Fall is here and it’s actually starting to feel like it in Northern California. After experiencing 100º+ temps just the other week, we’re finally waking up to cooler temperatures and cloudy skies and I honestly couldn’t be happier! Bring on all the fall essentials: PSLs and plaid, pumpkin patches and apple orchards, warming spices and cozy nights.
I’m not sure if I can adequately profess my love for pizza.
Pizza in any form is pretty much irresistible, but how I adore those airy, crispy crusts that can only come from a wood-fired oven with just a smattering of the best ingredients. A simple tomato, basil and olive oil pizza? Yes, please. Thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and a heap of peppery arugula on top? Gimme gimme more. There are only a few pizza places that have really captured my heart but unfortunately none of them are in my city. So what do we do? Naturally, we make our own.
How was your Super Bowl Sunday? Ours was filled with friends and babies, waay too much food and plenty of wine. A pretty stellar combination if you ask me. I had no real rooting interest in the game itself since we’re a Chicago Bears family, but to keep it interesting I placed some prop bets and made sure to catch the commercials and halftime show. I was rooting for the Panthers (who lost), my turkey chili got a little burnt (oops! was the distraction the toddler or wine?) and I lost most (all) of my bets (i.e. Beyonce’s shoe color, will Peyton Manning cry and/or retire…) BUT these acorn squash + goat cheese + prosciutto empanadas were kind of a winner!
The first batch of these little muffins disappeared within a day. True story. What kept us coming back for more was their secret ingredient- ricotta cheese. Ricotta has a neutral flavor which is perfect for both sweet and savory recipes and here it just lends moisture and keeps the muffins’ texture airy and light. Continue reading “Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins”
The new year typically brings a sense of renewal, casting aside the excesses from the holidays and starting out fresh. We’re almost a week in now; how are the resolutions coming along? Still going strong…or not? Whether it be your basics: exercising more, maintaining healthier eating habits or keeping cleaner house (all of which are on my list among other things), or something a bit more personal, those resolutions give this upcoming year a sense of purpose. Continue reading “Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins”