Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Glaze

July 27, 2015

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Glaze




As I told you yesterday, I’m pretty pumped to visit the great city of Berlin.
What I’m not excited about, is packing.
I’m actually really bad at packing. I'm not a light packer to begin with; on top of that I bring things I don’t need, and I forget things I do need.
The one mistake I often make is bringing too many tees, shirts, and sweaters and not enough socks and boxers.
And I always forget about outerwear. As a result I have a humongous collection of fleece jackets and umbrellas I bought around the world.
For some reason, I’m persuaded that while I’m on holidays it won’t rain — not even when I went to India during the Monsoon. My mind is weird, I know.

I'm Going To Berlin!

July 26, 2015

Aw, man, I'm so pumped about this!
In seven days I'll be landing in Berlin.
I’ve never been to Berlin before but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this city. I’m very very VERY excited to go and explore for myself.
Couz Dan moved there two years ago, and I’ll be staying at his place (thanks dude for the hospitality and for the picture!) He lives in Friedrichshain, a supposedly very trendy neighborhood I’m so stoked to explore.

Grilled Soy-Lime Chicken Breasts

July 24, 2015

Grilled Soy-Lime Chicken Breasts




What are your favorite workout songs that you secretly jam to?
You know, those songs that you get super pumped to, but that if by accident someone hears what you’re listening to, you have a backup line ready to justify why you’re listening to it.
Something like “I usually don’t listen to this crap but this is my roommate’s iPod. I picked it up by mistake this morning!"
Personally speaking, I have quite a few songs on my iPod I know for a fact I would get laughed at by my friends.
I call them my “power songs” (I know, I’m such a nerd!)
When I’m running and need that extra push, I crank ‘em up and BAM I immediately feel like Road Runner going “Meep meep!
Well, I’ve grown sick and tired of hiding my shame playlists (or shamelists if you will) in the shadows. I want to come out into the light and share the music that I so secretly love.

Rosemary-Peach Iced Tea

July 22, 2015

Rosemary-Peach Iced Tea




I’m going to state the obvious: there is nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.
I know it, you know it, even my 6-year old niece knows it.
Iced tea quenches your thirst and satisfies your desire for flavor. It’s one of those delicious flavors that just makes the summertime seem worth while. That and BBQs, doing things outdoors, Central Park Summer Stage, MoMA PS1, Water Fight NYC, and long walks on the beach. Just to name a few.

Zoodles Cacio e Pepe

July 20, 2015

Zoodles Cacio e Pepe




I like to think of myself as a smart person, but I guess we all make bonehead errors from time to time.
Yesterday despite a heat advisory, I went for a run.
We were well into the red zone where heat exhaustion and heat stroke could occur.
You know, one of those summer days when the thermometer reads 92º, but it feels like standing in the pits of hell — thanks a lot humidity!
The news advised people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities, warning that “if you have to be outside, be sure to schedule frequent rest breaks in an air conditioned or shaded place!

Ginger and Vanilla Bean Apricot Compote

July 17, 2015

Ginger and Vanilla Bean Apricot Compote




Do you know the difference between jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, marmalades, fruit butter, and compotes?
If you don’t, let me walk you through it.
Let’s start from jams.
Jams are made from fruit that is chopped or crushed and cooked with sugar until the pieces of fruit are soft and lose their shape.
Jellies instead are made from juice, or better yet fruits are crushed and cooked to extract their juice. The mixture is strained through a fine mesh fabric to remove fruit solids. As a result jellies have a bright, crystal-clear consistency.

Moroccan Potato Salad

July 15, 2015

Moroccan Potato Salad




I always thought most people do like potato salad to a degree, but is rarely somebody’s favorite thing.
More just something you accept.
Oh, potato salad’s here. Guess I’ll have some before those ribs to get cooked!
This past weekend I was proven wrong.
I showed up to a BBQ with a big bowl of potato salad and not only was I welcomed, but adored too.

Summer Tomato Frittata

July 13, 2015

Summer Tomato Frittata




I love frittatas.
I love frittatas probably more than you do.
I know, I know, it’s a bold statement to make, but I really love frittatas.

Avocado Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

July 10, 2015

Avocado Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction




It’s easy to overeat during lunch time. You’ve been up since 6am, work is stressful, you’ve already eaten your daily intake of healthy snacks but you’re still starving.
And you know what? Everyone makes bad decisions when they’re starving.
Your mouth is watering, the stomach aches with hunger.
You walk into the Deli.
The options are endless.
Everything looks good.
Even things you normally don’t eat look good. Like Fried Chicken Sandwich or the Italian Meatball Sub with Double Provolone Cheese — you know, just to throw some examples out there.

Caffe' Shakerato

July 6, 2015

Caffe' Shakerato
First things first, let’s do the pronunciation thing.
Caffe’ shakerato is pronounced as you might expect, sort of “shake-er-AH-toe”.
I know it sounds funny but that’s the way it is.