what i cooked | may

smoothie + granolaMay was almost like a kitchen sabbatical. I made smoothies. I made some salads. I cooked dinner maybe twice. And that was pretty much it.

I consumed multiple kale salads from La Mo. I ate dinner at other people’s houses (gracias, Mrs. Johnson!). I ate a lot of my favorite granola from Trader Joe’s.

So I know that’s not inspiring or anything… but it was real life this month, and that’s okay with me :)

xo

P.S. You need to be eating blueberries right now. They’re SO good this year!!!

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what i cooked | february

what i cooked | februaryFebruary was so cold, guys. I stayed in most days, constantly reminded of one of the main reasons why I dislike these states in the middle of the US (no offense to the residents… I’m [a reluctant] one myself).

If January was all about ice cream, February was all about bread. I made a lot of bread. Cinnamon rolls, scones, waffles, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.

There was some ice cream too, of course.

xo

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ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter

ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter | the thoughtful plateAs far as I’m concerned, the only way to even think about serving crêpes to more people than just yourself is to make them well in advance. Follow this advice and you will enjoy a peaceful existence. Disregard it and suffer. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but seriously. Have you ever tried to make crêpes in real time? It’s stressful!

Here’s the proper approach: Continue reading

what i cooked | january

brussels sproutsHappy Saturday, folks!

What ends up on my blog is, for one reason or another, only a fraction of the things I actually make in any given month. Most often it’s because the scones I made at 8pm can’t be photographed at that time, or I’m unwilling to let my portion of the dinner I made for my family get cold while I take it outside to take pictures. We enjoy everything that I share on here, and some things are just easier to intercept before we dig in :)

Anyways, I’m always looking for ways to infuse a bit more real life into this space, and also to share those things which I make after dark. Continue reading

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

winter squash butter crêpes

 It’s like, really cold outside right now.

So cold that I had to wear socks with my Birkenstocks three days in a row.

So cold that I’m legitimately scared to Google the 10-day forecast.

So cold that when I went outside to shoot the photos you are currently looking at, my fingers went numb, my camera lens frosted over, and the caramel hardened on the plate. It’s all so wrong.

I racked my brain and came up with five positives in the midst of this gloominess:

Positive 01 / Socks and Birkenstocks can actually be fun.
Positive 02 / Coffee is good and coffee is hot.
Positive 03 / Dad makes really great fires.
Positive 04 / There’s no shame in leaving the oven on forever (read: bake your heart out).
Positive 05 / I don’t have to worry that ice cream will melt on the way home from the store. Continue reading

mushroom + green bean omelet

IMG_7750These mornings here in Berkeley with one of my best friends are my favorite. Late nights are followed up with slow but efficient mornings. Coffee and devotions, breakfast and newspapers, and then we’re all off to different places. I love walking and cycling everywhere, but for such active days, a decent breakfast is essential. Continue reading

shrimp and grits

shrimp & grits | the thoughtful plate One of my favorite stories to hear my dad or my grammy tell, usually after dinner when we’re all gathered around the table, is about the way my grandad approached cooking. Continue reading

broccoli cream pesto pasta

broccoli cream pesto pasta | the thoughtful plateSaturday was another rare dinner for one night. My family went to a rodeo, but I decided I’d rather stay in and make this pasta. I’d been itching for a chance to photograph it, and the opportunity presented itself.

In the kitchen, I opened up Pandora on my phone and turned on one of my jazz stations. (This is always a given when I’m cooking alone.) Lovely sounds floated off the top of the refrigerator while I boiled pasta and sautéed onions and garlic and broccoli. Oh, the smell. 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.

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