I’ve been testing recipes and making lots of delicious things to eat while I’m home in my kitchen. I miss cooking when I’m on the road! I wanted to share some of the yummies we’ve had around here lately… a little food porn is a good thing.
Roy Choi is one of my fave five chefs, and not just because he is such an incredible human. He’s masterful at creating harmony from dissonant flavors, and this popcorn (served at A-frame) is a perfect example of that. Kettlecorn is mixed with corn pop cereal (I use Buc-ee’s beaver nuggets because I have a serious addiction), crispy bacon crumbles, and chunks of dried pineapple. It’s drizzled with brown butter, then showered with wasabi furikake for the most craveworthy salty-spicy-sweet-savory combination. I’ve been known to make and eat a batch, calling it dinner- it’s killer with prosecco or champagne.
I’m dying to go back to Paris to do some more exploring and eating, but that’s totally not in the budget right now. I put some delicious aged gouda into a cheese soufflé to soothe my wanderlust and it was a scrumptious life choice.
This is a go-to dinner in our house- David grills steak and asparagus, and I roast sweet potatoes dusted with cumin, greek seasoning, smoked paprika, s&p. They get tossed with crumbled blue cheese while hot, and spicy pecans add crunch.
I made some blueberry Dutch babies for breakfast, I’ve been making this recipe since college, and it’s practically foolproof if you pay attention. I up the cardamom, because I love it, and also add ground ginger and the zest of a lemon.
I can do some serious damage at Chipotle, so we had burrito bowls at home. I topped cilantro-lime rice with crockpot green chile carnitas, black bean ragout, Trader Joe’s corn salsa, cheese and avocado. So so good.
We grill pizza weekly when the weather’s this nice- homemade dough is just too easy not to. Some weeks it’s fancy, like roasted chicken, Gorgonzola, peaches, and arugula. But we kept it super simple most recently, with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, red onions, pepperoni and basil.
Since the girls started laying, we’ve been eating lots of their delicious eggs. They make an easy bacon-and-eggs breakfast extra delicious, especially when that bacon is home-cured and thick cut.
Those two ingredients also combine into an epic carbonara, bright yellow from the grassfed yolks.
We also had backyard eggs (along with purchased quail eggs) on these delish lamb sliders. We ran a lamb shoulder through our grinder with a bit of beef, adding shallots, garlic, rosemary, and a feta core. The Hawaiian rolls were toasted, then smeared with garlic confit and harissa ketchup before we stacked the burgers with arugula and fried eggs. Cucumber-feta-shrimp orzo, one of our favorite pasta salads, was on the side.
My college girlfriend Elyse came to visit the same weekend as one of David’s groomsmen, so we had a group over for a little brunch. David helped me mix up a sparkling blueberry basil lemonade rum punch, and I had frozen basil sprigs into ice cubes. Inspired by Eggslut at Grand Central Market, I poached eggs layered with parmesan-chive mashed potatoes and served them with warm flaky buttermilk biscuits. A platter of gorgeous fresh fruit with maple yogurt and a big pile of bacon rounded out the spread. And every time I entertain, I’m grateful to my mother-in-law for gifting me gorgeous heirloom silver. I’m so old-fashioned sometimes, but it just makes me smile every time I use it.