gour·mand 1: one who is excessively fond of eating

2: one who is heartily interested in good food and drink

Pumpkin French Toast with Bacon Maple Syrup

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Breakfast, Sweets | 0 comments

Pumpkin french toast with bacon maple syrup

The easy thing for me to do right now would be to talk about fall,  cooler weather, leaves changing, and all things pumpkin- including this delicious french toast. I think I talked about all of those trite (yet wonderful) fall topics in my half-hearted blog post last week.  I get it though.  If anyone is guilty of breaking out the boots before the temperatures have even dipped into the 70s, it’s me.  Autumn is my favorite season. However, I feel like there are much bigger things going on in the world than my pumpkin spice latte or who won the football game yesterday. In my heart of hearts, when I write about those things, I feel a searing jab in my soul. It’s like when the nun in Madeleine starts singing “something is not right.” Kind of? (Oh man, my points of reference are becoming a dead giveaway for my profession!)

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Chocolate, Coconut and Peanut Butter Energy Truffles

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Chocolate, Coconut and Peanut Butter Energy Truffles

You can already taste the excitement in the air for one (now two) of Austin’s most beloved weekends, ACL fest. It’s a sweet time of year when the weather starts to cool if we’re lucky, and when renowned and latent musical talent reverberates throughout the city on a gargantuan scale, whether you like it or not. As an Austin native, ACL certainly holds a special place in my heart. However, my concert-culture has “shifted” over the years, to put it nicely. Nowadays, as opposed to my 17 or 18 year-old, dare I say impetuous self, I like to think I’m a little more practical when it comes to, well, most things, especially food things.

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian | 1 comment

spinach and artichoke dip

Happy Sunday, foodie friends! With football season in full swing, I thought I’d share my super simple recipe for spinach and artichoke dip. You can literally throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning, and this decadent dip will be ready by game time (or party time). ¡Buen provecho!

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Greek Turkey Meatballs with Easy Tzatziki

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Main Course, Recipes | 0 comments

Greek Turkey Meatballs with Easy Tzatziki

Sometimes, all you need in life are meatballs.  Recently, I read this article about how to change your life with meatballs, and it got me thinking about all the time I spend rushing through life and haphazardly flailing from point A to point B, whether A is the moment I wake up and B is a chaotic Monday morning at work or A is where I am and B is where I want to be. How much better would life be if I could actually learn to embrace the messy, ambiguous in-betweenness and enjoy the moment I am in right now with the person/people in my company right now, whatever the circumstance? Why is it that  I allow clean, folded (and PUT AWAY) laundry dictate my sense of calm and a busier, fuller schedule puff up my sense of self? It’s all bass-ackwards, just like our culture and my whacked-out prioritization habits. 

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Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Appetizers, Gluten-Free, Salads and Soups, Vegetarian | 0 comments

 

avocado and cucumber soup

When the fall months roll around, it’s second nature for me to start dreaming up recipes for heartwarming soups, satisfying stews and all of those dishes that mae you want to curl up next to a fireplace with some fuzzy socks and a captivating book.  However, much to my chagrin, the forecast doesn’t anticipate even a hint of a cold spell anytime soon. But I’m not going to let that stop me from making soup! This avocado and cucumber soup is a refreshing, light, get-you-back-on-track kind of meal and it’s perfect for this late-summer, early-fall in-between season. ¡Buen provecho!

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Chipotle Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Main Course, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers

Happy Labor Day! To honor all of the hard-working men and women out there, I thought I would share my simple and scrumptious recipe for chipotle black bean and mushroom burgers. These burgers are easy to make, chock-full of nutrients, and something the whole family can enjoy. I like to make some extra to freeze for school/work lunches. It’s one less thing to worry about during the week so you can stay focused on everything else that’s important to you! Buen provecho!

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Sesame Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Main Course, Recipes | 0 comments

Sesame and Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Happy Saturday, y’all! For many of us, summer is winding down and the start of another school year is just around the corner. While I thoroughly enjoy the slower pace of summertime and the freedom that comes with a more flexible schedule, I also get excited to jump back into certain routines. My favorite routine, of course, is more regimented meal planning. I know, as I was typing that I realized how unfun and drill sergeant-y it sounds, but meal planning actually eliminates a lot of stress (not to mention money and weight-gain) that can often surround the eternal question: “What’s for dinner?” With that said, my husband and I typically plan about 3-5  meals a week to cook at home, (and yes–we take turns!) However, we leave it pretty flexible in case anything  out-of-the-ordinary pops up, which happens more often that not.  Also, we always try  make extra so lunch is taken care of, too. I’m sure when we add members to our clan one day, this “plan” will look very different, but for the newlywed, cooking-for-2 phase of life, it definitely works!

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