The Poor Girl’s Pantry.

Happy last night of July guys and girls!

Another summer is halfway behind us, and a new month, new moon, and fresh start is in our midst. There is nothing like a new beginning – every 30 days we are given a fresh start to maybe create a new goal, promise a new mindset, or even set a new deadline. For the month of August my goal is to work a little harder, take even better care of myself, and also – FINISH MY APARTMENT.

With the help of Ikea of course. 

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“Control only that which you can control.”

Translated into: “Chill the eff out.”

What was there to chill out about this week?

Work.

The male race.

… the usual.

and throw in… A crashed and burned MacBook.

I can’t control all the happenings at work. I certainly can’t control a stupid boy. But I can control the fact that I was the proud owner of a MacBook that decided to bite the dust on Thursday night.

God Bless the Saint himself – nametag telling me this particular Saint was named “Bill P” – for saving my life and the life of my Mac. If you weren’t aware, Saints live at the geniusbar at all Apple Stores. They wear blue shirts, act super chill, and somehow know every miracle known to the apple loving mankind. They are also extremely generous by nature. 

So generous, that Bill P – St. Bill P – replaced my perished hard drive, updated my operating system – and threw in iLife11, all for.. $0.00.

Bless, his big giving heart. 

You all really should – if you he hadn’t saved this particular day, I might have given up on blogging and photographing forever. 

As I said good-bye to my lifesaver, I reminded him how much more awesome his job is than the job of a doctor. He literally saves lives, free of co-pays and needles.

I’m back. Thanks to Bill.

See you all tomorrow, with a post full of cupcakes and cute kids.

Yippee!!!

Wrap your arms around yourself!

Does anyone know the secret to being able to live by the phrase, “all things in moderation”?

As I write this post tonight, I do it with that icky feeling in my stomach caused today by a combination of  many things. For one I did not consume any actual meal to speak of. I spent the day in the bakery deal with a mass of issues causing me to run around like the world was ending and any food I saw had to be eaten. And oh, let’s not forget the out of whack hormones, ridiculous lack of sleep, unquenchable food cravings….. all translated into, bad.long.day.

If I hadn’t been so helplessly exhausted I would have cooked a healthy dinner tonight.

Something quick and easy like a lettuce wrap is always an awesome option for anyone that feels my pain after a day like this. You can get protein from your meat/beans/nuts, veggies from the obvious, and a little carbs from rice noodles. Wrap up one, two, or three in a head of iceberg and what you have is a cheap dinner that leaves you full and satiated.

 … You give your veggies a hug in their wrap, and your body gets one too! (I couldn’t resist the imagery… sorry 🙂 )

This week I kept the wraps completely vegetarian. 

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Grilled Stone Fruit Salad.

How is everyone’s day!?

I am sitting on our big cozy couch, with all the windows open and the air conditioning off. I feel like I am down the shore, minus any humidity. Finally, a truly beautiful day. 

On beautiful days like this, beautiful food should be made. 

This Grilled Stone Fruit Salad is gorgeous. 

If anyone remembers my first taste of this dish at the Wall & Water in New York City…. that is where the inspiration came from.

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Some Blog Bisous.

Every once in a while I come across a blog that makes me exclaim aloud how ahhhmazing it is.

This week’s 2 am ahhh ha find:

What Katie Ate. 

Ahmazing.

I’ve heard it mentioned before, but I never took the mental note and typed it into my browser. She invites you into not only a foodie heaven but a photography lovers paradise. Hello, her recipes are on scanned in photographs in old school typewriter font.

Her work is phenomenal, and if I could only ask her one question it would be – 

How on earth do you have all the beautiful goodies to stage each photograph so precisely?

What Katie Ate is truly a work of art.

…. And with that I send out my bloggy love for the week. xo

http://www.whatkatieate.blogspot.com

Sweet Strawberry Cake.

Who else had an amazing day?

I know I did.

Hi Guys!

Alright, so maybe when the alarm went off at 4:55 am, I didn’t quite feel this way. I don’t think any pleasant feelings exist that early in the morning BUT I pulled myself up by my bra straps and made sure I had a good day. Work was busy just how I like it (for a change), I had two wonderful meetings, and I made a really delicious dinner and dessert. All is well with the world… or at least I can pretend it is tonight.

I wanted to share something I made this weekend.

 

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Easy Slow Oven Tomatoes.

 A quick little mid-day recipe for all my readers. 

Since we are at the peak of tomato season – jersey tomato season for me!! – I wanted to share this not so quick, but oh so easy recipe for slow oven tomatoes.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Step 2: Slice your tomatoes horizontally  and place them sliced side up in a baking dish

Step 3: Brush each tomato with olive oil. I used basil oil (Mmmmmmmmm!!mmmmm)

Step 4: Add a sprinkling of sea salt

Step 5: Place into your preheated oven for three hours. Once hour 3 is up, turn off the oven and let them sit in there for another hour.

Out come these beauties:

You can put these slices on anything from a salad to a sandwich. On this week’s dinner menu are chicken sandwiches – how delicious would these be with a bit of pesto dousing the bread?! … They keep for a week for you can enjoy them endlessly!

(Thanks again to Gwyneth Paltrow and her book, my father’s daughter. If you haven’t checked out the cookbook yet, you should. It’s truly wonderful and full of some really healthy options, and some really creative ones as well)

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Tacos de Pescado.

Hi!

This week already feels like it’s going to be a long one doesn’t it?  BUT, I finally have myself a real day off today (party!!). Anyone that is in any food business knows, your weekend only comes when it wants to… therefore my weekend is today… one day. That isn’t a complaint, but it is the reality, and unfortunately if I had more time, I would have cooked so much more this “weekend”. 

What I did make, was delicious though… by the way, have I said how much I love my new kitchen yet? I ADORE MY NEW KITCHEN.

Sunday night, Court and I were finally in the same place at the same time, so I decided to make the fish tacos I had been salivating over. I adapted the recipe from Saveur and also got a little inspiration from “My Father’s Daughter” – Miss Paltrow’s wonderful new cookbook. 

I nixed the beer batter, used tilapia, replaced cilantro for parsley and got the show on the road.

A little bit of prep is necessary before it all really starts.

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Goat Cheese Pesto and Grilled Tomatoes.

My craving for pasta yesterday was totally impossible to ignore… all day. Blame me being around Italian bread all week for this little issue! 

So when I went to the produce market after work, I tried to think up a creative dish for dinner that involved anything other than just making a tomato sauce and boiling up some noodles. It wasn’t the kind of dinner to take the easy way out.

In this month’s Real Simple, they feature a bunch of different meal combinations using only 3 ingredients. One of the dishes I remembered was a goat cheese and basil pasta dish.

(Top right if you want to see their take on it)

image from realsimple.com

I used this dish as an inspiration for my dinner. I knew that when I moved into the new place, I brought along  a 3/4 of the way full tub of Whole Food’s Goat Cheese, and the bunches of basil at the market were looking scrumptious and fresh. I also had a big bag of cherry tomatoes waiting at home for me.

Ready in no less than 20 minutes, this dish hit the spot. 

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