Spaghetti with Lemon Pesto recipe and cookbook review: Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean

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If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I love everything Milk Street does. Always phenomenal. If you’re already a Milk Street fan, you are going to love Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean. If you’re new to Milk Street, you’re in for a treat. They are absolute minimalists on everything but flavor. They’ll get you from the counter to the table in the easiest way possible. And they’re really strong flavorists.

I get a super lemony bundt cake on my birthday every year, and I like their Spaghetti with Lemon Pesto even better. It’s terrifically lemony. The lemons, almonds and cheese play beautifully together. It is absolute perfection. And Milk Street’s letting me share the recipe with you!

The recipe calls for 4 lemons, but only the zest is used, so make plans for that juice or use them to infuse water.


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Chaat Masala Potatoes with Yogurt and Tamarind recipe and cookbook review: Ottolenghi: Flavor

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Ottolenghi: Flavor is the third book in Ottolenghi’s vegetarian series: Plenty, Plenty More, and Flavor. This is a gorgeous book filled with more delectable love poems to produce. Yes! If you adore or want to adore produce, you need this! All the dishes we tried were wonderfully complex, balanced, and filled with flavor. While quite a few of the dishes are an hour or two from start to finish, most of it is just an exercise in patience. Do this 5 minute step and come back in an hour to finish everything off. It is all worth it!

I’ll tell you all about all the dishes we tried in a minute. But first, let me share his recipe for Chaat Masala Potatoes with Yogurt and Tamarind with you. Don’t be fooled by their appearance. Two out of four of us think this is the yummiest in the book so far. The cumin, chiles and tamarind give this an amazing flavor. And his dual handling of the potatoes, first boiling, then roasting, gives them a perfectly pillowy interior and a crisp exterior. Perfection. A huge thank you to Ten Speed Press for letting me share them with you! I’ve added links at the bottom to all his books. The holidays are coming up, and these are the ultimate gift for any produce lover that wants to flex a little kitchen muscle. Prepare to crave what you’re supposed to eat!

The recipe calls for nigella seeds. Sometimes they’re called black cumin. If you’re a Penzey’s-head, they sell it as charnushka.


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Jen’s Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – Grain Free!

I get so bummed out for a second when summer ends, then I start thinking about fire pits, leggings, sweaters, apple and pumpkin and I get so excited for fall! I was in the mood for pumpkin pancakes. This are grain-free, filled with tons of pumpkin, and taste like a total treat! The flavor and texture are perfection! Hope you love them!

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Jen’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It was a lovely cool day here in Ft. Worth, and it put me in a fall mood. I needed a pumpkin spice smoothie! I’m not calling it a pumpkin pie smoothie, because I don’t want a breakfast dessert, but this is filled with pumpkin, not just spice. It bangs out nearly a quarter of the daily produce goal, and it’s cheap and delicious, so I thought I’d share. Whole30 and Vegan. Hope you love it!

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Jen’s Buffalo Wing Tofu with Veggies, Gorgonzola Dip, and Sweet Potato Fries

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I’m so excited! I won this darling hoodie for healthy recipe contributions for the month of August from my favorite active wear and crossfit programming company, Constantly Varied Gear. Silky soft, lighweight, warm, and cozy! I’m ready for leggings, hoodies, fire pit time, and warm mugs of deliciousness!

I post two or three meals a day on there. Certainly keeps me busy! Right now, we’re in the middle of an 800 gram per day produce challenge. I saw a few people worrying out loud about budgetary concerns with the 800 gram challenge. This should totally be for everybody. So, I thought I’d focus on really pocket friendly produce plates for a few days. Tofu, carrots, and celery are way cheaper than McDonald’s! 😀 Buffalo wing tofu and veggies with homemade gorgonzola dip and roasted sweet potatoes. Yummy as heck and there’s 574 grams of produce on that plate.

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Jen’s Sweet Goat Cheese Apricots

Need a fabulous and easy party appetizer? Or an Apri-tizer? I’ve got you! Turkish apricots are one of my favorite things.

Jon Bonnell has a restaurant in Ft. Worth called Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, and it is outstanding. Everything. My husband and I have gone for many anniversaries and finally went there for a Christmas week outing with our girls last year. One is the appetizers is Texas Bruschetta – chips instead of bread, of course. It arrives with 4 small things to try, like Texas tapas – Savory herbal goat cheese, avocado and pecan relish (like guac), salsa, and caramelized sweet Texas onions. I’ve been playing with goat cheese dips ever since that first time. Here’s the result.

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Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole

I’ve always adored avocado. My mother-in-law told me that when she was a little girl in Cuba, they loved pairing it in a salad with pineapple. Game changer. In Gran Cocina Latina, she caramelizes the pineapple spears under the broiler. So good! That’s inspired my breakamole this morning. If you have a sweet tooth, this will make your day! Continue reading “Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole”

Cold Sesame Noodle makeover – Jen’s Sesame Spaghetti Squash!

I was in the mood for cold sesame noodles. But I don’t want pasta, so I went with Sesame Spaghetti Squash. Well, Peanut Butter Spaghetti Squash, but that doesn’t have the right ring to it! Continue reading “Cold Sesame Noodle makeover – Jen’s Sesame Spaghetti Squash!”

Jen’s Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

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Heritage CoverAbout two years ago, I was watching David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, and he had Sean Brock on, making Nashville Hot Chicken. Brock finished his off with vinegar powder. Mind blown. My husband and I looked at each other, and I ordered a copy of his book, Heritage, on the spot. That book deserves its own post, but if you grab a copy, be sure to make his fried chicken skins. I mean, chicharrones are awesome, but come on! And make the Southern Screwdriver!

That vinegar powder is a fabulous ingredient. I was reviewing a dehydrator book the other day and the author had garlicky kale chips in it. Great, but I wanted salt and vinegar chips. The vinegar powder is perfect for this! Continue reading “Jen’s Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips”

Fig Cake with Dried Cherries recipe and cookbook review: The Forest Feast Mediterranean

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My dog eats earbuds. I put between 5 and 15 miles on my sneakers every day, and love listening to audiobooks while I’m out there on the trail. I keep leaving those earbuds on my desk, and find them fully munched when I go to grab them, so I’m usually trapped in my own head. When my mind wanders, it’s usually food-related. One day, my fantasy tv show popped into my head. The host would travel the world, and visit people’s gardens, and then follow them into the kitchen to see what they do with their produce. No 3 different dish segment. Nope. Just a slow paced visit with a lot of vegetables, chatting, and coffee. Or tea if that’s your thing. Sounds flippin’ wonderful, doesn’t it? I found that in book form! Well, at least the Mediterranean. She’ll have to work on the rest of the world later.

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