I have this great market a few blocks from my apartment that I absolutely love for a few reasons. The first is that they seriously promote drinking while shopping. You actually have to walk through/past the bar with so many different beers and wines on tap to even get to the grocery section - and when there it is staring you in the face, and everyone else is enjoying a nice bev, why the heck not take a moment and 'wine down'. Seems like the obvious choice!
Once the lifestyle adjustments become more routine, and as soon as you start feeling better regularly, having an allergy or an intolerance becomes very liveable. The biggest challenge that have been facing recently is the bummer of not always getting to partake in different things with those around you. I definitely make a point to make better choices in restaurants or meals with others whenever I can (going out for pizza is just setting up for failure), but there are some things that I couldn't convince my family or friends to give up out of solidarity for anything in the world.
In these instances, when I am left to make a meal that is completely different from everyone else, I've found there is nothing more frustrating than having whatever I'm making not be ready yet, and suddenly I am eating something not only different, but then I am also eating by myself. Sad.
I started making this salmon up at the beach this summer, and ended up making it every single day for lunch while the others had their lobster rolls. It was quick, easy, and pretty delicious. No marinating, no chopping, no worry about cross-contaminated utensils, no fuss. This could be fridge to plate in under 20 minutes, which is conveniently the time it takes to order and pick up lobster rolls!
Yummm its zucchini and summer squash season! This is my absolute favorite way to cook zucchini and summer squash. It packs so much flavor. Cooking in parchment is also so fun to do for a small group of people, and perfect for dinners for one. Get ready for a lot of parchment meals in the next coming months - it is one of my summertime favorites.
On this particular morning especially, I am thrilled that I not only made this frittata to feed me lunches for the week, but that I also packed my lunch last night. See, I was the victim of a false fire alarm situation (in the rain), and this morning my 9 am meeting with a new client was not giving me the normal flexibility to go in to the office late. All kidding aside, I was out of my bed, and out the door in 2 minutes flat. If that. I am actually really impressed with myself. I think I managed to look somewhat normal, too.
SO, originally I was going to write about how perfectly awesome this would be for company, but even more how perfect a frittata was for a busy weeks lunches and dinners ... and well, look at me testing my own theories. But really, it is. And this recipe in particular is incredible. Especially if you like things with a little heat, and a little savory - you will really enjoy this.
In the fall and spring, I love an easy soup that is just as good at room temp as it is just made. This soup is perfect for lunches, and even to serve at a brunch. It is a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy.
When I started this site, it was (and still is) a way for me to start collecting recipes not only for my future use, but for my family's as well. A little place to collect all of our favorite new recipes to pull up during holidays, vacations, or any old time, really, as we find new family favorites, and recreate the old ones.
I am VERY quickly learning the importance of building an arsenal of recipes that do not require hours to marinade. I definitely do appreciate the marinading process, and I get it, but the day I remember to make a marinade before work is going to be a miracle. The night before? Well, I'm making the night before's dinner.
This is one of the every day, healthy, and gourmet recipes that my mom sent us all off to college with. It is unbelievably delicious, so simple, and is only 4 ingredients - which is kind of what I deem as truly gourmet food. Not only is it easy, and brother-proof, I can't think of a way this recipe could be better if it were more complicated, or had more ingredients. When I say brother proof... I mean that my littlest brother, who called in a panic last summer at the grocery store - "MOM! WHAT does un-cooked chicken look like!? I can't find it ANYWHERE!" - can make this. Girls: this might be your shot for a boyfriend cooking dinner successfully night! Move over, breakfast for dinner!
First experiment with a new marinade: check! I can't really think of a time where this would not be a good chicken marinade... It is perfect for a weeknight dinner because of how simple and quick it is to put together, and that you don't NEED to let it marinade at all. However, it was so flavorful and delicious (and pretty!) that it is a great dish for company. Especially if you use pink or rainbow peppercorns!
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