Recipes

Blackberry Hand Pies

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 6 comments

Blackberry Hand Pies

Oh, that’s right…I blog!  Did you forget?  I certainly did.     If you follow along on my Instagram or Facebook feeds, or because you are Charlotte – the only person actually reading this right now – then you already know I just had a couple of fanfreakingtastic weeks of travel which consisted of a road trip to Nashville, a wedding at a castle and a couple of days in Manhattan.  If you do follow me on social media, then you also have already concurred that my tombstone will most definitely read: “Excessive much?” as I’m pretty sure I took a thousand (plus one) pictures of every step I took and everything I ate or...

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Avocado Toast

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 3 comments

Avocado Toast

I was about to talk about how retarded this recipe is but then I remembered that we’re not allowed to say retarded anymore.  Which really makes no sense as I don’t think anybody actually uses that word to describe someone’s mental capacity.  Personally, to me, retarded is a high compliment.  Along with stupid and ridiculous.  As in this recipe is ridiculously, stupidly retarded yum.  But, I’m sure that would just offend people.  So I won’t say it. I will say this recipe is just beyond.  Crusty bread topped with mashed up avocado with flavors ranging from sweet sprouts to spicy jalapeno – uh, yeah, so retarded good right??!?!...

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon is one of the best things about Summer, a fact I believe has been proven by astrophysicists, engineers, theologists and The Supreme Court. If you can think of Summer without thinking of watermelon, then you may be missing an extremely crucial link in your DNA chain. This sweet and succulent fruit ups the flavor ante on anything it is combined with, from sorbets to salads. When temperatures rise and you are sweating the moment you touch the door handle to step outside, nothing beats the heat better than the gratifying flavor and juiciness of a ripe watermelon. And what better way to capitalize on watermelon’s natural juiciness than by turning it into a soup....

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Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 6 comments

Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

“You didn’t bake these?,” I quizzed Charlotte, gobbling down a granola bar in one bite.  ”Nope, it’s too hot to use the oven, so I just whipped up this recipe,” she said, as though ‘whipping up’ one of the best granola bar recipes I’ve ever had is just something that comes to her in her sleep.  ”The idea came to me in my sleep,” she said.  No, she didn’t.  She didn’t say that.  But, I imagine that it did, nonetheless.     I posted this pic on Instagram the other day and I was hounded by replies, texts, emails and Facebook messages (I assume I’ll be receiving written...

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Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Burrata, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Wow. I am really dumb. I waited until the end of berry season to share this fanfreakingtastic recipe that Charlotte sent me a month ago. Of course you can still find strawberries at the market, but the organic berries are nearing the end of their run.     Forgive me, won’t you? Bright, beautiful, tart and tangy berries with rich, lactic burrata and creamy, rich avocados with a healthy dose of lemony-garlic dressing?  Yes yes yes yes.  This salad is amazing alone or as a prelude to a good Summer dinner – anything from sauteed fish to grilled ribs. Anyway, short and sweet: Make this. Eat this. Be ridiculously happy about it.     Oh, and...

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Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | Comments Off

Cheddar & Smoked Onion Rolls with Bacon

Hey, remember when I said I was a vegetarian and then I posted a pulled pork recipe followed closely by this bacon-heavy recipe?  It happens.     Especially when you take a childhood favorite – warm, buttery, cheesy crescent rolls that were always served at some adult’s holiday party that your mom would drag you to and you would hate until that little platter of meat-wrapped crescent rolls would make its debut alongside some artery-clogging cheese dip and deviled eggs.  Ahh, the 90s were the best! – and spin it with a more gourmet twist using artisanal, small batch ingredients.     Charlotte tells me, “Normally I...

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Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Pulled Pork & Chipotle Slaw Sandwiches

Some of you may call it a weakness.  Some may call it addiction.  Some may even consider it disgusting.  Me?  I don’t care what you label my love for pulled pork sandwiches – just get one in my face.     Charlotte says “The star of this sandwich is the Chipotle Slaw.”  Which is great because, as you know, I’m a vegetarian.  Yes, I cheat for pulled pork.  And Pho Cali.  And sushi.  But that’s it.  After that I draw the line and return to my roots as die-hard vegetarian.  Ok, maybe I did eat a homemade Niman Ranch blue cheese burger last week.  But, other than that, die-hard vegetarian.  ;)     If...

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(By Popular Demand) – Blueberry Chimichurri

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

(By Popular Demand) – Blueberry Chimichurri

This sauce is beyond.  Beyond reason.  Beyond flavor.  Just beyond.  Use it as a marinade, a dip, a sauce.  Pour it on anything: meat, fish, your face.  As long as it’s blueberry season, it should be chimichurri season in your fridge.     Of course Charlotte just whipped this up out of nowhere – in case you haven’t caught on, the girl has flavor flair.  This dish is super bright and zingy with a delicious bite from the garlic, vinegar and lime, and a rounded out sweetness from the honey.  Oh, and it seriously takes about 19 seconds to make.     As we’ve been blueberry picking at King Family Farm the last few weekends,...

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Cauliflower & Rigatoni Gratin

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Cauliflower & Rigatoni Gratin

Am I the only person who can’t get enough cauliflower?  It’s been abundant at local markets so it keeps finding its way into my kitchen.  Roasted, mashed, sauteed or raw, this super-veggie is making dinner extra delightful.     Kiddos, I assure you, sweet roasted cauliflower in a rich creamy gruyere sauce with fresh thyme and earthy sage mixed with fresh pasta and placed under the broiler until browned and bubbly …this dish will make you an absolute star.  This is, by far, one of my favorite flavor combos and I have yet to serve it to somebody, anybody, who doesn’t end up obsessively loving it as well.  The addition of the herbs...

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Charlotte’s Stupid-Good Peach Cobbler

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Charlotte’s Stupid-Good Peach Cobbler

Yes, fruits are good for you and peaches have health benefits and blah, blah, blah.  But, you know what’s way better than being healthy?  Putting all this healthy shit together, covering it with the best topping known to man, thanking God Charlotte is alive to create this recipe and then devouring this dessert like a prisoner just released from a decade in a P.O.W. Camp.     This dessert is perfect for anytime, anywhere and any reason.  Make it for a dinner party, make it for your kids, make it just because you have a mouth and this should be in it. The lemon and bourbon brighten up this sweet treat, while cloves and cinnamon give it a hint of earthy...

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