Sunday, June 30, 2013

Swedish Blonde Burger for Summer BBQ Party #SundaySupper


You know how there's that one person who can always seem to get a party started? 

Well, that's how I feel about the 4th of July, when it comes to Summer BBQing!

Even if you think you aren't in the mood... your smile grows a bit brighter as you see that flag waving in the wind.  And your eyes become a bit wider as you can't help yourself from pulling off the road for the larger-than-life fireworks tent.  Your man heads off to the "big boom" section, while you head straight to the pink sparklers.  And finally, you know you're hooked, when you search your closet for a bit of blue to add to your red and white outfit, while singing Neil Diamond's Coming to America... out loud, even.

And then out comes the grill.  And the burgers.  And the beans.  And the beer.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Guilt-Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Gingerbread for Desserts in a Jar #SundaySupper


Sometimes I'm a little slow in the kitchen.

Like how it took me 22 years to finally replace that wooden mallet I'd gotten for a wedding gift, with an actual metal meat pounder.  Or how I finally splurged on a microplane after countless bouts with the less-than-successful vegetable peeler.  And now, my first attempt at baking in a jar.  How can it be?

I'm a jelly jar late bloomer.

And the funny thing is, that this new found passion, for just a moment, became a new found addiction.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Smoked Gouda and Dill Fruited Chicken Salad and How you Really Say Gouda


I love all cheeses, Gouda, but I'd have to say you are my cheese soulmate.
I love how you taste.  I love how you sound when I say your name.  And I love that the Danes, and some of my relatives pronounce you as it should be... "how-da."

Sooo Gouda.

Gouda is named after the Dutch city of Gouda, not because it was made there, but has been traditionally traded there.  And people have been enjoying Gouda since it was first made back in 1184... one of the oldest recorded cheeses in the world still made today!

And this creamy, dreamy cheese ended up being the perfect start to my Chicken Salad creation.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Lemony Spinach Cilantro Stuffed Summer Squash- and Other Deliciously Healthy Low Carb Lunch Ideas #healthyluxemeals


Each day at around 11:05am, in offices everywhere, starts the lunchtime shuffle. 

What am I going to eat?  Who's going where?  And... oh man, is it noon yet, my tummy's growling.

Menus come out.  Online searching begins.  And bank accounts are checked to see if there is enough for a sit down meal, or if the drive-through dollar menu will have to do.

And there's always that one foodie in the office.  The one you can count on to choose the best restaurants.  While eagerly going office by office, making a list of what everyone wants, plus delivering it right to your door... perfect every time.

No carrots, no nuts, and have them add two extra dressings on the side, please.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From Chicken Divan to Chicken DIVINE Mini Bread Bowls for #WeekdaySupper


You've got to love the French.

They smoke, they eat bread, they have a relationship with snails that I still quite don't understand.
Yet, they make everything look elegant and sophisticated.  From their clothes, to their je ne sais quoi style... to their sauces.

The perfect blending of attitude and simplicity.

So, what could the French possibly have in common with Chicken Divan?  A retro casserole, which seems about as unsophisticated as you can get... typically boasting mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup and cheddar cheese?

A tie to it's history.

In the 1950's, Chicken Divan was the signature dish of  the New York Restaurant, Divan Parisienne.  And was named so, in hopes of implying continental elegance.  Sounds pretty "French" to me... not to mention that the original base of the dish was a Béchamel Sauce, which originated in... you guessed it, France.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Nut Free Lemon Cardamom Wedding Cookies for Allergy Free #SundaySupper


Growing up, I thought that some foods just tasted itchy... to everyone!

Like carrots, and walnuts, and salmon.

I have food allergies, and luckily I had a good Allergist, because back then there weren't allergy warnings on labels or restaurant menus.  Or even much written on the subject, for that matter.

And while many kids "grew out of it," I never did, which is a shame because some of my very favorite foods are the ones that make me feel the worst.  Like chocolate (yup, I said chocolate), or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Chunky peanut butter, what I would give to eat you.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Crispy Avocado Tonkatsu (Pork Tenderloin) Club with a Daikon and Pea Shoot Salad

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Markdown meat may not sound very glamorous, but man, will it save you a lot of money.

I love a good sale.

Heart racing, palms sweating.  And that euphoric feeling, as without hesitation, I toss the markdown package with the red label, and the sometimes up to 75% off, in my shopping cart.

And it's not just meat. There's a lot to score in the cheese department, too.  Big chunks of brie, Havarti, and Gruyere.  And, sure, it expires tomorrow, but in my house, seriously?  We would eat cheese on our corn flakes if we could (well, we could, but we'd never admit to it).

Just don't hesitate.  You'd better grab it and go.  Because, believe me, before you know it, it will be gone.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mint, Mayo, Mediterranean and Don't Forget Mario for May #FoodieFinds


“The kitchen is a country in which there are always
discoveries to be made.”~Grimod de la Reynière

This quote rang especially true as I read it today, because I think I'm finally at a wiser point in my life.  A place where I realize the best culinary adventures don't have to revolve around airline travel, or a racked up American Express bill from a Michelin Starred Restaurant.

Now, don't get me wrong... I love those things too.  But, these days I'm also finding much joy in the simpler things, like a new ingredient, technique, or a markdown cookbook that turns out to be a new favorite.  Here are a few of my new discoveries from the month of May.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Roasted Strawberry Tarragon Butter for Summer Berries #SundaySupper


If you don't like strawberries, you're "weird."

It's true!  According to a recent National Survey, people labeled strawberry lovers as "health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy." Non-strawberry lovers, on the other hand, were described as "weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods."

OK, so I'm not really sure about the credibility of this survey, and I, of course, would never say anyone is weird.  But I found it on the Internet, and everything you find on the Internet is true, right?

I also found out that strawberries are the fruit of love, they are the only fruit to have seeds on the outside, and ironically are known to have a cooling effect...

an unexpected bonus today seeing as our air conditioning went out, on the hottest day of the year so far.

We weren't feeling the love.