Category: Side Dishes
Hello everyone! Welcome back, can you believe it is 2013?! This is the first year that I have decided NOT to make a resolution. My mom was talking about New Years Resolutions and it made me realize how often (for the most part) our own resolutions fade away each year. Last year my New Years resolution was to quit consuming so much processed sugar; I forgot about that one in a matter of months. I still try to consume as few GMOs as possible, but it is hard to not consume sugar when you are a culinary student who is also working during the day most of the time. So this year my “resolution”, if you want to call it that, is that this year is the first year of the rest of my life and it is going to be the most epic year yet. I graduate culinary school and will travel the world and discover where I belong, as well as start my career in the field of my dreams, as a chef!
HELLO WORLD! I am officially back in Boulder. I moved into an apartment all alone (my first time EVER living alone). It definitely has it’s ups and downs, but I am getting used to it. I started school this week at Escoffier too! The first week is all ServSafe, which is health and sanitation, so it is kind of boring; but next week we get started in the kitchens!
Yikes! Is it already Wednesday?! It looks like I am on Hawaiian time with my blog posts. This weekend/week has been packed with fun and work. For Easter, I got to go to the West side of the island to the gorgeous beaches. Since then, it has been work, work, work at Morimoto. Although I have to admit, I recently read an article about the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. Number one? “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” So, let this be a reminder to us all, sometimes calling in sick or volunteering to go home early is worth more than the $50 from your work hours. I know I won’t be letting work get me down any more while I am here in Hawaii.
I never thought I’d see the day that this happened, but I applied for a second job this week. I have an interview tomorrow to be a prepared foods cook at Whole Foods in Honolulu! I really hope I get the job, considering that I am B-R-O-K-E (so I encourage you to keep visiting my site and reading my posts to help me earn ad money haha). Another exciting update from here in Hawaii, the rain is starting to die out!! Hooray for sunshine! But yes, now onto the food.
Can you believe that it is almost Christmas?! What are your plans for the holidays? I will be spending Christmas in Denver with parents, brothers and a few other relatives. I am really excited about this Christmas because I hardly get to see my brothers any more, plus I will be moving far, far away in exactly two weeks from today. I hope that the holidays haven’t stressed you out, but if you are panicking about what you are going to cook for dinner with your family this guest post is perfect for you. I would like to welcome Denise from Dinner With Denise this friday. She is sharing one of her delicious side dishes for the holidays. This is a great alternative to the typical sweet potatoes and marshmallows if you feel like you always serve that dish during the holidays. With that, I give you Denise:
Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole w/ Pecan Crunch Topping
I don’t know about you, but here in Colorado it has been snowy, snowy, snowy. This past Tuesday was in the negatives in Boulder! With winter in full effect, I find myself constantly wanting soup. If this is how you feel as well, you are in luck! This week we have Rachel from My Naturally Frugal Family guest posting with us. She has a delicious, simple soup that you can whip up quickly for those cold nights. With that, please welcome Rachel:
Vegetable Noodle Soup from My Naturally Frugal Family
Once again, it is time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month I had Ellie from The Bitchin’ Kitchen. She had a bunch of delicious recipes. She is a food blogger from Hoboken, NJ. I am still planning on making her Jalapeno Popper Cupcakes!
Last weekend, I finally went snowboarding for the first time in SEVEN MONTHS! It got me thinking, has it really been seven months since I left for Africa? On top of that it has already been over a month since I left for Italy! It is kind of scary how fast my last semester of college is going. It is a bit bittersweet though, I can’t believe I am graduating, but so excited to move to Hawaii for eight months! I am still looking for a job, but hopefully will find one before I go! I know I promised to share a few recipes from my Italy trip, so here is the first one. Easy, but one of my favorites.
Finally, to the cooking part of my cooking trip! We headed to a small town called Spongano the morning after our welcome dinner in Lecce. This is where the castle was located. Some people may call this a manor house, but call it what you want. There were like 20 bedrooms and bathrooms and an awesome pool and a garden filled with all sorts of fruit trees… I’d call that a castle. (Also, thanks to my mom, the host of the trip, for most of these photos! I was too preoccupied to take pictures most of the week. If you think you would like to go on this trip next time she takes people, check out her site here!)