Almond Blueberry Scones

In the effort to get caught up previous recipes ... here is another one. Almond Blueberry Scones.

I made these on my first vacation day in December for some of the girls that I work with. See they were all still working hard, while I was wearing leggings and going to a spin class. I literally wouldn't be able to do my job without them so the obvious next step is a batch of "thank you scones". Right?

Scones are my go-to baked good for sharing. They travel really well, are easily customizable for the season or occasion, and are already portioned out for serving sizes. For reference, here are the other types of scones I've made:

These scones were pretty amazing although I think I could have used a bit more flour in the mix. These babies got a bit flat during the baking process. So while they still tasted delicious, they did not have the volume of previous attempts. Oddly enough, the last time I baked for coworkers I made blueberry almond loaf bites... so the ingredients were crazy similar. Whoops.

Roasted Cauliflower Lasagna is good

Despite being January, there has been essentially zero snow in Boston this year. By this time last year I had gone cross-country skiing at least 3 times. This year = zero. But tonight... it is snowing ... even if just for a few hours. Whenever it snows, you should almost always eat baked cheese and pasta. And wear leggings. And watch Friends on Netflix.

I came across this recipe via a Facebook ad a few days ago. Essentially this is the only thing of value that Facebook has really ever brought me... and it's good. I've always been a fan of roasted cauliflower but was really intrigued by how that would work with lasagna. The soup was a winner and so was the faux fried rice... and so is the lasagna.

Welcome to 2015

I'm currently soaking in my last night of vacation before returning to work. I've had just about two weeks off ... and I'm honestly not sure what I really did during that time. There was just a little bit of everything and a lot of nothing except elastic pants.

I had several other things on my to-do list that I just never got to... but that's alright. I'll get to them probably never. Funny story... I have used the same notebook for keeping my to-do lists the entire time I've lived in the North End. It's pretty intriguing to flip the pages back and see what I was making/doing in 2011 ... while at the same time seeing that it took me several lists to finally clean off my fire escape. I tend to make a new list (or page) for each weekend.

baked coconut french toast

A few weeks ago I spent the weekend at my parents house. While the original purpose was to make sure that my brother ate all of his meals and walk Ruby May ... it ended up also being filled with tons of time in front of the tree. The tree is in very close proximity to a great fireplace... so I really won the weekend lottery.

We spent most of the weekend feeding wood into the fire, watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix, and planning the next meal. For Saturday dinner, my brother requested his favorite pizza... but he had no specific asks for breakfast outside of a trip to Dunkin Donuts at some point in the day. So on Sunday morning, I pulled together a quick baked french toast. The twist? I used coconut milk instead of regular milk. It completely changes the flavor profile but not in a bad way at all.

How it goes down.
(Step 1) Place bread cubes in a greased 9 x 9 baking dish.
(Step 2) In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour over bread.
(Step 3) Combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle/Pour over the top.
(Step 4) Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Shopping List
1 loaf (1 pound) bread / bagels / carbs, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 pinch Nutmeg
1/2 stick melted butter

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Kale Pesto

I've been wanting to make raviolis for quite a long time. 

I first attempted them back in 2010 from scratch... without pretty much any kitchen equipment. It didn't go terribly but it also wasn't a raging success.  Ever since then, the closest I've gotten to fresh pasta was making gnocchi. Given that I haven't acquired any pasta making tools yet, I cheated and used wonton wrappers... which was pure genius.

I had seen this approach in several places before but never really got around to finding the wonton wrappers at Whole Foods until a few weeks ago. I had picked up the butternut squash literally about a month before (or more?) when I made soup. It just kept sitting in my fridge while I pondered what I would do. Butternut squash makes me feel like I have a million options and then none all at once. What do you do with it besides make soup, make a side dish, and stuff raviolis? I'm not really sure still. So I made raviolis.

Pancetta wrapped cod... stuffed with artichoke pesto

I'm really behind on recipes.... and life... so I'm going to get straight to the chase.

This recipe is pretty great. In my opinion it looks a little tacky and impressive all at once. Wrapping things in pork is super tasty but also makes me feel a bit like I'm ordering an appetizer at a chain restaurant... or trying to trick a toddler into trying a new food.

Lastly, in general I think I make a pretty great cod. One person actually told me that I made the best cod they've ever had outside a restaurant... but to be fair we were dating at the time. I feel like the nature of this recipe actually dries the cod out a bit more than others. It is still great.... but loses some of the flakiness from the preparation and stuffing.

Lighthouses & Seals // Day 4

A few weeks ago, my Jawbone stopped working... but if it was still working, today would have been a very active day. I went for a super long walk ... followed by 4 hours of driving with some great views. I am very thankful that I saved an entire day for Point Reyes Park. I barely scratched the surface of it and it took me 3 hours or so.

I don't want to jinx it, but I feel like I've gotten pretty lucky this trip. The weather has been solid, the views have been great, and my last-minute decision making hasn't really bit me. Also, my electric rental car has been a huge savings in gas. By some rough calculations, I've driven 700 miles and gas has only cost be $80 which is amazing.


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