Food and Wine

CELEBRATE SPRING BY EATING IN SEASON

  Celebrate new seasons with the vegetables and fruits they promise to deliver. For us in Northern California spring means a lot of lovely asparagus (I developed a simple recipe around asparagus, check that out here) , strawberries, chard, cauliflower, kale, and lemons. Here are four fun ways to celebrate spring with in-season produce: Simple roasted veggies: By far the easiest way to celebrate in-season vegetables is to chop them up, dress them with a little olive oil or ghee, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake them for 20-30 minutes at 375F. For veggies like chard and kale, they taste great de-ribbed and sautéed over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Squeeze half a fresh lemon over everything! Go say hi to your local farmer: Break out of your winter shell and mosey on over to yo...

A TINY PARIS KITCHEN

Four years ago, I moved to Paris, the City of Love and the City of Light, thanks to a great opportunity at work. I still remember my first weekend in the city. It was a glorious sunny September weekend and I was exploring my neighborhood-to-be. I moved into a cute little apartment on the left bank with a tiny kitchen. Honestly, the kitchen was a big disappointment. No fancy stove, no dishwasher, barely any working space. It’s impossible for two people to be in it at the same time. I was so disappointed that it took me almost six months to turn on the stove! And I love to bake and cook. So this was a disaster, a real tragedy. But ever since, I’ve gotten used to my tiny Paris kitchen and most of all, I’m so inspired by this beautiful city. Walking by the lovely “patisserie” windows, admiring...

3 QUICK TIPS: SMALL SPACE ENTERTAINING

With the holidays officially over, I am looking forward to planning smaller dinner parties for my friends this winter. Over the years I’ve learned that hosting a party in a tiny NYC apartment will make you get creative very quick! Here are my top 3 tips for hosting in a small space: 1. Use side tables to serve food & setup your bar. Image via My Domaine Image via Julia Leah 2. Place food and drinks in different areas of your home to avoid creating a bottleneck. I usually set up a food buffet on the kitchen table & a bar in the living room to create an easy flow throughout the space. via Lonny Magazine via One Kings Lane 3. Get creative with seating! Throw some huge pillows on the floor & pull stools, poufs and chairs from around your home into the entertaining area. via DesignL...

HERE’S THE THING ABOUT BEER AND GENDER: THEY’RE UNRELATED

Let’s talk about women and beer. As a proud feminist and member of the craft beer community, these are some of my favorite topics. It should come as no surprise that the craft beer world is dominated by predominately cisgendered, white men. This is not to say that women, LGBTQ+ folks and POC aren’t out enjoying craft beer, but the industry as a whole is still lacking in diversity. Thrillist’s James Beard Award winning story about the lack of black folks in the industry was one of the first nationally recognized moments where we talked about this issue. Feminism: 1. The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes As craft beer continues to regain its importance in mainstream society, we’re starting to see a slow shift in its inclusivity – which is awesome. Women stil...

TIPS FOR NOVICE COOKS DURING POTLUCKS

You’ve been invited to a potluck party! Yay! If you’re someone who has plenty of experience in the kitchen, you’re excited to cook up another one of your signature dishes. However, for those of you who, like me, do mostly just simple cooking, that excitement of being invited to that party might slowly (or quickly) turn into anxiety or dread. Here are some tips to help navigate the situation. Find what works for you Maybe instead of an entrée – dessert is more your thing. Or maybe you know how to put together some delicious appetizers. There are no rules that state you always have to bring an entrée dish to a potluck. If it’s something you were assigned to, don’t be afraid to discuss with the host to swap with someone else. Don’t be afraid of keeping it simple I like to leave th...

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR: THE MERRY MULE

Holiday Happy Hour:  The Merry Mule It’s always five o’clock somewhere during the holidays!  Let’s bring on the sparkle and joy this season with delightful twist on a pub classic. The Merry Mule In a mule mug mix together: 2oz Orange Vodka (I love and use Dripping Springs Orange- it’s also gluten-free!) 3-4oz Cranberry juice 1oz Goldschlager   Partially fill mug with ice Top with your favorite ginger beer Garnish with a twist of orange peel   Cheers to you and yours this Happy Holiday season!   Author: Melina Hudgins Email: hudgins.melina@gmail.com Author Bio: Melina Hudgins The Cat in the Kitchen Dallas, TX | Gluten-free Foodie + Lifestyle Blogger I like food. I eat food. And sometimes, I eve...

GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN FRENCH TOAST

GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN FRENCH TOAST Ingredients 60 mL Apple sauce 30 ml Rice milk (any milk substitute such as almond, soy, coconut, cashew) 3-4 slices Egg-Free & Gluten free bread Directions: 1. Add apple sauce into large mixing bowl 2. Add rice milk to apple sauce and whisk until uniform mixture 3. Place a frying pan or crêpe pan on burner 4. Turn on burner to medium (3-4) setting, test with a few drops of water to ensure pan is hot 5. Pour 5mL oil into the crêpe pan, spread around with a flipper 6. Dip each slice of bread into the applesauce & rice milk mixture coating both sides and place into the pan 7. Cook until golden brown on both sides (approx. 3 min per side) 8. Place onto plates and serve with cinnamon and maple syrup What I use in my kitchen: The Cinnamon Raisin Loaf ...

10 PARTY FOOD TIPS: WHAT AND HOW TO FEED KIDS AT A PARTY

10 PARTY FOOD TIPS: WHAT AND HOW TO FEED KIDS AT A PARTY What do you feed excited kids at a party to keep them happy and satisfied? You want to give them something reasonably healthy but also keep things fun! 1. Keep it simple: Go for sandwiches with 2 or 3 choices. Pita, pasta salad or pizza are also good options. Make sure you have a vegetarian option and that you are aware of any allergies. 2. Easy Fruit and Veg: Crudités such as carrots, cucumber, peppers and celery are easy to pick at and can be served with dips like hummus. Go for fruit that doesn’t need to be cut up like berries or seedless grapes and fruit that doesn’t spoil when cut like melon and mango… 3. Shape it into something fun: Use biscuit cutters to shape your sandwiches. You can also use them on fruit (such as melon) and...

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