Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Notes

Happy Monday!!!! How was your holiday weekend? 
As much as I love to travel and I feel most like myself when on the road, since I became a mom, I’ve become much more of a homebody. And as much as I love exploring new cities, nothing feels better than coming home from a trip and having the weekend ahead of me. This weekend I got lucky because I came home to an extra long holiday weekend. Wednesday was all about unpacking, getting caught up on housework and some personal emails; and the rest of the weekend was all about having fun, hanging out with Kiki and friends, a little bit of boating, getting cosy with my DVR, relaxing reading, some home cooking and overall recharging before the workweek. 

Baked Meatball Sub Sandwiches

2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko
1 Tbs. freshly chopped oregano
1 Tbs. freshly chopped parsley
1 pinch garlic salt
1 small pinch salt
2 cups favorite marinara, jarred
4 hoagie rolls, split and toasted
6 to 8 slices provolone cheese

-- In a large bowl, combine the soy, worcestershire, mustard, beef, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs, salts and crushed red pepper. 
-- Roll out little meatballs with your hands and place them on a baking sheet or tray.
-- Preheat your grill to medium-high. Arrange the balls on the grates and grill them until they’re cooking through and have grill marks on all sides, 20 to 25 minutes.
-- Let them rest about 5 while you toast the hoagies.
-- Also, in the meantime, simmer your marinara on medium-low for about 10.
-- Arrange 4 meatballs in the middle of each split hoagie. Top with tomato sauce and layer with a couple of slices of provolone.
-- You can put them back on the grill (or under the broiler) to melt that cheese.
--Garnish with basil and oh dear.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five on Friday

Friday! I’m so happy it is Friday. This week, who am I kidding, the last 8 weeks have been a complete blur and I’m ready for three days to regroup and recharge. The theme of this weekend will be "rest and relaxation" – and playing catch up on a few to-do’s that have been on the back burner since...well, let's say for way too long now. 

In the ideal world I would like to have a lot of quiet moments like the one above, but the three days will be spent with a little gateway to a place near by (no airplanes required, yes please) - this is the "rest and recharge" portion of the weekend, a wedding, a coffee date, a wine date, a good book, fresh flowers, park time, soaking up some sun, laying by the pool and gearing up for the week away... never a dull moment in Faux Foodie home, but I think this is exactly how we like it.

what's occupying my mind this friday...well besides wanting some peace and quiet...

these coasters....just one more reason to drink up.

what chef's are keeping in their refrigerators...Take a look inside the fridges of 11 top NYC chefs here.

10 things you didn't know about Ina Gartner (still one of my favorite Food Network shows)

Yes, this is happening. AGAIN!

And because it is Memorial Day weekend after all, I want these....they are calling my name.

Hope your three day weekend is exactly what you want it to be!

Happy summer!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

California Dreaming

Hello! Hello! Ok. I'm still here. Kiki, Sous-Chef and I are happy, healthy, and going about our lives. I just, sort of, ran out of juice. In fact, I'm still a little out of juice. But I'm here. It's been a sprint marathon for awhile now but we're going to make it. 

I was in LA recently and I had one day all to myself - no work, no running through the airport, no phone calls, just me and all the time in the world. So I indulged in all things touristy, feeling the breeze and sun on my skin and feeling content. It was a perfect day. I ate my way through all the healthy, green, raw, sustainable delicacies, joined the yoga class on Santa Monica Pier, and snapped pictures like there was no tomorrow. 

I wanted to take it all in and take it with me....memories, taste, smell, noise, silence, peacefulness, mindfulness....

Even the palm trees looked more beautiful....

So of course as soon as I got home I was super inspired by the healthy lifestyle and decided to give it my take on the burgers with some California flare. Kiki wasn't too thrilled about the shredded carrots (yes we have entered the zone of "vegetables are an enemy" unless dipped into hummus, but I am fighting through it). With some negotiating skills I was able to persuade her that carrots are the best veggies out there and they keep her eyes healthy so she can have the super eyesight. Hey, whatever it takes I say!!!

Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce

1 lb lean ground turkey breast
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
1 green onion, sliced 
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 buns 
baby spinach leaves

For the peanut sauce:

3 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter 
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon water 
1 clove garlic 
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


1. Create peanut sauce by combining peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, garlic, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey and ground ginger and heat it all up in a pan until it's all melted and smooth. Reserve 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons and set aside.

2. Combine remaining peanut sauce with turkey, carrots, broccoli, green onion, salt and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 4 patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes on one side, then spray the top with more non-stick spray. Flip and cook for 3-4 more minutes or until burgers are no longer pink in the middle.

3. Place a burger patty on each bun and top with 2 teaspoons of the reserved peanut sauce. Add baby spinach and serve.

And the best thing about coming home, is princess Kiki and all her handbags! I wonder where she gets that one from. 

So until next time, I will be California dreaming.....

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 on Friday (and some more)

This week, and like all others, absolutely flew by...Ask me what I have done, where I have been, whom I have seen and we may need a lot more than one cup of joe (or glass of know my preference) to get us through this conversation. But when I really think about it, I wouldn't want it any other way. With weeks like the one behind me I feel like I am truly living and taking it all in and doing the best I can. And the best part about it, I don't feel guilty about any of it...I have stopped with thoughts, "I wish I had more time", "I wish I did this or that", "I wish I finished this", "I wish I saw", "I wish, I wish..." I am doing it, and I am doing it the best I can and I am happy with it! 

I must say though, I am happy the weekend is here. I am happy that this is my weekend with Kiki. I have a few things planned for us, but mostly I want to enjoy the simple things with her. I want to have fun. I want to feel the sun on my skin. I want to hear belly laughter and indulge in hummus like only Kiki knows how to! So with that said, I better go get that hummus, we have none left in the house right now...

1. As an iPhone user from day one, I'm ashamed I didn't know ANY of these things.
3. Since I’m such a type geek, I love writing utensils. These pencils from Kate Spade have my eye.
4. I’ve been stalking this food styling board on Pinterest. Simply gorgeous.
5. I’m in love with this Cookbook in a Box. Great design, beautiful pics, and bridging online with offline. Brilliant! 
6. Why haven't I thought of this - Kiki will love it!

What are you planning on doing this weekend? 

Monday, March 3, 2014

City Lights

I recently spent a few days in NYC. New York is one of my very favorite places to visit for countless reasons. Ever since I got back I've been daydreaming about my last visit...I guess you could say I've been in a New York State of Mind. There is something about the City that I've never experienced anywhere else. There is a certain energy that just can't be beat! I always want to soak it all in and take it with me! 

So whenever I am in a search of that energy, I love to visit Ann Street Studio website for some of the most incredible photography of the city that never sleeps. The photos perfectly capture the city's energy - slow, fast, fast, faster.... city lights....all that I need just about now....