Eat Well: Dutch Pancake

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I had two words for my kitchen this past weekend: "I'm baaaaack!"

After three months of cooking almost never, this past weekend I finally had an urge to get back in the kitchen. Why I stayed away so long (especially on weekends) is a mystery - I LOVE cooking. Rather than exercising my (admittedly limited) culinary skills, for the past several weeks we've been heading out to brunch each weekend morning in search of excellent pancakes. I can't really explain it; we've just been on a major pancake (and laziness) kick lately.

One of the best pancakes we found was the Dutch pancake at The Tipsy Pig, which is one of my favorite restaurants in the Marina here in SF. Last weekend, armed with my long-awaited urge to cook, some farmer's market ingredients, and this easy recipe, I set about making my version of the Tipsy Pig pancake. This ended up being a great idea, if I do say so myself. The pancake is SO easy to make and tastes great with a little fruit and powdered sugar on the top. It took about half a bite for me to realize that this dish will be a Sunday staple for years to come.

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DSC_6323This has been such a fun week - in a complete departure from my normal routine, I've already been out to weeknight dinners with friends on two separate nights, with another dinner planned for Friday. Since we're not going to be in town this weekend, it's nice to get to see our friends during the week. Even if it means I've skipped going to the gym more than I should have because I've been up too late, I think the tradeoff is worth it in terms of the happiness that comes from social interaction, you know? That, or I'm just looking for an excuse to sleep in.

Have a wonderful day!

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:

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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!