Posts made in December, 2014

Bangkok Restaurant Review: Bo.lan

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Travel | 1 comment

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There are a few times in life when you will have a dining experience so exceptional you’ll be smiling for days afterwards at the memory of it.  My dinner at Bo.lan was one of those rare occasions. 

My entire review of Bo.lan could be the following two sentences: Phenomenal. Put it at the top of your dining bucket list.

However, that wouldn’t be doing it justice. 

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Tuscan Kale and Acorn Squash Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Tuscan Kale and Acorn Squash Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I eat salads almost every day and many times twice a day. If I go a few days without dark leafy greens, I crave them. Deeply. And of all greens to delight in, Tuscan kale, dinosaur kale or lacinato kale, whatever you call it, is by far my favorite.  It’s slightly bitter, but has a crisp sweetness to it. It has a bite to it, but is tender enough to eat without massaging or marinating. And it’s beautiful: those dark green leaves with a bluish tinge. Oh my! It’s almost enough to make me weak at the knees. 

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Gluten-free Pumpkin Waffles!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten-free Pumpkin Waffles!

So you may know from prior posts that I find cooking waffles incredibly intimidating.  Really.  I love them, but so often when I make them I am met with major heartbreak and disappointment.  And it seems so random.  One time I make them and they will be beautiful. The next, using the same recipe, they will stick and stick horribly. I can’t tell you how many of my waffle-making forays have ended in tears (and I rarely ever cry!). So I will often go months in between making waffles because of the sheer dread of them not working. 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Walnut Thyme Pesto

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Recipes | 2 comments

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Walnut Thyme Pesto

There is something deeply comforting about soup, especially when its freezing outside.  And this particular soup is like a nice bowl of liquid warmth. It has bright, beautiful, complex flavors. The walnut oil that the butternut is roasted in gives it a nutty depth. The sweetness of the butternut contrasts beautifully with the umami of the walnut thyme pesto. And while it’s already super smooth and creamy, the dollop of cashew cream just makes it a velvety delight.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Walnuts, Thyme & Goji Berries

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Recipes | 1 comment

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Walnuts, Thyme & Goji Berries

I love butternut squash. Of all of the wonderful varieties of winter squash, it is by far my favorite.  It is sweet, but not too sweet. It is firm and lovely to bite into, but is beautifully creamy. It’s just pure delight!

When I first came up with this recipe, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make.  I decided the starting point would be roasting my butternut with some walnut oil and thyme and then see what I’d be inspired to do.  

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