Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

February 26, 2015

Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

This is as rich as it sounds. Better yet, it combines a little bit of a hawaiian touch with macadamia nuts, orange, and coconut. This recipe is a merge between bread pudding and bostock. AWESOME. You can get the full recipe over at Baked The Blog

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

February 24, 2015

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Breaky for the masses! Seriously I love searching and testing new breakfast recipes like it’s my job (it kinda is). So now that I have decided to chill on the dairy, I’ve found a plethora of recipes with substitutions that are so good you don’t even miss the cow juice.

One of my latest faves is this buckwheat pancake recipe which I jazzed up with some rum, because, if you’re going to hit the sauce you better make it early in the day (great work ethic!). A touch of vanilla infused maple syrup makes this a cozy little winter treat.

Get the full recipe after the jump

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Art by Mary Laube

February 17, 2015

Art by Mary Laube

Art by Mary Laube

Art by Mary Laube

Hey it’s been a while since I’ve featured an artist around here, eh? I think the work of Mary Laube is perfect to break the “food only” spell…well, at least for today.

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Healing

February 16, 2015

fresh

So, if you follow the artful adventures on instagram you may know that I’ve decided to cut back – a lot – on dairy and other things. My heart sinks as I make this dietary switch since – as you have noticed from almost all my posts – I am a fervent lover of cream, butter, and cheese. But I have reached a point where the pain that follows is not worth it. AT ALL.

I won’t become a judgmental jerk that will only eat raw hand-gathered mushrooms from the forests in Finland so you don’t have to roll your eyes at me..well maybe a little haha but I swear the recipes here will continue to have the same chutzpah the usually have, only with less dairy and other not-cool stuff that might drive me straight into dark days of pain and staying in bed while thinkin “fucking pizza…so good, but so..aayyy my stomachhh”. Yah no.

Anyways, just wanted to drop this little note so you wouldn’t be all like “where’s the butter, yo!?”. I take this as a creative challenge of sorts, a new window of possibilities and kitchen creativity. Are you with me!?

PS. Don’t worry, we’ll have cheat days here and there!

Anyone else feels the pain of having to drop your favourite foods from your diet?

Every Great Love Starts with a Good Steak

February 11, 2015

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

I went back to my culinary school roots and pulled this perfectly seared porterhouse steak. It’s part of a Valentine’s Day special for Murphy-Goode Wine. I haven’t cooked a hunk of meat this big in a while – but I sure know how to handle it, if you know what I mean..HA!

Porterhouse steak is basically the butter of steaks; super soft and tasty and – although I tried a small bite – my friend definitely enjoyed it, in fact she enjoyed it so much she almost eat the whole thing! On the other hand, I drank all the wine. Win win, right? Not gonna lie, making food for friends is super fun – the facial expressions of “YUMMM” are priceless.

So, if you want to tread your lady or your gent to a meaty date, then get the full recipe for this feast over at Murphy-Goode

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A Couple Quick Tasty Treats: Winter and Chinese New Year Toasts

February 10, 2015

Winter Toast: Bourbon Fried Pears with Vanilla Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Maple Syrup

Chinese New Year Toast: Ginger Honey Stewed Mandarins, Cream Cheese Yogurt, and Toasted Black Sesame Seeds

TOP: Winter Toast: Bourbon Fried Pears with Vanilla Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Maple Syrup. BOTTOM: Chinese New Year Toast: Ginger Honey Stewed Mandarins, Cream Cheese Yogurt, and Toasted Black Sesame Seeds

Hey y’all. How’s the latest weather system treating ya? Ain’t no matter if you got the polar vortex middle finger or the pineapple express mooning, we all are going through the same blues – hence – it’s good to have something nice, bright, and tasty to get your day started!

A lot of times morning toasts looks like something out of ‘sad desk lunch’, with a smear of something or with globs of nutella, which is not bad, but hey, why not change it a little?

Here are 2 quick and easy recipes I tried this weekend – which made a huuuge difference in my morning routine, because food is that powerful. Also Chinese new year is just around the corner and lots of stores are packed with beautiful mandarins and other goodies, so why not take advantage of it?

Get the full recipes to make this Winter and Chinese New Year Toasts after the jump!

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The Gagchtochter: Chorizo Burger with Grilled Mushrooms and Smoked Havarti

January 28, 2015

Chorizo Burgers with Grilled Mushrooms and Smoked Havarti Cheese via Artful Desperado

I may be one of the few (if not the only) vegetarian that happens to make killer meat burgers (for friends, of course). Though, I must confess I am a terrible veg-head and I am notorious for having a weak spot for chorizo and serrano ham, ha! (particularly having serrano ham in my bag while traveling haha yah that happened). So when the guys over at Murphy-Goode were all like “Gab, let’s get cozy in the kitchen…with burgers” I couldn’t say no. Vino and chorizo? Um. Sounds like date night!

This is definitely a little weekday (or Super Bowl weekend) pick-me-up that shall bring juicy joy to your winter-tinted dinner nights. I mean come on, Sir Mix-A-Lot likes juicy doubles, and so do we.

Fire up the grill (or oven) and get the full recipe and instructions over at Murphy-Goode’s blog

Chorizo Burgers with Grilled Mushrooms and Smoked Havarti Cheese

Chorizo Burgers with Grilled Mushrooms and Smoked Havarti Cheese


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Styling and Photography: Artful Desperado