Sunday, January 24, 2016

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bagels


The first time I made bagels at home, I felt like a magician. I've always loved a good bagel, heck, I even enjoy the basic plastic wrapped bagels at the grocery store. But with, all the boiling and shaping and baking involved, homemade bagels seemed like a lot of work when a decent bagel is pretty easy to get and relatively cheap to boot.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Who Doesn't Love a Dinner Party...


I always have the best of intentions when it comes to blogging, but then life steps in, things get a little crazy, and the next thing I know, it's been weeks, even months, since my last post.

Last October, I had the distinct pleasure of enjoying dinner with Dinner Party Project, a roving supper club of sorts here in Orlando. You sign up to be added to the list and they draw names for seats by lottery. When your name is drawn, you get sent a couple of dates to choose from then you are in. Seven people are chosen at random for the dinner party and you sit down for a meal in a location around Orlando, prepared by a local chef (chefs rotate as well) and get to know your host and the other guests. When I attended in October, around the table were a therapist, a doctor, a computer programmer and more. It's a diverse crowd and makes for an insightful and entertaining evening as you get to know people from all over Orlando and eat some pretty delicious food.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pasta Puttanesca


I wish I could remember the first time I had pasta puttanesca. Sometime after I fell in love with anchovies, but before I fell in love with olives. For years it was a dish that I didn't think all that much of.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Xiao Bao Biscuit: A Weekend in Charleston


By my second day in Charleston, I was ready for a change of pace. We'd been eating Southern cuisine up to this point at both Husk and McCrady's and I figured I'd take the recommendation of many locals and do Asian comfort food for lunch at Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Homemade Kale Chips - A Healthy Treat


Wow, I've had a bit of a break! My summer has flown by. With trips to Charleston, New Orleans, New York and Ohio, I feel as if I haven't had more than two seconds to myself. Hardly enough time to catch up on laundry, never mind writing blog posts. But now that the school year is back in full swing, I have time again in the kitchen to cook, bake, drink, and get back to myself.

And the first recipe I wanted to try after a summer of over indulgence? Homemade kale chips.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

McCrady's: A Weekend in Charleston

 

After eating lunch at Chef Brock's Husk, we wanted to do something a little fancier for dinner. What better than to try Chef Brock's other restaurant, McCrady's?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Husk Restaurant: A Weekend in Charleston



For years now, friends have been telling me to visit Charleston. They've raved about the history, the architecture, and mostly, the food. So when I finally got around to visiting this summer, I was crazy excited about all the eating ahead of me. My very first stop, James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock's Husk Restaurant.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Eating In Orlando 2015 Guide




I've seen so many changes to the food scene since I moved to Orlando, I feel like I need to rewrite this post every other moth. So as of now, Summer of 2015, this is my guide to all the eating the Orlando area has to offer.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cherry Old Fashioned


There is nothing wrong with a classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Whisky, bitters, and sugar combine beautifully to make a gorgeous drink. I'll admit, I can be a bit fussy when it comes to making Old Fashioneds. I prefer to start with a sugar cube, add my bitters, and muddle with some orange peel. Add in the whiskey (rye is always my first choice, but a great bourbon works for me as well) then stir with ice and serve in a rocks glass. No soda, no added water. I'm all about highlighting the whiskey in the glass.

But being me, I also like to play.

Monday, June 08, 2015

My Favorite Potato Salad



I love cold salads. Macaroni, chicken, coleslaw, potato, pasta, egg, they all call to me and are exactly what I crave when I'm making grilled food over the summer. And while I love a classic creamy potato salad, once I started making this I never looked back. The lemon and dill is so bright against the creamy potatoes there isn't a trace of heaviness. And since there's no mayo or any dairy in the recipe, it's a dish that can sit out at a barbecue or picnic without worry.