Left overs are a favorite around here. No cooking, new flavor combinations, less waste – what’s not to love?
Super Bowl Sunday is a big food day for my family. To be honest, I approach it with the same exhurberance as I do Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think an afternoon of snacking followed by a big Sunday dinner. Yesterday that meant lots of locally made chips, salsa and guacamole; salty mixed nuts and (God bless my husband, the shopper) my absolute favorite Lay’s potato chips! Top off an afternoon of snacking with a gorgeous Pittsburg-style filet, red smashed potatoes and steamed peas, and that’s a lot of food.
Happy New Year! Do you feel refreshed (notice how I’m asking this question the day after the day after New Year’s Eve!)? I slept like a log last night, which if you know me and my insomnia, is a gift in itself. We had one of the funniest – laughing out loud like I haven’t in ages! – New Year’s Eves ever and some amazing food, courtesy of my friend Carla and her cassoulet, a labor of love and a love letter to meat.
For me, the year starts when the school year starts. I love fall and all the holidays that follow, and I love thinking of summer as the end of the year, with its celebratory BBQ’s, beach picnics and road trips.
So it’s only natural that I view fall as my “spring cleaning” time, and for the next 30 days, I’m planning to sweep through my entire house. I will clean, organize, recycle and donate everything in my path.
Essentially, I’ll assess each item in my house in my attempt to find a place for everything and everything in its place.
To that end, I’m taking a break from the blog, so I can focus my energies on my spring/fall cleaning project. What would you do if you decided to dedicate 30 days to a project?
Whenever I dine out with friends they always ask, “What will you be able to eat?” The answer is almost anything natural, whole or fresh. Salads, grilled meat, rice dishes – all gluten-free. And most restaurants, at least in San Diego, either have a gluten-free menu or the staff knows the in’s and out’s of what’s gluten-free on their menu.
It’s 85 degrees today in San Diego. Yes, today, as in Wednesday, October 16, 2013. I’m puttering around the house in a tank top and shorts, my go-to outfit whenever the thermometer goes above 72 degrees. But with warm fall days come – finally! – crisp, cool nights that have me thinking of soup.
Baking, like high school science, has always been a mystery to me. To this day I have to double (okay, triple) check: baking powder or soda. And why is one used over the other?
Living gluten-free means I’m healthier, not to mention happier, than when I ate gluten. But that doesn’t mean I don’t experience gluten-envy from time to time…like every time a post from my friend Averie’s blog, Averie Cooks, pops up on Feedly. This is a girl who can bake! And she’s no stranger to my favorite sweet combination – the perfect marriage of chocolate and peanut butter.
My Northern California adventure continued Saturday with a trip through Amador County wine country, just an hour or so outside Sacramento. With nearly 40 different wineries to explore, your staminia will wear out before your options do. We checked out quite a few, but the standouts were Story Winery, for its breathtaking view (see above), Villa Toscano, for its Tuscan-inspired beauty and the Sobon Estate, considered one of the oldest wineries in California. Many of the wineries boast old vine Zinfandels, so my tastes were mere sips since Zins can knock me over faster than you can imagine.
The past few weeks have had an air of déjà vu for me. It’s been hot and muggy in San Diego, and without air conditioning, it’s typically hotter indoors than out. And when that happens, I head for the beach, picnic basket in hand. Which means, much like last summer, there’s zero chance of me standing behind the stove and 100% chance of me assembling pre-made what-have-you, from sandwiches to salads to snacks.