Eats

  • Tomato Basil Scones Tomato Basil Scones

    Tomato Basil Scones

Tomato Basil Scones

This afternoon I got my first set of Invisalign trays and after five hours I’m already counting down to when this is over. Did you know you have to wear these things for 22 of 24 hours a day? When I heard that all I thought was, ONLY TWO HOURS TO EAT? I think there are only two hours a day when I’m not eating. Maybe losing those five pounds won’t be so hard after all… By the time I got home I was pretty much fixated on what I was going to eat for my two hours of freedom, so I made scones. Again. Tomato basil scones with shredded Pecorino Romano cheese. Yes please. You’re gonna want a bunch of these. Tomato Basil Scones with Pecorino Romano (makes 6) Ingredients 1C unbleached all purpose flour 1/2t salt 1/2T baking powder 1t sugar 2T cold butter 1/2C grated pecorino romano cheese 3T diced sundried tomatoes 2T chopped fresh basil 1/2C + 1T heavy cream Preheat oven to 425F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Directions 1. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar and whisk together. 2. Cube the cold butter and add it to the flour, working it in with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture is crumbly. Some of the butter should still be in larger pieces. 3. Add the cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil. Loosely mix until combined. 4. Add the 1/2 cup of cream and stir just to combine. Do not over mix. You want to see dough that’s shaggy and will come together. Mine looks a little clumpy and I’ve included pictures below so you get a general idea. […]

  • Spicy Cucumber Margarita Spicy Cucumber Margarita

    Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

My favorite drink in all the land is a spicy cucumber margarita and no one, I mean NO ONE, makes it like Más Malo in DTLA. Trust me, I’ve spent enough time tasting spicy cucumber margaritas over the past 7 years trying to find one that compares. Final conclusion: not out there. Chris and I have been monkeying around in the bar for a couple days trying to see how close we can get to the Malo margarita. I think this recipe is pretty dang close: a little sweet, a little spicy, a little burn. Granted, it’s not like when you’re actually IN Más Malo eating their chips and hot-as-hell unparalleled habanero salsa alongside that spicy cucumber marg, but at least you’ll get a good idea. So here goes: Spicy Cucumber Margarita Ingredients -5 cucumber slices -1 and 1/4 ounce tequila of your choice (we tried with a silver and an añejo – both were good) -3/4 ounce agave -1 ounce fresh lime juice -1 dash bitters -2 dash Tapatio -arbol chile —————— For the salt rim: -lime wedge -coarse kosher salt -cayenne pepper -paprika 1. In small bowl that can fit the rim of a cocktail glass mix 6T coarse kosher salt, 1T cayenne pepper and 1T paprika (the idea is you want a reddish orange spicy salt to rim the glass). Set aside. 2. In a cocktail shaker muddle cucumber slices until they are in small pieces. 3. Add remaining ingredients (except lime wedge, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and arbol chile). 4. Add enough ice to fill your cocktail shaker about three quarters of the way and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. 5. Take the lime wedge, slice in middle and rim the […]

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

I made this dessert on Thursday night, was about to eat it and then decided to see if Pat was up for some.  Hooray for all hoorays she was so I took it over and got to see her for a few minutes.  I’ve never seen anyone the day after breast cancer surgery so was surprised she was up and around and in good spirits. This is a fave recipe that my friend Cathleen wrote out for me in our 20’s.  With everything that went on this week it made me realize how lucky I am to have had a friend for such a long time.  There’s something comforting about opening my recipe drawer and seeing her handwriting there.  I hope you enjoy the dessert as much as I have over the years. It is a perfect mix of sweet, sour and crunch that is wonderful with vanilla ice cream. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble 3C sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb cut in 1/2 inch pieces 1C cuped peeled apples 1/2 to 1C sliced strawberries 1/3C sugar 1/2t ground cinnamon 1/2C all purpose flour (gluten-free blend here) 1t baking powder 1/4t salt 4T butter 2/3C packed brown sugar 2/3 Gluten-Free Oats (or quick cooking oats for anyone not g-free) Combine rhubarb, apples and strawberries.  Spoon into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over rhubarb mixture and set aside. ~Without sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over~   -In bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles.  *For this I slice the butter into the flour, take a fork and mash it until I get the result.* -Stir brown sugar and oats into flour mixture and […]

  • The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe

    The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe

The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. Not only is it great with chips and salsa, it’s the perfect topping on a burger. Now that I think of it guacamole is also good on its own. With just a spoon and a smile. For all you guacamole lovers, this is a recipe I swear by.  Hope you enjoy. And yes I did just say guacamole, repeatedly. Guacamole. Ingredients Homemade Guacamole Ingredients 1 jalapeno pepper  – seeded and minced 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro 3 tablespoons chopped tomato 2 tablespoons onions minced 1 large avocado, ripe 1/2 lime Begin by mincing the jalapeno. I start by chopping it, getting rid of the seeds and then mincing it.  Once complete finely chop the cilantro and then mix jalapeno and cilantro together, sprinkle with salt to get the natural juice out and mash into a paste. I either do this right on the cutting board or using a mortar and pestle. Before/After to demonstrate just how easily it mashes into paste. You can also do this with the bottom side of a spoon on your cutting board. Transfer the paste to your guacamole serving dish. Next chop tomato making sure to get rid of all seeds and juice.  The last thing you want is watery guacamole.  Not good. I chop my tomato pieces into cubes because I like a chunkier guacamole – the goal is to have a finished product that is not going to turn to mush when you mix it.  Once you’ve chopped your tomato and minced your onion transfer those to the serving dish as well. Lightly mix the three ingredients together From here take the avocado, cut it […]

  • Simple Spring and Summer Salad Simple Spring and Summer Salad

    Simple Spring and Summer Salad

Simple Spring and Summer Salad

Have you ever had a day where you just wanted to slap everyone in sight?  Well imagine a whole week full of those days.  Not pretty.  Ever since the 74 year old handicapped hoarder smashed into the back of my car last week he’s been hiding under a pile of paper and garbage in his home, and apparently his phone must be under a separate stash because he decided not to answer it (or miraculously could not locate it) until approximately 2 hours before my claim would have been processed without his statement.  Now, because he HAS surfaced at the 11th and a half hour stating my car is not damaged (WHAT!? you hit me full-on from behind and admitted it grandpa) his insurance is giving me the major run around, wanting to come to my home and interview me, thinking they can trick me into believing a KIA Spectra is comparable to my car.  Not happening.  And all this for a straightforward rear-end at a stop light where I was 100% in the right.  Seriously, insurance people?  It’s pretty bad when I can get on the phone and negotiate a better rate on a “comparable car” than either my insurance or his. Anyway as you can imagine from the above statements I’ve been a real joy to be around.  Making every effort to cheer me up my poor boyfriend, who is a superb chef in real life, decided to make my favorite spring/summer salad to match the current state of my life which is basically a much less pretty tossed salad.  Examine the concoction he put together below. Thank God for the simple things. And now, before I run off for some much needed […]