It’s been a busy summer! In addition to baking for a local coffee house, planning for our retail space at the Santa Barbara Public Market (opening this fall!), and keeping things going here with recipe development ~ we started this little project. Kristen’s weekly blog posts cover a range of topics from organizing your kitchen to cooking with seasonal produce to accommodating special diets. There is something for everyone, and that’s the point. It’s not fussy. It’s not fancy. It’s not rocket science. It’s about finding ideas and inspiration for preparing healthy, delicious food at home using the highest quality ingredients available to you. Read more to learn about this project and what you’ll find there!
Things are about to get really interesting around here. This weekend, I am moving my portable electric burner, refrigerator, and work table into the living room. Yes – the living room. Demolition is about to begin on our home renovation, the result of which will include a brand new kitchen (!!). Until then, I will continue my quest to stir up healthy eats at home in, shall we say, less than inspiring circumstances.
Take this Green Apple Chicken Salad for example. Once I poached the chicken, it came together so quickly – crunchy, tart, nutty goodness. If I can still do anything in my makeshift kitchen, it’s poach chicken. To learn how to poach chicken and get more links to recipes for salad with poached chicken, read more…
I know what you’re thinking. Stuffing is that dish on the buffet table, sort of like fruit cake, that is either forgettable or unforgettable (usually for reasons you don’t want to remember!). By following a few simple guidelines, you can turn out a stuffing that will leave your guests begging for more.
In other kitchen shenanigans, I whipped together a Cran-Apple Couscous last night that was pretty tasty. I started by cooking 1 cup of whole wheat couscous. To the cooked couscous, I added chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped green onions, and sliced toasted almonds. I then dressed it with apple cider vinegar, grape seed oil, orange zest, salt, and pepper. Yummy! For inspiration on making simple dressings and pumpkin bouquets at home, read on…
Thanks to my Dad, I grew up on grilled turkey from the old-school charcoal barbecue. When it came time to make it on my own, Dad taught me to do it his way and I never looked back (especially once I realized the beauty of having the oven free for everything else). Before the turkey even […]
It really is a wonder that I grew up liking Brussels sprouts as much as I do given that my Mom always referred to them as “martian brains.” Perhaps that was her way of making them fun to eat, and yet, what girl in her right mind would want to eat martian brains? Me, I guess. I digress… […]
On November 1st, I joined over 39,000 runners to compete in the NYC Marathon. The crowd support was amazing, the volunteers were incredible, and the weather was perfect – 50 degrees with a cloud cover. As a runner, you can’t ask for better conditions. My nutrition plan worked well – oatmeal, a sports bar, Gu and Gatorade […]
Lucky us. A friend was headed out of town for the weekend and just had to unload some tickets for a concert under the stars. We were more than happy to help him out with this little problem. Time for a picnic! When I think picnic, I think salads and side dishes. I had some thin green beans to […]