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. Truth be told, her blog is what I wish my blog would be like if I had (or was willing to commit) more time to blogging.

One of the reasons I don't have as much free time - I start my days with a 5:45am bootcamp. So far, I've made it through 21 days of the 90 day fitness challenge and I swear it just makes me more hungry each day. Which, lets be honest, is another win in my book.

My mantra: Work Hard. Play Hard. Eat Whatever You Want. 

Bootcamp in the snow = great fun

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! Try the recipe you won't be sorry!

 a meeting of 2 great things
the anticipation is too much...almost ready to bake


lobster mac & cheese

House guest? check!!!

lobster? check!

ingredients for fancy mac & cheese? check!!!

lobster + mac & cheese = an awesome meal to welcome a house guest while showing off cooking skills.

Thanks Barefoot Contessa Foolproof! Now I have to be a good host and peace out. The recipe can be found here.


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.


An Active 2013!

So what am I up to in 2013? No clue! But the main staples will continue to be: travel, work and staying active (hopefully anyways!). When it comes to the latter, I've realized in the last few years, I like pushing myself and setting goals to keep myself accountable. Most of all I love concrete challenges to really make sure I am pushing myself and improving. Not only do I like/love these things, I need it to keep me sane, calm, rationale and happy. So basically, working out/being active to me is what therapy, alcohol, shopping, etc is to others.

The last 2 months I've taken it easy to let me body recover from everything I undertook in 2012, so now that I've "rested" what (at least in the active realm) am I going to make happen in 2013? 


Cheers to the New Year!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!! My wish for all my friends and family? A 2013 filled with lots of laughter, love and general awesomesness! 

While I'm not big on reflecting on the past (I'm a "what's done is done / leave the past in the past" kind of girl), I am a fan of setting goals and making plans for the year(s) ahead. So that being said, here are a few of my favorite inspirational quotes at the start of a new year. (The first is perfect for a cooking blog!)

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. 
- Author Unknown

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. 
- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. 
- Benjamin Franklin

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. 
- Abraham Lincoln