Tax season is over. Sort of. Yay!
As my busiest time of the year (work-wise) winds down, I hope to ramp up my kitchen and eating time! My Pittsburgh restaurant ‘to try’ list continues to grow. My ear-marked recipe stash is getting out of control. These are good things 🙂
For now, I leave you with some spring inspired foodie experiences from the last few weeks:
Kale chips – I finally made kale chips and they were way better than I thought they were going to be. I used a large bunch of kale purchased at Stan’s in the Strip. I washed and dried it, cut out the rough stems, and tore it into manageable pieces. I loaded up a half sheet pan and drizzled it with about 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and sprinkled on about 1 teaspoon of sea salt and a good tablespoon of finely grated parm. I got my hands in there a bit and made sure everything was coated. After the pan spent ten minutes in a 350ish oven, I had crispy, salty, earthy kale chips. I literally ate almost the whole tray within a few hours. Maybe I am becoming a crazy food hippie but I really liked these.
Pesto – You can’t beat the $1.50 big bunches of basil you can get at Stan’s Market (1809 Penn Ave – Strip). Pop over to Penn Mac and grab some grated parm and pine nuts and you are set. The other night I threw the basil, a bit of leftover cilantro, pine nuts, parm, garlic, olive oil, and salt into my mini food processor. Yum. Tastes like summer! I ate this over pasta one night and over a big bowl of diced fresh tomatoes another night. The plum tomatoes I got at (you guessed it) Stan’s were not bad at all.
Green Smoothie – I have been crushing this smoothie combo over the last few weeks: 1/2 banana (preferably frozen), 1/2 – 1 cup vanilla soy milk, 2 -3 cups loosely packed spinach, a few ice cubes. Blend and enjoy, adjusting the amount of liquid as you see fit. It sounds kind of crazy but its really refreshing and gets lots of greens into you. I will often enjoy this smoothie and a piece of toast with almond butter for breakfast. Maybe I really am turning into a crazy food hippie.