I remember my first tramezzino.
We were out-skirting the Northern edge of Parma in a silver Fiat Panda on our way to a quaint place called Bagnacavallo. We made a pit stop at an Autogrill, my first brush with Italy’s famed road side stop. Continue reading “Carbonara Tramezzini”→
What’s packed with flavor, can be eaten on the go, is made fresh right before your eyes and only costs $2.50… did I mention that it comes on a delicious French baguette? Continue reading “Banh Mi? Oui, Oui”→
We know they’re bad for us, packed with calories and laden with fats and sodium… but dang they’re good! I haven’t had a Big Mac in ages, in fact, I remember when they came in those orange Styrofoam containers that you opened with a teeth gritting induced squeak and there it was: two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun. Continue reading “I’m Lovin’ It: Vegetarian Big Mac!”→
You know what’s really good, like really, really good? Fried eggplant wrapped around salty ham and ooey gooey mozzarella! Do I have your attention? …Because one taste of these eggplant rolls and it’s love at first bite! Keep Reading!
Grilled Cheese. Buttery toast and tangy melted cheese fused together to create the ultimate sandwich. The sandwich of childhood memories with pairings of tomato soup. The go-to for comfort and warmth. Step away from the Kraft Singles and spin this versatile classic into your own creation! Continue reading “A Childhood Classic, Grown Up”→
Tempeh is a protein packed cake of partially fermented soy beans. Nutty in taste and characteristically versatile, tempeh takes on the flavor of whatever it’s cooked in. Additionally, the flavor and texture are enhanced by; steaming, marinating, blackening, slicing or crumbling into soups and stews. The following recipe was developed by a friend at the Sweet Life and is inspired by a Grand Rapids vegetarian namesake, Gaia. Cuban Tempeh is a great way to enjoy a lingering weekend brunch: Continue reading “Cuban Tempeh”→
Found in all corners of the world, in different forms, tastes, and textures: Latin America boasts empanadas, Eastern Europe takes pride in pierogis, China devotes itself to dumplings and Indonesia likens their lemper or sticky rice rolls.
I tasted my first lemper over one year ago and it would not be my last, at first bite I needed to get my hands on a recipe. Continue reading “Lemper: Indonesian Sticky Rice Rolls”→
Last night was an uncelebratory nod to Cinco de Mayo. My friend (A.) invited me over for dinner and between what she had in her fridge and what I had in mine we were able to collaborate a meal. Fish Tacos with fresh Tuna and Southwest Slaw accompanied by Rick Bayless’s Lime Ice
(A.) seared the Tuna in a spice blend, prepared a cabbage slaw scented with lime juice and honey and whipped up a fresh yogurt to drizzle atop our tacos! Continue reading “A nod to Cinco”→
I typically arrive home, post-workout around 8:00 or 9:00 pm each night and at times I don’t have a meal readily prepared. This is a problem because after a long ride or hard run I need food fast. Perhaps some of you can relate to the following scenario:
Girl works all day.
Girl flies home grabs a banana, water and changes clothes to workout.
Post-workout girl comes home STARVING.
Girl turns into a ravenous crazy woman scanning the cupboard or fridge to eat whatever is quick and appealing….NOT GOOD! Continue reading “Wrapped in Indonesian Flair….”→
I love that even in my very own small city of Grand Rapids, Michigan I can walk into a local establishment and be swept off to another culture for a moment. I felt this today when on a whim I entered “Pupuseria El Salvador.” From the not so grandiose entrance, to the mismatched decor, greetings of buenos dìas from behind the counter and the buzz of Spanish filling my ears–a smile swept my face. I knew that the food was going to be muy bien before my first taste. Continue reading “Atol de Elote and Pupusas!”→