Hello friends! Remember me? No? I don't blame you! I've been totally off the grid recently, with no real excuse other than a combo of travel and new doggy mom responsibilities! Tim and I are now the proud parents of Louie dog, also known as Glue-ie, because he's never more than a few inches from one of us! Or really anyone who pays attention to him - the other night, we brought him to a bar patio, and next thing I know he's hopped up on the bench at the table next to us and had snuggled up a total stranger! Louiedog: Friend of all humans and puppies, enemy of all squirrels.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
It's beginning to look a lot like SOUP WEATHER! While I unabashedly crave soup year round, even in the hottest summer months, winter makes it feel more like a need. Especially when the cold is paired with the wind we've been having, I need something to warm me up. I use mugs of tea as hand warmers at work, but when I get home and have full access to my kitchen, anything goes. Saturday morning, I woke up cold and craving chicken soup, so I headed to the grocery store and grabbed a bunch of stuff that looked good. Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of a pho addiction, so a lot of the ingredients ended up being very pho-like. I threw them all together in a big pot and created what Tim called "maybe my best recipe yet"! When asked if it was blog-worthy, he said it was something that everyone should make - so take it from him, it's kind of the best!
After re-making this in the Instant Pot (on sale again for only $80!) the other night (meaning yes, Tim and I have had this soup for approximately 6 separate meals this week), I decide to provide the Instant Pot instructions because a) I keep telling people how great the Instant Pot is without actually publishing any recipes for it and b) this is even EASIER in the Instant Pot and, dare I say it, more delicious because less broth evaporates and it is a brothy spicy bowl of wonderfulness. Instant Pot instructions have been added below!Read More
SOUP SEASON SOUP SEASON SOUP SEASON!!!! Can you tell I'm excited for soup season? I should be honest, all seasons are soup seasons in my opinion. I will eat pho any time of year (or any time of day, for that matter - thank you, breakfast pho, for saving me from the effects of that wine last weekend). Fall, though, really does feel like soup season (PS - do I sound like every other food blog in the world right now? Whatever), so I'm committing full force.Read More
So, my friend Sarah SWEARS by this Poblano Corn Chowder with Shrimp recipe from Epicurious. I was complaining to her that I should have started this blog in the wintertime because I love making soups so much and this is definitely not soup season, and she demanded I make it. Apparently it is a bit of a "thing" amongst her Chicago crew, and I can't say I'm surprised. I mean, any kind of chowder is awesome - add summer corn and poblano peppers, and you're golden!Read More