Appetizing Thoughts: I wanted a Grill, and T-fal Delivered OptiGrill

Saffron Butternut Squash Soup with Grilled Salmon
Saffron Butternut Squash Soup with Grilled Salmon

My Brooklyn apartment doesn’t have access to a backyard, nor does it have a fire escape next to my windows. If someone follows my blog during the warmer months, I will occasionally express my need, desire and wish for a grill. Are you familiar with an expression of saying what you want to the wind and to everyone, for your wish to come true? It happened to me. A couple months ago, T-fal’s PR representative contacted me about their OptiGrill… the email message basically reads: “Want it at no cost? What’s your address?”

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Raspberry Molasses Granola

Raspberry Molasses Granola

Homemade Raspberry Granola

We’re extremely blessed to have a full refrigerator of leftover dinner from New Year’s Day, and I don’t want to bake or cook another dish for the next few days. As I wondering what to contribute this week that won’t add another dish to the refrigerator or extra pounds to our waistlines, I notice we’re quickly going through the granola cereal. A good quality granola cereal with less processed ingredients isn’t cheap. Read more

The Filling Station, Chelsea Market, NYC

The Filling Station is located in the Chelsea Market, NYC.
The Filling Station is located in the Chelsea Market, NYC.

There was only enough time to be in and out of the Chelsea Market, New York City. A new shop, The Filling Station, caught my attention. Neatly displayed was a long row of metal canisters containing olive oil and vinegar. Another shelf was filled with glass jars of sea salt and sugar. Tasting each artisan product stalled my efforts of being a quick shopper. Read more

Cilantro Almond Pesto

Cilantro Almond Pesto
Cilantro Almond Pesto

The other day, a friend curiously smiled as I discussed experimenting with a Cilantro Almond Pesto. With confidence, we talked about several versions of pesto, not being limited to the traditional ingredients of basil, cheese and pine nuts. The Witchy Kitchen blog made a Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto. The sunflower seeds are economically alternative to pine nuts. Although, Despite Nuisances I Will Be Happy’s blog creatively referred to her Arugula version as a spread; it’s still a derivative of a pesto. Aimée at Simple Bites, posted a recipe of the traditional basil pesto, and she offers ideas on how to incorporate it into recipes. This week, I pick up my household’s first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box full of greens, fruits, vegetables and eggs. In addition to prepping and cleaning the vegetables and fruits for proper storage that will extend their freshness, several of them will turn into a pesto and frozen for future use. Read more

A Farmer’s Market Find: Crosnes

A Farmer's Market Find: Cosnes
A Farmer’s Market Find: Cosnes

Getting up early last Saturday was the opportunity to go to the farmer’s market in the city. It was a nice winter warm day of walking pass stalls and creating a menu in my head for next week. Before it became too crowded, I was exiting the market with a heavy bag of Savoy cabbage, spicy turkey sausage, a smoked turkey wing to be placed in the freezer for Southern-style collard greens, gold rush apples, freshly baked pretzels as a low-fat snack, apple cider, and crosnes. Read more