Grilled Pepper Poppers
pepper poppers are a refreshing mix of three cheeses, along with a good kick of spice from the jalapeño. We had them as an appetizer while we grilled dinner on our roof deck – and then I barely ate my meal because I filled up on these guys. Anyway, find the recipe for these tasty starters here.
growing a garden may be in my future, I read an interesting article by Ellen Ecker Ogden about fresh herbs. The writer and designer suggests some basic pairings of food and herbs that to some might be obvious, but to me was enlightening. The dishes I prepare tend to lack a bit of flavor, so having this little cheat sheet around may prove to be quite helpful.
Fish: Dill, Tarragon, Savory, Fennel
Beef: Marjoram, Thyme, Chives
Chicken: Tarragon, Sage, Lovage
Lamb: Rosemary, Dill
Duck: Lovage, Thyme, Tarragon
Eggs: Chervil, Basil, Parsley
Soup: Lovage, Thyme, Parsley
Vegetables: Basil, Chives, Parsley
granola, rawnola. I came across it at Le Pain Quotidien in Philadelphia a few weeks ago and because I’m a fan of pretty much all things they make, quickly jumped on picking up a bag. It’s made from all things good – flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, and that’s just a few of what’s in their. Raw and ridiculously healthy, try it. Really nothing to lose!
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The crock pot..
really simplifies my life in the kitchen. So when my friend Laura graciously passed on the recipe for Crock Pot Cashew Chicken, it made me very happy. It was so easy and ended up being really tasty. If you have very little time to prepare and cook a meal, this one is perfect. Below are the ingredients the recipe calls for, however I noted some things I would change next time around.
10.75 can condensed golden mushroom soup
3 tbsp soy sauce (next time I may try Bragg Liquid Aminos)
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 pounds of chicken tenderloins
16 oz. package of frozen broccoli stir fry vegetable blend (my suggestion would be to use fresh broccoli, because the frozen one ended up getting too soft)
4 oz can sliced mushrooms (I used half a package of fresh mushrooms)
1/2 cup cashews
Hot cooked brown rice (might be good over quinoa as well)
In a 4 quart slow cooker combine mushroom soup, soy sauce and ginger. Stir in chicken, stir-fry vegetables and mushrooms (again I would use all fresh veggies).
Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.
At last-minute stir cashews into chicken mixture (I added them too soon and they got too soft). Serve over rice and enjoy!
Photo: My Favorite Things
Life Alive | The Adventurer
in Boston and looking for something healthy to eat, it’s worth making a stop in Cambridge at Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe. I was up that way last weekend and went for lunch – totally thrilled . The super flavorful options are organic and vegetarian, so every dish is packed with good ingredients and whole foods. From juices to bowls, the menu’s got something for everyone. Personally, I’ve been craving The Adventurer since.
Photo: Live Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe
Aguacate Tostado Tacos
have tacos just about every other week, they’re easy to make and I don’t really have to put much effort in to know they are going to turn out good. The Taco Truck is also our go to when ordering out…wow we eat a lot of tacos! So when my brother sent me this article on the 10 best tacos in America, I was fully intrigued. A tasty taco means something different to everyone, but my must have fixin’s are refried beans, olives and jalapenos. Pair that with a margarita and I’m all set.
Photo: The Taco Truck (the Aguacate Tostado Tacos are my favorite!)
Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix
it’s not that I’m discovering anything new here, but Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix is hands down my new fav. It’s all natural, healthy and is chock full of green and yellow split peas, barley, lentils and little bits of pasta. It does take about an hour to cook, but all you have to do is mix with water (also add any spices you may prefer) and voila you’ve got a really hearty meal. For those soup lovers out there, it’s a must try.
Photos: Bob’s Red Mill
All I can say is..
WOW. I never actually tried Bar Gelato by Naia, but if these pops taste as delicious as they look in this photo, then I’m sold. I love a treat in the evening and this Italian frozen dessert is made with milk (rather than cream) so it has more flavor with fewer calories – which might leave me feeling a bit less guilty with my indulgence. They have unexpected flavors like grapefruit sorbetto, blue bottle coffee, numi jasmine and st. george single malt whiskey. Hoping to pick some up next trip to Whole Foods, fingers crossed!
Soba Noodles with Kale and Walnuts
this Soba Noodles with Kale and Walnuts recipe the other night and it was a hit. I really only post easy dishes because quite simply, it’s all I can handle, and this one was a snap to whip up. This dish was featured in Oprah magazine and comes from the ladies of In the Small Kitchen. I improvised a little by using chinese style noodles (I wasn’t able to find true soba noodles) and added a bit more kale and walnuts than called for. The left overs from this side dish turned into a delicious lunch for the next day. A must try.
Honey & Jam Photography
Hannah’s food blog Honey & Jam for some time. Now, you can purchase some of the lovely photographs she takes herself. Love these custom prints hung in a kitchen, or as a thoughtful housewarming gift. Just like the recipes found on Honey & Jam, these photos are delightful!
Photos: Hannah Queen