The first night that we arrived to Santorini, it was pretty late. Our flight had been delayed and we had been traveling for more than 18 hours, but we were determined to eat something Greek. So, we dropped our bags off at the hotel and walked 5 minutes to a local spot called Anoti Restaurant. We ordered a bunch of different things, wanting to discover something special. Lucky for us, Santorini is the home of the tomatokeftedes, fried tomato balls. Holy moly was it savory. The richness of the Greek olive oil paired with the refreshing tang of mint creates an unforgettable appetizer experience. Talk about starting the trip on the right foot!
Mark Bittman, a food columnist for the New York Times, wrote an article in 2008 about “Spaghetti Fried Eggs,” an adaptation from a dish published by Arthur Schwartz (once the NY Daily News restaurant critic and food editor.) Often referred to ask “the poor man’s spaghetti,” this simple meal formerly consisted of not much more than fried eggs, pasta, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. That poor man might have been penniless, but he ate well!
Once I got my hands on the recipe, I knew exactly how I wanted to Inspiralize it! The flavors of the zucchini really come out when paired with minimal ingredients, and the creaminess of the runny yolks give the noodles a saucey consistency. I really like spice, so I decided to throw in some red pepper flakes and…. sriracha! Let’s talk about sriracha for a minute… it’s a hot sauce from Thailand, mainly used with seafood or as a condiment for fried noodles. Bon Appetit actually published a marinara sauce recipe using it! My boyfriend’s business partner uses it like ketchup. It’s pretty life-changing….. I suggest you go buy it and make this recipe tonight!
It’s another Meatless Monday and what vegetable better to hold its own than the brussel sprout? For me, it was love at first sight. I will never truly understand why people dread these little guys. They’re so mysterious – are they a baby cabbage? Are they miniature heads of lettuce? They always keep me guessin’.
At least in the culinary scene here in NYC/NJ, they’ve become quite trendy. In the past two years or so, I’ve seen many more restaurants feature roasted brussel sprouts as side options or specials on their menus. Most recently, I’ve seen a lot of shaved brussel sprout salads or “hashes” flavored with chopped crunchy bacon.
Have you ever thrown leftover spaghetti into a frittata the next morning? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! My first year out of college, I used to order spaghetti from this great restaurant in Hoboken. The portions were always ginormous, so I’d save some in the fridge. Unfortunately, unlike Asian noodles, leftover spaghetti isn’t very appetizing. Pasta should be piping hot, creamy and the smell of the sauce should creep out of the bowl and into your nostrils. But what to do with all this leftover pasta? Throw it in a frittata!
My favorite type of frittata is spinach and goat cheese. There’s something about the way goat cheese complements cooked eggs – I just can’t get enough. After starting this blog, I couldn’t wait to make my frittatas with zucchini pasta. The zucchini noodles add a great crunch to this (like al dente pasta – no more squishy leftovers). Just a different way to get your daily dose of veggies…
Time to channel our inner vegans and vegetarians and talk meatless! Yesterday, I was honored to be part of Hoboken Girl‘s first “Hoboken Girl Social.” I’ll do a separate post with pictures on that, but in a nutshell – it was an event designed to bring a bunch of cool girls living in Hoboken together for a night of wine, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and a makeup tutorial by Dina’s Cosmetics and cooking demo by yours truly! During my demo, I gave away samples (in cute little clamshaw boxes that I DIYd with sticker ingredient labels) of a pesto zucchini pasta salad. I’m a crafty lady, let me tell you.
My friend Katie recently launched a fashion blog devoted to styling women with different body types, hence the name of her site: PearShapedGirl.com. While I can whip up a mean bolognese in the kitch, I can’t find my way out of a Gap. Simply, I feel more comfortable holding a spatula than a clutch and sexier in an apron than stilettos. Luckily, Katie wanted to style me in exchange for a recipe for her blog – what a deal!
While everything I make on this blog is from fresh and healthy ingredients, I understand that sometimes a pasta or pasta salad might be too much when you’re in the mood for something super light. This is what I love about the spiralizer – it’s completely versatile! I like salads, but now that I’ve become Inspiralized, I’ve learned to be more creative with my ingredients and create salads that use the same ingredients but offer more textures, shapes and therefore flavors (yes, foods taste different depending on how they’re cut or not cut.)
For me, Chinese cuisine is right up there with Italian and Mexican! I don’t even want to know how they make those amazing sauces they slather on their noodles and meats. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit China, but I’d love to go – not only for the food (they eat everything!), but for the architecture, the history, and the culture. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for Travel & Leisure magazine and the Inspiralized kitchen.
My favorite Chinese dish has to be lo-mein. Besides pizza, this is the only food that tastes better cold. After a brutal week, there’s nothing much more enjoyable than plopping down on the couch, ordering lo-mein and leaving leftovers in the fridge for lunch the next day. I promise my life is more exciting than that depiction, but – yum!
Unfortunately, I tend to limit my noodle intake for the sake of my waistline. It’s easy to polish off a large container! Thankfully, I’ve got a solution: Inspiralize! Yes, that’s right – although I haven’t featured one on here yet, the spiralizer is perfect for making noodle dishes. Just make sure you always peel your vegetables before spiralizing them to create that soft and slimy noodle texture. With this recipe, I’ve used yellow squash instead of zucchini, I like the texture and color better – it reminds me more of the real deal.