Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer squash & quinoa salad with goat cheese

That husband of mine, let me tell you -- he's a gem!

He's funny and smart (and a smidge nerdy, which I adore), patient and selfless, and so handsome that I sometimes have moments when I check him out and think, "Man, that guy is hot!"  And then I remember that I'm married to that guy.  He's legally bound to me.  How did I manage to trick him get so lucky?  Best keep quiet before somebody notices and cries foul play.

Aside from all of those wonderful meaningful traits, there are so many superficial and silly things I love about Matt.  Like how he giggles like a schoolgirl at the sight of pugs.  And how his hair gets this crazy cowlick on one side of his head.  And how his appetite for goat cheese knows no bounds, especially when it's paired with zucchini.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

15 Zucchini recipes for every appetite!

It's that time of year again.

Not back to school time or Halloween candy time (though I spotted shelves being stocked full of candy corn at a local Rite-Aid this weekend... I can't!).

It's zucchini time!

That glorious time of year when everyone who planted zucchini in their gardens is going to great lengths to use the excess crop of summer squash.  Ask a random stranger on the street if he/she has a zucchini plant and, if so, I bet you'll be offered a fruit or two by the end of the encounter.  Speaking as someone who wishes she had a zucchini plant of her own (and a husband who wishes he had a garden for said zucchini plant), I can't get enough of those gorgeous green zukes and will buy/accept them any chance I get.

Whether you're on the harvesting end or the receiving end, here are 15 of my favorite zucchini recipes to satisfy any savory or sweet craving you have!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 8/10-8/16

Week of August 10th - 16th

Sunday: Walnut-crusted chicken with salad
Monday: Sirloin caprese burgers with baked beans
Tuesday: Rosemary & garlic salmon with broccoli
Wednesday: Salami, spinach & mozzarella calzones
Thursday: Fiesta bean salad with chips
Friday: Out to Taj Mahal
Saturday: Out to Pizza Cono (spoiler alert -- delicious novelty but won't return)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caprese sirloin burgers with balsamic mayo

Almost a month after my birthday, and people are still asking me, "How does it feel to be 30?  Do you feel old?  Or even different?"

I don't know what they're expecting me to say but, based on their reactions, I know it's not this: "Feels good.  Exactly the same!"  Maybe they wanted to hear of my new affinity for "simpler times" and subscription to AARP magazine?

I'm only sort of kidding.

Truthfully, though, what I've seen of 30 so far has been nothing short of outstanding.  And, more importantly, what I've tasted has been outstanding, thanks to one of my birthday gifts -- a meat grinder!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 8/3-8/9

Now THAT was what I call a summer weekend!  How was yours?

Matt and I took full advantage of the picture-perfect weather and hopped from one fun adventure to the next.  We went to a local orchard for a peach festival, enjoyed a public art pool party, celebrated a friend's 30th birthday, kayaked on the Allegheny River, and indulged our sweet tooth with my new favorite ice cream in Pittsburgh (Antney's!).  Somewhere around 9:00 Sunday night, we both collapsed into a heap o' humans onto the couch.

As much fun as we had on vacation, it was nice to get back to our normal summertime routine, including weeknight rituals of making dinner together and taking an evening stroll around town.  Yep, you read that correctly -- I've removed the iron gate and invited Matt into the kitchen to cook with me.  It may have something to do with a new gadget I received for my birthday that has both of us bursting with excitement.  Spoiler alert: Get ready for an epic summertime burger recipe later this week ;)

Week of August 3rd - 9th

Sunday: Traveling (800 Degree Pizza in LA)
Monday: Huevos rancheros
Tuesday: Chicken meatballs with pesto & zucchini "noodles"
Wednesday: Cheddar sirloin burgers with roasted green beans
Thursday: Rosemary garlic parmesan pork chops with steamed peas & broccoli
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out to birthday party (Steel Cactus)