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Homemade Pomegranate Lime Ice

Did ya’ miss me? I haven’t written in awhile, partly because I started a new job, and partly because it’s been too hot to think. Right now I have the a/c blowing on me so I was feeling inspired.

A few weeks ago I made red sangria using a Bobby Flay recipe. Sangria is, in my humble opinion, the perfect summer drink but I had never made an authentic batch before. It was one of the best sangrias I’ve ever had, but it left me with some leftover pomegranate juice. Due to the aforementioned heat, I was craving something cold. So I decided to make some pomegranate ice!

Pomegranate Lime Ice

3 cups water

1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

Juice from two medium limes

1/2 cup sugar, more or less depending on taste (I used a little more)

  1. Boil water and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and pour in pomegranate juice and lime juice.
  3. Give it a good stir and pour it into a baking dish. Use a large dish since you want a fairly thin layer.
  4. Put it in the freezer. In 1 1/2 hours, break it up using a fork. Make sure you break it up and mix it well.
  5. Put it back in the freezer. In 1 1/2 hours, do the same thing.
  6. Enjoy.

Some ideas:

  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds or lime rind.
  • Experiment with your favorite juices.
  • Pour a shot of tequila over that bad boy. This is my favorite idea.
Pomegranate Ice Served in a Margarita Glass

Cheers!

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Baked Avocado and Egg

Ok, it’s time for something I’m pretty proud of. If I ever release a cookbook, this recipe will be on the first page. Behold the Baked Avocado and Egg!

Breakfast of Champions

Fact: Sriracha sauce makes everything better.

I don't know if the best part was the avocado or The Clash of Kings.

I was so excited about this creation, if only because it opens up a whole new world of avocado consumption. Anyways, had to share the recipe as soon as possible, so here it goes!


Baked Avocado and Egg
Serves 2

Two medium avocados

Four eggs

Dill

Salt and pepper

Sriracha sauce


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Cut each avocado in half, removing the pit and making sure that each half has a hole in which to place an egg.
  3. Place the halves in a baking dish and fill each with one egg. (See note below.)
  4. Sprinkle dill, salt, and pepper on each.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. This will really depend on how you like your eggs. I don’t like runny yolk, so I baked mine for about 25 minutes, maybe a bit more.
  6. After you’ve removed them from the oven and let them cool a bit, squirt some sriracha sauce on those bad boys and go to town.

Notes

  1. There are a couple of ways you can prepare the egg before you put it in the avocado. You can leave each egg whole and put them into the avocado halves with the yolk still intact (an especially good option if you like runny yolk), or you can mix up the eggs beforehand and pour it in (less messy option, will end up more like scrambled eggs).
  2. Don’t freak out about making a mess or getting the eggs perfect in the avocado. One suggestion would be to fill the avocados in a separate bowl to catch any egg spillage, and then put them in the baking dish.
  3. I also made a vegan option for my friend using a quick tofu scramble. Drain some tofu, mush it up with some diced onions/peppers/same seasonings (maybe some soy sauce?), and bake it the same way.

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Easy Lentil Tomato Soup

I originally titled this post “The Bay Leaf Incident of 2012,” but “Easy Lentil Tomato Soup” seemed a little more blog-friendly and less ominous. I shall begin with a photo:


Despite the Bay Leaf Incident of 2012, I did not die upon consuming this soup.


Looks harmless enough, right? WRONG. Lurking within that blurry bowl of Lentil-Tomato Soup is something that until this weekend I assumed would cause immediate death – blended bay leaf. That’s right. I slaved over a hot stove creating a lovely soup, only to forget the crucial step of removing the whole bay leaves before using my immersion blender. I was certain I would kill myself and my unassuming dinner partner, who had placed blind faith in my ability to make a non-lethal soup.

After much hand-wringing and brow-furrowing, I did what any functional adult would do: I texted my mother.


“Am I going to kill us both if I serve soup in which I accidentally blended a bay leaf?’

Mom responded with the sanity that I was lacking.

“Not unless either of you are allergic to bay leaves.”

Oh. Thanks Mom.


So long story short, I learned a valuable lesson. Accidentally blending bay leaves into your soup, while not recommended, will not lead to paralysis, stroke, nerve damage, or sudden death. Mostly it will just result in a strong bay flavor and tiny floating pieces of leaf in your soup. If you’ve learned nothing else from this blog, please retain that.

I still want to share the recipe with you all, as it was actually quite tasty. I was inspired by an Alton Brown recipe I came across awhile ago. By the way, leave it to Alton Brown to publish a recipe calling for “Grains of Paradise.” I’m almost certain that is not a spice at all, but the title of an obscure John Steinbeck novel.


Easy Lentil Tomato Soup

Serves 2-3 people


2 tbsp olive oil

2-3 minced garlic cloves

1 small-medium sweet onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/2 cup chopped celery

A few pinches of salt

1 can cooked lentils, drained

1 cup peeled, ground tomatoes (canned)

1 32-oz box vegetable stock

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

2 whole bay leaves … do not blend


Directions

  1. Heat up the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and salt and saute for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes. The onions should be soft and starting to brown.
  2. Add everything else and stir it up.
  3. Up the heat until the soup starts to boil. Then reduce to a simmer and let it do its thing for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. REMOVE BAY LEAVES. Blend using an immersion blender, regular blender, whatever.

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Three Secrets to Perfect Cinnamon Sugar Toast – For Dad

Scrambled eggs. Bananas in milk. Cinnamon sugar toast. The Holy Trinity of my father’s culinary capabilities, the only “dishes” he was really able to make with complete confidence. Their beauty was in their simplicity. When I think of the comforts of my childhood I often think of these foods.

The power of food to define a place, a person, a time, a memory – it’s incredible. Have you ever tasted something that seemed to transport you to somewhere in your past? Smelled something cooking and thought of the person who used to cook that for you? Seen a favorite food from childhood and remembered what things were like when you were a kid? I have. Food engages so many of the senses; it’s no wonder that cooking and eating can be highly emotional endeavors.

Tonight I made some cinnamon sugar toast in a small effort to remember my dad. He died two years ago today after a lengthy illness. I think of lots of things when I think of him. I think of his laugh, his catchphrases, his voice, his quirks, his handwriting, his talents, his love for me and my brother. And I think about the food he made us – so simple and yet so full of love.

My dad approached death with courage, humor and grace and I try to approach my life like that. I miss him all the time, but he left me with many lessons and memories. And so without further ado, I present to you the Three Secrets to Perfect Cinnamon Sugar Toast.


1: The Bread

Make sure it’s something hearty and tasty! I used a big old hunk of sunflower whole wheat bread. Toast until brown and crispy. You know how to make toast.


2: The Butter

Spread a generous amount of real butter on it while it’s still warm! If I see you using margarine I’m coming after you.


3: The Cinnamon and the Sugar and the Eating Part

Sprinkle lots of sugar. Sprinkle as little or as much cinnamon as you want. Spread it all out with a knife. Enjoy.

Thanks Pops!

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Sweet Potato Pizza Time

When I was a kid, I hated pizza. I thought tomatoes were gross and vegetable toppings were not for me and the cheese couldn’t compare to the completely natural, unprocessed glory of Kraft singles.  How times have changed. Now pizza is one of my favorite things to make from scratch, and I love the opportunity to get creative with it.

Enter my latest endeavor: Sweet Potato/Onion/Rosemary/Ricotta Pizza! Oh man you guys, this was good. I got the recipe from Real Simple and added my own twists, substituting the Parmesan cheese with Ricotta and making my own honey wheat dough. You too can make pizza magic – follow me on this epic journey.


Sweet Potato/Onion/Rosemary Pizza

Definitely makes enough for 3-4 people, depending on how hungry you all are.


Step One: The Dough

Make it or buy it, my friends. I can tell you that making your own dough gives you a great sense of satisfaction and a healthy dose of smugness. As I mentioned, I made honey wheat dough. Recipe at Crunchy Domestic Goddess. I used three cups of flour all together, half whole wheat and half all purpose. I just ended up adding a little more oil to get a good consistency.

The honey wheat dough is great for this pizza – it balances out the flavor of the onions and rosemary really well.


Step Two: The Pizza

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough, obviously
  • About 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced – I used a sweet onion
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1ish tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • As many dollops of ricotta cheese as your heart desires
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 475° F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, just a few minutes.
  3. Using a baking sheet is fine if you’re like me and have yet to invest in a fancy pizza stone. Roll out the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. You’ll want a nice, even crust.
  4. Assemble that pizza! Spread your sauteed onions out over the dough. Layer the sweet potato slices however you want them and then evenly sprinkle the rosemary. Dollop ricotta cheese all over the place. Drizzle the pizza with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and generously season with your salt and pepper.
  5. Bake 16-18 minutes – the edges should be crispy and brown and your kitchen should smell heavenly.

It’s as easy as that! The end result:

I am pretty and delicious.

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Five Things: Friday Food Lust

Oh, hey boys and girls. It’s time for a new segment I like to call Friday Food Lust. Expect photos of delicious things I ate this week and explanations of how you can eat these delicious things too. I’m going to invest in a nice camera soon, but for now you’ll have to deal with my iPhone photos. Without further ado, here are five photos of delicious things!

 

1. Multigrain Toast with Peanut Butter and Raisins (and Apple Slices)

Sometimes I eat like a toddler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As if you needed further proof of my immaturity, look no further than putting raisins and peanut butter on multigrain toast and pairing it with apple slices. I also love Ants on a Log (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, duh).

 

2. Dessert Crepe

Crepe and berries and syrup, oh my!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contrary to what it may look like, I did not take a photo of this crepe in a German sex dungeon. I ate this crepe at Tapeo in celebration of National Dessert Day last Friday! It was good. I’m pretty sure the syrup was just Hershey’s, but I happen to love Hershey’s syrup, so I was happy.

 

3. Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn from Popcorn, Indiana

POPCORN WITH CHOCOLATE. AH MAH GAH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stuff changed my life. It’s indescribably delicious. It tastes like happiness and sunshine. Go buy it.

 

4 and 5. Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza and Roasted Asparagus and Baby Bella Mushrooms

Simple, healthy, delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was one satisfying meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was pretty pleased with this one. I highly recommend the pizza – no hard-to-pronounce ingredients and even though it’s dairy-free, it should satisfy your pizza tooth.

The roasted veggies were super simple.

Roasted Asparagus and Baby Bella Mushrooms

One bunch fresh asparagus

One package baby bella mushrooms

Rosemary olive oil (amount depends on your preference, I probably used about 1 1/2 TBSP)

Two large garlic cloves, peeled and minced

Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Trim asparagus stems. Place asparagus and mushrooms into large glass baking dish. You should have one layer of veggies, try to avoid too much overlap.

Add oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Coat evenly.

Roast for about 10 minutes. Voila!

I paired all this with a Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, because it’s fall and pumpkin beer is a seasonal requirement.

 

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s edition of Friday Food Lust. Happy weekend!

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