March 26, 2015

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Asparagus season - cream of asparagus soup

Asparagus is a vegetable I rarely eat out of season. It’s a delicacy so firmly associated with spring in my mind, that it just seems wrong to eat it all year-round.  Asparagus heralds spring in the same manner as the bright yellow daffodils, and the green buds on the trees. It is also a vegetable that, while available year-round, is definitely less expensive when you buy it in season.  You can buy it at the supermarket, or buy it locally-grown the farmers market. This is also the time to buy a big bunch and preserve it for the rest of the year. Pickled asparagus is lovely alongside a sandwich or in a Bloody Mary, and since a jar can be quite expensive, it’s definitely worth making yourself (hint: recipe coming soon).

March 12, 2015

Beef and Guinness Stew

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

This week I have been debating whether or not I should make the traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day (still haven’t made up my mind). I've read some speculation that corned beef and cabbage is actually more of an Irish tradition by way of NYC, than it is a tradition imported directly from Ireland, but it was always something my mom made in our Irish-American household as I was growing up. Now, as a grown-up in my own kitchen, I sometimes want to make something different for St. Paddy’s Day, so I look to other Irish-inspired dishes to celebrate the day. There are so many good options, but this stew is one of my favorites.

March 4, 2015

Huevos Rancheros with Avocado

Huevos Rancheros with Avocado

Huevos Rancheros is a classic Mexican breakfast or brunch recipe. There are countless ways to make it, to be sure, but at its most basic, it consists of a tortilla, some beans, an egg, and a tomato-based sauce. It is so simple, yet elegant, and I could eat it every day (as I often do for long periods of time). This time, I also threw in a little sliced Hass avocado. (Avocados being another food that I find myself eating almost daily these days.) For some reason, I have been on a little kick where I just can’t get enough of those creamy avocados. For me, an egg paired with an avocado = magic.

February 21, 2015

Waste Less and Save More While Staying Safe

Eggs and Food Safety

Are your eggs past their expiration date? How about that open jar of peanut butter sitting in your pantry? What about the fresh shrimp you brought home yesterday? Sell-by and expiration dates aren't always the best indicator of whether a food is still safe to eat. Of course, we want to waste less food, but keeping our loved ones safe is the most important thing. I wanted to share links to a couple of my favorite sources I look to when I need to find out information about the shelf life of my food items.

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