Archive | February, 2014

kale beet salad with pistachios & guacamole

24 Feb

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Enjoying a salad made with all sorts of yummy farmers market purchases on a Saturday after a bike ride when you’ve returned back into your pajamas and are lounging outside in 65 degree weather….

It doesn’t look like the most appetizing salad based on my iPhone photos, but trust that once you try this very satisfying salad you’ll be wanting it for lunch every day.

For the salad:

1 large head kale (chopped up into tiny pieces)

4 small beets (cooked and diced)

3 carrots (peeled and chopped)

2/3 cup pistachios

1 cup cooked wild rice (or bulgur wheat or quinoa or farro)

For the dressing:

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp walnut oil (or olive oil)

2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp corriander

2 tsp tahini paste

salt and pepper to taste

for the guacamole:

2 avocados

juice of 2 limes

1/4 tsp garlic

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

1. mix together the dressing and salad ingredients (minus the rice) and let marinate in the fridge for about an hour

2. make the guacamole by mixing all ingredients together

3. assemble the salad with the kale mixture on the bottom, topped with some rice, followed by a dollop of guacamole

4. mix together and enjoy!

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Super Bowl Bites

3 Feb

Super Bowl ’14 was an absolute bust, but the food was anything but boring.  Chicken andouille sausage and honey mustard “pigs” in a blanket, turkey chili, a crudite platter with a creamy jalapeno dip, the world’s largest platter of nachos AND a large pitcher of margaritas to wash it all down.   We topped it all off with chocolate whopper cookies from the bakery I used to work at in North Carolina, Foster’s Market.IMG_1323IMG_1237IMG_1314IMG_1288IMG_1277IMG_1329We also landscaped our front yard on Super Bowl Sunday.  I can take credit for the eats, but the following was all Joe (and the crew).  Grow, plants, grow!IMG_1337IMG_1338On our honeymoon we bought a 600 lb Siddhartha Gautama stone statue.  What. Were. We. Thinking.   After being housed in our garage for 4 months we had a strong to very strong feeling that it was never going anywhere.  But, with the help of some very strong men, we finally got it into our backyard.  Heeeeeeeey budda!  I can’t help but think about all the noodles we ate, jungle noises we heard, the moto we zipped around on, the monkey paws we held and the wonderful people we met in Bali every time I peep this guy.  We also strung lights above the yard.  Can’t wait for summer BBQs and warm(er) nights out back.  Mmmmm BBQs.  Go Peyton!  IMG_1331