Sometimes, I like spending all day in the kitchen. Baaaaaking and cooooooking and singing along to some muuuuusic and just having a lovely, relaxing time.
Other (ok…most) days, I’m more like “ONLY HAVE TEN MINUTES TO SPARE MUST FIND FOOD MUST GET BACK TO WORK SO MUCH WORK TO DO AAAAAH.” The challenge on those days is not to cave and order takeout, both because it costs money (helloooo, broke grad student!) and because in the 45 minutes it generally takes to get here, I might as well have made something tastier and healthier myself anyway. Ya feel?
I threw this creamy pea & pesto tortellini together the other day as one of those super-speedy takeout alternatives in between packing for the move to our new apartment and working on a ton of cool stuff for the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project Conference, and let me just say I am a FAN. It was quick, required nothing I didn’t already have in my fridge, and was super filling. The perfect accompaniment to a frantic day full of work and packing and more work and more packing and OH WE SHOULD PROBABLY DRINK ALL THIS TEQUILA SO WE DON’T HAVE TO MOVE IT TO THE NEW PLACE WITH US. #Priorities.
I loved the simplicity of this tortellini with just peas and some chicken, but it would also be great with broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms or some peppers. The sauce is really just pesto and cream, and in my opinion such a tasty, simple sauce pairs well with just about anything. Go crazy!
I am seriously into this pasta salad. So much so that I actually ate the leftovers for breakfast this morning. Side note: why don’t more people eat pasta for breakfast? I think it should be a thing.
Anywho, I know that a caprese pasta salad isn’t exactly GROUNDBREAKING, because every food blogger since the beginning of food blogger TIME has made about a million variations of caprese everything. Salads! Pizza! Hot Pasta! Pasta Salads! Crostini! It’s all been done. But I think there’s a reason we all keep coming back to the good ol’ combo of basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella, and that is this: IT. IS. DELICIOUS. [read more...]
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LOVE FREE STUFF.
ALSO RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LOVE MACARONI AND CHEESE (Me. Right here).
Well, YOU, internet friends, are in all kinds of luck today – because I have some OH SO DELICIOUS mac and cheese for you AS WELL AS a super stupendous giveaway from my friends over at Saucy Mama (you remember them & their awesome mustards).
But first, this mac and cheese. (If you could care less about mac and cheese – GASP, HOW ARE WE EVEN FRIENDS – you can scroll down for the giveaway good stuff).
Ahhhh, spring. That special time of year when the calendar tricks you into believing that sunshine is headed your way, only for you to find yourself in April, FREEZING, with a side of snow and misery. And wishing you could remember what it felt like to leave the house without a jacket or to wear sandals instead of boots and two pairs of socks. You get my drift.
My coping mechanism is to trick myself into thinking it’s warm outside by cooking a bunch of bright, beautiful spring vegetables and wrapping myself burrito-style in a comforter. And, of course, refuse to leave the house unless it is absolutely 100% necessary. Like if the house is on fire. Or if I have a midterm that I’d get kicked out of grad school for missing. Or if we run out of beer. [read more...]
Chicken noodle soup! The best. Especially in winter. Because winter sucks. And I hate it. But you know this already.
The only good thing about winter is soup. Lots and lots and lots of soup. Soup that you can’t always eat in the summertime because sometimes its a million degrees outside and if you eat soup you feel like you’re boiling yourself from the inside out. Not pleasant. But I often do it anyway. [read more...]