It seems that everyone has a story about their favorite cinnamon roll. Mine is from the 14 Carrot Cafe in Seattle. When I was a kid, my dad would take me there for breakfast and we'd share their giant-gooey-freshly-baked-still hot cinnamon roll that had a scoop of butter on top. What I remember most was that it was biscuit-like and you could get it without raisins (I think raisins in baked goods is gross). The inner layers were so packed with butter, cinnamon and sugar that we would pull the center up and eat it from the inside out.
Trader Joe's has these smoked almonds that I can't stop eating. I put them in my smoked chicken salad. They're awesome sprinkled on a spinach salad. They are incredible in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Or try them sprinkled on sweet potato mash. And you most definitely want them on your meat and cheese platter. I couldn't believe often I was reaching for my jar of smoked almonds.
What a crazy week it's been. One of those when-it-rains-it-pours weeks. Taxes were horrifying. My best friend had her baby 10 weeks early. My cell phone was stolen from the Childbirth Center at the hospital (who steals phones from there?). I had to clean the entire kitchen floor three times in two days because I dumped first, my coffee, second, a jar of salt, and third, a raw egg. The cat has been up every night meowing. Maybe the full moon (followed by the red moon) created some energetic shift resulting in a lot of CRAZY.
It's berry season! Okay, it might be a little early, but the organic Driscoll's raspberries I picked up this week are pretty delicious. And we've been getting some decent weather here in Seattle so we are all getting very excited for Spring. I love how people in Seattle throw on their shorts and flip flops at the first sign of sunshine, even when it's only 55 degrees outside. Some tease us about it, but I believe that spontaneously embracing moments to get outside, smell the cherry and plum blossoms, and smile at your neighbors makes Seattle great. Or we are all so Vitamin D deficient that we turn into sun-sucking zombies that have no control of ourselves. Either way, I love watching my neighborhood wake up and emerge with all the tulips and daffodils. And to the tenant who planted all those tulips outside our apartment building - thank you - they are beautiful!
Here's a recipe for insanely moist and delicious Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. I stole it from Meaningful Eats. I changed the sweetener because I like maple syrup with pumpkin but you can sweeten it with whatever you want. I also added a bit more pumpkin and A LOT more chocolate. I did not practice restraint with this recipe and it totally paid off.
As you might expect, ice cream and Crohn's Disease usually cannot co-exist. And because of this, my ice cream addiction has consumed my mind. My neighborhood has five different ice cream shops in a four block radius. When I walk down the street in summer I will undoubtedly pass at least one person licking an ice cream cone. Nothing beats the nostalgia of an ice cream cone dripping down your arm.
I know you've probably had steak salad before. I've prepared it many times myself and then one day I decided to really jazz up the dressing and only include Asian-inspired ingredients into the rest of the salad. And boy what a difference!
This salad is extraordinary. It's so simple and is done in less than 30 minutes. No need to marinate the meat, it doesn't need it. But if you want to, you can just make extra dressing and marinate the meat in that.