IN THE KITCHEN * LIL BABY LASAGNA

These were super easy and a party hit. I only hope you can follow my lousy directions…
Preheat oven to 375
Brown beef  with garlic and italian seasonings. Add half a jar of tomato sauce or homemade if you’ve got it like that.
In a separate bowl mix ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella and shredded parmesan with fresh chopped basil.
Press one wonton wrapper into your greased muffin pan.
Next add a little cheese mixture, then a little meat mixture, followed by another wonton, meat and cheese layer.
Top with extra shredded cheese and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and looking good enough to eat.

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IN THE KITCHEN * ROSEMARY BACON


When I’m out and have something yummy I try to recreate some version of it at home. This time around it’s Rosemary Bacon.
Yeah Burger had this on their burger of the month recently, and it piqued my interest.
I lined my pan with parchment, laid out thick cut bacon, and added chopped rosemary and ground black pepper.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or so depending how crisp you like your bacon.

On instagram someone suggested wrapping this around shrimp or chicken and I definitely want to try that soon!

IN THE KITCHEN * A LEAFY RUBDOWN

Kale is a hearty green that with a little loving transforms into a delicious and healthy alternative to your standard salad greens. It’s nice to switch things up.
Simply remove the kale from its stems, take bunches in both hands and rub them together. It will become smaller, softer, darker and taste less bitter.

I recently had some kale from wholefoods that was lathered in garlicky goodness so I combined that idea with  a few caesar dressing ingredients.

In my new Ninja (yes! yes!) I blended the following:

a few anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
about tbsp of parmesan cheese
tbsp of  Worcestershire
tbsp of mayo
dash or two of olive oil
juice of 1 lemon

It rocked.

SNACKS * BRESAOLA

Arugula, Bresaola, Parmesan, Lemon, Olive (or Truffle) Oil, Pepper

LOCAL EATS * THE OPTIMIST

I was a bit spoiled this weekend with dinner at Rosebud on Friday followed by a laid back sunny afternoon trip to The Optimist on Saturday. This was my first visit to The Optimist and my friend and I decided to dine at The Oyster Bar which has a smaller menu of starters and snacks. It’s adjacent to the main dining area and  I immediately fell for the laid back coastal vibe of the space with the sun shining in and doors open to the patio.

We of course had to order beers to take advantage of the free Coozie perk at the Oyster Bar. They also have delicious flavored punches that change daily and we went with refreshing watermelon basil.

Charred octopus with kimchi sauce and candied coriander. Yes please. In the top left corner is the edge of some amazing chips with malt vinegar aioli. They were paper-thin and crispy.

Wood roasted oysters with shrimp butter shown here, but we also sampled some raw east and west coast varieties. They had several oyster options to choose from and I wanted about a dozen of each.

Hopefully I will be returning very soon to try out The Optimist’s main menu as well as back to The Oyster Bar to work my way through all of their offerings.

COCONUT PANNA COTTA

photo credit: inspiring the everyday

Knowing my way around the kitchen and whipping up a tasty dinner has never been a problem, but when it comes to desserts my skills fall short. This year I promised myself I would get at least one go-to dessert under my belt, and I think I’ve found THE ONE. If this Panna Cotta tastes half as good as this photo looks, I’ll be thrilled. Inspiring The Everyday is full of tasty recipes and beautiful photography that will have you oohing and ahhing.

THE SPOTTED TROTTER & AN AFTERNOON SNACK

We popped into the The Spotted Trotter Charcuterie for the first time yesterday and definitely should have done so sooner. The Chef was working the counter along with a friendly staff and there were lots of meaty things to choose from at great prices. I picked up a few different snacks in an effort to sample a variety of what they had to offer. The lamb merguez and salumi really stood out, packing lots of flavor, and I can’t wait to dig into the boudin and pork belly as well.
We took advantage of this bizarre warm weather and enjoyed the salty snacks with a little wine on the front porch. I’d like for the majority of my meals to be eaten alfresco and consist of little snacky things…

Salumi | Housemade Jerky | Fegatelli | Lamb Merguez | Bruschetta