This is just a brief post to let you all know I’m still alive and kicking. I had a jam-packed summer and I can’t believe it’s over already. I had the chance to work for a couple of months as a prep cook/pastry cook for one of my favorite restaurants (more on that later), and I visited the UK for two weeks in July (again, more on that later).
At the moment I am spending my days as a student teacher in an 8th grade English classroom. My mornings are early, my days are long, and blogging, unfortunately, has been put on the back burner, so-to-speak.
It’s all about quick and delicious (and customizable) weeknight dinners for busy people…more specifically, Huevos Rancheros! Who doesn’t love that? Yum!
I love going to the grocery store; I do it several times a week, if only for a few things. I know, I know, it is poor planning on my part, but I enjoy weaving through the aisles, checking out new and interesting ingredients I may have missed during my previous visit. I recall going to the grocery store with my dad when I was small. He would take a list with everything we needed but inevitably, we’d return home with something he wanted. I remember riding in the cart or walking alongside my dad down every aisle in the grocery store. He’d take his time, selecting a bottle of this, or a jar of that, turning it over in his hands, considering its use, before returning it to the shelf or placing it in our cart. Mom never really knew what he’d bring home. Sometimes it was a jar of pickled herring, sometimes it was a new mustard, and sometimes it was a package of cookies he’d open on the drive home for the two of us to sample.
I’m thrilled to share with you my second installment at COOP. For this post, I highlighted the many wonderful things I love about Florida. My husband is from the Sunshine State and is responsible for introducing me to crab legs, octopus, Gulf oysters, and sandy beaches; I wanted to pass along those experiences on to my best friend, Sophia. So, over Spring Break she and I spent five days enjoying what the Gulf coast of Florida has to offer. I plan to recreate in my own kitchen some of the dishes we enjoyed over our visit. Think: blackened grouper, fresh briny oysters, crab legs, and a refreshing glass of sangria. My Omaha kitchen will soon be my Florida oasis!
Guys, I’m sick. I caught a beast of a cold earlier this week and I am one grumpy Sara. I’m achy, I’ve been sneezing, and if I’d known this was coming, I’d have purchased stock in tissues. I’ve been spending a lot of time in bed, but I’m awake now and before I head back to the warmth of my blankets, I wanted to share this recipe with you. This soup won’t cure your cold, but it’ll sure make you feel better.
Guys, I have some super exciting news. The lovely ladies over at COOP have asked me to become their newest food contributor! I couldn’t be more honored or thrilled! I am lucky to be working with such creative and inspiring women!
I absolutely love (LOVE!) listening to The Splendid Table on NPR. I have been a fan for as long as I can remember and it is a staple in my podcast collection for long plane rides and road trips. Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift developed this recipe for their cookbook The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper and I wanted to give it a try in my home kitchen. Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said, “If you can melt chocolate and stir, you can make these cakes.” They were so simple – albeit a bit expensive due to the required chocolate – but so worth it!