Ah, fall. The weather gets a little cooler, the leaves get a little crisper, and school is back in session. I’m not letting go of summer quite yet – although the weather may fight me on that. One of the bigger changes of fall falling (:-D) upon a college town like Madison, Wisconsin is that the number of people downtown/on campus seems to explode with the influx of students – all who look decades younger than I would expect a college student to look like.
My college years gave me the time (and necessity) to learn how to cook. Rest assured, it took a full four years to add to such culinary specialities like boxed macaroni and cheese. I’m not saying I ate ramen every night but who’s going to hate on a plate of pizza rolls?
One of the first dishes that I learned to make that required more than just cans and ready-made ingredients is spaghetti carbonara. Spaghetti carbonara is a pasta dish featuring a small list of ingredients: spaghetti, bacon (or pancetta), garlic, eggs, parmesan cheese and a lot of cracked black pepper. The eggs and cheese come together for a creamy sauce with salty bites from the bacon and garlic. I also insult traditional Italian cooking by adding green peas, which I did after I took these photos (seriously - there are online debate about adding peas or not).
Chicago is one of my favorite cities ever. I’m not kidding when I say my boyfriend and I make two-hour drive down from Madison nearly once a month because we can’t get enough of the city’s energy, the endless activities... Continue reading →
Hello! It has been too long since my last post. Somehow, my summer calendar has exploded with travel plans and other projects and getting into the kitchen lately has been more of a struggle. What have I been up to? (I’m... Continue reading →
Granola is one of those foods that falls into the “healthy” category, along with coconut oil and kale chips. The trap, though, lies in what’s actually included in the granola. If you’re like me, you buy the trail mix filled with... Continue reading →
The first time I had a fish taco was 2 years ago – relatively recently, I know. I always thought why use fish in a taco, when you can use meat? The benefit of these grilled fish tacos is that they are relatively... Continue reading →
Summer is just around the corner! This season has got to be my favorite time of the year; there’s something special about the sunshine, late nights and laid-back attitudes. Summer is also my favorite time for food. There are so many... Continue reading →
For me, one of the more fun parts of travel planning is discovering new restaurants to eat. Whenever I travel, it’s a point of pride for me to find at least one place where the food is fantastic. I thought it would be... Continue reading →
Thank goodness that Memorial Day is coming up and summer is finally here! The Midwest has finally thawed out. I expect nothing but sunny skies and warm temperatures to make up for a winter that allowed me to answer the question, “What... Continue reading →
Let me tell you how I got into the smoothie world. Three years ago, my boyfriend watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and learned about the craze (and the now-sustainable business model) that is juicing. After he told me about it,... Continue reading →
Lumpia Shanghai, or Filipino egg rolls, are simply (delicious) fried spring rolls. Like pancit bihon, lumpia is a staple in Filipino culture. And just like pancit, lumpia can come in many different forms, but lumpia Shanghai is my favorite – a piping hot egg... Continue reading →