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…]

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 Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I’m a little bit obsessed with this mac and cheese. I mean, what does it NOT have? There’s pasta (!) and roasted butternut squash (!!) and GOAT CHEESE (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and it is SO insanely rich and creamy that you’d never guess it’s made with 1% milk and missing the “traditional” cheddar overload that so often goes into cheese sauces. (Not that cheddar overload is a bad thing. Obvi). But this mac and cheese is incredibly simple and needs only a handful of ingredients to take it over the top.

Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I’ve also been really impressed with how well this mac and cheese reheats. Some cheese sauces taste great fresh, but pop ’em in the microwave for meal #2 and suddenly they become a greasy, separated mess. I find with my mac and cheese recipes that adequately thickened milk and a robust enough roux (combined with loaddddds of cheese) generally counteracts that problem just fine. I was a little nervous with this one, though, because – since the butternut squash adds so much thickness and creaminess to the sauce – there really wasn’t all that much milk or cheese in it, and I wasn’t sure how the squash would hold up. Fortunately, even as I polish off the final bites four days later, the sauce retains its richness and creaminess despite all the fridge time and microwave zapping I’ve thrown at it. [Read more…]

Minty Chocolate Strawberries with Chocolate Lettering

This post was sponsored by my friends at Driscoll’s. They were nice enough to provide product coupons and reimbursement for ingredients, and all opinions (as always!) are mine, all mine!

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today, not only because it involves strawberries (umm, WHAT blog are you reading again?) but because it involves the biggest, most perfect-for-dipping strawberries EVER from Driscoll’s and also chocolate and then some MINT chocolate (whoa! a twist!) and then some fun drizzling/lettering action that’ll make everyone think you’re a regular ol’ chocolatier.

Minty Chocolate Strawberries with Chocolate Lettering

When Driscoll’s asked me to create a twist on the traditional chocolate covered strawberry for Valentine’s Day, my first thought was “Yes! This blog is MADE for strawberries!” But I actually had a hard time coming up with the whole “twist on a classic” part. I think my problem is that I just love strawberries SO much I’m reluctant to do anything to them at all. Sure, I’ll make this amazing jam from time to time, and sure, I’ll dip them in chocolate. (Or in tequila). But 9 times out of 10 (okayyyyyyy, more like 9.99999 times out of 10) I just eat them. All of them. Plain. Right out of the container. Ahhh, bliss. [Read more…]