Eat Well: Padron Peppers


My husband has been on a jalapeño kick for about a year now. In his opinion, most of your everyday foods - eggs in particular - are made better by the presence of jalapeños. Not surprisingly, when we were at the farmer's market a few weekends ago, these little guys caught his eye. Our already strong love of peppers + the strong recommendation of the woman in front of us in line convinced us to buy a basket of the padrons (padrones?) to take home and try out.

And man - I am so glad we did. Like it says on the sign, this snack is delicious, not to mention easy (and healthy!). A little heat, a little salt, a little olive oil, and you have yourself a very tasty Sunday afternoon snack. Of course, the last time we whipped these up I couldn't resist pairing them with the salty crunch of potato chips, which turned into a rather unhealthy dinner...







Drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste. Cook in a skillet over medium heat for about five minutes, until the peppers are crisp and start to blacken. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!

Dress Well (and Eat Well): Sunday at the Farmer's Market

J. Crew sweatshirt, UnderArmor leggings

Natalie, the hardcore coffee drinker: that's a decaf almond milk latte in my hand. You know, the hard stuff.

July has fully lived up to its reputation this year. This past weekend, just like all other weekends this July, was cold, gray, and foggy. Every time my husband and I stepped outside, one of us said, "it's like it's November!" because this weekend's weather felt exactly like November in Texas. We didn't let a little fog interrupt our weekend routine, though - we still got up, bundled up, and walked over to our neighborhood farmer's market. Here's a small peak into our standard weekend:











And this is what those dahlias look like when you get them home. Aren't they beautiful?

DSC_6351Nothing too exciting from this past weekend to report. Our Friday night dinner at AQ was wholly underwhelming. I loved the meal we had the first time we went, but almost every course this time missed the mark. Disappointing. On Saturday we got in a little shopping before coming home because I was feeling pretty sick. Sunday we braved the fog for a bit, cooked a big brunch (more on that later this week!) then lazed around the house. As you can see, I wasn't lying when I said I had nothing exciting to report...

Next weekend we're off to Texas for a friend's wedding. While we'll only be in Dallas for slightly over 24 hours, I'm ready to trade some Texas summer sun for this San Francisco summer fog! Between work and some fun dinners with friends this upcoming week, I'm sure the trip will be here before I know it.

Have a great Monday, everyone!