I love olives. I am always tempted to eat them any time, any place. Especially during the holiday season, because they’re pretty much guaranteed to be served at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. At least in my family. And, with the … Continue reading Tempted by Olives
I first saw this ode to girls who read when the Insatiable Booksluts shared it on their FB page, and I loved it so much I just wanted to share it with you all. What isn’t there to love about … Continue reading Girls Who Read
One of the most confusing places in my kitchen can be the cupboards. We have a small, galley-type kitchen with only cupboards in which to store our food (I can’t wait to have a kitchen with a pantry). As in … Continue reading Confusion in the Cupboards
This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on layers. I present you the many layers of pizza. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers
The wine I’m sharing today is from another Pennsylvania winery (honestly I had no idea that PA had so many wineries), Penns Woods Winery located in Eddystone, PA with a tasting room in Chadds Ford, PA. Eddystone is 20 minutes south of Philly and the tasting room is about 40 minutes outside of Philly, near the PA-Delaware border. This is the first wine I’m featuring that costs more than $15. Honestly, I don’t mind spending more money (although I realize this isn’t that much, I naturally gravitate toward less expensive wines) for good alcohol. The reasons I chose this (in the beautiful new Wine & Spirits store near 20th and Market Streets) was the fact that it’s from PA and it was a variety of wine I hadn’t yet tried.
I love resources that easily further wine education. A co-worker shared these useful tips for wine lovers, and following the breadcrumb trail, I found out that … Continue reading Great Resource for Wine Lovers
Today’s Daily Prompt is perfect for the month of November. I have always believed that food is nourishment for your soul just as much as it is for your body. The love that is shared and passed on through food is never more apparent than during the holiday season when people gather to cook and share together. Thanksgiving is only 17 days away and I eagerly look forward to joining my mom in the kitchen again to create a wonderful meal for family and friends.
To give you an idea of the delicious dishes that grace our table, here is what our food for the soul from Thanksgiving 2011 looked like.
The First Course
The other day I was looking in my cupboard. Both a can of pumpkin purée and multiple bags of chocolate chips were sitting on the shelves. For the past week or so the thought of making cookies had been on my mind – it is cookie making season, after all! And I had the thought “why not pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.”
Of course, I am not the only one to have thought of this wonderful combination. There are many recipes for this cookie, and all seem to be slightly different. A number use vegetable oil instead of butter (which is a breach of the cookie commandments if you ask me), and some use baking powder while others don’t.
For experiments sake, I decided to make two batches. My base recipe for all chocolate chip cookies is, of course, the Toll House recipe I learned to make cookies from when I was a young girl. I found two different recipes that sounded like they would work out pretty well.
The first recipe uses baking powder and only one egg. Instead of all the different spices, I just used All-Spice, and I forgot the cinnamon. The result? A cookie that has a cake-like consistency. It tasted pretty good. But, this was not quite the cookie I was looking for.
Today, I really struggled trying to figure out what I was going to write about, and while at work, I didn’t really have time to give it much more thought than “I don’t know what to write about.” So, when … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit
During the week, I try to bring my lunch to work with me, whether it’s leftovers, a sandwich, or maybe some lettuce wraps. But, sometimes I don’t feel like eating what my kitchen has to offer, and I am left with the decision of deciding where to eat. Many times, my co-workers and I eat lunch together and that is always the first question “So where are we eating?”
Philly has a wide variety of places to choose from, but I generally stay within the same radius between JFK Boulevard and Walnut Streets, and 18th to 16th Streets (with rare trips to the Reading Terminal Market). When I don’t eat at my work’s cafeteria, here are some of my favorite places to eat (not in any order of preference).
44 S. 17th Street
This is where I go when I’m in the mood for a sub. I always get #6 – Vegetarian. What I love most about this sandwich is the avocado cream. No other sandwich place makes avocado cream like JJ’s does. It’s also a great place if you don’t have time to wait for lunch, and I don’t ever remember waiting more than five minutes to get my sandwich. If you have a gluten allergy or are watching your carb intake, you can also make any sammich into an Unwich (a lettuce wrap).
127 S. 18th Street
When I’m craving some healthy food that is 100% plant-based, this is where I go. My favorites (so far) are the Ziggy Burger and the Fajita Wrap, as well as a side of sweet potato fries served with a cilantro-black bean dip. The Jerk Cesar Salad is quite tasty as well. But, make no mistake, the food portions are just as hearty and you will never be able to complain of still being hungry after your meal.