Veggie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

There are times when magical things are created out of desperation. When a lack of the usual ingredients leads to the unearthing of dusty jars and bottles buried in the depths of cupboards or stored on the highest shelves. Sniffing and tasting lead to modest, then less modest additions, followed by a dash of this and that, until a perfect balance is achieved. The end result is a new, inspiring dish. A reminder that creating food for yourself and others is an amazing, empowering experience.

And then there are the days when I eat oatmeal.

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Baked Potatoes with Ricotta, Swiss Chard, & Toasted Garlic

OK guys, I’m going to be honest with you. This post isn’t about the potatoes. Those delicious little buttery-salty-peppery guys with their crispy skins were merely an afterthought. A vehicle to contain something I discovered yesterday, very much by accident.

It all started when I told my parents that I’d make ravioli for dinner. (Wait, let me back up a second — I’m in NY again for a couple days. My mom is doing great [and even going back to work next week!]. I’m just here because I love my childhood dentist and my hometown mechanic, and will therefore drive four hours to see either of them. That’s less crazy if I’m combining visits to both into the same trip, right?)

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Savory Kale, Garlic, & Cauliflower Purée Pop Tarts

A few things occur to me as I begin to write this post. One, this main photo looks an awful lot like the monster cookie stack picture from two posts ago — derp. Two, these pop tarts, while very deserving of being shared ASAP to avoid depriving the world of the recipe a moment longer, have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. Three, just over a week ago I began a weekly rewind series with a mission to begin posting more frequently than once a week. And here I am with a new post……one whole week later. (My focus was derailed mid-week by circumstances beyond my control. But I’m back on track, and I’m ready to make up for lost time by cramming in two posts, back-to-back. So today, we talk pop tarts. Then tomorrow, a slightly belated weekly rewind in the form of a Thanksgiving round-up!)

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Cheesy Quinoa with Roasted Broccoli

Hey guys! First off, I’d like to thank everyone that participated in the giveaway. It’s great to find so many people who are as enthusiastic about bitters as I am, as well as those who are equally excited to learn more about them. Giveaways are always a bit tough for me — I love reading everyone’s comments, and restraining myself from replying (to avoid counting confusion) proves extremely difficult. But once the contest ends I find myself a bit distraught, because it’s time to divide participants up into winners and non-winners, and I always wish I could give something to everyone! So once again, thank you for all of the great comments. The fates have spoken, and the randomly chosen winners are:

eve: I’m relatively new to bitters, but love how they bring depth to a sugary drink, even if it’s just juice & seltzer. Recent fave is the Ruby Jack from Stanton Social in NYC – Jack Daniels, pomegranate juice, lemon simple syrup and peach bitters.

Lavender Pepper: Oh wow… yeah. I did college in Albany NY as well. I remember all that.. and Fountain Day. Those were… days.

But my fave bitters are: 1) I will second your Bitter Truth Celery Bitters, but for my Bloody Marys. 2) BT Orange Bitters in my vesperesque Lillet+Gin cocktails.

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Zucchini & Sweet Corn Pizza

Yesterday, I shared a simple pizza sauce recipe and a few house-sitting pictures with you. Today, I’d like to follow that up with the resulting pizza and a house-sitting anecdote.

What follows is a prime example of what it’s like to be me. See, I seem to be a magnet for “oops” situations. We’re talking a rapid series of events that will cause my brain to completely freeze, and my I-work-8-hours-a-day-on-a-computer fingers on my left hand to start involuntarily making ctrl+Z keystrokes. Sometimes, it’s my own fault. But most of the time, it feels like mischievous cosmic forces are at work, putting me in ridiculous situations for their own amusement. (See also this post.) It’s cool though, because apparently the universe and I have similar senses of humor. (I am also well aware that this cosmic torment might actually be better defined as “karma,” since I have a bit of a penchant for mischief myself.)

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