January 2012


I don’t know about you, but since it’s Friday, I’ll be eating pizza for dinner. Homemade pizza of course, and right now mozzarella, potato, onion, mushroom and rosemary is the top contender.  With that delicious meal in mind, I’m sharing something green instead…literally, green. Check out the boy’s recent breakfast from Hugo’s.

Egg whites, chard, beet greens, kale, spinach puree, broccolini, zucchini, asparagus, quinoa, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, topped with alfalfa sprouts and an apple-mango-mint sauce.

I ate a tofu scramble, which reminded me of Marisa. The ginger-soy sauce was super flavorful and I basically licked my plate.

Organic tofu scrambled with sweet potatoes, green onions, tomato, spinach, garlic and mushrooms with ginger-soy sauce.

I’m thinking tofu and fluffy green casseroles for breakfast are the perfect counterpoint to pizza dinners, no?

My weekend was an amazing whirlwind…I just have to share!  Friday night, I flew back home to NJ to throw my mom a surprise party for her 60th birthday; everyone but my mom was in on the secret and helped to coordinate. My dad took us grocery shopping while Hannah got my mom out of the house…then Rachel and I swooped in to clean, decorate and cook. The party went without a hitch; my mom was SHOCKED and cried when she saw all of her friends gathered together. The surprise was actually a double whammy because Rachel and I hid out in the kitchen.  The look on her face when her friends sent her to the fridge to grab them drinks was absolutely priceless…sounds like a cliche, but I’d been extremely giddy all week and my mom’s reaction couldn’t have been better. She would never in a million years assume or even guess that a surprise party was being held in her honor!

We had a Mexican food theme — I made my sweet potato enchiladas, the Pioneer Woman’s tres leches cake, and the Barefoot Contessa’s strong margaritas — and my friend Becky gave me a step-by-step on constructing the cutest DIY pinwheel decorations.

I also got crafty with a copy of Real Simple, some heavy white paper, purple ribbon and a hole punch to make a birthday banner. It made for a great photo backdrop. How cute is my mom? 60 going on 35!

Has anyone else been eating a lot of “fake” food lately? Between the holidays, and then coming back from the holidays and running around/meeting up with friends, my meals have been somewhat lackluster. One night, I ate a bowl of cereal. It was delicious but not normal for me! Yesterday, I actually pulled out a cookbook and made Ellie Krieger’s curried butternut squash soup. It wasn’t too hard and tasted delicious!

While the soup was simmering and the butternut squash was breaking down, I quickly made Eat, Live, Run’s white cheddar rosemary scones.  Bread, rolls, biscuits and scones always seem so challenging to me, but this recipe is foolproof. I’ve made these scones numerous times and the best part is, by the time the soup was done, these had been mixed, rolled out, cut, and baked!

Here’s the money shot…a complete, delicious dinner!

Of course, I have so much happening this week that Kashi meals and more soup (these leftovers and my favorite Amy’s version – tomato) are sure to take the place of homemade meals for the next few days. I’m kind of excited for my schedule to slow down a bit so I can stop eating on-the-go!

With a quick nod to my similar posts in 2009 and 2010, here are my 12 favorite food photos from 2011. I got my new fancy camera in February of this year, and the picture quality has improved 100%. I’ve always been a photo fiend, and finally the images I see in my head match what comes out on the digital screen!

Happy New Year!