Friday, May 31, 2013

The Bomb Dot Com Kale Pesto

Pesto is delicious, but unfortunately it comes with a price. It usually means you end up stripping your basil plant of all its leaves or spending a fortune on basil from the grocery store. This recipe for kale pesto is pure GENIUS. The huge bunches of kale at the grocery store are a couple dollars at most. I found this recipe on this wonderful blog. Her food is so creative and has been confirmed-TASTY! Have no more fear of that crazy, tough looking lettuce in your produce section.

If you love pesto and don't want to kill your basil plants, make this! It can be spread on bread, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, meat, and more!


1 1/2 cups pecans, raw
2 big leaves Kale, stripped from the hard stalk
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 big garlic clove
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


1.  In a food processor, dump in the pecans, lemon juice, basil, garlic, salt, olive oil, parsley, and kale.

2.  Pulse the food processor until the ingredients become incorporated  You may have to take a few tries at this, scraping down the edges with a spatula.

3.  Throw in the Parmesan cheese and blend on high for a minute or two, or until all of the pesto has been completely blended and any big kale bits are gone.

4.  While the food processor is running, drizzle in the last 2 tablespoons of olive oil. This will add the final touch to the pesto and give it a creamy texture.

This freezes wonderfully. But let's be honest, it's too good to throw in the freezer. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Taking Brussels Sprouts for a spin!

I used to hate Brussels sprouts. (P.S. Who knew Brussels had an S on the end??!) But recently, I've grown fond of them. I usually cook them in a pan with some olive oil until they're golden brown. Then I pour caramelized balsamic vinegar all over them. (DELICIOUS.) But who knew they could be eaten raw!

This tasty little salad is bursting with flavors, textures, and nutritional ingredients. I got some inspiration from this lovely little blog post. By the time I decided I wanted to make it, I knew I wasn't going to have time to soak lentils. So I went for another protein option: garbanzo beans and hot-off-the-grill chicken.

This salad is crunchy, has little bites of sweetness, tangy-ness, and creaminess. Feel free to play with the flavors of the dressing too. This salad will wear it well! :)


1 Sweet potato, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 red onion, cut into bite sized pieces
8-10 Brussels sprouts, washed and chopped finely
Small handful of fresh basil leaves, julienned
3-4 green onions, chopped
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained
2 tomatoes, diced
Feta cheese 

4-5 Tbs olive oil
1/2 lemon squeezed
2-3 Tbs red wine vinegar
Couple shakes of pepper
Couple shakes of garlic powder
Couple shakes of onion powder
Couple shakes of Italian seasoning

(put all of this into a small jar and shake vigorously!)


1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  
2.  Cut up a sweet potato and red onion into bite sized pieces. Put into a small baking dish and toss with olive oil, pepper, and a touch of salt. Bake for about 40 minutes. 
3.  Meanwhile, wash the Brussels sprouts and chop them thinly. (The original recipe called for shredded sprouts, but that did not end up well. I recommend chopping rather than shredding.)
4.  Dump sprouts into a big bowl and add in chopped green onion, julienned basil leaves, and sweet potato and onion mixture once cooled.  
5.  Dump in a can of garbanzo beans, if desired, and mix.  
6.  Add the chopped tomatoes and feta cheese to the top. 
7.  Serve with grilled chicken and with lemon-dressing drizzled on top. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Birthday cake for the win!

To celebrate my sister's birthday this year, I made a birthday cake to top all of my other creations.

This cake turned out pretty well considering how difficult it was to get the cake out of the rounds.  It was so sticky! And moist. I hate that word. 

This cake had shaved dark chocolate on top.

Dark chocolate mousse in the middle layers that was oh-so-fluffy.

And dark chocolate ganache poured all over the top of it.

I take it you're sensing a theme by now.

But, uncharacteristically, I went for a vanilla-cake inside. And it was the perfect contrast.

Enough with the pictures! Carl couldn't wait to dig in :)