Oh hey, it’s me. And apparently I’m the only blogger around who hasn’t made an extensive list of EVERYTHING you need to make for Thanksgiving. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been that into the traditional Thanksgiving meal up until a few years ago; before that my Thanksgiving consisted of Mom’s stacked enchiladas, posole, spanish rice and empanadas. The only thing traditional we have got was pumpkin pie (because I requested it of course). And who could get sick of those kind of leftovers? Not me.
Thanksgiving is in a week. But instead of providing you with an extensive list of what you should absolutely make for the big T-day, I bring you stuffed peppers. Ummm with a homemade sloppy joe filling, quinoa and cheese. Sometimes I do not know why I do the things I do; they just seem delicious.
There’s a part of me that says Thanksgiving isn’t really Thanksgiving unless we’re serving pumpkin pie for dessert. You may feel the same. A few years ago, I started incorporating other desserts into our menu; for both my creative pleasure and because I got the sense that not everyone is as outrageously nuts over pumpkin pie as I am. To those people: LIKE WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT DAY?
Hello you lovely souls. I’m sitting in a beautiful, cozy king bed writing to you from Hilton Head Health, a fitness and wellness resort in Hilton Head, SC. This past week has been so refreshing for me in more ways than I can fathom to write about. Sometimes you just can’t put into words what you feel when your heart is steady and content. I feel beyond lucky to be invited here; the inspiration in wellness classes, new friends and being a little more vulnerable has left me with a realization that I must let go of my fears of judgement when it comes to blogging and being more personal.
My goodness can you believe AK has been cooking for a little over 3 years? I’ve written here about my life experiences, career changes, moving, relationships, friendships and my ever growing obsession with Zac Efron.
What I haven’t included is my real and constant battle with food; certainly it is the love of my life (questionable due to Tony). I don’t want this post to become too heavy, but do want you to know that this blog will change and grow, just as any human being does. And as any relationship goes, I hope we’re in this together; that you’ll still come to AK to make my recipes because they certainly are not going away. I’ll just be writing more about this journey I’m on.
Hi. How was your weekend? I have to admit that I was so incredibly lazy. I literally watched Vampire Diaries on Netflix for over four hours yesterday. Oh and did I mention that my apartment isn’t really unpacked yet from the move? Tony and I attempted to put some things away but apparently I have wayyy too many kitchen appliances and hardly enough cabinet space. I think I need to get a prop table and maybe a cabinet for extra storage. I love when I actually have a reason to visit HomeGoods!
Yeahhhh…. so basically total procrastination over here.
Last Thanksgiving I was in charge of making gravy, salad and pie. Heck, if I could make the entire Thanksgiving spread I totally would. As exhausting and overwhelming as it would be, I feel as though bringing everyone together though food I made would be completely worth it. In fact, one of my favorite parts about being a cook and baker is seeing the reaction of people’s faces once they taste a dish I’ve made. Cooking for others always feels like it’s my way of letting them know that I truly care and appreciate them; there’s just something magical about it. In a sense, it’s actual gift giving; cooking and baking require thought, love and time.
I have no doubt that some of you feel the same, especially those of you who LOVE to bake.
I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday around 4pm and literally almost went insane. First of all, never go to Trader Joe’s between the hours of 3-5:30pm. Trust me guys, your car will most likely be hit by red shopping carts (happened to me), children will run into with mini shopping carts, you will be blinded by a sea of Hawaiian shirts and it will take you a good hour and a half to get a total of 10 things.
After that you may hear that bell they clink at the check out lane ringing in your ears for a good 5 hours after. You may even have dreams about it (also happened to me).
Last week I spent some time up in Chicago searching for an apartment. And after checking out about 15 different places, I finally found one that I absolutely adore! It’s super vintage and will fit all of my furniture which I’m pumped about. But do you want to know the absolute BEST part about my new place? It has a DISHWASHER. Hallelujah!
I’ve spent the past year washing every single dish and it was literally my nightmare. Also, this apartment building allows me to have cats, which OMG YES I’m going to be a cat lady and I can’t freaking waitttttt. I keep begging Tony to bring me to the animal humane society just so I can’t pet all the sweet little animals.
It’s that time of year where I’m starting to crave hearty, warm meals like chili, sloppy joes, lasagna and of course a good meatloaf. You too, huh?
Since the days are becoming cooler, I thought that I would share my absolute favorite recipe for meatloaf. And guess what you guys? It’s vegan and gluten free! That’s right; lentils replace meat in this lip-smacking super good meatloaf drenched in some complete awesome sauce. You won’t believe how healthy this is either. The nutrition is rockin!
Tony and I drove from Minneapolis to Chicago yesterday. The last time I made the trip it was incredibly boring because it was the middle of winter and there wasn’t anything but dirty white snow and signs about cheese. This time was much better; the leaves of the trees were just beginning to change and Tony drove the entire way so I was able to start a new book which I’m completely LOVING.
Have you ever had a recipe that has called for buttermilk (like pancakes or waffles), but you didn’t have it in your fridge? Well today I’m showing you the easiest way to make homemade buttermilk right at home. And guess what? All you need are two ingredients.
Bonus: You can absolutely make dairy-free/vegan buttermilk. Let’s do this!