keep it simple stupid

August 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

i’ve been accused of making things too complicated. this includes the food that i like to make. i enjoy the process of cooking and get caught up in the idea that complicated is better. if a recipe is too easy it loses it’s appeal. i’m realizing now the error of my ways. ¬†not everything has to be hard. in fact, i’m working on building an arsenal of quick delicious recipes. i picked up this one from my mother-in-law. this is a simple carrot salad with a basic vinaigrette. i’ve always been put off by carrot salads. one too many raisin-studded mayo saturated potluck salads is to blame. this refreshing salad is a great departure from the potluck version. the sweet crunch of the carrot contrasts nicely with the spicy tartness of the vinaigrette. its perfection in every bite. it’s so easy to make and you already have everything on hand. you’re welcome.

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an ode to vegetables

August 21, 2012 § 3 Comments

i think it’s safe to say that i’m like most people. if i’m not careful leave the grocery store without putting one vegetable in my cart. i KNOW i should eat them. i understand intellectually that if i want to feel good and be in optimal health that i need to make more of an effort to eat right. i have a sweet tooth, a salty tooth a fried foods tooth, need i go on? i’m noticing, however, when i eat them, i don’t feel very great. being a mom with an almost 1 year old (holy batman people. less than a week until he turns a year old) makes me walk the walk. the wee one usually scarfs down the same food we’re eating. this really puts the pressure on to eat right. no longer are the luxurious days of waiting until 9pm and then driving through mcdonalds for not only a number 5 but a 99 cent nuggets too (i know you do this too). despite this speech. i will forever identify with the clip below.

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ratatouille like a french maman

August 7, 2012 § 2 Comments


ratatouille is more than just a movie? who knew?!? it’s a¬†quintessential french veggie dish. apparently there is a bit of a debate about what authentic ratatouille and how it should be cooked. i have eaten ratatouille in american restaurants and eaten my version. my mother-in-law’s version is hands down, the best i’ve ever had. while i am no expert in the filed of french cuisine, i am an expert in eating. i do it about 20 times a day. (don’t you?) i’m pretty well versed in what i like and what i don’t like. and i like this dish a lot. sometimes i find myself struggling to eat an appropriate amount of vegetables. ratatoullie tastes so good and eases my guilt about eating 20 times a day. although i have been making ratatoullie for the past 7 years, i never could make it as good as my mother-in-laws (i’m assuming everyone who is reading knows me personally and that my husband is from france). lucky for you my mother-in-law is visiting (we have this guy to thank for that) and she made some ratatouille. this time, i paid attention, i watched her every move and asked her a million questions. so keep reading if you want to know the secrets of making delicious authentic ratatouille.

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