Until a few days ago, hazelnuts were rather foreign to me. It’s a nut that for one reason or another, I have never experimented with in the kitchen. That all changed when I was preparing a rather bland salad at work and was kindly offered some of the protein packed nuts to help liven up my greens. I was amazed at how much they enhanced my boring lunch in flavor and texture and how satisfied I felt from a light meal. So on my way home that night, I picked some up and started tossing around ideas of how I might incorporate them into my dinner.
It’s always a treat to have my vegan friends join me for dinner because it presents an opportunity for me to get even more creative than usual in my kitchen. Of course there are a many quick, simple vegan dishes that I could have prepared when my friend came over last week, but the problem was that I was craving something warm, savory and creamy. I’m not a fan of fake cheese or meat so I was stumped for a moment. Then I came across quite possibly the most perfect solution– butter bean sage sauce. Read more:
It happened again. Another supper club left me with a plethora of goat cheese in my refrigerator. One would think that I would learn to stop overestimating by now, but I can’t help but always air on the side of safe rather than cheeseless. So I once again found myself staring at the ingredients in my kitchen, trying to come up with a meal to toss the rest of this tangy delicious fromage into. Read more:
When my mom and I hand made quinoa ravioli a few weeks ago, I wanted to top it with something light to let the homemade flavors and textures shine. So, we decided to make a little sage, shallot and butter sauce. Unfortunately, not used to the electric stove that my mom has at home, I wound up burning the shallots a bit, but I still enjoyed the slightly crisp, delicious taste. The flavors screamed winter and I wanted to try making this sauce again when I returned home to 32 degree Brooklyn. Read more:
As we all can attest, the climate has reached extreme levels of unpredictability. So when you find yourself in a t-shirt on a 60 degree day in the middle of winter, you take the longer walk to work, enjoy the sunshine and go with it. It’s also a perfect excuse to enjoy a summer meal one last time before the real cold hits, and this past Monday I did just that. Read more:
Sometimes you just can’t eat enough of your favorite food. For me, that’s goat cheese (or any cheese for that matter). This is why I decided to take advantage of the giant log of the tangy, smooth and crumbly white fromage that I had leftover from my Saturday morning breakfast. It was Sunday night, and I wasn’t about to go out to the market and purchase groceries for an end of the weekend dinner, so I decided to make do with what I had around. Read more: