Last summer I discovered a new favorite flavor-thai basil. This basil is a little different. It has more of a anise like flavor than the sweet Italian basil we are accustomed to here in the Midwest. If you’ve ever had Thai cuisine, chances are you’ve also had Thai basil. Thai basil is somewhat difficult to find outside of specialty stores here in the Twin Cities, so I decided to choose the easier way to keep it on my table-I grew it myself! Turns out it thrived in a large pot on my sunny deck. As soon as there was enough Thai basil in my pot, Thai Basil Pesto Noodles was born!…
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For the most part, I tend to be a big believer in everything in moderation. I will never shy away from a gorgeous steak, a big beautiful glass of malbec, or a cup of the most delicious duck fat fries. That being said, I try to balance those meals with lots of vegetables and a healthy dose of exercise. Now, before you think me too virtuous, I have a confession: all moderation goes out the window when it comes to ice cream. Especially this Oreo Sweet Cream Ice Cream. …
It’s hard to believe it’s already time for another Good (Food) Reads! This week is cruising by and it’s almost time for Memorial Day Weekend! The unofficial kick-off to summer is always a great weekend to try out new grilling recipes and party foods. What are your foodie plans for the holiday weekend? Perhaps some of this week’s Good (Food) Reads links will inspire you to try something new! So, here we go…
Revel in the Bounty of Spring: An article about one of my favorites, Yottam Ottolenghi. Featuring this gorgeous recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Caper Salsa and a gorgeously rustic Celebration Cake. These would be perfect additions to any Memorial Day party!
Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese. Because I still can’t get over everything on Half Baked Harvest! I can’t wait to try these for a summer BBQ in place of traditional burgers. Wouldn’t they be great with sweet potato fries?
An interesting look at a darker side of the Farm to Table movement. I love the idea of supporting local growers and eating in a more responsible way, but has the food industry taken advantage of people’s excitement over the movement? Food for thought.
Lemon Olive Oil Cookies from A Calculated Whisk. These look so great. I recently picked up a bottle of Blood Orange Olive Oil from The Queen Creek Olive Mill (an Arizona favorite!) and may have to adapt the recipe to use my new treat. Oh, and bonus! The cookies are gluten/grain/dairy free!
General Tso’s Cauliflower. A twist on a total Chinese take out classic, from Pinch of Yum. It’s not exactly what I’d call “healthy” food, but man, does it look good!
Panzanella with Marinated Chickpeas and Chimichurri via How Sweet Eats. You guys, this is SALAD with BREAD. And chimichurri (Lane – another one for you!). Making immediately.
Salt and Vinegar Potato Hash. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to make this dish. Mostly because I have a serious salty-tooth (is that a thing?). Salt and Vinegar anything and I’m in. Especially when it involves carbs.
Finally, this is not at all a foodie thing, but if any of you guys are on Snapchat, you need to follow the Everest No Filter account. It’s amazing. You’re welcome.
Until next week…
A weekend at the cabin never fails to reinvigorate me. It’s always nice to spend time with those I love the most without the constant interruption of all of our busy schedules. A part of that reinvigoration is always finding ways to nourish my soul…and my body. So with that said, I was really in the mood for some fresh food this weekend. Southwest Salad with Cilantro Chipotle Dressing fit that bill nicely!…
Cinnamon churro cupcakes? Did I say “churro” cupcakes? Like those sinfully delicious pieces of sugary fried pastry you can get (for a dollar!!!!) at Costco? Yep, just like that, but I dare say a little healthier (well, at least not deep fried). I’ve been seriously craving sugar lately (which is a little different from my usual salt cravings, and also different from my crunch cravings, and maybe even different from my ice cream cravings…never mind, my cravings may be too numerous to categorize). These cupcakes really hit the spot!…
This recipe is for Lane, who LOVES a go0d chimichurri! Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri from Half Baked Harvest. I’ve really been loving Tieghan’s blog lately and am blown away by how young she is and how great her site is. Definitely check it out!
Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad (also from HBH). I told you guys that I was really loving this blog lately. Can’t wait to make this one for a healthy, colorful dinner. I love to make a big batch of quinoa in my pressure cooker for the week and this would be a perfect excuse to double it up.
Crab Cakes, Baltimore Style with Remoulade Sauce. A cajun take on an east coast classic from the NYT. I am really particular about my crab cakes (I’m obsessed with the crab cakes at Legal Seafoods in Boston. They are THE BEST.) and these seem like a fun take on the original.
Throw away all of those articles on how to clean your sheet pan. Check out this article on epicurious on why we should be embracing those seasoned old pans. The lazy girl in me loves stuff like this!
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs from local favorite, A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. I’m always looking for summer grilling recipes and this one is right up my alley. I will probably skip the pre-seasoned chicken and use organic free range chicken with some lemon pepper seasoning but otherwise, what an easy option for a weeknight dinner!
Arepas!!! As mentioned in the post, Minneapolis has fallen in love with these South American treats thanks to local cult favorite, Hola Arepa. Lindsay from Pinch of Yum takes on my new obsession here.
I’m super intrigued by this recipe for Slow Cooker Lo Mein from Damn Delicious. Has anyone tried it? Do the noodles get mushy?
Well, that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Send us your foodie favorites on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
I’ve always been a total fair weather fan when it comes to blueberries. At the height of the season, when they’re firm, sweet, and just a bit tart, I eat them pint after pint, nearly as fast as I can buy them. I love to put them on yogurt, in salads, or just eat them plain. Last summer, as I was relishing some particularly perfect blueberries, I came across a recipe in the New York Times for Blueberry Jam with Lime. The recipe comes adapted from the book “Saving the Season” by Kevin West….
I’ve been slightly obsessed with radishes lately. I am seeing them everywhere…beautiful pictures in magazines, huge bundles at the farmer’s market, piles at the co-op. They are gorgeous this time of year, spicy, crunchy and so fresh! So when I came across this recipe I knew I had to make it. And I’m so, so glad I did! Similar to the gyro dip you always ask for more of (OK, well I also ask for more of), with the same addictive qualities….
I have a confession: writing these G00d (Food) Reads posts makes me so hungry! I’m aching to get into the kitchen and start whipping up some of these fantastic looking recipes I’ve found around the web. I got a head start with the fabulous Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad pictured above. The recipe is featured in the NY Times cooking section this week and is a great mix of texture and flavor – and bonus! – it features radishes, a perennial spring favorite around here.
Grilled Chicken, Burst Tomato, and Artichoke Skewers with Goat Cheese Dip via How Sweet It Is will be my weekend grilling experiment. I’ve got a serious thing for artichokes and have never thought to put them on the grill before!
Veggie Brown Rice Sushi from Minimalist Baker. A beautifully photographed vegan take on a sushi staple. Might be a great option for a fancy take to work lunch treat.
Jalapeno Mango Margarita Popsicles. Yup, you read that right. MARGARITA POPSICLES. Mark my words: the next 80 degree day we have here, these little lovelies will be making an appearance.
Minty Watermelon Cucumber Margaritas. Apparently, I’m really on board the margarita train these days. Must be a Cinco de Mayo hangover effect.
Do any of you have an electric pressure cooker? I got an InstantPot last year and have just recently started branching out into the world of electric pressure cooking. I can’t wait to try this Pressure Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry. There are traditional stovetop instructions as well!
Chez Panisse Green Goddess Dressing with Little Gems lettuce . Alice Waters can do no wrong in my book and here, Alexandra’s Kitchen pairs it with Little Gems lettuce, the cutest little greens in all the land.
Well friends, that’s it for this week’s Good (Food) Reads. What recipe inspiration have you found around the web? Comment, tweet us, or send us a message on Facebook and let us know!
These Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Chicken Tostadas have been a late spring and summer favorite in my house for the past few years. Based on a Cooking Light recipe I’ve adapted over time, they make quick and easy dinner that takes advantage of the best of summer – fresh sweet corn, abundant crisp zucchini, and a light sauce made from salsa verde, onions, and a dash of hot roasted chilis. The tostadas are studded with quick cooking chicken tenders coated in a basic mixture of cumin, salt, and pepper. Piled on crisp tostadas and topped with fresh cilantro and shredded Mexican blend cheese, all it takes is a twist of lime and a few chunks of a perfectly ripe avocado and you have a perfect weeknight meal that your whole family will love. …