Quiche. I have a life long love affair with quiche and this Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche is my latest obsession. My love for all thing quiche started when I was a teenager. Having stubbornly become a vegetarian as a pre-teen, eggs were a staple of my diet and one of the recipes that my (very understanding) mother came to master for me was a crustless vegetarian quiche filled with broccoli, cheese, and onion. It was always such a comforting and filling meal and I know my mom was thrilled that my meat eating dad and brother would devour it as well. …
Happy Wednesday, Foodie Friends! This week’s Good (Food) Reads is a fun collection of recipes to try this week from around the web. No real theme, just good, solid food inspiration. What have you been making lately? I’m loving easy summer salads as the weather heats up. And just so I don’t sound too virtuous, I’ll confess that I’m also really loving ice cream and frozen treats! In fact, I can’t wait to try these Watermelon Popsicles, from the great Mark Bittman. Do you make your own popsicles?
Banana Everything cookies. The perfect recipe for when you have just one, overripe banana! This happens to me all the time and I’m admittedly not great about freezing those bananas for bread later. Maybe this recipe will be the solution to my lone banana problem.
10 Food Myths That are Hurting Your Kids. A great article on feeding our families, from The Washington Post.
Sweet Potato Corn Chowder from Cook Nourish Bliss. I know it’s summer, but I am one of those people who can eat soup all day, every day. Really looking forward to trying this one!
Strawberry Pistachio Crumble via Love and Lemons. Oh man, does this recipe look good. I love the idea of smaller, individual crumbles and can’t get enough of the pistachio!
Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Cookie + Kate. Spiralizing is still all the rage. Here’s another take on zoodles.
Egg Yolk Ravioli. I am so intrigued by these. They look so simple and yet so elegant. Do you make your own pasta?
How to Make Your Own Waffle Mix via Simple Bites. Aimee never disappoints and I cant wait to make up a batch of this waffle mix to have on hand all summer. My toddler will love it!
Cake Batter Ice Cream. Because summer is HERE!
Spaghettini with Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs. I’m hoping to try this recipe this weekend while on a girls weekend. My husband despises tomatoes, so I have to look for opportunities to sneak in recipes like this one when he’s not eating!!
That’s it for this week’s Good (Food) Reads. Let us know what internet inspiration you’re enjoying!
Well, with Memorial Day now complete, Summer is (unofficially!) here, right? Summer is such a great time to be a home cook. With an abundance of inexpensive, fresh produce and weather that encourages grilling and fresh, simple preparations of food, this season is a wonderful time to try out new recipes and find some favorites to add to the family playbook. This week’s Good (Food) Reads is a collection of the recipes I’m inspired by and can’t wait to try in the next few weeks. What summer time bites are you itching to make?
The picture above is a quick and easy dinner from the geniuses over at Dinner: A Love Story. It’s Roasted Salmon with Yogurt-Mustard Dill Sauce and it’s fantastic and comes together in less than 20 minutes! A total weeknight winner.
Barbecued Red Onion Chutney. Just in time for Grill Season! (via the New York Times)
Smokey Lime-Chile Dipping Sauce. Another NYT feature great for the grill. I can’t wait to try it with grilled shrimp skewers.
Love this breakdown of the mason jar salad phenomenon from Cook Smarts. Perfect for summer picnics or to shake up a work lunchtime routine.
Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad. I’m not sure with all of that goodness it should count as a salad, but hey! who am I to discriminate? This dish will be happening ASAP in my house.
Roasted Carrots with Tequila Lime Yogurt Sauce from Against All Grain. Danielle always has such great grain free options. I love the addition of tequila to the yogurt sauce. Seems like a great way to get the men in your life to eat more vegetables!
Grilled Romaine and Tomato Salad with Bacon and Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Talk about a recipe that combines the best of summer – fresh produce and the grill. Oh, and don’t forget the bacon. Seriously.
Crack Broccoli. Enough Said.
Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon from Heartbeet Kitchen. Amanda’s blog is so beautiful, it makes me want to make one of everything. This fabulous recipe is next on my list! I’m thinking it might be a great take to work salad for those days when I need a little pick me up.
Tunisian Chicken with CousCous and Green Harissa Yogurt Sauce via Feasting at Home. Feasting at Home is a new to me blog that I am absolutely loving. I can’t get over how beautiful the green harissa sauce against the spiced chickpeas. I really love that she provides a vegetarian option as well. I’m filing this one away for a meatless Monday!
Until next week…enjoy these Good (Food) Reads and send us your favorites!
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…
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 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!
First, excuse the less than quality iPhone photo above but have ya’ll made Smitten Kitchen’s Sesame Spiced Turkey Meatballs with Smashed Chickpea Salad yet? Do yourself a favor, go here and order her cookbook if you don’t have it already and make this dish immediately. SO. Darn. Good. It’s a staple around here and I’m having a major craving for it right now.
Herbed Avocado Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches from Simple Bites. What a great addition to a ladies lunch or just perfect excuse to add avocado to your egg salad sandwich!
There are so many things I love about spring, but the fresh crop of asapargus is definitely near the top of that list. I love to eat it roasted or grilled with a simple dressing of olive oil, salt and pepper. Here, Half Baked Harvest serves it up in a gorgeous Panzanella Style Caprese Asparagus Salad. Can you say yum?!?!
In another drool worthy entry from Half Baked Harvest, there is Crockpot Mexican Chili Lime Chicken. I think this sounds perfect for a week night dinner. And since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, it would be a fabulous festive but easy themed dinner!
DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls a la Chipotle from Ambitious Kitchen. I have a serious Chipotle habit so might have to try these as a home made alternative. Maybe it will keep me from those darn chips!!
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, these Grapefruit Jalapeno Margaritas. You’re welcome.
Tiramisu Brownies from Broma Bakery. Two of my favorite things in one gorgeous dessert. I’ll definitely be making these this weekend.
Creamy Baked Sausage Risotto. I know risotto seems more of a wintery recipe, but I still occasionally want some comfort food after a long day at work. I love risotto but don’t love all that standing over the stove and stirring. This recipe from The Clever Carrot seems like a great alternative!
Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits. Say what? Yup, a whole bunch of southern yumminess in one adorable little biscuit sandwich. I can’t wait to try these for a fun take on a classic.
Pickled Radishes. I know, I know Radishes are a controversial vegetable. I happen to love them (fresh from the garden, sliced with butter and coarse sea salt) and I think these quick pickled gems would be great on the burrito bowls from Ambitious Kitchen or as a topping for your Cinco de Mayo tacos!
Well, that’s it for this week’s Good (Food) Reads. I’d love to hear what new recipes or foodie articles you’re reading and making right now. Email, tweet, or send us a message on FB or Instagram!
I think we all have those recipes, tucked into the back of a recipe box or a binder, that gets pulled out once a year for a specific occasion. This Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake, from the genius Ina Garten, is exactly that recipe for me. Each April, I lovingly make this cake for my husband’s birthday and then – for no good reason – it tends to be tucked back into my trusty recipe binder until the next spring. I can’t quite figure out why I don’t make it more often. It is really the best cake ever: layers of rich, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee to cut the sweetness and buttermilk to keep it moist. When the recipe was published in Food and Wine years ago, Ina declared it “the most fabulous chocolate cake I’ve ever made.” I agree wholeheartedly….
Well friends, it was another good food week here on the old internet. Maybe I’m just really hungry, but I’m finding foodie inspiration and Good (Food) Reads all over and can’t wait to share some of my favorites. So, let’s get on with it:
Sometimes I really love a table full of healthy foods. And sometimes, all I want is a cupcake. Today, I want these Twix Cupcakes from The Foodwright. I’m not a huge candy bar person but the mini Twix bars around Halloween get me every time.
Another guilty pleasure in my life: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Potbelly. I don’t know what they do to those things to make them so addicting, but man are they good. One of these days I’m going to attempt to recreate them, but until then, I’ll be trying these Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
I’m not Jewish, but I have a special place in my heart for matzo ball soup. Growing up in Minnesota, my dad used to take me to The Lincoln Del almost anytime we were in the Twin Cities, and I fell in love with their Matzo Ball soup. The restaurant closed more than 15 years ago and I still randomly crave it at times. As we are in the midst of Passover, there are a lot of kosher recipes floating around right now and I was particularly intrigued by a recipe Molly Yeh posted for Chickpea Flour Matzo Ball Soup. I have no idea if it’s a kosher recipe or not, but it sure sounds yummy!
As we are rolling into garden season, I’m always on the lookout for zucchini recipes to use when the inevitable bumper crop arrives. These Roasted Curry Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini have been bookmarked as a must make!
Speaking of garden bounty, I’m hoping for a huge number of basil plants this year and can’t wait to try this 20 Minute Basil Cashew Chicken. Yum, yum, yum!
Finally, an article from Bon Appetit about the rising industry of foodie “influencers” on Instagram. It’s a Good (Food) Read and definite food for thought.