One of my favorite restaurants in the whole wide world used to be California Pizza Kitchen. I just loved it- I always, always got the spinach and artichoke dip appetizer and the thai chicken pizza (on honey whole wheat crust!). When I find something I like at a restaurant, I am notorious for ordering it every single time I go back and this was no exception. As I have matured and my foodie-ness has grown in epic proportions, CPK just doesn’t have the same appeal it once did. That’s ok, it happens. However, every now and then I still get a taste for this uniquely delicious pizza and being the self-proclaimed foodies that we are, I suggested we try to make it ourselves. It turned out great and I encourage you to shake things up sometime and give this recipe a try.
Posted in Asian, Pizzas, Sauces
Tagged california pizza kitchen, carrots, chicken, cilantro, homemade dough, honey, Peanut sauce, peanuts, recipe, thai chicken pizza, yeast
I LOVE miso soup! I found a great, easy recipe and was able to recreate one of my favorite restuarant dishes at home. It takes very little time to prepare and if you are considering throwing a sushi party any time soon, this would be a great way to kick things off.
Posted in Appetizers, Asian, Soups
Tagged dashi, Green onion, homemade, miso paste, miso soup, recipe, seaweed, soup, tofu
I am so glad my taste for kale has returned, because it is such a delicious green and so healthy too! One of my favorite ways to have kale is in a cold salad, believe it or not. If I am feeling lazy, I’ll massage my torn-up kale pieces with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt/pepper and parmesan cheese. It’s quick, easy and quite tasty. Massaging the dressing into the leaves helps them wilt slightly and become much more palatable. This is a great option and all, but if I am truly inspired and have the ingredients on hand I make a fresh caesar dressing, which works perfectly with the kale and holds up to it’s bolder flavor and texture.
Posted in Appetizers, Salads, Sauces, Vegetarian
Tagged anchovies, anchovy paste, bon appetit, cesar, chicken, dressing, garlic, kale, kale caesar salad, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, recipe, salad dressing
MMM! I love hummus and am especially lovin’ me some chickpeas these days. Greg happens to simultaneously be lovin’ roasted garlic these days so instead of plain hummus or edamame hummus I made roasted garlic hummus. This recipe is very simple and a great idea for a super bowl party or any other get togther you may be planning.
Posted in Appetizers, Recipes
Tagged chickpeas, homemade, hummus, lemon juice, party recipes, Paste, recipe, roasted garlic, roasted garlic hummus, super bowl ideas, tahini
I was going to call this a white lasagna but as you will see there are plenty of ingredients that are not white. Alfredo sauce was involved and I called on a previous recipe (which we featured twice) of ours for that. I won’t say that this was that difficult, but it did take a while which was well worth it because it was “one of the best things I made in a while.” That was an actual quote from Eileen about this great dish and I think she was right!
Posted in Casserole, Sauces
Tagged alfredo, basil, butter, carrots, cream, garlic, homemade, Italian, lasagna, mushrooms, parmesan, pasta, provolone, recipe, sausage, spinach, tomato, white lasagna
We received all three of the title ingredients in one of our last CSA pick-ups of the year and I figured out a way to use them all in one dish! I think that should get me some bonus points, don’t you? I made a creamy, comfort food style soup, jazzing it up with some cheese and bacon to really maximize the flavors. Making this soup involved very few steps.