Summertime pasta? Yes, please!
In the summer months, I’m always looking for easy, fresh recipes that don’t require any of the following:
- Lots of sweat, blood & tears in the kitchen
- Lots of hard-to-find ingredients
- Lots of clean-up.
[Come to think of it I’m looking for recipes like that all the time.]
Sometimes, I kill even myself with these puns.
Hello, lovely GKG readers! After letting my 1st Blogiversary fly by a few weeks ago (eeeeeeeoooops … that’s me, your neighborhood friendly GKG, riding the strugglebus), I’m formally recommitting myself to the blogging world. Readers, I love you all terribly, and I’m now back with a vengeance.
Now, onto the cookery!
Image sourced from macchiinc.com
Sometimes, when I’m watching “Top Chef” or “Chopped” or any slew of cooking TV, I hear chefs reference the almighty “truffle oil.” Until recently, I’d never even tried the stuff. All I knew was that it came from mushrooms. Which sounds like a complicated process (did they press them? Infuse them? Squeeze them in a vice? Stomp on them like that episode of “I Love Lucy?”).
Sometimes, the smallest changes are the most exciting.
Have you ever found that little organizational differences can be a big breath of fresh air? A new storage unit, labeled baskets, even rearranging closet shelves can have a big difference on one’s peace of mind.
Ever gotten to that 3:00 pm point in your work day (or 9:30 am … or 11:00 am … or 2:00 pm … we’re not picky here at GKG with our noshiness) and felt like this?
… [Raises hand].
But how to stave off the “hanger” … ? Here’s the best way I know:
While I’ve tried my hand at tofu scrambles before, and I’ve also whipped up stir-fry dishes out the wazoo (where did that expression come from, anyway? If someone can enlighten me, 10 “Whose Line”-style bonus points to you!), I had yet to try my hand at a tofu stir-fry … until earlier this week! Here’s to trying something new, right?
Well … some of us still had questions. Namely, a certain meat-loving someone. 🙂
How adorable is that mug? The wonderful Laura — my friend who visited DC a few weeks ago and ate / drank her way through the Drink the District Festival with THT and me — sent this combination from Tea Forte for my birthday, and I couldn’t be happier. That beautiful, cherry blossom-esque mug-and-metal-steeper set (it’s ceramic!) and fragrant English Breakfast tea blend now have a permanent place in my kitchen. Hurrah!
This lovely surprise — unsurprisingly — got me thinking about tea.