Browsing the market last night, I was drawn to a bright orange color and two words: honey and tangerine. As a Floridian, I was a bit ashamed that I had never heard of this sweet little treat that is a native to the sunshine state. These guys are a cross between a sweet orange and a tangerine and are just delicious. With a recipe in mind and a warm breeze in the air, I picked up some of these honey tangerines, grabbed a red onion and some hearts of palm and headed home to prepare a refreshing light summer dinner. Read more:
This dish is inspired by both my mom’s delicious spaghetti squash and a dish i had at a local restaurant a few years ago. Growing up, one of my favorite side dishes with dinner was my mom’s simple spaghetti squash with honey and butter. It was like candy with my dinner, only it wasn’t overly sweet and I was getting my daily veggies in. It wasn’t until I saw a special for spaghetti squash on the menu at Lodge one night that I thought of the delicious stringy vegetable as a main course. With double inspiration in hand, I decided to make my own twist on this, combining my mom’s recipe for spaghetti squash with a few of the toppings from my dinner at Lodge– with a few tweaks. Read more:
Farro is a grain that I adore. It has great texture, is packed with protein, is low in gluten, and I have been itching to cook with. Unfortunately, I always have a hard time finding it, so when I came across some in a market the other day, I decided to splurge a little on the pricey package. I set out to prepare a light farro salad, but after considering running to the market for some fresh arugula, I examined my refrigerator for leftover ingredients and quickly changed my mind. With leeks and a green tomato in hand, I started chopping and sautéing ingredients for my impromptu dish. By the time the farro finished cooking and I added it into the sautéed veggies and topped with some parmigiano reggiano, I realized I had made myself a risotto.
I actually first made these for Cinco de Mayo two weeks ago. The ladies I was feeding, however, devoured the entire dish before I had the chance to take a photo. So, on this rainy Sunday, with a hankering for Mexican food that I just can’t seem to kick, I made them again. My roommate, to say the least, was quite happy to test them out for a second time.
For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to make sweet potato fries and after whipping these guys up last night, I’m not quite sure what was stopping me. This is one of the simplest snacks to prepare and if done right, is pretty darn healthy. All you need to do is chop up some sweet potatoes, toss with olive oil and seasonings of choice and place them in the oven to bake, flipping once or twice. Since I had some time to kill while these were baking, I thought I would make some tasty dips for my french fry dinner. Read more:
Rounding out a weekend of incredible food, interesting people and inspiring places was the quaint bed and breakfast that housed us on our trip– Thyme In The Country. This eco-friendly spot is situated on a gorgeous farm right outside of the town of Hudson, NY. I’m certainly not the first to say that this is the place to stay if you ever find yourself in the area. Aside from the peaceful atmosphere, homey feel and adorable decor, Mary, the owner of Thyme In The Country, will make your stay incredibly comfortable and memorable with her big smile, delicious home cooked meals and excellent knowledge of the area — especially some lesser known spots that are worth a visit. Read more: