Kale Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Grapes

Kale Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Grapes

This simple salad was not what I intended to make for dinner last week. I meant to make this salad, but I got lazy and took the easy way out. Surprise, surprise! It tasted amazing. Is it better than the original recipe? I don’t know. But who knew grapes would taste sooo good in a salad? It really changed my perspective on grapes. The so-so fruit isn’t so-so bad on a bomb salad.

What did I do differently? I didn’t dehydrate the grapes; give the kale a pre-dressing (aka massage in olive oil); and for most of my servings, didn’t toast the walnuts. So if you’re too lazy to toast walnuts like I was for most of my meal prep, you’ll be fine. All you’re missing is an accentuated nutty, walnut flavor.

I’ll definitely make this salad again and probably never dehydrate the grapes unless I have three hours to spare and want to get funky. I mean I’d be interested to find out what homemade raisins taste like. One day!

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Sautéed mushrooms with garlic and greens

Sautéed mushrooms with garlic and greens

After about three weeks of eating out, I knew I wanted to go back to cooking my meals, but I’ve become so removed from cooking at home that I didn’t know what I wanted to cook nor did I feel up for cooking anything remotely complicated. So this week I’m eating sautéed mushrooms with garlic, brown rice, and whatever greens I’m in the mood for.

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Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast (or lunch considering how I usually get out of bed around 12 a.m.) is my favorite meal to cook. I’ve gotten it down to a science, really. About three to four months ago I had the great idea to have make my interpretation of an English breakfast by incorporating baked beans and sautéed mushrooms with whatever else I was craving that week. After having eaten almost the same meal every day, my breakfast go-to includes a combination of:

  • baked beans
  • baked sweet potato fries
  • sauerkraut
  • sautéed mushrooms with garlic
  • bacon
  • green onion and spinach egg omelette (or scramble if the omelette breaks!)
  • English muffins with jam or hummus
  • sunny-side up egg
  • small salad
  • green or fruit smoothie

What’s your go-to breakfast?

 

My lazy Milk Bar’s birthday truffles

My lazy Milk Bar’s birthday truffles

And… we’re back for part two of my Milk Bar baking project! (Peep my post about how I made Milk Bar’s birthday layer cake here!) After making my beloved cake, I had leftover cake and cake crumbs I didn’t want to go to waste, so I decided to make Milk Bar’s birthday truffles.

Yes, yes, yes they’re not white chocolate like they’re supposed to be. But, but, but I didn’t want to run to the store to pick up white chocolate chips and had brown chocolate chips on hand.

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Milk Bar’s Birthday Layer Cake

Milk Bar’s Birthday Layer Cake

First thing’s first: I love Milk Bar and Christina Tosi. The last time I went to New York City, I was there for three days and went to Milk Bar five times. I own the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, spazzed out when Christina joined MasterChef, and went to the Twist pop-up in town.

My boyfriend’s birthday was last week, and I decided to finally redeem myself from the first time I attempted to make this cake (it sucked) and try to make my favorite birthday cake for a second time. BOYYYYYYYYYY, I think I came pretty close. (Keep reading to see how I made it!)

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