Browsing Category

Eats & Treats

Chicago Do-Good Cafes

Eats & Treats

As many times as I have tried to make the switch to tea, it’s clear that coffee and I will go together for the foreseeable future. However, our relationship has definitely changed. Back in the day, I didn’t care as much about the kind of coffee that I was drinking because cream and sugar could help mask the taste of even the worst brew. However, during Whole 30, I had to learn to drink my coffee black which forced me to turn my attention towards tastier, higher quality blends.

Beyond flavor, I also spent a lot of time researching brands of coffee that are fair trade or have a charitable component. I’ve actually come up with a pretty good list that I plan to share in a future post. While building that list, I also start tracking local coffee shops that do good in the community.

continue reading

Roasted Veggies: The Easiest (and Most Colorful) Side Dish EVER

Eats & Treats

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, friendsgiving, and potlucks. Lots and lots of potlucks. Every year, it seems that the number of potluck events increase. I’m not complaining because it gives me a great excuse to catch up with friends and co-workers. However, I always get a little anxiety while deciding what to make for these events. I’m usually up against some really talented cooks and I want my dish to be able to hold its own. Not that it’s a competition or anything šŸ˜‰

Yesterday, my co-workers planned a pre-Thanksgiving celebration and I decided to bring roasted veggies. Guys, this might beĀ the easiest side dish of all times and it is delicious. For my recipe, I used broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, red onions, and red bell peppers. Below are the super easy steps for pulling it allĀ together.

1. Wash and cut vegetables before placing in a large bowl.

So many colors!

2. Toss with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and Montreal Steak seasoning. (Thanks to The Pioneer Woman for the heads up!)

Veggies after a little oil and seasoning

Veggies after a little oil and seasoning

3. Place the veggies in a single layer on a thin baking pan. Broil on a high setting for 15-20 minutes. (Tip: Watch the broccoli to make sure it doesn’t brown too fast).

One of the pans that I used

One of the pans that I used

4. Remove the veggies and transfer into a serving dish.

Fresh out of the oven. Suh-woon.

Fresh out of the oven. Suh-woon.

Voila. Done and done!

Isn’t that easy? Aside from potlucks, this is also a great dish to make for community service projects, like preparing meals at a soup kitchen or forĀ families at the Ronald McDonald House. Just remember to buy enough veggies!

If you are not crazy about vegetables, I’ve rounded up some other great recipes that I have tried (and loved) that you can take to your next event.

Sweet Honey & JalapeƱo Corn Muffins

Charred Skillet Corn with Bacon

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Squares

Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

I am always looking for new recipes to master, so please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments. What’s your favorite go-to dish for potlucks and get togethers?

kb_signature

A Great Reason to Host a Pink Ladies’ Brunch

Eats & Treats

I love browsing websites and blogs for inspiration and ideas, especially of the visual variety. I’ve been spending time on 3 Kids and Us admiring the various pink dessert recipes labeled “Cook for the Cure.” Today, I finally decided to find out what “Cook for the Cure” actually was and I found a great reason to host a girls’ brunch at my place.

Cook for the Cure Logo

According to the dedicated page on KitchenAid’s website, Cook for the CureĀ® is a program “that gives people with a passion for cooking a way to support the fight against breast cancer.” From July 15-July 24, KitchenAid is encouraging people to get involved in “1,000 Cooks for the Cure” by hosting a fundraising party anchored by a desire to fight breast cancer and enjoy some delicious treats. When I checked the website, there were only 49 parties listed. That means WE need to get 951 more parties on the books.

I have this great deck that I suppose should be used for entertaining and I think that this program is the push that I need to finally host something. Right? I’m already thinking of some menu and decor ideas to get me in the mood. I’ve bookmarked the below photo for inspiration…I found it on one of my favorite sites, Celebrations at Home.

Photo: Jennifer Sando Photography

To learn more about Cook for the Cure and/or to sign up for your own party, visit the website. Hope you can join in and support this fun event!

-kb