Za'atar Pumpkin Seeds

Za'atar Pumpkin Seeds

Just popping in briefly with a little recipe for pumpkin seeds.

Since the Camp Fire started it’s been severely smoky with horrible air quality, trapping everyone inside. If it was a rainy week, I wouldn’t mind as rain is one of my favorite things and you can at least go outside to enjoy the rain. But it’s been many days since anyone in the Sacramento Valley/Bay Area has had fresh air, and I am starting to feel the effects of cabin fever. With Hapkido canceled all last week and this week, I’m itching to do something active, breathe deeply and see the sky. Instead, we wait and hope that next week brings better weather and air.

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Almond Granita

Almond Granita

A few months ago I was watching Chef's Table: Pastry, and was pulled in by the episode featuring Corrado Assenza—a Sicilian chef who specializes in cannoli, gelato and granita.  

Prior to watching this episode, I had never heard of the Sicilian tradition of eating granita for breakfast. There are debates on whether or not lemon or almond was the best flavor but I was drawn in by the idea of eating something cold and refreshing like granita in the morning. 

It's traditionally served with brioche and espresso which sounded like the perfect summer morning breakfast. Since I don't drink espresso, I completely nixed that part of it. I do like brioche but had some difficulties when I tried making it by hand so I'm not sharing that recipe. It's been a while since I've made bread and I've never attempted brioche. Perhaps I'll try it again in the near future. 

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Sausage, Onions and Bell Peppers

Sausage, Onions and Bell Peppers

It's funny how sometimes the simplest recipes I want to post stay in the queue for the longest time. 

I haven't been quite sure what to write for the past few weeks. Well, that's not entirely correct, I have had thoughts about it but have wondered if I'd just be rattling off about stuff that no one really cares about and are entirely unrelated to this dish. But, then I go back to the whole this-is-my-blog-and-I-can-write-about-whatever-I want-to-write thing. I am trying to not care what others think, but that is always hard. So here are some thoughts and things that have happened since the beginning of February. 

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Fig Galette

Fig Galette

I have something embarrassing/silly to admit.

I still have not upgraded my camera lens and it has been almost two years since I upgraded my camera body. I am so indecisive when it comes to larger monetary purchases. I remember the first time I purchased my first DSLR (a Sony a390)—that was huge. I loved the heck out of that camera. I took my first photography classes with it and produced some really amazing projects that I was so proud of in school. The originals still grace the wall in front of my desk and are a constant reminder of the tug I felt towards the combination of food, photography and design.

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Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Wow, two years since having this blog and this is the first frozen treat I've made!

And I only realized this because this does not fall under the category of kneading, baking or cooking. Hmm, I sense a flaw in my recipes section. But, I'll figure that out at another point in time. 

Looking back, this is actually the second frozen treat on this blog. Technically, I made these ice cream sandwiches two years ago but the bulk of the recipe was baking and the ice cream was of the store bought variety. 

Frozen yogurt brings back memories of high school in Hawaii and going to Yogurtland after school with friends. It was such a treat. I, of course would go the all chocolate route. Chocolate froyo with Heath bar bits, chocolate chips, malt balls and M&Ms all hopefully at an appropriate weight of pure goodness. You would rarely ever find fruit in one of my frozen yogurt concoctions.

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Hello...just a quick pop in with a super easy summer recipe. 

I haven't posted in a while because I've either been traveling or clearing out all of the leftovers in my freezer because it's been too hot to cook. Also read, lazy. 

This also means that I have been neglecting the fact that all of this amazing summer produce is out and that I need to consume as much as possible before it disappears. Granted, I do live in sunny California where certain things are available year round but produce at its peak is the best. 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

I was afraid this was going to turn into a Recipe Mishap but luckily, the third time really can be the charm. 

The mint almost spoiled these cookies which is a little nerve-wracking when one of your favorite flavor combos is mint and chocolate. Hello Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches and Thin Mint Doughnuts!

I think peppermint extract does something to egg whites when you try to whip them because with the first two tries, the egg whites refused to get to the soft peak stage. At first I thought that a bit of egg yolk had gotten in the bowl so I tried again after carefully separating the eggs. But, the same thing happened the second time around which was really, really puzzling. 

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Nutella Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Nutella Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

And the treats continue...

Last year I expressed how my New Year's Resolutions never revolve around eating healthier because I will always balance out my vegetables with a side of dessert. And that mindset continues with the intention to try out some new things (I'm thinking Kouign-Amann), perfecting something I've tried before (like babka) and continue to bake old favorites.  

But, we will see because more often than not I make things on a whim depending what my kitchen has to offer or which recipe grabs me. 

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