I'm into a new home cooking concept: Fancy Apps. I'm not talking about two-bite hors d'oeuvres or individually plated first courses— just something simple to share before a meal that tastes good and looks pretty (and is not my usual bowl of Parmesan Goldfish). There's something about having a delicious, visually appealing appetizer that makes the whole meal feel a little more special. A little more restaurant-y. A little more OUT OF THE HOUSE, but in the house. Still in the house...
A Fancy App doesn't need to be complicated at all. In fact, it should be easy and stress-free, so you're not making the rest of the meal more difficult for yourself as a cook. Fancy Hummus (which is just good store-bought hummus with toppings) with some beautiful raw vegetables makes an excellent Fancy App. Sometimes I toast my own pita chips with spices. Sometimes I don't. (Do you know Stacy?) Burrata with Tomatoes Two Ways would make an excellent Fancy App. Let's stick with that Italian vibe for a minute and talk about this Warm Eggplant Salad, the latest addition to my Fancy App repertoire.
Hello, hello! It's been a while. I could chalk my blogging hiatus up to a number of things— the pandemic, the holidays, the election, the after-the-election— but mostly December and January were BUSY and it felt like the right time to take a creative rest and reset. This community has been such a wonderful silver lining to an otherwise questionable year, and I am so grateful and proud and happy you're here reading, cooking, shopping and entertaining along with me, whatever that may look like these days! I'm so excited for 2021 here in our little virtual bubble.
Despite my excitement, choosing a recipe to kick things off again was... challenging. Something healthy? Timely with January detoxes, but a little lackluster. Something decadent? Too much after the holidays. Something simple? Not exciting enough.
So here we are, a month into 2021 with Super Bowl around the corner, and I'm just going to rip the band aid and give the people what I think they really want to eat this weekend: Nachos.
Hello, friends! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was mellow but with a giant menu that kind of spanned the entire weekend. Should you have experienced something similar, you might be feeling some cooking fatigue, and your fridge might be scarily empty. Mine certainly is, but I'm avoiding the grocery store. Welcome to the Post-Thanksgiving Scaries, where it's totally acceptable to subsist off of leftovers for a week straight. Stuffing for breakfast anyone?
If your turkey supply is finally dwindling, here's an easy recipe to help you ease back into things: Spaghettini with Tomatoes Confit.