Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dreaming of Strawberry and Rhubarb

I have been dreaming of summer for quite a few months now and not just for the usual reasons: warm weather, sunny skies, flip flops, etc.

But I have had strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and rhubarb dancing around in my dreams.

And since I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle back in May, I have been awaiting the day when I would have local strawberries and rhubarb to put into my own Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

One Ticket to Zest-ville

Summer is finally here!

The pools are open, school is out and summer dresses are in!

And we're all wanting a taste of citrus, coconut and the tropics.

Ever heard of a culinary vacation? It's all the new rage, cheaper than a vacation, you don't have to go anywhere and you can totally avoid traffic and airplanes.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Simple Saturday: Graham Cracker Crust

It's good to be in a mode of "I can make this at home instead of buying it from the store."

And of course, this isn't ideal in all cases. I still enjoy buying things like pre-made hummus and soup mixes at the store.

Before making my key lime pie for a work party, I decided instead of buying a graham cracker crust from the store that I would make my own.

I was really impressed with the difference it made. The crust had more depth of flavor and it didn't all crumble once I cut the pie into slices.

High-five for homemade!

Friday, May 24, 2013

No Impact Man

So I know this is a food blog, but we all like other things than food right?! (I mean like 95% food and 5% other.)

So, here's a little bit of that other that also has a little bit to do with food.

I just got done reading No Impact Man by Colin Beaven.

As the title explains, this book is about "the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process."

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Sweet, Healthy Bite

Get ready because I'm about to blow your mind.

I am about to give you a recipe for cookie-like, Oat Chocolate Chip Bites that have no eggs, sugar or butter.

Believe it!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mexican Comfort Food

I could basically eat Mexican food anytime, anywhere, as long as it's good Mexican food, of course. (Nothing makes me more angry than bad Mexican food, but that's another post for another time.)

And when I come home from an international trip (or even a domestic trip), it's the best food to come home to.

No one, other than Mexico obviously, does Mexican food as good as America does.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Local Eats

Although I love to cook at home, I live for getting to eat out at one of my local favorites on the weekend.

I like to think of it as a way of getting culinary inspiration and supporting the locals.

Here is a list of my top 10 restaurants in the Northwest Arkansas area (in random order). By no means is every restaurant that I like on this list (because that would be crazy long), but these are the ones that I keep going back to.

And I know that there are probably other great places in the area, so you'll have to comment with your favorites so I can try those, too!

Enjoy eating local!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Simple Saturday: Banana Split

I know, I know.

Yesterday, I gave you The Perfect Cake, an amazing oatmeal chocolate treat, and today I've got banana split on the brain.

Maybe I'll throw in some greens next week to keep things balanced.

This banana split is 10x (or more) better than the one from your local ice cream shop. Trust me!

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Perfect Cake

This cake is perfect.

It's perfect for any kind of celebration: Mother's Day (hint, hint), a birthday or a congratulations, it's Friday celebration. Any occasion is worthy of this moist, oatmeal-filled and chocolate-studded cake.

Picture your favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. You can taste the warmth of a hint of cinnamon, the oatmeal is a little chewy but the sugar makes it soft on the inside.

Now picture that in a cake.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Easy as Soup

I've got a tip.

Soups are a fantastic lunch option. And they're even better when they're homemade a.k.a. super budget friendly.

Lately, I've really been enjoying enticing myself to eat in for cheap at lunch at work, especially when I get the chance to use my homemade vegetable stock. (Even though you don't even need stock for this recipe.)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Making Life into Limeades

I'm busy.

How many times a day do we hear this? A lot.

And I don't doubt that when we and others say it, we mean it. Our lives are too full to the brim for anything else to fit in. We're cramming together minutes and feel out of control sometimes.

This summer I'm fighting busyness.