fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce

fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce | the thoughtful plateThe first time I ever made fresh pasta, several years ago now, was a disaster. It began with a wooden rolling pin and ended in noodles that were way too thick, clung to each other while cooking, and never un-clung. I had read somewhere that making pasta with a rolling pin was possible, and I’m sure it is, but it did not work for me that time. Continue reading

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roasted squash seeds

IMG_7899Two Saturdays ago at the farmers’ market, Micah and I picked up a delicata squash, among other things. As I was preparing it to be roasted one night, I decided to set the seeds aside. I had just read an article on Food52 about things to do with them, and I hate throwing away edible food. Continue reading

i’m back! + chocolate almond milkshakes

IMG_5261Wow… I kind of fell off the blogging bandwagon for a while, didn’t I? I didn’t mean to do it. Life just kind of happened and suddenly I found myself at home for two months, where I happily soaked up every single minute spent in the places I love with people I love.

While away, I…

participated in the August Break photography challenge.
met a blogger friend in real life for the first time. (Check out her gorgeous new blog!)
hiked in Yosemite.
spent quite a few random days in the city.
shot senior photos for the first time.
tried to slow down and be aware of little details.

The blog break was simply a bi-product of so many lunches out (or hurried lunches in) and dinners out or at houses of friends, etc. It was nice. I don’t feel guilty. This little space has always been a natural reflection of my daily life through food, and I hope to keep it that way. Clearly, what it’s been reflecting recently is that I’ve been away, resting and recharging. (Kind of like when my phone battery gets really really low in the middle of the day and I have to go plug it in on the desk and go without it for a while.) I’m back now though, ready to go, and excited about the next few months and what they’ll bring. Continue reading

kale chips with garlic olive oil

IMG_2227Look at this! Two green recipes in a row… can you believe it? There would’ve been three, except the day I picked to make one of my favorite pastas ever, natural light was being SO uncooperative. Uncooperative as in, ugh these clouds are making it feel like 8pm at 3pm, why is this happening to me??

I’m sort of over it now, having reconciled myself to the fact that I’ll just have to make the pasta again really soon, and hopefully pick a more suitable day.

In the meantime, let’s discuss kale chips. Continue reading

pancakes for half a person

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWhen colder weather sets in, my usual smoothie alone has a harder time of satisfying me at breakfast time. I want something bready, something warm. On weekends I’ve been making waffles. They’re easy, but it’s still a bit more effort/cleaning than I’d like on a weekday.

Enter these pancakes. The original recipe is called “Pancakes for One”, but I halved the recipe, so I’m calling them “Pancakes for Half a Person”. The amount was perfect for me when eaten with a slightly smaller smoothie (with the other 1/2 of a banana). I divided the batter into 3 little pancakes. Continue reading