An update for you today: One of the most popular recipes on my site, Buffalo Chicken Salad Dip, has a facelift and recipe adjustment!…
They’re balls, but it felt tacky to use that in the title because of all of the jokes I’d invariably make.
But! For your Monday! Here’s our treat-because-its-Monday meets healthy-because-weekend-recovery. It’s perfect for any way you’re feeling. Our weekend was fiiiine food-wise save for some extra bites of Beck’s pizza and overindulgence of the booze on the part of the non-pregos. We went on a quick long weekend vacation with my family and it was great to get away, do very little, and let Beck have some time with her aunts.
Today we’re back at it, working and unpacking and cleaning (omg the dogs alone in the house all weekend so much hair), and these little bites of happiness are calling my name. I took the recipe directly from Pinch of Yum, one of my (and everyone else’s) favorite food blogs. The recipe takes five minutes, is no-bake, is customizeable, and works every single time, all criteria I have for recipes because obviously. The ingredients combine to taste somewhat like cookie dough, and and the base of oatmeal + peanut butter + coconut is hearty without being super heavy like a cookie made with butter and oil. They’re also gluten free and dairy free but don’t scream I’M A HEALTH FOOD, which I love.
Make these today and have them for the entire week, is pretty much all you need to know.…
True life, I don’t like eggs, and I really don’t like hard-boiled eggs. It’s a texture thing, and the overwhelming smell is just…not enough to negate the idea of a cheap+sustainable+healthy protein. BUT, because everyone else likes eggs, and I know how good they are for us, I really want to like them. So, imagine my sadclown surprise when my magazine editor assigned me deviled eggs for our July feature. It was surprising because mainly I choose my own topics, but I’m always asking for direction because I’m eager to please and insecure.
So, the irony of being told to write one recipe in over a year (and I supply 1-3 recipes per month) and have it be an egg recipe was not lost on me. I probably deserved it. It turned out to be a fun challenge, though, and I have a fun trick to offset the mealy texture of boiled egg yolks, something I find particularly not awesome. We make the entire filling in a food processor which is 1. easy and 2. produces a filling that is creamy, not mealy, and delicious. The rest of the ingredients are things you’d find in deviled eggs or egg salad, with lots of spices for flavor and some juice from the pickle jar for flavor. Flavor wins.…
So now that we’re officially past the unofficial first weekend of summer we can definitely start eating foods like this every day for dinner and all weekend drenched in rose, right?
You get me.
Did you have any fun at all this weekend? It poured here all day yesterday and we spent Saturday and Sunday doing house project after house project because our addition is almost-basically-will-never-be-fully DONE, but done enough that we’re in it and frankly if the contractor never does his final few items then he never gets his final million dollars and that’s fiiiiiiine with us, you know? So we’re in the new space, it’s bright and fresh and clean and we are SO happy with it, and with that came a gazillion small and large organizing tasks, moving things around, hanging things on walls, all of the things. It’s far from done, but we did a ton of work on it this weekend and then tons of TV watching yesterday with Beck including her first experience with Moana, which was super special and fun. I’m not sure she grasped much of the story, but every time Moana made any kind of a sad face, Beck was certain “she just misses her Mama!”
So! Now that we used a holiday weekend to do chores, we are READY for summer. We’re kicking off our June with a baby sprinkle on Saturday for my bff Heather, and this is going to feature prominently on a very-massive cheese board that I have planned. I’ve made this a few times already in the spring, and have never had any leftovers, which is how I gauge the success of a new dish. The summer flavors scream at you in the best possible way: a quick pesto yogurt dip, creamy burrata torn over top, roasted cherry tomatoes for tang and to round out the caprese feel of the dish. Olive oil, salt and pepper top the dish AND the bread that I highly recommend grilling – grilling all of the things all summer is the name of our game.
I mean, could there be a more appropriate springy recipe? I’m thinking no, but this one isn’t trying too hard with excessive amounts of green stuff. Or any green stuff, really. It is, however, a super simple snack/appetizer/side dish that happens to be VEGAN and takes all of 20 minutes to make.
It is also full of flavor and texture and just feels like warm-weather with the help of an indoor grill because our grill is under the house out of the way of the never-ending construction.
I love marinated artichokes straight out of a jar, especially on cheese plates or as a snack before dinner with nuts/wine, etc. We recently went to a new Italian restaurant in town and their antipasto platter had something similar to these: artichokes that tasted tangy and marinated and familiar but that were charred on the outside and served warm. I loved them (and ate them all, Jay can go either way on artichokes); the contrast of the tangy marinade and charred grilled bits was so good. HOWEVER, when I decided to make them there was no way in hell I was going to mess with a gazillion fresh artichokes even though they are in season. Trimming and choking fresh artichokes takes forever and I always find myself injured. Plus, Trader Joe’s has frozen artichokes, so the texture is a little more firm than a jarred version and they hold up really well on the grill.
So! We make a super quick marinade. You can do this the day before or right before grilling, the flavor is great no matter what. A few minutes on the grill just for some blackening, and then we serve hot, warm, room temperature, or cold after a day or two in the fridge. There is no wrong way to serve these, and I’d suggest making a massive batch because extra things to go with wine and cheese is not a bad thing ever. See also: Easter brunch/lunch.