Now that the cold weather’s set in (yes, 60 degrees is cold, especially for an LA girl) I’ve been constantly craving soup. And now that the Thanksgiving eat-a-thon is over, I need something that’s satisfying but won’t trigger flashbacks of turkey-stuffing-pumpkin pie guilt.
I’ve been traveling so much that I haven’t had time to cook. Last week I was in the Midwest, a little bummed about being on the road for a long stretch. But I was perked up by the idea of trying some new places! Some of my adventures:
I was psyched that right across the street from my hotel in Chicago were three Rick Bayless restaurants! Work commitments kept me from eating at the sit down restaurants, but I made sure to mosey on down to Xoco, his counter service restaurant, to try out a torta and churro.
I ordered the Peptio torta, which was braised beef shortribs, jack cheese, black beans, caramelized onions and pickled jalapenos, served with a green tomatillo sauce. The bread was really good, all rustic-y goodness with crispy outside and chewy inside. The rest of the sandwich didn’t live up to the bread though – the shortribs were a little dry and too salty. For years I’ve been searching for a torta that would live up to the tortas we ate when we lived in Mexico City – I had hopes this could be the one, but not quite. (more…)
Last week was the Mid Autumn Festival, the Chinese holiday for celebrating the fall harvest via moon gazing and eating mooncake. The holiday was totally off my radar until I saw a Facebook picture of mooncake posted by my cousin on Thursday! I scrambled to buy mooncake that weekend but it was too late – all the good stuff was already gone. Sniff. (more…)
Spent last weekend in Seattle and had a bunch of amazing food experiences. There were too many to keep track of (I felt like I was eating nonstop for three days) so I’m documenting a few of the best ones for prosperity.
We were psyched to find out the Washington State Fair was happening while we were in town. We bumped some of the other things we had on agenda (sorry Underground Tour) and got our fried food eating hats on.
1/3 of my posts so far have documented my love of tomato and basil in some shape or form (here’s the other). Some would say yet another tomato basil post would be too much. They be wrong. More is more!
The folks who make the Snap Insulin Pump asked me to come up with an easy, diabetes friendly recipe, and I instantly wanted to do it. I have several family members who have diabetes (I found out a few days ago that another relative was just diagnosed), and I also worked in the diabetes industry for several years, so it’s an issue that’s close to my heart. And I love writing about food, of course, so total no brainer.
I’m a big fan of baking. Put a bunch of ingredients in a pan, pop it in the oven, watch a couple of episodes of food porn, and end up with a healthy, flavorful meal? Yes please.
This recipe for Mustard Baked Chicken has been my secret for faking domestication for several years. Before starting on this journey to learn to cook, it was really the only thing I could make. It is such an easy recipe that, even as a complete beginner, I could execute it and have it turn out awesome. Everyone I’ve made Mustard Baked Chicken for has loved it. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on my cooking after serving Mustard Baked Chicken and hey, if people wanted to think I was a domestic goddess, skillful and totally confident in the kitchen, who am I to correct them?