July 2, 2017

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Around July 4th, you're supposed to inhale copious amounts of BBQ. Well mine has arrived in the form of pizzaaaaaa! Yes we're at it again - another pizza cooking adventure! This time a riff off of California Pizza Kitchen's world famous BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Who doesn't love this CPK treasure?!?!) I've been eating it for as long as I can remember. Lucky for me B is a big fan of it too. 

Anyways this was such an easy meal to whip up especially since I had a treasured Trader Joe's pizza dough in the freezer. (Note it comes refrigerated but I bought a few during my last visit for the sole purpose of freezing to see how they freeze. Still perfect after a defrost!) We made this pizza without a real amount of cheese but you can easily add that in. B wanted a little bit of cheese so our compromise was to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top once it was baked. The BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and chicken really have a lot of flavor so the traditional amount of cheese was not missed. Try it out today!

June 29, 2017

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad

Two of my favorite vegetables - kale and brussels sprouts - wrapped into an easy to make salad. Win. Win. The recipe comes from Bon Appetit - I adapted it by adding dried cherries and skipping the cheese. Click to see the recipe on Bon Appetit. I served this yummy salad with some seasoned and ready to cook whole chicken from Whole Foods.

June 25, 2017

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Well hellooooo! I might just get back to blogging after a nearly four year hiatus. The reason...this pizza! Hot damn this Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza (by the Savory Vegan) was one of the most delicious pizza I have ever made! (And I've made a lot of pizzas in my time).

We came to this pizza because B and I both love our veggies. We substitute veggies in place of meat in a lot of recipes. (But don't get me wrong I love a good steak and burger!) We also love pizza, but since I try to avoid dairy 98% of the time, I'm always looking for a good pizza without cheese. (Clearly I am in the camp that the best part about pizza is the crust and not the cheese...mmmmm bread, I love bread.) This buffalo cauliflower pizza hit the spot and B even remarked, "I don't miss the cheese!" We inhaled this pizza and already discussed other variations. Next up, Buffalo Chicken Pizza (the same as above but with chicken) and riffs on the California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza (one with chicken and one with cauliflower!)

p.s. I think my best move here was using Trader Joe's pizza dough - so much quicker than making my own from scratch.

See the full recipe here: Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza by the Savory Vegan.

January 27, 2013

Caramelized Mushroom & Onion Biscuits

One of my most favorite blogs is one that I only recently discovered in the last few months - Joy the Baker. She is a hilarious writer, her recipes are ones I consistently flag in my email for future cooking adventures and not to mention the pictures are great. 

During the week, I live on smoothies for breakfast, but on the weekends, its time to spice it up since I actually have time to cook. So when Joy the Baker's recipe for Caramelized Mushroom & Onion Biscuits appeared in my email, I knew breakfast sandwiches were on the horizon. Best. Decision. Ever. No seriously, Best. Decision. Ever!

January 7, 2013

Straw & Hay with Gorgonzola

Today's dish is a simple, rich, creamy and decadently delicious tagliatelle pasta courtesy of Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa aka my idol. After all she quit her life in DC, moved to a fabulous place and created a cooking empire. Understandably, I jumped at the opportunity to hear Ina speak about her new cookbook, Foolproof, right before the holidays. Like all of her other cookbooks, its well written and explains the best ways to get food to the table at the same time, and without error; and suggestions on her preferred cooking items, from appliance and tools to canned tomatoes and salts. 

So fast forward to the holidays and the testing of several Foolproof recipes including jambalaya, chocolate chip blondies, winter minestrone and today's post. Verdict? Amazing recipes with no complaints.

December 26, 2012

A Merry Christmas Recap

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! The last few days have been busy, busy, busy. So needless to say I am tired and have come down with some sort of cold. Booooo! So instead of going recipe recap posting crazy, check out my photo montage below of the last few days!

December 18, 2012

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

This dish is exactly what I was looking for the other night - it was simple, I had all the ingredients already and allowed me to use that bunch of broccoli purchased earlier in the week. But more importantly, it gave me an excuse to cook with Hoisin sauce! I don't really know what the sauce is made of, but I don't care because its tasty and makes Chinese meals delicious!

December 15, 2012

Circus Act, Take Two

Sorry folks this is not a recipe post, but this is way more fun! I went to my second trapeze class on Thursday night and I was not, I repeat NOT, looking forward to it. In fact, the days leading up to it, I kept thinking "I can conveniently trip over this sidewalk or my dog and slightly injure myself!" and "I hope I wake up nauseous and puking on Thursday!" because surely my friends and the instructors wouldn't let me climb that 20+ foot ladder and jump off a platform countless times in either condition!

But alas, I didn't come down with an injury or the flu, so my friend Sallyann, who already did a great blog post on our experience, and I trekked out of the office into the cold and made our way over to the Trapeze School of New York. The school is a cool circus like place - we walked into find people on trampolines, dangling and twisting from silks, juggling and of course flying, courtesy of the trapeze.

During my first climb up that very high ladder, I was terrified yet knew there was no turning back. Why? Its better to get over it and push yourself through the uncomfortable, terrifying things in life, right?! The class was a blur and full of laughter but to sum it up, I was stoked that on my first jump, I managed to pull off the upside down hang that I slowly started to learn at the end of my first class. I nailed that move each time, attempted some backflips off the bar and tried to do a catch with the instructor...which I missed his arms by a hair! Better luck next time.

Check out the video Sallyann took to prove we really might be crazy. The question is will I brave it again and go for my 3rd class? One thing is for sure, its quite the workout - my arms, legs and abs are still sore.