I usually measure the popularity of a cookbook in my collection by how dirty it gets. How many pages are sticking together with melted chocolate? How many times can I open the pages and flour comes trickling out onto my clean floor (real life!)? If the book is pretty crinkled and has lots of ingredients leftover in the crevices, it’s deemed a favorite and a success. One of my favorite cookbooks is the Williams Sonoma Baking cookbook. I got this thick cookbook a few years ago (back in college maybe), when I just started Continue reading
Since the last Kitchen DIY post was such a hit, I’m going to try to make it a regular series here! If you have any suggestions for homemade kitchen ingredients or components, let me know, I’m always up for requests. This go around, we are talking about homemade peanut butter. I’m a little ashamed to say that I wasn’t making homemade peanut butter until very recently, as in, within the last 6 months or so. The thing that really hung me up was all the oil in commercially made peanut butter. The natural kind that I bought grossed me out, seeing all the oil float to the top and inevitable create a mess when I tried to stir it in. But, I knew the already blended peanut butter wasn’t super great for me either (I mean, I’ll still eat some Jiffy, don’t get me wrong). Plus, the prices of peanut butter seems to be rising, so there has to be a way to make it at home, right? Right! Continue reading
Yes, I know, pie for breakfast? Once I thought about this idea I knew I had to make it happen as soon as possible. My best ideas seem to come to me on on commute to and from work, so it’s no surprise that this one popped into my head on my way to work last week. I am a PB&J lover like anyone else, but when it’s mashed into pie and cookie form, I will most likely eat the whole thing in a weekend (now you know my weekend plans, right?). The original idea Continue reading
Are you a produce keeper or user? I always intend on being a produce user, that person who uses up produce at the peak of freshness, enjoying the peaches I just bought while they are still firm, not slowly wilting away, but sometimes I relegate the fruit I buy to the bottom drawer in my fridge and forget about it. For a while, like a long while. By this time it’s too late to salvage into a smoothie or hide the bruised apples in a cake. Until, I started making a weekly Continue reading
I like to play a game with myself called ‘how long can I go without grocery shopping?’. Sometimes it results in more takeout than using up what I have, but other times it really forces me into adapting and using up what I already have in the kitchen. For example, one of my most popular recipes for a while was a
refried bean and pesto grilled sandwich, which sounds weird, right?! It was actual one of the best sandwiches I’ve made to date and is super simple. That sandwich is just like this smoothie, super simple, but it does the trick! I always seem to buy a big bag of large flake coconut at Whole Foods because it’s shockingly cheap (I know, words you never hear together are ‘Whole Foods’ and ‘cheap’) and toasts up beautifully. I used to never keep toasted coconut around, but once I realized what a little treat it is to have around, it’s a go-to staple in my house. I also tend to throw toasted coconut on my toast with a smear of peanut butter and drizzle of agave nectar, yes ma’am! Dinner tonight may get spotty (aka, I may order Thai food), but I’m glad I had this tropical tasting smoothie to hold me over after work!
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 cup toasted coconut (toast in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 min)
- 2 frozen banans
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until thoroughly combined. Pour into two glasses and refrigerate leftovers.
Here we are, it’s September and I’m still trying to give you popsicle recipes, like it’s still summer or something! I know the warm season passed by way too fast, but really, I just needed to have breakfast in popsicle form one last time before the sun starts setting at 4pm again (eek!). I first discovered overnight oats from Angela over at Oh She Glows. Basically, Continue reading
When it comes to DIY, the kitchen is really my jam over house projects and crafts. Sure, I like a good Pinterest worthy kitchen decorations project, but as my finace can attest to, sometimes my crafts aren’t the greatest when they involve creating things from scratch. Except when it comes to kitchen DIY, now there is something I can totally get behind! I have a fascination with trying to make most kitchen staples from scratch, or at least give it a good shot. Sometimes, making staples from scratch is Continue reading