Monday, July 6, 2015

My life lately, as told by food

Hey, hi, howdy! Everyone have a good Fourth of July?! I'm still digesting. I should probably be doing some kind of detox or juice cleanse after eating all the burgers/sausages/cookies and drinking all the beers/wines/gin+tonics.

I have recipes that I want to share with you! Really yummy, tasty recipes. There are pictures on my camera and recipes in my brain but it feels like there is no time to bring it all together. It's no excuse! I know that! 

In the meantime I thought I would do a round-up of what my life looks like, in food. It's my way of showing you that yes, I still LOVE food and yes, it is still a big part of my life. So here it is! Everything I've been eating + growing + cooking! With a few cat and dog pictures for good measure :-)

WHAT I'VE MADE


I whipped up this roasted pork tenderloin with a fire-roasted tomato sauce and it. is. everything. This is absolutely a blog-able recipe and I hope to get it up by the end of the week!


These amazingly patriotic cookies are homemade lofthouse-style cookies with a light and fluffy homemade buttercream frosting. I used Wilton brand food coloring spray and red sand sprinkles to give these cookies a fun face-lift! They were the perfect dessert for those 4th of July cookouts.


These pretty cherry tomatoes came right from my front porch! I bought a single potted plant on a whim at Home Depot a few weeks ago and thought for sure it wouldn't live long enough for me to eat a single one. Boy was I wrong! Cherry tomatoes everywhere!!

WHAT I'VE EATEN


Wedding cake samples!! I, of course, chose the maximum number of samples possible. My favorites were vanilla cake with chocolate pudding and chocolate cake with cherry filling. My mom said I was boring for liking those best, but there is a reason those are classics!


Committee Boston is a new restaurant located in Boston's Seaport that features Mediterranean small plates and fabulous craft cocktails (notice the candied bacon garnish--my mouth is watering just thinking about it). I could not stop eating the dishes here! Everything was incredibly flavorful, fresh, and unique. I strongly recommend the zucchini crisps and the lamb pita pizza. The restaurant itself is spacious with a big bar and just-opened outdoor seating. I couldn't recommend it enough! 


Right near our apartment in Roslindale Village is a great local eatery called Birch Street Bistro. I had the grilled salmon with crispy shrimp. This shrimp was ADDICTING, I could have eaten a whole pound of that alone! Under the salmon was an equally addicting coconut cilantro sauce, which I could have eaten by the spoonful. Another gem in the greater Boston area that I would strongly recommend!

PET PICS FOR GOOD MEASURE


Star was EXHAUSTED after all the Fourth of July excitement! She passed out as soon as we got in the car! Luckily, she didn't react strongly to the noise of the fireworks and was able to stay outside with us while we watched them.


Dot continues to rule as the king of the castle. Here he is giving me his best "Judging You" face. He's the most photogenic creature on the planet (a totally 100% unbiased opinion)!

What are you eating or cooking that has you excited?! Leave a comment below!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Raspberry Gin Fizz


Let's call up our closest friends, fire up the grill and drink this fruity, summer cocktail.

This Raspberry Gin Fizz is bubbly and a bit sweet, and every bit boozy. This is the perfect house cocktail for any and every summer celebration. Put this cocktail in your biggest carafe or pitcher and get the party started!


I always recommend enlisting your most trustworthy feline to watch over the beverage...


It starts with every fruit you can think of. A combination of sliced oranges, grapefruit. lemons and limes along with raspberries and pineapple chunks are soaked in a pint of gin lemon juice and a bit of water then chilled for a few hours--fruit infused booze is great booze after all!


For that great fizz, just before serving, pour in club soda and a whole bottle of champagne. Don't forget the sweet and wonderful Chambord for the perfect hint of sweetness. Pour into glass filled with a bunch of ice. Put on your sunglasses, sit back. relax and enjoy the summertime! {Drink Responsibly!}


Here's what you need for Raspberry Gin Fizz* (Print Recipe!)

1 lemon, sliced into rounds
2 limes, sliced into rounds
1 orange, cut in half then sliced into half circles
1/2 grapefruit, sliced into half circles
1 pint raspberries
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups water
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint Plymouth Gin
1 cup club soda
1 bottle brut champagne
1/2 cup chambord raspberry liqueur
ice and extra raspberries for serving

Here's what you do

In a large pitcher or carafe, combined the fruit, water, lemon juice and gin. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 3 hours up to overnight.

Just before serving, pour in the club soda and champagne. Give it another good stir until well combined. Serve over ice with raspberry garnishes.



*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe


Friday, June 12, 2015

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs with Pesto Pasta


I need to talk to you guys about these meatballs, on account of they are out of this world!


I don't have a very long history of meatballs here on Gas Stove Girl (but these Greek meatballs and mozzarella stuffed ones are glorious), but these Turkey Zucchini Meatballs will be a regular in our dinner rotation. They are light yet perfectly filling and chock full of good flavor.


Unlike most turkey meatballs you've had before, these meatballs are JUICY, not dried out and dull. The secret, as you may have guessed, is shredded zucchini. The zucchini is the perfect complement to lean ground turkey, whole wheat breadcrumbs, crushed garlic, grated parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley. I cook these in my cast iron skillet, as this gives the meatballs the perfect golden brown crust. They are finished in the oven until juicy meatball perfection is achieved. Doesn't this golden brown sear make your mouth water?!


LOOK AT IT!


These are a perfect summer appetizer - I'd serve them with a cool greek yogurt dipping sauce - but last night, Cory and I enjoyed these with whole wheat pasta tossed with fresh made pesto. We both devoured our dinner, and I suspect I'll get a request to make this dish again sometime soon!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steak and Ramen Salad with Peanut Dressing


HEY HI HOW YA DOIN'?

Want a big bite of this pretty, colorful tasty salad? I would love some. This salad is fresh, filling, and full of bold flavors.


I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I am 100% obsessed with peanut butter. I could eat peanut butter with any meal, any time. One of my current obsessions is fresh spring rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauces. This salad is a bit of a spin on a deconstructed spring roll.

Crispy crunchy romaine lettuce, purple cabbage, cucumbers, edamame, carrots and celery are an essential place to start. Juicy grilled steak gives this salad some oomph. Sesame peanut dressing is the grand finale - creamy with a little bit of tang and spice. This is the dressing to end all dressings. In fact, this salad is so delicious and wholesome, you won't even feel like you're having a salad. Yes, it is THAT satisfying!


OH did I mention that we are going to crumble up a bit of uncooked ramen noodles and sprinkle them on top of the salad? Well, we are. And it's fantastic.


P.S. Sorry about the quality of these photos. I really wanted to share this recipe with you but my good camera's battery was exhausted! These are straight from my iPhone. This meal is worth it though - trust me!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vegetable Lasagna Rolls


Lasagna is a classic comfort food that can put a smile on just about anyone's face. I'm already smiling, and my mouth is watering!

It is warm, and gooey, and cheesey and delicious.


For a fun and fresh twist on regular lasagna, I whipped up these tasty little lasagna rolls for dinner one night, and I'm not sure if we will ever go back! 


Rather than layering the lasagna, and the ricotta cheese, and the mozzarella cheese, and the sauce, we are going to roll up the ricotta in the lasagna noodles, arrange them in a baking dish on top of a homemade, veggie-packed sauce, top them with extra sauce and freshly grated mozzarella! Sure, it may be just as labor-intensive, but I love the perfect little packages of lasagna that are made with these lasagna rolls. 


You can also make this recipe low in fat by using whole wheat lasagna noodles, fat free ricotta, and fat free mozzarella. Complete the meal by serving alongside a fresh arugula salad. Yum! 

Lasagna rolls, previously: Goat Cheese and Spinach

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crispy M&M, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookies


GUYS.


THESE COOKIES.


It has been, precisely, two months and ten days since my last blog post. I am sorry about my absence. It's been a crazy 2015 so far. Cory and I spent an amazing week in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival--I saw 26 movies in a matter of six days!! Work has also been a bit of a whirlwind, plus we moved out of our apartment of 3+ years to a bigger, better apartment with--if I may brag--a big, awesome adult kitchen!


So after a bit of time away, I thought it would be rather fitting to get back into the blogging action with crazy, awesome cookies! Everyone LOVES cookies, after all :-)


These cookies are e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. The are chewy and sweet, packed with wonderful goodies like chocolate chips and--the grand finale--CRISPY M&Ms!


If you are anything like me, and I hope you are, you absolutely lost. your. sh*t when they announced that Crispy M&Ms were back. These candies made my childhood complete, and I developed a lot of trust issues when they were discontinued (along with 3D Doritos, and Mountain Code Red...STOP TAKING AWAY THINGS I LOVE!).


Anyway, now, they are back. And I ran to the closest store and found the biggest bag and I tore into those M&Ms like I hadn't eaten in weeks. And now, I am putting them into cookies.


These cookies are chewy and sweet, spiced with just a touch of cinnamon. Mini chocolate chips are speckled all throughout along with nutty rolled oats and those perfect, wonderful Crispy M&Ms. The textures and flavors are surprising and fun--perfect for kids of all ages!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Cookies


I need to talk to you about the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need.


It’s this one. This recipe for amazing, delicious, silky Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Cookies is the game changer.

I know these are big statements but I cannot stop eating this cookies. And neither can Cory. Mr. “I don’t eat sweets” REQUESTED that I make ANOTHER batch of these glorious cookies because, well, they change lives.


The secret is in the flour, or rather the fact that I replace half of the all-purpose flour with almond flour. The crumb is so soft and delicate that I almost named these Chocolate Chip Cloud Cookies!

Like any soft-batch cookie, this recipe requires a few tablespoons of melted butter and that is totally OK. We will add 2 egg whites, a cup of brown sugar, and a generous 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the party. The vanilla and the almond create one of the tastiest cookies I have ever known.


Wet ingredients mix with dry, which as I mentioned include almond flour, along with regular flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and cornstarch. A wooden spoon and a bit of elbow grease is all you need. Things finish up with semi-sweet chocolate chips, and that requires no explanation.


Be sure to keep an eye on these cookies while they are in the oven. They should hold their shape for the most part. They are baked until just set, to the point that they may still seem under-cooked, but trust your instincts. A tender cookie makes for a happy belly. Let’s get baking!