become obsessed with grilling, which is a good thing because it’s grill weather. I think, for a while, I was slightly intimidated by the grill. I always let my dad or brother do the grilling when I lived at home and when I moved out I lived in an apartment, where having an outdoor grill wasn’t allowed. Now that I have a house and my own grill, I fire it up pretty much all summer long. It’s a great and simple way to get awesome flavor into food.
For Father’s Day, I grilled some sirloin steaks with salt, pepper (and…sshhh…a little bit of butter) and everyone raved about them. They all kept asking me what I marinated the steak in. That’s the magic of the grill, and salt of course. The steaks were a hit but they shared the spotlight with this grilled corn and asparagus salad. It’s the perfect side dish for any summer dinner, picnic or barbecue. It’s also made up of only five ingredients, plus salt and pepper, which I declare freebies. (more…)
Wow…The last time I posted was in March. I didn’t even realize how much time had actually gone by since my last post. I knew it had been a while but when I logged in to write this post I was surprised at the date of my last one. Well, life has been busy, that’s for sure. Too busy for my liking. Sometimes I feel like life is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s easy to say, “Oh things have been crazy!” And that’s definitely true. But the flip side is I haven’t been as intentional about blogging and writing as I should be. It’s what I love to do and when I don’t do it I feel like something is missing. But even though I love it, it takes time and brain power and discipline. And lately I’ve been putting that time and brain power and discipline into other things. And I’ve felt drained. I haven’t had the time (or made the time) to be creative in the kitchen, to work on my writing, to read, to do many other things that make my soul so happy. So needless to say, I’m happy to be blogging today. I’m hoping this will be the start of more regular blogging once again. (more…)
I like to cook (obviously) and most of the time, the stuff I make turns out pretty well. Granted, this doesn’t happen all the time. One time I attempted to make “Indian stuffed peppers” and they were completely inedible. It was a total waste of ingredients because, after attempting to choke down half a pepper, I threw out the second half along with the other five peppers I made. Even my husband, who usually manages to eat even the so-so meals, admitted they were terrible. So, yes, I definitely have some moments I am not proud of in the kitchen but, most of the time, I manage to turn out pretty decent meals. I feel like I have to defend myself and say that the Indian pepper catastrophe was fairly early on in my cooking “journey” and also let you all know that only the good stuff makes it onto this blog. I don’t post the bad recipes, or even the so-so ones. Maybe that goes without saying, but I’m feeling slightly self conscious after admitting that not everything I make turns out delicious, in case any of you were under that impression.
This is all to say, that even though I’ve had some kitchen mishaps, I’ve also had “wow” moments in the kitchen and creating this pasta with heirloom tomatoes and feta (and basil and pancetta) was definitely a wow moment for me. This is a recipe I’m really, really proud of. Sometimes after I make something, I think of all the things that could be improved upon for next time. Additional ingredients I would add, or ingredients I’d omit the next time I make the dish. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. I’ve been thinking about it all day and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for dinner tonight. That’s how good it is. I felt that way about my brunch casserole with eggs, potatoes and bacon as well. There’s something extraordinarily satisfying about creating a dish that tastes this good. I’m proud of all my recipes on this blog, and they’re all special in their own right, but this one has to be one of my favorites. (more…)
Gotta love grilling in the Summer. The two almost go hand in hand. Last night I broke out the cuisinart grill/griddle for some marinated grilled chicken. I was trying to figure out what I would cook as far as vegetables go and I remembered that I had a few orange bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up. Generally, I would probably just cut them up and eat them raw, dipped in a little blue cheese dressing (my fave!), but I was in an adventurous mood. I figured since I was already grilling the chicken, why not grill the peppers too? I brainstormed and shuffled through my spice cabinet to see what I could put on the peppers to give them a little more flavor, although, quite frankly, grilling them gives them great flavor on their own. I settled on cumin and chili powder. I thought it would give the peppers a great smoky taste, and I just love the way cumin smells in general. (more…)