TransAlp 2015

Where have I been!?!  It’s hard to believe that not long ago, I was at my perch in Manhattan working on healthy recipe development and sharing on a regular basis.  I’ve missed posting since life as I’ve known it was upended 7/8 weeks ago.  Ultimately in a good way, I think… since mid-June, we haveContinue reading “TransAlp 2015”

Radish Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressing

Two things inspired this dressing – one, a delicious version of it I got to try last weekend at one of our favorite restaurants in New Paltz, NY, the Mountain Brauhaus.  I’d assumed it’d be more like a dip for the veggies in my salad (I requested it on the side as usual) but forContinue reading “Radish Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressing”

Barley ‘Risotto’ (with Timesavers and Benefits for Homemade Chicken Broth)

Lately there is a proliferation of beautiful farmer’s market finds across the Internet and social media, and for good reason – the gorgeous produce of Spring is certainly photo-inspiring!   But I think there is a year-round, unsung hero of the farmer’s market, and that’s fresh chicken.  In addition to tasting noticeably more delicious, aContinue reading “Barley ‘Risotto’ (with Timesavers and Benefits for Homemade Chicken Broth)”

Make Ahead Monday: Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries

With rain in the forecast today and tomorrow, combined with the particularly warm and humid weekend, this week’s make-ahead presented an unusual challenge in that I wanted it to be cozy-ish but not piping hot.  (We climbed in the Gunks – (New Paltz, NY) yesterday in spite of hot and sticky conditions and the thoughtContinue reading “Make Ahead Monday: Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries”

Sesame Crusted Salmon w. Baby Bok Choy

I received a copy of the new magazine Organic Life a few weeks ago and while flipping through came across this intriguing recipe.  Intriguing to me that is, and only because I’m not typically inclined to use bok choy, let alone venture out of my comfort zone to make our proteins ‘crusted’.  After reading theContinue reading “Sesame Crusted Salmon w. Baby Bok Choy”

The View Mid-Way Through & Thoughts re: Open Shelving

I couldn’t resist a little Before & After indulgence as our updated kitchen begins to take shape!  Because we are past all demo, and are at the turning point before starting to really fill back in, this feels like the appropriate place for a mid-way update.  I also wanted to share a peek before theContinue reading “The View Mid-Way Through & Thoughts re: Open Shelving”

Make-Ahead Monday: Mixed Berry Scones

Lately I have such a hankering to bake!  Even though the weather’s warming up I just really enjoy it, I think because even amid all the chaos a day (a week, a month, life) can bring, baking requires weights and measures, plus patience, and for me lends an actual sense of calm!  Also, it’s funContinue reading “Make-Ahead Monday: Mixed Berry Scones”

Inside View: Lighting & Wiring

Per my last post re our kitchen renovation, the day-to-day wow factor that comes by design with demolition work slowed down some this week as our small but mighty crew dove into rewiring behind the scenes and installing some updated cabinetry.   To recap, the most significant change to the space is the removal ofContinue reading “Inside View: Lighting & Wiring”

Aguas Frescas

I made a batch of this absolutely delicious, light and refreshing drink last weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo, not to mention the first 80+ degree day of the year (bring it on), and I couldn’t get enough of it!  When I first saw the watermelon and lime based recipe, I figured it’d beContinue reading “Aguas Frescas”

Monday Make-Ahead with Quinoa, Veggies and Eggs

This morning, the Monday Make-Ahead resolution came in particularly handy as Paul had to be out the door at 5:30 am to catch a flight.  Which meant that not only did this week’s make-ahead have to be especially fast, it had to be one in which the finishing touches were exaggeratedly obvious as I wasContinue reading “Monday Make-Ahead with Quinoa, Veggies and Eggs”

The View from Day Two: More Demo & Backsplash Musings

Wrapping up Day Two re: The View From the Athlete’s Kitchen, and there are some significant changes to be seen around here!  Namely, the dividing wall between the kitchen proper and the butler’s pantry is outta here.  Even though we anticipated it, it’s still pretty remarkable how the removal of a such a small wallContinue reading “The View from Day Two: More Demo & Backsplash Musings”

Calling all Kitchen Renovation & Design Lovers…

Finally and all of a sudden, we are diving into our first home improvement project: updating  the small but mighty kitchen in our new home here in SF.  Finally because, when we first looked at the home, we had mixed feelings towards the kitchen, I (thought I) loved it as it was, Paul liked someContinue reading “Calling all Kitchen Renovation & Design Lovers…”

Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Is it just me or are the weeks flying by now that it’s Spring?  May 1st already!!  This First Friday feels a little more special since the the two are aligned, PLUS there is a very fun excuse for making all things Mexican-inspired in early May.  (As you may already know we’ve been working throughContinue reading “Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies”

Perfect Black Bean Burgers & Traditional Guacamole

Several winters ago, we decided to branch out cooking-wise with the goal of both experiencing new flavors as well as learning certain anchors and techniques partial to a specific cuisine.  The deal was that anytime we’d be making more than a five-minute serving of sustenance, we would cook the chosen cuisine.  Our aim was toContinue reading “Perfect Black Bean Burgers & Traditional Guacamole”

Mushroom & Swiss-Chard Quesadillas

A second week-day friendly, healthy & satiating lunch or supper, in honor of our Mini-Mexican Appreciation Month, is here to stay in our rotation.  These quesadillas are perfect – not overly cheesy, pick-upable (thanks to cooking the filling separately, to avoid a floppy, soppy mess), veggie packed and topped with lean protein via Greek yogurt.Continue reading “Mushroom & Swiss-Chard Quesadillas”