Eat Well: BLT-tastic

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I usually like to cook a big dinner on Sunday nights - inevitably, each weekend feels like it should be honored with a closing ceremony to celebrate another great few days spent in this beautiful city. Although this past weekend was fantastic, my husband and I felt like keeping things a bit more low-key this past Sunday night. Rather than grilling steak, roasting chicken, or trying my hand at a new pasta recipe, we decided to make BLT sandwiches.

I was inspired by last June's issue of Bon Appétit, where they featured several unexpected but delicious BLT toppings. Although all the toppings in the article sounded good, we decided to stick with adding avocado (because, of course...) and chipotle mayonnaise (mayonnaise + chopped chipotle peppers). The result was delicious - BLTs will undoubtedly be a cooking staple for us going forward, both on lazy Sundays and on weeknights when we're pressed for time.

As a side, I put together some fresh peas from the farmer's market + burrata with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon zest. Who doesn't love eating their greens alongside the most delicious cheese ever invented?

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DSC_3276We've got a fun week to look forward to, which is good, because hopefully it will limit my sadness of this weekend being over.

It's funny - I always feel like every weekend we spend here can't beat the one before it, and then it inevitably does. We had a great time this weekend staying in on Friday night, making mini-pizzas, drinking wine, and watching Orange is the New Black (so good, by the way). Saturday we enjoyed the sunshine while eating barbecue at 4505 Meats on Divisadero. Having a lunch of brisket + coleslaw + a roll made me feel, just for a second, like I was spending a weekend in Austin.  We then grabbed Bi-Rite ice cream and walked to Alamo Square Park, where we sat on the grass, soaked in the sun, and marveled at the Painted Ladies. We followed that up with dinner with friends at Nopalito, then a trip to a little coffee shop/bar to watch a friend of a friend perform some of his music.

The entire weekend felt worthy of a movie - memorable, scenic, and happy. Which doesn't mean that next weekend won't be even better - on Friday we're flying to Cincinnati for the wedding of two of our close friends, and I couldn't be more excited to get to celebrate with them and see old friends from school. Life is awfully good.

Have a great Monday!

Eat Well: Breakfast Tacos

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Okay, I know what you're thinking: 95% of the recipes I post about on this blog are breakfast recipes. And you are correct. But I have two very good reasons for that: 1) It gets dark at about 4:45 here, and pictures taken of food when it is dark outside usually look terrible, so it's difficult to cook and photograph dinner in the appropriate timeframe AND 2) Breakfast is by far the most superior meal of the day, and I would eat it at every mealtime if I could. Case in point: I have been home with the flu or some sort of unpleasant derivation of it for the past two days, and all I have eaten is breakfast food. Except for when I ordered sushi. But I only ate that because they brought it pre-made to my door.

Anyway, for me, breakfast tacos are the better version of an egg scramble - you get all the deliciousness of a scramble (or an omelette), but it's wrapped in a tortilla, which makes all things tastier. Don't believe me? Try this one for yourself, you'll see. Directions are below.

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DSC_0093Ingredients (for two large servings):

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 small white onion, chopped

1 jalapeño, chopped

1/2 small tomato, chopped

6 eggs

4 strips of bacon

4 corn tortillas

Cheddar cheese, grated

Avocado, diced

Salt & pepper to taste

DSC_0100Directions: Add bell pepper, onion, and jalapeño to a frying pan with a little olive oil or butter. Saute until soft. Add in tomato, saute for a minute or two. Scramble the eggs and pour them into the frying pan on top of the other ingredients (you can salt your eggs before you pour them in if you would prefer). Scramble low and slow until eggs are creamy. Meanwhile, fry a few pieces of bacon. Before assembling the tacos, microwave your tortillas or throw them in a frying pan for a few minutes until they're soft and flexible. Assemble tacos with bacon on bottom, egg scramble in the middle, and cheddar cheese and avocado pieces on top, and enjoy!

I just left my apartment for the first time in 48 hours (due to my aforementioned flu) to walk half a block to my drycleaners. Before I left I was thinking that I kind of want to have a few more days where all I do is curl up in bed, read my mystery novel and watch the first season of Girls. My sore throat and my two days of laying down had convinced me that maybe social interaction was overrated. But then I went outside, saw my beautiful neighborhood, realized it was no longer frigid outside, and remembered how much I love being around other people. After I picked up my clothes and was heading toward the door, resigning myself to my workday tomorrow, my drycleaner said, "tomorrow will be a better day." And you know what? For a variety of reasons, she was right.

Have a great Thursday.