Hi. My name is Kate and I am addicted to avocados.
They are just so darn good! Over burgers, inside burgers, in salsa, in egg salad, in salads, as a ‘boat’ to hold other salads, and even eaten with a spoon. And of course, there’s the whole avocado toast thing that has taken the internet by storm, although I feel like the bloggers who wrote about that were kind of cheating – I mean, I’ve been eating that as a snack or for breakfast for years, it’s not like they discovered this. Mmm mm mmm.
I think my love for avocado is due to my love for all things creamy and my love of all things healthy – the avocado is the perfect combination of healthy and delicious.
This Radish Avocado Cracker snack has been appearing in my kitchen a lot lately – it is radish season, and it is ALWAYS avocado season to me. (more…)
We’ve had a super social weekend! On Saturday we went to a friend’s baby gender reveal party (it’s a girl!!) and then to a summer party that one of my previous managers was throwing at her house. On Sunday we were supposed to go to Aldo’s family’s picnic but that got rained out, so we went to visit his mom and grandma and then went to my aunt’s house to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.
It was a great weekend and it was awesome to see so many of our friends, family, and co-worker friends. But now we are exhausted. We usually try to organize our weekends so we do fun things / see people on one day and we have one day at home to do laundry, clean, relax, cook, and unwind from the week… but this weekend was quite busy! I have no idea how people do all of this with kids, in addition to keeping the kids dressed and fed and out of trouble, not to mention the million birthday parties that kids get invited to. I wonder how we are going to get all this done when we are parents. No, I am not pregnant! Just wondering and appreciating how much work it is.
Anyway. I made these Sweet Potato Latkes a couple of weeks ago and I am just now getting to post about them. This recipe is an awesome twist on the traditional latkes. (more…)
Syrniki (pronounced like SYR-nee-kee, where y in ”SYR” sounds like the i sound in ”bill”) are one of my all time favorite things to eat… Out of ALL THE FOOD in the world. I remember being excited every time my grandma or my mom made them, and sadly I just don’t think to make these regularly. (more…)
Every time we make pulled pork, we always make A LOT of it in the slow cooker. Like, 10 pounds for 2 people a lot. Like, more pulled pork than one should eat in a month a lot. But there are just so many good things you can do with the leftovers that we don’t get tired of it. And then of course we freeze some of it for a rainy day.
I’ve been making this pulled pork sweet potato hash pretty consistently from leftover pulled pork, and now I am adding this quesadilla into the rotation. It just turned out SO GOOD and I think it is all thanks to the beans. I usually make chicken-mushroom quesadillas, maybe with some bacon thrown in there, but the starchiness of the beans really makes for an awesome texture and flavor in here.
I love trying anything different food-wise, and I’ve always been curious to try ostrich eggs and quail eggs. I can’t get myself to commit to buying a $30-40 ostrich egg, and I’ve always thought it was so silly to buy expensive quail eggs when you can get so much more egg for your money if you stick to regular eggs.
But a couple of weekends ago I was shopping with my mom both at Trader Joe’s and in Russian grocery stores in Brooklyn and I was already getting a ton of fun foods that I didn’t need… so I figured, lets get some quail eggs, why the heck not?!
I just love how they look like someone splattered paint all over them!
As we were standing in the checkout line my mom asked me what I was going to do with them. Well, I haven’t actually thought that far. So I did some quick thinking and decided to get mini bell peppers as a last minute purchase and to roast these eggs in the peppers.
And boy oh boy oh boy did this come out delicious!! (more…)
This week marks the 1 year anniversary since I started this blog!! I can’t believe I’ve been posting here for 1 whole year, and instead of getting tired of this (like I do with so many hobbies), I am getting more and more excited about this blog!
It’s been such a fun year – I got to be extra creative with my cooking, I learned (and continue to learn) how to take better pictures, I came across many awesome new blogs and bloggers, and really enjoyed sharing my recipes with the world. This blog also came in very handy for me because I can now refer back to my best recipes instead of trying to reinvent the wheel as I used to do before.
I can’t believe how much my pictures have improved in a year. For example, a year ago I thought the picture of yellow squash tots on the left was the BEST. FOOD. PICTURE. EVER. How can foodgawker even think of rejecting this picture?! And now I took this picture of the cauliflower tots recently (on the right), and I can still think of several ways I could improve this picture. So I hope to look back on my current pictures a year from now and cringe – this will only mean that I am improving.
It’s also been both exciting and stressful at times checking my google analytics, traffic growth, etc. I am pretty sure every blogger goes through this, and since I love keeping track of numbers and making graphs, etc etc, I have probably spent way too much time looking at all the data. The analytics might drive me crazy, but the results I’m seeing are encouraging! My blog is seeing growth every month and it is super exciting to see that.
Here are some highlights from the past year:
- My 15-Minute No Bake Frittata was featured on Foodista’s Blog of the Day and on somethingfresh.com all in one day – I got a ton of hits from both websites. My little ol’ frittata recipe was featured right alongside Alton Brown, Huffington Post, and the Food Network. It was an exciting time!!
The other day I came across this awesome list of “Ugly Vegetables” on CNN.com. And while I pride myself in being very diverse with my cooking and ingredients I was surprised by some things on this list that I have never heard of – what the heck is a cardoon?? And a rutabaga? I’ve got to find those somewhere!!
This list also reminded me that there some vegetables that I I’ve heard of before but never tried – Jerusalem Artichoke, Broccoflower, Taro Root.
And sure enough – I was grocery shopping with my mom the other day and saw Jerusalem Artichokes!! I put them in my shopping cart right away. I was going to figure out how to cook them later.
These little tubers have absolutely nothing to do with Jerusalem or artichokes. In fact, they are the roots of these awesome flowers! I see these flowers all over the place and think they are so pretty – I love colorful bright flowers. So now I am planning how I am going to plant these flowers in my future yard. Someday. *sigh*
Jerusalem artichokes are also often called sunchokes and also topinambour, but who wants to say that?? These things can be eaten raw or cooked – roasted, boiled, steamed, etc. I decided to roast them.
When I first bit into a piece I thought, ”hmm, really? It’s like a cross between potato and a turnip but $4.99 a pound? Not that impressed.” But then a second later I tasted the deliciousness – a nutty, complex, yummy flavor. (more…)
This is another soup that is perfect for springtime and early summer when both leeks and asparagus are in season. The best part about this soup is that it can be eaten warm or chilled, so you can still enjoy a bowl of delicious soup in the summer without sweating from your face as you are eating it.
You know what I get excited about? BEANS! Beans are awesome. They are delicious, filling, healthy, and so versatile! They go into salads, soups, stews, casseroles, tacos – you name it! So when I got an email from a company working with Randall Beans asking if I want to sample some of their beans and see if I get inspired to create some recipes – I was super excited! BEANS!
Something about having a whole case of beans seems kind of silly and absurd for me, so I’ve had a good time exclaiming ”BEANS!” every chance that I get. For those of you with a family and a house and an actual pantry, having a case of beans might not seem that bizarre. But for me and my tiny kitchen, 12 jars of beans makes me say ”BEANS!!” every time I go into the kitchen.
Well now I am down to 11 jars. I made these super delicious, super healthy Quinoa Bean Burgers this week, and we ate these with a Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce. (more…)
The weather is warming up in NJ and it is absolutely beautiful outside. Soon enough it will be too hot to eat soup, which is a shame because so many good soup ingredients are just starting to become in season now. Last week we got parsnips and kale in our CSA box from Alstede Farms, and I just had to take the opportunity to make some soup before it got too hot to eat it.