Quail Eggs in Mini Bell Peppers

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?!

quail eggs in mini peppers
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.

quail eggs in mini peppers

And boy oh boy oh boy did this come out delicious!! (more…)

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We just got back from a long weekend of skiing at Killington in Vermont with a few of our friends. It is now our third annual trip there, and I hope to keep the ski trip tradition going for as long as our legs are able to ski.

Last year Aldo proposed to me at the top of Killington peak while one of our friends got it on video. It was a super exciting moment (obviously), and both of us cried a little bit from joy, although Aldo refuses to admit it – he blames it on the wind, or something like that.

This year there was no surprise waiting for me at the top of the mountain, but the whole weekend overall was so much fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. We had 2 great days of skiing, and 3 very fun nights of hanging out, playing games (Cards Against Humanity and Kings), and laughing harder than I remember laughing in a long time.

On our way home from Killington Aldo and I stopped at Bob’s Diner in Manchester VT to have breakfast. I had a bacon-sausage-home fries breakfast skillet with 2 eggs on top, and it was THE. MOST. DELICIOUS. BREAKFAST. EVER. It was served in a small cast iron skillet with free coffee refills and genuine smiles from the server. I love it when small town places end up having amazing food.

Inspired by Bob’s Skillet, I decided to make a similar dish at home, but just a tad healthier with all the vegetables added in and a lot less grease.

Chorizo fiesta skillet

I am pretty sure this will be my go-to dinner from now on. (more…)

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One of the best ways to start a day is with a healthy breakfast, we all know that. But one of the best ways to start your day is also with a delicious breakfast. And delicious doesn’t always means super healthy – I’m thinking of you, french toast, pancakes with syrup, greasy bacon egg & cheese sandwich, cake. Cake for breakfast is probably not a good idea health-wise.

Breakfast Veggie Bake

So my mission was to combine the healthy and delicious all in one breakfast. I had a bunch of veggies in my fridge and I started chopping away while thinking of the best way to make this into a breakfast dish. And that’s how the Breakfast Veggie Bake Surprise was born. (more…)

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One of my favorite things about visiting my mom for a weekend is sitting down and having breakfast with her. We sit down over a cup of delicious coffee with steamed foamy milk and eat toasted English muffins topped with either slices of brie or lox and cream cheese.

If you’ve never had lox, it is cured smoked salmon. Lox is a popular bagel topping in NYC, but it seems like people from other parts of the country have never heard of it (including Aldo from right across the river from NYC). And this is so sad, because salty smokey lox with cream cheese on a bagel is just so so good!

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Now, if you HAVE had lox, then you know how freakin’ expensive it is – around $24/pound. That’s nuts. So I was really excited when my mom casually said ”Oh, and I want to buy some salmon so I can make lox for breakfast.” Wait. WHAT? I didn’t know you can just MAKE lox!  (more…)

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