Tim and I logged another 700 miles on the car this past weekend, this time trekking back and forth with my brother-in-law to spend a few days with family in Cincinnati and Dayton. Between homemade meatballs, birthday candles and organic frozen yogurt sweetened with Stevia, we left with bellies full—not to mention memories of a quick trip to the guys’ favorite stadium, some late-night guacamole and a camera’s load of photographs from a night at the cutest small-town vintage bowling alley you ever did see.
But when we came back to town last night, after a stop at the Louisville Whole Foods for some fresh fruit and sourdough, there wasn’t much inspired cooking going on, just some unpacking, Netflix watching (this is our current addiction) and snack grabbing (a pluot for me, leftover ice cream for Tim), which means I have little to offer today except a list of recent inspirations—but that’s not so bad because I’ve had a lot of them to share over the last few weeks. As always, I’d love to hear what’s been inspiring you, too!
I’ve only just discovered Rebekka Seale, but I am a new superfan. She does gorgeous illustrations. I love reading her blog (and using her monthly desktop calendars!) And check out her East Nashville house!
If you ever overcook quinoa, remember this: you can blend it with roasted vegetables, bread crumbs and seasonings until it tastes good, then form it into burgers to chill/freeze and bake in an oiled pan. Also, it makes a nice topping for toasted tortillas, warmed and topped with some feta cheese and balsamic.
Speaking of burgers, Sunshine Burgers sent us some coupons a while ago to try their products, and the hemp & sage ones, grilled and topped with a quick homemade barbecue sauce, were pretty exceptional.
The moment I saw Emma’s rich chocolate slice recipe, made with five or six ingredients total, I knew what I had to do. Using walnuts instead of almonds and doubling the recipe for a nine-inch springform pan, I brought it to a clean-eating dinner party Friday night before we left town, it was fantastic.
You probably already saw this video from Laura’s blog featuring a summer panzanella, right? It’s incredible.
Rachel Eats is one of my all-time favorite blogs to read, and her recipe for Pesche Ripiene (roasted peaches stuffed with amaretti cookies) has found its way into our kitchen two times already. We still haven’t perfected baking our own amaretti cookies, but every time, the peaches have been slap-the-table good.
Digging The Avett Brothers.
Feeling newly curious about Columbus, Ohio thanks to Angela’s recap post.
Made these without the chocolate and loved them.
Watched our friend Carrie make these and then went home to make them again the next day. Easy, fast, quinoa chocolate cake (I’d say the brownies are more cake-like than not). Who knew?