This weekend was one of my very favorite types of weekends… nothing too special or exciting from the outside, but one that left me feeling happy and rejuvenated. We stayed in Charlotte, which meant lots of time for puppy kisses and cooking experiments. We watched TWO movies (this one and this one), one of them in the theater (this is a big deal for us – it used to be one of our favorite hobbies but we never seem to make time for it any more). Dinners and breakfasts at home and a meal at a new-to-me restaurant with friends. It felt long and luxurious. I could use more weekends like this one.
My blog’s name is a little bit misleading. I am not a pancakes-every-weekend kind of girl, and they are usually the last thing I would order when I’m out for breakfast or brunch. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly appreciate a good pancake, when the mood strikes.
For the longest time, I thought bruschetta was limited to the popular (and ever-present during my childhood) version of crusty bread, tomatoes, basil, and maybe a little goat cheese. I was completely fine with this, as it was, and has remained, one of my very favorite foods. Then, a few years ago, I stumbled into what would become my favorite restaurant in Charleston with my good friend Kate.
I have two questions for you: 1) Do you like hummus? and 2) Have you ever tried to make it at home? I hope the answer to both of these (or at least #1) is yes, but if not, this recipe just might have you getting out your food processor and reaching for the chick peas. Hummus is one of my favorite snacks, perfect with salty crackers and crunchy vegetables for dipping. I have also been sneaking a bit on top of this farro salad, which has been such a perfect addition.
I try not to make resolutions. In the past, my list of good intentions for the year might as well have been labeled, “Things I Will Do in January but Will Forget by the End of the Year.” They were just that, intentions. It’s a start, right? Maybe so, but by the time each December rolled around, I began thinking the same thoughts as always… “Next year I’m going to eat healthier! Exercise more! Spend more time with family and friends!” The list goes on and on. While these are all good things, I am trying to tear myself away from the idea of a once-a-year resolution, and more of a take-it-one-day-at-a-time approach.
One of my culinary goals last year was to perfect a simple, easy, red curry sauce at home. This post may have missed 2012 by a couple of days, but I am OK with that. After several tries (none bad, but none exactly right), I am finally happy with the result. And if you can believe it… only four ingredients. All which can be stocked up in your pantry and thrown together in about 5 minutes. What more could you ask for from a cozy, weeknight (or Sunday night, in our case) dinner?
Happy New Year's Eve to you all! I hope you have plans to spend tonight and tomorrow with your loved ones, whether you are staying in for the night next to a cozy fire or heading out to be with friends until the wee hours of the night. I will be sad to see 2012 go, as it was such an amazing year, but I have high hopes that 2013 will be even better.
This year has given me a lot of changes and a lot for which to be thankful.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family/friends! My parents and little brother are still here, but I thought I would pop in to share a little bit of our holiday happenings with you.
Hi sweet readers! I promise I'm still here. Sorry for the lack of posting lately, but the days have been short and cooking meals amidst the holiday parties and commitments has fallen by the wayside. It's been a long time since I shared some links with you, so here are some things that have gotten me in the Christmas spirit lately:
What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been. I'm sure you have felt it to, preparing for the holidays, the business that comes with this time of year, juggling personal and professional commitments. These things tend to consume me and before I know it, it's Christmas day. Well, I am determined to try my best to slow down over this next week. Focus on what is really important - loved ones. Without them, there wouldn't be anything to celebrate.