Let me introduce you to my favorite cake of all time. Meyer lemon cake is perfect in my book. It’s fluffy and buttery and every centimeter is layered with lemon-goodness. Lemon, of course being my favorite flavor for everything. It has a casual lemon glaze that says “no big deal, have me with a cup of coffee” and a pretty shape just fancy enough for sharing. Or not sharing, because we certainly didn’t. In other news, I did some extra spin classes this week.
Today, I have a super simple recipe to share with you. Caramelized onions and fennel is a fennel and onion lover’s dream come true. Full of deep, rich flavors from a long and slow caramelization, this simple combo has a rich and complex flavor profile. I lazily stirred this to soft perfection on a Sunday morning. I plan to spruce up my simple meals with it all week long. My brain can’t even process how delicious this is going to be on toast with cream cheese in the morning. A batch of caramelized onions and fennel in your fridge is like an ace up your sleeve. Suddenly, your poached egg and polenta looks and tastes mighty impressive when topped with this flavorful mixture. Fancy up your usual chicken breast, pamper your pork chop.
I’ve been really burned out in the kitchen the past 2 weeks, and have been turning to quick and easy meals to keep Ovi and I fed and happy. Kale is a staple that I reach for whenever I haven’t planned dinner, and want to get something nutritious on the table fast. This sesame kale saute was ready in about 10 minutes, and was a delicious accompaniment to some equally quick and yummy grilled salmon.
I think if I were to ask Ovi what his favorite dish that I make is, this one would be really high on the list. We almost always have the ingredients in the pantry/fridge to throw this one together, and it’s enjoyed immensely every time. Whenever the question of “what should we make for dinner?” is asked, this one is usually thrown out there as a suggestion. White beans with sausage and kale is a rustic and nutritious dish that requires only one pan. Plus, it’s packed with flavor. Definite favorite.
Barley is a hearty and nutritious alternate to the traditional arborio rice, and has a wonderful toothsome texture. It pairs perfectly with the earthy mushrooms, and the leeks add a lovely onion flavor that’s present, but not overpowering. This risotto, like any great risotto, requires a bit of love and tenderness. Sure, it needs a bit of attention, but it will repay your patiently stirring hands with a belly full of hearty deliciousness.
Ovi and I were talking about all of the food we loved as kids, and corn dogs were really high on the list. The ones from our childhood usually came in a giant frozen box. Toss them in the microwave, and 2 minutes later you would have a meal on a stick. They were rubbery, salty, and …..strangely delicious. They either came out of the freezer, or from a hot dog stand in the mall where they are deep fried to greasy perfection. Come to think of it, I’ve actually never had a homemade corn dog until we whipped up these little cuties. I never looked at the nutrition information (what kid would), but I am willing to bet large sums of money that these little homemade versions are infinitely better for you.
I love coleslaw! Unfortunately, a lot of recipes are just dripping in mayo. No thank you! This version is tangy, crunchy and full of flavor. You won’t miss the mayo, promise.
With the addition of lime and cilantro, this slaw takes on a very TexMex flavor. It pairs beautifully with Mexican food of any kind. Use it as a topping, or a side dish. A few spoonfuls of this stuff on top of your tacos is a fun and flavorful substitution for lettuce. It’s especially great in the winter time when tomatoes (my very favorite topping) are out of season, and you want something with a little acidic bite to it to pair with hearty food.
Firstly, hip-hip-hooray for one pan recipes! Well, One pan and one pot. Hearty, healthy and full of bold flavors, this is simply delicious. Tangy dried tomatoes complement the earthy broccoli rabe perfectly. Spicy, herb filled sausage tastes amazing alongside wheat pasta and nutty parmesan cheese.