A full year and a half after my last post, I'm back! A lot has changed since Angel Hair Pasta with Brie and Tomatoes (still good, btw). Tim and I got married, bought a house, moved to the suburbs, and have happily settled into our new life as an old married couple with the love of our lives, Louiedog. Amidst the turmoil of quite a few big life events, CKDC fell by the wayside. Now, with the new year and a new recommitment to health and home cooking, I'm going to give it another go (with a little less fanfare this time juuuust in case).Read More
Recently, it seems like one pan recipes are unavoidable. Praised as easy, quick, and delicious, every other recipe I come across (okay, maybe an exaggeration) boasts that you only need one pan to make a full meal. I wasn't fully on board with the whole idea because it just seemed like everything would taste the same. I mean, you add some stuff covered in all of the same seasonings to the same pan and roast it at the same temperature - doesn't it seem like it would all just blend together?Read More
When Tim and I landed in New Zealand on Christmas Day 2015, the first thing he asked for was chicken chips, making me immediately rethink my commitment to travel to "the bottom of the world," as Tim calls it. A few chicken chips later, though, my faith in NZ was restored. Lo and behold, chicken chips are not in fact chips cooked in chicken fat or fed to chickens or made out of chicken or anything you might think. Instead, chicken chips are regular potato chips coated in "chicken salt," a seasoning mix commonly used on rotisserie chickens in Australia and New Zealand. I quickly became addicted, probably in no small part due to the MSG in the mixture.Read More
Last weekend, Lori, Cale, and I headed down to Durham to visit Elise and Mike and basically ate our way through town. We hit some of our old favorites, like Alivia's and Parker & Otis, and explored some of the many new incredible restaurants that have opened since we graduated. Between M Sushi, Monuts, and Mothers & Sons (where 3 girls made it through 5 appetizers, 4 pastas, and a dessert), I honestly couldn't pick a favorite, and we left town full and happy.
We finished the weekend with brunch at Kipo's in Chapel Hill, and I finally had a chance to try Avgolemono - a Greek soup with rice and chicken in a lemon+egg broth (let's ignore the fact that I ordered soup at 10:30am, k?). I loved it so much I had to try it at home, so here you go! I added spinach for #health, but leave it out or sub in another leafy green if you prefer. I took a couple shortcuts and thought it was just as delicious as at the restaurant, so in 15 minutes, you can have a bowl of light, lemony soup ready to go!Read More
Senior year of college, I went through a phase (honestly probably one of my favorite phases to date) where I would come home from a bar, make bagel bites, and eat them in bed at 2am while watching the Food Network. Party animal over here! While I eventually moved on and discovered Jumbo Slice after graduation, my love of pizza bagels remains true - for dinner now, not just as a late night snack. Although, now that I think about it, this would be a pretty great (and easy enough to be post-bar-friendly) late night snack too...Read More