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Roasted Tomato Romesco and Zucchini #vegetarian

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

roasted tomato romesco and zucchini – savory summer dish

It’s awesome being in San Francisco. Besides the crazy notion that every day is the same beautiful weather, this city has incredible farmers markets, fresh sour batard in any store, and Baja-style Mexican food on every corner. Wedding diet, say what?

So despite the temptation to eat out every night, the insanely-fresh California produce makes it easy to cook at home. And, come on, it’s summer! In my opinion all the best veggies, fruits, and herbs come out in style ahora, namely cukes, tomatoes, watermelon, and basil.

Zucchini with Roasted Tomato Romesco #vegan #summer

This recipe, Roasted Tomato Romesco and Zucchini, definitely celebrates my all-time favorite season. Juicy, ripe tomatoes are roasted until they burst, mixed with garlic and toasted almonds for a chunky, flavorful sauce, then laden on a meaty base of lightly sautéed zucchini. (I’ve always loved tomatoes…but not zucchini. That limp-noodle-of-a-veggie didn’t impress me as a kid, but now I realize it was unjustly overcooked. With just a simple sauté, this green squash has a beautiful grassy flavor with a slight sweetness.)

Zucchini with Roasted Tomato Romesco #vegan #summer

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Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

Friday, June 20, 2014

strawberry basil sorbet – so long, nyc!

Summer. Is. Here. And with it, an exciting announcement: my fiancé and I are moving to San Francisco! It’s been a beautiful three years in NYC (almost to the day), and I’m going to miss his family and my friends like no other; but I am also excited to bring this new change into our lives. Bring on the sourdough and redwoods!

NYC

So with under two weeks left here, I’ve been saying a slow goodbye through food. Whether it’s gradually checking off my restaurant bucket list or just grabbing falafel with a friend, every meal is a souvenir. And most recently, I’ve been scooping up every pint of ripe, New Joy-sey strawberries at the farmers market. I mean, look at these jewels. Holy cow.

Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Pickled Shallots

Saturday, April 26, 2014

roasted asparagus salad with pickled shallots – spring beacon trip

Woo, spring. Now that the weather’s graciously warmer, Hoyd and I have been traveling more. Recently, we ventured up north to Beacon, NY!

Ready for adventurin'!

Beacon, NY

Beacon itself was great to walk about in. Several art studios and shops kept their doors open in the 65° warmth, so we met some awesome folks. And of course, invested in their wares. I bought the Son of Man for Hoyd, and later he treated me to some baller aged white balsamic vinegar. (I quickly found out the vinegar is citrusy, tangy, and great drizzled on any plate of greens.) Sweet stuff!

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Citrus Beet Salad – Spiced Curiosity #vegan

Sunday, March 16, 2014

blood orange beet salad – mad mondays nyc

March Madness indeedy! There have been awesome food events every night of the week, not to mention a new client’s photoshoot (yaya!). Who could sit still? My favorite event so far is MAD Mondays NYC, an intimate panel of renowned chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton, Mario Batali, Bill Buford, Peter Meehan, Riad Nasr, and Lee Hanson.

MAD Mondays NYC – Mario Batali

It was conversational and really fun. I had no idea that Batali had a penchant for hilarious jokes and ribbing, that Hamilton preferred instinct over kitchen tools, or that Nasr was so humble about Balthazar. Aside from the insights into their personalities, it was fascinating to hear about the inside of restaurants and the issues presented to chefs. I could’ve listened for hours, but the short and sweet sample was still amazing (especially on a Monday night). If you’re curious about the event, check out the first link (for the full audio) or read Eater’s great recap here.

MAD Mondays NYC – Meehan & Nasr

Needless to say, it’s all inspiring and exciting for a simple home cook. Who could say that making anything in the kitchen is boring after hearing these aces speak? So I decided to spice up a traditional beet salad with some seasonal citrus.

Citrus Beet Salad – Spiced Curiosity #vegan

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