With the end of Daylight Saving Time in my part of the world, solid afternoon snacks are more essential than ever. How else am I supposed to stay awake in my office when it gets dark at like 4:00pm? I need sustenance, people.
These pumpkin muffins are everything I need in an afternoon pick-me-up. They satisfy all the right cravings — carb-y, salty, and sweet — and they’re small enough to stow away just about anywhere.
The “harvest” of these harvest muffins comes mainly from the pumpkin, but sunflower seeds and craisins feel wonderfully autumnal to me too. I love these muffins plain, along with some coffee or tea. They’re also really nice with a pat of butter or cream cheese (as most things are, let’s be real).
The baking instructions call for an oven preheated to 500°F. That’s not a misprint. I really do want you to get your oven that hot! This is a pro-tip I picked up from King Arthur Flour. The high starting temperature helps the muffins really pop. Keep reading for the rest of the recipe! Read more… →
I was recently at dinner with some girlfriends, and one of them was teasing me about my impossible appetite. I wasn’t offended at all. In fact, it’s a badge I wear with pride. To quote my friend, I will absolutely “eat you under the table.” Food truck festivals, family-style Italian, dim sum Sundays — I do it all.
Food can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, especially when shared with good company. Many diet gurus and experts will tell you that when you go out with friends, you should choose light options. “Get a salad with dressing on the side,” they’ll say, “or a nice piece of grilled fish.” That may work for some people, but from my perspective… that kind of sucks.
Why drag yourself to a restaurant to order a $14 salad that you could probably make better (and healthier!) at home, while your friends and family relish more delectable fare? Spare yourself the torture; treat yourself! But do so with a few key things in mind. Read more… →
Where has the time gone? Somehow, it’s already September. And already two weeks since my last post! Disaster.
The good news is that September is a month for fresh starts. I’m not in school anymore, but I still feel shiny and new by the time September rolls around. I think it’s the combination of changing seasons and deeply-discounted office supplies that does it for me. September just feels like a time to set goals and get focused.
I signed up for a 5K to kickoff my seasonal renewal. Even though five kilometers is a pretty short distance, I decided to train hard for the race anyway and shoot for a really solid time. Naturally, two days into my regimen, I managed to do something that made my knee very unhappy with me. I had to skip the treadmill for a few days.
…I think you know what I did with all that extra free time.
I had some cooked chickpeas hanging out in the fridge, so I decided to toss them into the oven to make a protein-packed, healthy snack. I seasoned the chickpeas with an Asian-inspired mix of agave nectar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and tons of garlic powder. These chickpeas are everything I love in an afternoon pick-me-up: savory and salty and sweet, all at the same time.
These roasted chickpeas are way addictive. Proceed with caution. Read more… →
The title kind of says it all.
I discovered the wonders of sriracha mayo five days ago. I have had it every single day since. Right now, sriracha mayo is the most important food group in my world — a category unto itself.
I have spread it onto breakfast sandwiches and steamed corn. I’ve swirled chunks of carrot and celery in its creamy, spicy, roostery depths. And potatoes! Ohhhh the potatoes. I’m convinced that potatoes were created purely as a conduit for sriracha mayo. Soft, mealy potatoes (sweet or white, pick your pleasure), sprinkled with salt and pepper and dunked in sriracha mayo? Heaven.
The stuff is criminally simple to make too. “Recipe” after the jump! Read more… →
Every Sunday morning, I hop in the car with Lucas and we go grocery shopping. All of the fruits and vegetables are gorgeous this time of year. Cluster tomatoes, heavy on their still-attached vines, smell like summer sunlight. Ripe peaches are cheap and plentiful — I’ve gotten them as cheaply as 77 cents a pound. Beautiful, fresh summer produce like this deserves to shine. Gazpacho is the perfect vessel for that.
I had never made it before, but I knew the theory. Blend together tomato, peppers, and herbs, and chill. It’s really that simple. The key thing to remember when making gazpacho is that it’s served cold, and what that does to flavors: it dulls them. So, it follows that the flavors in your gazpacho need to be bigger and bolder than if the dish were served hot.
The peaches that I added to impart a little extra sweetness, but the overall feeling of this gazpacho is still zesty and bright. Oniony, garlicky, and a little acidic, it’s a refreshing dish for a hot summer day. Stir in a little Greek yogurt and serve with poached shrimp to make it more substantial. Recipe after the jump! Read more… →