Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Weekly Favorites 07/08/18 to 07/14/18

Time for another batch of favorite food and restaurant articles! This week, I'm exploring articles from Red Thai Curry Prawns, to Fried Squash Blossoms!

Chocolate Coffee Nice Cream - via Daffodils and Lemons

It's interesting to me that even though I am in no way trying to cut out any specific foods in my diet, I keep finding myself drawn to recipes using alternative ingredients. At any rate this "nice cream" looks pretty good to me!

Classic Red Thai Curry with Prawns - via Annalena's Heart(h)beat

Typically, I don't make curry, but when I get the chance to eat it, I always do! I like my curry pretty spicy too! I find that the spice goes really well with the coconut milk typically found in curry recipes!

Morning Maple Cranberry Oat Pecan Bars - via Fork and Spoon Recipes 

Some mornings, you just have to have a quick breakfast. And let's face it, sometimes that quick and breakfast needs to be something portable. These bars are definitely fit the bill for quick and portable breakfast, and the pack a huge punch of nutrition!

Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Crab and Mascarpone - via Brina's Bites 

Alright, full disclosure here, these fried squash blossoms instantly reminded of Gilmore Girls. There's no shame there. I'll spare you the details of the scene. After the Gilmore Girls moment had passed, I explored the recipe. First, I love crab. Second, the crab and mascarpone combination is so good! I definitely want to try my hand at making these!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekly Favorites 07/01/18 to 07/07/18

Time for a new batch of weekly favorites! I've found some more articles that I'm really excited to share!

Epic Bacon Burger - via Carly Bloggs

I think that at this point, you may have realized that I never met a burger that I sent away without eating it! Throw bacon into the mix and there's no way I'm saying no. Normally, I'm all about the grill. But for those of you who don't have a grill, this recipe demonstrates how to cook a burger stove top, which I find to be a suitable second option. There are of course some nights I am too lazy to go outside and fire the grill up.

Summer Tagliolini Pasta Recipe with Marinated Vegetables - via The Pasta Project

When I'm not chowing down on a burger, I turn to my Italian roots for food inspiration. I love a really simple pasta dish, where just a few ingredients can come together to make a dish full of flavor. This Summer Tagliolini recipe just that. The ingredients list is mostly vegetables, with a few others to enhance the flavors. This sounds amazing and should go perfect on a hot Houston, TX summer day!

Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns, Sausage, and Eggs - via Mr. B Cooks

Without even looking at the article, the title of this post reminded me of the sausage and egg casserole my mom cooked every Christmas morning and still cooks every Christmas to this day. Diving in to it, the preparation is very similar. The key difference is the addition of the hash browns and the absence of bread cubes. The nostalgia alone, we enough to draw me in to this one!

Passion Fruit Eclairs with Italian Meringue - via Lil' Cookie

What drew me in to this one was the departure from what I think of as a traditional eclair. You know what I mean. I have never had an eclair that wasn't a pastry filled with either cream or custard, topped with chocolate. Not that I am complaining. Here, Lil' Cookie takes us away from that traditional eclair with the addition of fruit and a light meringue, perfect for summer!

Best of Houston

For the past few months, I've been working on a Best Houston - Kid Friendly post. Lately though, I've come in to a bit of a snag. I've found that one or two of the places I've picked to feature as a kid friendly Houston Restaurant, have come up closed. That leaves me with eight on a list of ten! As I'm sure every parent has experienced, finding a good place to eat where not only your kids feel comfortable, but you feel comfortable taking them, and there's actually something on the menu that they will even eat, can be a challenge!

That's where you come in, dear readers. I want to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Houston places are to take your kids when you want to get a bite to eat!

If you need a little inspiration, check out my previous Best of Houston posts, Best Houston Coffee Shops and Houston Essential Restaurants!

While your here, leaving a few comments, you can help me out a little more. I want to write a few more Best of Houston Posts, but I want to hear from you! Best Mexican? Best Italian? Best Pizza? Let me know where you like to go!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Weekly Favorites 06/24/18 to 06/30/18

Time for a new batch of weekly favorite food and restaurant articles! This week, I have some exciting things to share!

Blueberry Friands - via Tania's Kitchen

When I came across this blog post and read the ingredients list, I knew it had to be good! How can you go wrong combining lemon curd and blueberry together?? For the gluten free readers out there, this recipe is perfect for you!

Oven-Baked Light and Fresh Chicken Tikka Sandwich - via Cooking with Anadi

For all of you Friends fans out there, I'm a little like Joey. I love sandwiches!! This chicken sandwich has a tandoori inspired chicken with some cucumber, tomato, and spinach! Can't wait to try this one out!

Simple Won Ton Soup - via Souper Diaries

Everyone loves a good soup, especially won ton soup! Lately, when we get Chinese food on one of those nights we're all too tired to cook, won ton soup has been the go to for my wife. So, I will have to try this out to make some won ton soup for her at home!

Pineapple Tartlettes with Lime Cream - via Lil' Cookie

It's summer time, and I don't know about you, but I am always looking for some delicious and light recipes to try when it's hot out. Pineapple and lime are the perfect summer flavors!

Vanishing Yeast Rolls - via i Food Blogger 

I've long searched for the perfect yeast roll. The frozen dinner roll variety usually does the trick, but sometimes I want something more. Maybe something more like what I find when I go out to restaurants! I may have finally found it with this recipe!
Vanishing Yeast Rolls
Vanishing Yeast Rolls
Photo Credit - i Food Blogger

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Weekly Favorites 06/17/18 to 06/23/18

Time for another batch of favorite food and restaurant articles! This week, we go from chicken fajitas, to a vegan, no bake chocolate cheese cake!

Chicken Fajitas - via The Indian Claypot

I've never been shy about my love for fajitas. So when a new recipe option comes available, it is sure to catch my eye! This one is an Indian fusion recipe!

Chicken Braised with Lemon, Sage, and Olives - via Villa Sentieri

I love olives. No, really, I may have a problem! Sometimes my salads are olives with a side of olives! This chicken sounds almost perfect with lemon, sage, and of course, olives! I can't wait to try this one out!

Spaghetti with Smoked Trout Carbonara - via The Pasta Project

One of the things I love about the Weekly Favorites series, is that it helps me find inspiration for foods I might not have otherwise tried or conceived! This Smoked Trout Carbonara is one of those! I would have never thought to combine smoke trout with pasta! I will have to add this to the list of things to try!

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake - via Game of Cookies

At first, I wasn't sold on this cheesecake recipe. I'm a bit of a purest when it comes to cheesecake and the idea of a no bake didn't quite appeal to me at first. But then, two things struck me! The flavor combination of chocolate and coconut have been steadily growing on me. Also, my wife has been trying to avoid dairy, which means if I make a cheesecake at home, I'm basically baking for myself. Maybe that's not such a bad thing! So maybe, this no bake, vegan cheesecake could make for a compromise!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Weekly Favorites 06/10/2018 to 06/16/2018

Time for another batch of favorite food and restaurant articles. This weeks batch explores a cooking staple, the perfect breakfast sandwich, a chocolate hazelnut dessert, and a DIY french fry seasoning!

The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich - via Outside Magazine

The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich
The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich
Photo Credit Outside Magazine
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a breakfast that's portable that isn't a breakfast bar, which are often times packed with more sugar than anyone actually needs. This sandwich has the protein and nutrients that everyone needs to start off the day!

Our Favorite Bacon Recipes - via Garden & Gun

Applewood Bacon-Wrapped Venison Loin
Applewood Bacon-Wrapped Venison Loin
Photo Credit Garden & Gun
I'm going to follow my mini rant about sugary breakfast bars, with a post about bacon. But, who doesn't love bacon? You know, bacon, that miracle ingredient that goes in almost everything! My favorite from this list is the Applewood Bacon-Wrapped Venison Loin!

Following last week's trend, the next two articles came from a Twitter search!

Chocolate Hazelnut Affagato - via Compelled to Cook

I love desserts like this. I get my coffee fix and sweet tooth taken care of in one dish! The hazelnut and chocolate flavors, blend perfectly with the espresso poured over it!

DIY French Fry Seasoning - via Simply Tasheena

French fries are a great go to appetizer or side, especially if you can get creative with toppings and seasonings. Something a little bolder than salt and pepper can take French fries to a whole new level! This French fry seasoning takes it up a notch with paprika and cumin!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Weekly Favorites 06/03/2018 to 06/09/2018

This week for inspiration for my favorite food and restaurant articles, I took to Twitter for inspiration. What I found, is really special. There are some great bloggers out there, far too many to mention here.

DIY Sushi
DIY Sushi
Photo Credit Low Carb Nikki
DIY Sushi - via Low Carb Nikki

I've dabbled in Asian cooking, but I typically keep things safer and steer towards Italian or barbecue. I've made Spring Rolls and Pad Thai, and even Moo Shu Pork. I've liked the idea of making my own sushi, but was never confident enough to try it out. Here, Nikki lays it out and makes it seem less of a daunting task. 

7 Essential Stops in Levinksy Market, Tel Aviv - via Becky van Dijk

What drew me to this post was a tweet.

Turns out I should have been a food blogger instead of a travel blogger! Check out these essential foodies stops in Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv | @VibeIsrael #foodblogger #TelAviv https://t.co/VBMoqu1v5B pic.twitter.com/QiINzJoU9x

Believe it or not, I've toyed with travel blogging! I stick with food for the most part, but throw some travel in where I can. Becky gives a great tour of the Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv, making any reader pining to go!

Raspberry Bread
Raspberry Bread
Photo Credit - The Indian Claypot
Raspberry Bread - The Indian Clay Pot

The flavor profile of this bread is what drew me in!. The raspberry and lemon flavor combination is perfect, and that lemon glaze to put on top was the cherry on top. Needless to say, I can't wait to try this one out!

Tagliatelle Pasta with Fresh Peas and Pancetta - via The Pasta Project

Tagliatelle Pasta with Fresh Peas and Pancetta
Tagliatelle Pasta with Fresh Peas and Pancetta
Photo Credit - The Pasta Project
Did you think I could go a whole post without talking about pasta? Me neither. This recipe has all of the ingredients I'm looking for! The pasta, pancetta, and the creaminess from the butter, what's not to love? This is another one I'll be trying out soon!


Weekly Favorites 07/08/18 to 07/14/18

Time for another batch of favorite food and restaurant articles! This week, I'm exploring articles from Red Thai Curry Prawns, to Fried ...