Who thinks, "Hmmm, what to have for dinner tomorrow?" and randomly has an intense craving for wild mushroom crepes with Bechamel sauce? I feel like this can't be normal. Nevertheless, a few weeks back this inexplicable vision and deep gut feeling led me to cooking up this meal on a Wednesday night, and let me tell you, the feeling was right!
I ended up creating a Wild Mushroom Crepes recipe that was so on point, upon finishing dinner (and after a few minutes of yelling "YUM!," "MMMMMM," and a few "Oh MAN's!"), I immediately called my mom to volunteer to make them as an unconventional Thanksgiving appetizer. But, because she has had her heart set on Turkey Tetrazzini this year (her own unconventional spin on Thanksgiving, I guess), her enthusiasm was, let's just say, tepid at best. But that's just because she don't even KNOW the flava these crepes are packin'! They're so easy and tasty that it would be criminal of me not to share my recipe with the world. So, without further ado...Continue Reading
Tags: easy-to-make recipes, french food, Recipes
Over the years I've gone from never cooking for myself (college), to cooking all the time, to hardly ever cooking because I'm too lazy or tired. I'm about to go over the edge of laziness, where walking more than a block for food is starting to bother me. Before I'm ordering terrible Chinese food because it delivers every night, I'm putting the breaks on and making a point to cook more.
I'm also finally ready to start eating a wee bit healthier - a few solid nights of eating salads and veggies instead of Phat Philly onion rings and pizza at Serranos is the plan. But I have one problem: I'm still pretty damn lazy and am easily deterred by long, involved recipes. "Long" and "involved" meaning longer than say 10-15 minutes. So what am I to do? Arugula and avocado salad. Boom...Continue Reading
Tags: cheap food, healthy food, salad, vegetables
Survey: raise your hand if you've ever ordered French Onion Soup from a restaurant envisioning a bowl of richly flavored broth, filling the room with the smell of caramelized onion, and topped with all the Gruyere your little heart could desire. Now raise your hand if, instead of a bowl of ambrosia, you received the equivalent of a slightly more aromatic chicken stock topped with a few sad, half-melted strands of pre-grated Safeway Swiss, alongside a chunk of day-too-old baguette. If you associate French Onion Soup with chain cafés, believing that this is a quintessential example of this dish, you probably haven't been super motivated to attempt it on your own (sorry Panera Bread). Or maybe you've never thought of it because, frankly, it just doesn't sound that interesting - I mean it is just onion, bread, and cheese in a simple stock, right? Wrong...Continue Reading
Tags: classic french cuisine, easy-to-make recipes, french food, french onion soup, soup, vegetables
Roasted Golden Beet Salad (w/ watercress, slivered almonds, avocado, goat cheese, homemade croutons)
Makes enough for 4. (*I buy all of my supplies at Bi-Rite, they have all of this. I know Whole Foods doesn't even have everything this calls for so I suggest making a little trip to the Mission if you can)...Continue Reading
Tags: beets, vegetables
Because my dad comes from a kitchen background, measurements are approximate. This recipe made probably 12-16 servings of lasagna - enough for 3 people to have it for dinner for 3 days. But, it's so good that surviving on it for days at a time will not be a problem...
Tags: italian food, Recipes
That’s the message I want to convey here - a message of hope. While I suppose there are a few pitfalls in making a soufflé, the overall process is easy. You, too, can make a delicious soufflé that will shock and awe, if you just follow these simple steps...
Tags: french food, Recipes
'Tis the season for me to throw simple out the window and make dishes that are, frankly, a pain in the ass. So what better way to start than by trying my hand at a fresh stuffed pasta!...Continue Reading
Tags: italian food, mario batali, pasta, Recipes
Like any normal girl, when I arrived at my parent's house for the holidays, I wanted to process meat. I told my dad I wanted to accomplish 3 things: make pate, make some kind of fresh, stuffed pasta (I had been thinking a sort of goat cheese/pork/rabbit creation), and make sausage. Some people make gingerbread cookies to celebrate the holidays. I wanted chorizo...
Tags: appetizer, hors d'oeuvres, Recipes
With the holiday season in full swing, the time finally came for me to break out an hors d’oeuvre from the “Kelsey’s Classics” collection – salmon rolls...
Tags: hors d'oeuvres, Recipes, seafood