Sunday Breakfast

Jen and I met up for breakfast on this snowy Salt Lake Sunday, at The Rose Establishment. I had a hot cup of the daily French Press and it hit the spot. So deliciously perfect. I also had one if their poppy seed scones, sorry I didn’t take a picture – I consumed it so quickly! Jen had one of their whole wheat and spiced apple “Pop-Tarts” and an Americano. It’s always nice to catch up over hot drinks on a cold wintery day. So far, today is great. We’ll keep you posted.

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The Rose Establishment

The Mr. and I took the girls to the Living Planet Aquarium and finished out the day happy.
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Delicious Multi-Grain Pancakes

Baby, it’s cold outside and the leaves are falling.  It’s beautiful but my herb garden won’t be around for long, so thank goodness for fresh herbs at our local markets these days.  I still think there is more flavor and fragrance when it comes straight from the garden into the kitchen.

Here’s one of my breakfast favorites using mint from my herb garden.  Multi-Grain Pancakes with Mint and Raisins.

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    Multi-Grain Pancakes    
1 C. Multi-Grain Flour
1 1/2 C. Krusteaz Pancake Mixture
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix these dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add in 1 C. of milk and 1 C. of Water
Whisk mixture together (add milk or water if desired to thin the consistency, I like it the
consistency of cake batter)
Chop 3-4 mint leaves and 1/2 C. of raisins, add to the batter and mix slowly.
Let batter sit for 5 min.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium high, if using a good quality pan – there isn’t a need to put butter down or use a non-stick spray (once the pan is hot, put down a small amount of batter to determine this).

Use 1/8 C. to scoop batter into pan.  Cook on first side until bubbles pop in batter, then flip and cook for one to two minutes on the second side, checking occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn.

I love to serve these with fresh apricot or raspberry jam, but that’s up to you.  Make It Your Own!

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Pita Pizza

My husband found a Tuna Melt Pita Pizzas Recipe in a magazine awhile ago and we tried it out today – with our own twist of course.  I thought it worked so well, I just had to share.  I think this would be great for an appetizer as well.  And with the many options of pizza out there – you can get really creative with the Pita Pizza idea and make this is a lot of fun for everyone in the family to make together.  I hand-picked the dill and lettuce from my garden.  It’s great to have the little extras just outside my doorstep!

Tuna Pita Pizza

1 Can solid white tuna in water, drained
2 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp. fresh Dill, finely chopped
1 Green Onion, finely chopped
4 Pitas (white / whole wheat)
2 Cups Baby Greens
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese (I plan on using Dubliner Cheese next time, we pick it up at Costco and I use it in almost everything!)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a bowl, mix tuna, mayonnaise, olive oil, dill, green onion, salt and pepper.  Place the pitas on the baking sheet, then spread the tuna mixture overtop.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each pita and bake until cheese has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.  Cut each pita into wedges and top with baby greens.  Enjoy!  {A}

Tuna Pita Pizza

Tuna Pita Pizza

Going Fast, SO Yummy!

Lettuce Garden

Dill

Farmer’s Market Season

It’s Farmer’s Market Season and I’m really excited to have the local artisans food and crafts at my fingertips again!  I’m a sucker for fresh food and hand-made wares.  The most popular Farmer’s Market in our area is the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market put on by the Downtown Alliance.  Click HERE for more information. Sometimes I just can’t make it there Saturday morning, so it’s so great to be able to go to this one on a Tuesday.  And if your looking for those little gems, some of my other favorite Farmer’s Market’s are:

Murray Farmer’s Market (Friday’s and Saturday’s 9am – 3pm)

People’s Market (Sunday’s 10am-3pm)

And if you’re up for a quick drive… Park City Farmer’s Market …this one is great to go buy some fresh food and hit the trails for a beautiful hike afterwards!

Have fun!

What’s Cookin’?

It’s Memorial Day weekend and we plan on getting together rain or shine!  I’m excited to make some of our summer favorites this weekend.  BBQ Santa Maria Tri-tip, Ma’s Coleslaw, Homemade Salsa, Watermelon Salad.  Last summer a co-worker of mine brought a watermelon salad to work and urged me to try it.  I was skeptical, but had a bite.  Oh, I am so addicted now!!  It’s the perfect spicy, sweet and sour notes wrapped up into a very refreshing dish, fantastic for summer!  I took his recipe down, but made a couple alterations after making it at home, I urge you to try it, it’s so easy to make.

Audrey’s Watermelon Salad

1 Seedless Watermelon, cut into small cubes
2 cups of heirloom tomatoes, diced or small slices
1 Armenian Cucumber, diced or cut into half circle slices
1⁄4 cup Champagne Vinegar
½ Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1⁄8 tsp. Ground Cayenne Pepper (to taste, a little goes a LONG way)
1/2 Red Onion, chopped into small strips
2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp.Ground Black Pepper

1. Mix olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a bowl.

2. In a large bowl, combine watermelon cubes, tomatoes, and cucumber.

3. Stir in the oil and vinegar mixture carefully

4. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 hour

5. Serve and Enjoy!

Watermelon Tomato Cucumber Salad

Hearty Gnocchi Recipe

This is one of my favorite meals, I think it is such a homey dish and really hits the spot when you need something hearty, warm and scrumptious.    Gnocchi is the star of this dish.  It’s a small dumpling that is made a few different ways: Potato, sweet potato, butternut squash (my favorite – can’t wait to show you how to make these), cheese, wheat, flour and egg, or breadcrumbs, among others.  Gnocchi is easily used when replacing potato or pasta in a dish, such as a Pesto (use Gnocchi instead of Penne or Cavatappi noodles).  It’s easily found in most grocery stores, but if you can’t find it there you can always get it online.  Scroll down for the recipe, and I hope you like it as much as I do. {A}

   Hearty Gnocchi
3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 White Onion – chopped
2 Tbs. Minced  Garlic
1 Box (16 oz.) Potato Gnocchi
2 16oz. cans of White / Northern Beans
4 Roma Tomatoes – Diced
1/2 bunch of Spinach leaves (or to your liking)
1/2 lb. of Italian Sausage or Spicy Italian Sausage
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Frying Pans

Note: I like to cook the sausage in one pan and all the other ingredients in another at the same time, if this won’t work in your kitchen, just cook the sausage and set aside, then cook the remaining ingredients and add all together in the end… you’ll see!

1. Start cooking the Sausage in one pan on medium heat and cook until browned.
2. While the Sausage is cooking add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to your other frying pan and put on medium heat.  Add in your onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes (until onions are semi-clear).

3. Add in Gnocchi and cook for about 8 minutes, Gnocchi will brown slightly and become plump.

4. Add in the beans, tomatoes, and spinach and let cook for about 5-7 minutes (making sure the beans get hot)

5. Stir in the Sausage to complete the dish

Serve and Enjoy!

Easter Treats

Salt Lake City does not skimp on treats during holiday seasons, so if you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for, try some of our favorites:

Hatch Family Chocolates
376 8th Avenue, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(801) 532-4912

10" Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny by Hatch Family Chocolates

Les Madeleines
216 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
801-355-2294

Raspberry Buttons at Les Madeleines

Gourmandise – The Bakery
250 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801.328.3330

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
6191 S State St, Ste 364
Murray, UT

See’s Candies
Fashion Place Mall
6191 S State St
Murray, UT 84107
801-268-4722        

Novelty Egg at See's Candy

Chocolate Cottage
720 East 10600 South
Sandy (801) 572-7706

Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage
609 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 967-9766

Cummings Studio Chocolate
679 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

If it’s not sweet treats you’re looking for, but more of a savory gourmet meal on the upcoming holiday, we highly recommend the Oasis Cafe Easter Brunch. “Mirroring the creative daily menu filled with local organic vegetables, sustainably ranched meats and freshest seafood, the buffet is a favorite with locals.  The buffet will also include the popular Prime Rib Carving Station and a Chocolate Fountain for dessert.  Reservations are highly suggested.”

Some other great suggestions for Easter Brunch:

Bambara
202 S. Main
801-363-5454

Faustina
454 E., 300 S.
801-746-4441

Franck’s
6263 S. Holladay Blvd.
801-274-6264

Gardner Village
1100 W. 7800 S., West Jordan
801-566-0917

Little America
500 S. Main St.
800-281-7899

Log Haven
6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd.
801-272-8255

Market Street Grill
Three locations:
Downtown             801-322-4668
Cottonwood             801-942-8860
South Jordan             801-302-2262

Piñon Market & Café
2095 E. 1300 S.
801-532-4539

Let us know where you went and what your favorites were!

Saturday in Salt Lake

Salt Lake City’s City Creek just opened this week and downtown has a become much more appealing to locals.   People are out and about.  So what would a Saturday Night in Salt Lake City look like?  Well, here’s what you could have done last night: Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, dreamed big in Restoration Hardware in City Creek, take the kids and spouse to Beauty and the Beast at Capitol Theater and meet one of the cast.  Or Dinner at Eva, Shopping at City Creek Center, dance to Tuxedo Tramps and Three Bad Jacks playing at Beck Street Garage, and maybe even meet a local artist like Adam Bateman.  Sounds pretty good to me and I only gave two scenarios.  Salt Lake is becoming a hot spot for fashion, art, food, music and night life.  So whatever you know of Salt Lake City, I’m happy to say, there’s more…  {A}

 

St. Patrick’s Day Stew Update:

So, I love this stew now.  My first time trying to make it was very trying on me…I had tried to make it an hour before everyone arrived and it was NOT ready.  So remember to let this “stew”.

Mine is stewing right now in a crockpot, recipe and finished meal later on

1 SlowCooker
1 Frying Pan
1 Med/Lrg Sauce Pan
1 Lrg Mixing Bowl
Misc. Utensils

1 lb. Beef Stew Meat
3/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Black Pepper
4-6 Tbsp Vegetable Cooking Oil
4 Stalks of Celery Chopped
3 Large Russet Potatoes Diced (sized to your liking)
4 Large Carrots Chopped
3-4 Parsnips Chopped
1 White Onion, Chopped
1 Can Diced Organic Tomatoes
1 Can Organic Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp diced Garlic
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Can Guinness Draught
4 C.Water (or beef stock)

Step 1. Chop Celery, Potatoes, Carrots, and Parsnips and place in Crockpot
Step 2. Heat Oil in Fying Pan on MedHigh
Step 3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, 1 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Pepper
Step 4. Toss Stew Meat in flour mixture until coated evenly.  Using Tongs or a slotted spoon, place coated meat into oil, leaving excess flour in bowl.  Cook until all sides have browned.  Place meat in slowcooker.
Step 5. Dice Onion and use the frying pan you just cooked the meat in.  Cook on medium until onions are clear, then place in slow cooker.
Step 6. In Saucepan, combine remaining ingredients (tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, Guinness, water) cook on low until tomato paste has dissolved.  Add to slowcooker.
Step 7. Cover Slowcooker and place on high for 5 hours, then move to low for 1 more hour.
Step 8. Serve with bread and enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s Inspired Meal

I’ll be making a version of this lovely Guinness Stew this weekend – check back to see how it turns out!

http://homecooking.about.com/od/soups/r/blss129.htm

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