Lemon Chipotle Mussels

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

Theeeeeeeeeeese mussels. I love them. Love love love love love.

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

There’s just something about mussels that can’t be beat.

Or, maybe more accurately, there’s something about the broth you end up with after you make mussels that can’t be beat.

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

This particular broth is garlicky, spicy, delightfully lemon-y, and gets a nice pop of flavor from fresh cilantro. And, like pretty much every other recipe I’ve ever shared with you ever, I’m totally obsessed with it.

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

I was also feeling like a speedy, easy (healthy? ish?) recipe was in order after this super-decadent carbonara from the other day. And these mussels come together SO QUICKLY, which is awesome.

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

 

Quick recipes are also my jam lately because I’ve been on something of a Buffy (y’know, the Vampire Slayer) Netflix binge (“binge” might be a bit generous…it’s more like I fell into a vortex) this week (HOW have I never seen this show before?!) so I can basically only stand to be away from my computer for a few nanoseconds because I’m only on season two and WHAT IS UP WITH ANGEL and sometimes you just can’t deal with life because you really, really need to know what happens on a TV show you somehow missed in the 90s. But mussels, right? We were talking about Buffy mussels.

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

Let’s talk about Buffy my other favorite thing about these mussels. And that thing is this: all you need is one pan. And my other favorite thing that I also just remembered(!!): the burner only has to be on for 10-15 minutes. Which means easy cleanup AND you don’t have to heat up your house unnecessarily as the weather gets warmer (we’re already up to high 80s here, yikes). I have a feeling this is going to turn into a summertime staple in my house.  [Read more…]

Easy Arugula and Blistered Tomato Crostini

Easy Arugula Crostini with Blistered Tomatoes

Ahhhhh, crostini. How I love thee. So many options. So many choices. So many ways to put deliciousness on top of deliciousness on top of cheese on top of bread.

Easy Arugula Crostini with Blistered Tomatoes

I’ve been a big fan of this crostini since I had a similar version while in Boston for a conference last month. Generally, I’m one to stick with the good ol’ tomato-cheese-basil combo with a dash of balsamic. But I was surprised at how much I liked it with arugula instead – and that’s saying something, because tomato+basil+balsamic and I have a love affair for the ages.

Easy Arugula Crostini with Blistered Tomatoes

As soon as I got home, this was at the top of my make-for-lunch list. So I made it. And then I ate it. And then I made it again.

And again.

…And then another time after that.

Easy Arugula Crostini with Blistered Tomatoes

I think I’ve been compulsively eating this crostini for two reasons: one, it’s friggin’ delicious and I love it, and two, I’ve been so busy with Sustainable Seafood Blog Conference planning and that whole finishing-my-Master’s thing (pffft, how annoying) that finding time to eat anything at all is starting to feel like life’s greatest struggle. Also, this crostini is super simple, has minimal cleanup, and is ready faster than you can say “OMG I HAVE TIME TO MAKE FOOD TODAY I AM TOTALLY EATING CROSTINI.” (Not really. But you know. Still fast).

For the most part I’ve been living off Panera and Thai delivery and the occasional (ok…the not-so-occasional) bag of tater tots. So on days when I, like – have time to TOAST something? This lickety-split crostini. All the way.  [Read more…]

BBQ Chicken Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms

BBQ Chicken Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms

There are very few things in this world I love more than barbecue sauce.

BBQ Chicken Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s just – AHH. So good. And a splash of BBQ can lend a quick smoky touch and immediate depth of flavor to even the easiest, simplest dishes. [Read more…]

Chive and Cheddar Beer Biscuits

Chive and Cheddar Beer Biscuits

Sooooooo, biscuits.

I love them. I could eat them every meal of every day forever and ever. There’s something about pulling apart that buttery, flaky dough – and then slathering said flaky dough in even more butter – that just makes the world a happier place. [Read more…]

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta

Ummm…CHEESE.

Do I really need to say anything else?

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta

I guess I’ll tell you a little bit about this PARTICULAR cheese. Because this PARTICULAR cheese (ricotta, b-t-dubs) is topped with an insanely yummy roasted red pepper balsamic sauce (HEY-O) and then baked in the oven and then topped with some parsley and then slathered on some garlicky, buttery crostini and then shoved into one’s face with great abandon. You with me? Yes? Good. [Read more…]