All posts tagged: comfort food

It’s a Wrap…For The Week

I scheduled some much needed time-off this past week…only to end up virtually attending a 2-3 hour meeting each day for work. Mostly external seminars that I could not simply decline or ask to be rescheduled. On day four, while attending virtual session number four on how to be the best version of yourself past the qualifications to be in current role, I realized there is really no 100pct unplugging from work, at least for some careers. Mine happens to be one of those roles-where it is very difficult to unplug. I did learn a lot in the self-betterment seminar, which I will share here in the coming week. After I have time to reflect and gather my thoughts. As for the hours in between the meetings, I did manage to reassess all things piled in my to-do list-mostly chores, to see if they are truly things I need to do or ones I want to do. And miraculously (wink) by the time Wednesday rolled around, the 20 or so to-dos dwindled down to only …

Food: Saturday Brunch or Dinner – Includes White Beans

During the mad rush to stock up the kitchen cupboards, I decided cans of Cannellini beans would be in order. Since I do love them- cooked, drizzled with olive oil, dash of Thyme , sprinkled with Parmesan. Easy, and filling – it was also my go-to for lunch at the office. So, I stood with the cabinet doors opened, staring at four cans of Cannellini beans and two of chickpeas wondering how to spice it up – since as usual my mother would be my worst food critic to please. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome. Here’s the recipe I’ll be testing for this evening’s dinner minus orzo/pasta option. Can you taste it? I can: 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 medium onion, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 cups water 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups orzo or ditalini pasta 14 ounces diced tomatoes, juices included (one can) 14 ounces cooked cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained (one can) Finely grated zest plus juice from 1 small lemon 3 cups to 4 cups chopped Tuscan or curly kale, any …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Vodka

Short work weeks are great – even though they sometimes feel the longest. Do you ever feel that way? But there is one thing for certain – I love home cook meals, and actually and no matter how tired, I am – I look forward to rolling up my sleeves, or getting into my comfy clothes, and putting my hair up and opening up the refrigerator door to see what wonderful meal I can prep. Last night – around midnight I woke up craving pasta – which is something I try to limit making – carbs and all. And yes there are noodle variations, but I like to keep it real with the carb. 😉 Anyway, I searched for a different option than the normal spaghetti with meat sauce and this wonderful recipe popped up,  and guess what, it’s happening tonight!  I think I’ll add chicken pieces and even some whole peanuts – weird you might think, but I have a palette for these things. INGREDIENTS 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Beef Stew Updated

My mother is so cute. She attempted a beef stew last night and when I walked into her kitchen to check in on her after the craziness called my life, she told me she had no idea why the meal tasted bland. I took a peek into the pot and noticed, a dozen pieces of cubed beef simply boiled with a few slices of onion and peppercorn – which makes the best of broth, but not really the ideal beef stew without the veggies and some sort of sauce. I reassured her that I could salvage the boiled beef cubes by turning it into a mouth-watering meal with a side of mashed potatoes (her eyes lit up). So guess what’s happening for dinner tonight? INGREDIENTS 3 pounds beef chuck, trimmed and cubed kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 shallots, thinly sliced 6 carrots, chopped 2 cups apple cider 1 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon can also use beef broth 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons tomato …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

After turkey on Thursday, and leftovers on Friday, I am ready for this recipe – an interesting one for short ribs. I mean what is there more to say, expect if the family is visiting from out of town, and easy dinner prep is the idea, then go here for the recipe: INGREDIENTS 5 pounds bone in, beef short ribs kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 shallots, thinly sliced 4 carrots, chopped 2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 2 cups low sodium beef broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 cups fresh cranberries mashed potatoes, for serving {Featured image source} How about this recipe for cranberry Thyme Spritz and a good old-fashioned board game after dinner  

Food: Dinner Tonight – Coq Au Vin A Try

I’ve always considered Coq Au Vin an unobtainable recipe to follow for my kitchen. I don’t know why I freak out over French cuisine. Perhaps it’s because I appreciate the art to the point, I am intimated by it. But I was watching Leap Year for the umpteenth time last night, where there is a scene the two main characters cook up Coq Au Vin for a B&B they were forced to spend the night, after missing their train to Dublin – if you haven’t seen the film, and need a jolt of silly-funny, then select on any pay-per-view you subscribe to  – Netflix or Amazon Prime and watch it. Anyway, I am finally getting my appetite back and dish recipe is one I am going to to attempt for dinner tonight – with no substitutes – I feel too malnourished for substitution. INGREDIENTS 4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 2 tablespoons tomato paste 4 carrots, chopped 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 1/2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1 cup low …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spicy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

My favorite, after spaghetti of course, is the combo – tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich and the recipe I found here for the soup is a nice touch – spicy – something I’ve never considered before. The rest of the suggestions are up to you. Here we go: Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups diced onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon crushed chili flakes 1 teaspoon paprika 4 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons butter 2 quarts broth {more}  

Take Note – How To Survive The Winter

I do live in San Francisco, and some days in the winter it dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I know this all sounds funny for those of you struggling with worst weather conditions. But any cold or dreary weather does take its toll on anyone anywhere. So…this article caught my eye the other day and I thought why not share some of the suggestions offered -that I love – on how to survive the frigid winter season:  

French Onion Mac and Cheese and Football

A dreary Sunday I decided to spend at home, instead of walking through a mall for last-minute Christmas shopping. I felt the need to wind down, especially from the crazy busy week prior – coordinating festivities week at work, and planning the company holiday party in addition to my normal chores. With the mood I am in, I needed comfort food, a hearty steak and this amazing recipe I found, and had to share – French onion mac and cheese. Something which will become a norm at my house going forward.