Guest Post on Gai Lan

Today you won’t find my full post on here, but instead I am doing a guest post at Sorey Fitness. It was such an honor to be asked by Kalee to do a guest post on her blog at Sorey Fitness. What makes it extra fun is I usually don’t focus on health for my blog posts, but her blog is definitely all about staying healthy. Now, this doesn’t mean that I don’t value health. In fact, I do long daily workouts to help allow me all of these treats. So, when Kalee asked, I immediately thought of the Chinese veggies that K (my husband) cooks for us almost everyday. Sometimes I cook them, too, once he showed me how. I started by going to the stores with him to see what to look for in a fresh vegetable, and then learned how to prepare them.

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Go step over to Kalee’s blog to see my post there about Gai Lan and another spin on the congee recipe I posted on here a little while ago.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I’m sure you were worried about the state of our blueberries after I posted about them with blueberry bars. What did we do with all of those blueberries? Were they given a good home? Did they make it out of the box they arrived in? Well, now you can rest easier. Here is yet another recipe using our supply. As with most things, if I ask K what he wants me to make (dessert-wise), he usually says ice cream. No matter what. I could say, we have extra sugar and he would want me to make ice cream with it. Luckily, that is one of the ingredients in ice cream, so it’s all good. For this ice cream, I was surprised that no one in my cookbooks had done a straight blueberry ice cream. They don’t know what they’re missing! I was worried there was some weird problem with them, and the world would laugh at my crazy blueberry ice cream ideas, but apparently I can now laugh at the world. And, you could leave it at blueberry ice cream. All well and good. But I thought it might want to meet up with a friend, namely Cheesecake. Liquid Cheesecake. Yeah, Momofuku Milk Bar fans, you know what I mean.

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Skillet Pizza

The finale of Italian Week…You might think, really? Another pizza recipe? Doesn’t everyone have a go-to one already? Haven’t you already made pizza? Well, I saw this one on a blog I follow, Life’s Ambrosia, and it peaked my curiosity. I actually wasn’t sure we had a cast iron skillet because I thought mine was ruined. The one I found and used was apparently mine, and somehow it improved itself with disuse. So, after making pizza a couple times in it and then keeping it around for other random tasks, it has found its purpose in the kitchen. It also is now properly seasoned, which makes it much easier to use. Yay! So, this is a perfect excuse to pull out your cast iron skillet. If you don’t have one, they are about $20-30 and are great for browning things, such as the mushrooms on this pizza. Now that I have one (again) I hope to make some desserts with it, too.

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Meatballs with Marinara Sauce and Homemade Pasta

This post continues Italian Week with a more traditional spaghetti dish. After crossing homemade pasta off of my to-do list, I had made enough that I needed to do more than just toss it with some butter sauce. Instead, I whipped up some meatballs using gelatin like the America’s Test Kitchen recipe, but with my own twists.

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Homemade Tagliatelle with Sage, Bacon, and Browned Butter Sauce

This is the start of Italian Week on this blog. After watching America’s Test Kitchen where they made this pasta, I was motivated to make three related dishes. Two involve the pasta recipe, and then there is a surprise one on Friday. It’s more American than Italian, but that often is the case with the Italian food I ate growing up (and about half of my family is Italian…sooooo, yeah). You can make this pasta and have it with any sauce. In fact, I only tossed half of the pasta with sauce and left the rest plain for the next recipe. I reheated it in a marinara sauce and it was great.

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Simple Blueberry Bars

As mentioned in the soup post on Wednesday, we have been having gorgeous weather, and the July 4th weekend was particularly lovely. We had a bit of a staycation–we went to an island the one day, had a party another day, and went blueberry picking on a different day. Naturally we picked way too many (at $2 a pound, how can you resist?) and I had to come up with a few uses for them besides general snacking. The first recipe was for these bars. Dorie calls it a cake, but really it works well as breakfast blueberry bars….so that is how I am filing this.

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