Some of you may remember that I caught the blogging travel bug last year and spent a good chunk of 2013 hopping from culinary adventure to adventure. This year, I have decided to spend much more of my time back home in Kansas City. But I was looking through photo albums the other day and was reminded again of what an amazing season it was. I still can’t believe I got to meet such wonderful people, visit so many inspiring places, and — of course — eat so much spectacular food.
One of those trips that I had yet to share with you about on here was my time at Culinaria, an awesome food and wine festival in San Antonio. I had thought this trip might be fun to share in the chilly winter, in case any of you are looking for a fab trip idea for this spring. Tickets just went on sale for Culinaria 2014, which will be held this May. And let me assure you, it is an epic food and wine festival to attend. Everything’s bigger and better in Texas, right? And this festival is no exception. From the incredible chefs and their culinary masterpieces, to the hand-crafted cocktails, to the events, to the scenic boardwalk, to the fine wines, to the CIA…San Antonio shows that they know how to throw a mega party with this festival. And we, at least, had a mega good time.
So for anyone who might be interested, here are a few photos (ok, I lie — I went photo-crazy on this trip and took about 100) of my time at Culinaria. If any of you have any questions or decide to go, definitely let me know. I think you will love it!
Wow, that week went by in a hurry! Or maybe I should say, a “flurry”, as we received two more rounds of snow in Kansas City since the last Friday Five. As tends to happen in the Midwest, though, we should be springing right back up from -15 degree windchills to 65 degree sunny days this weekend, and I can’t wait.
I have to say, though, this week was a pretty good one despite the bitter temps. Lent kicked off on Wednesday, and instead of giving up something this year, I decided to spend some extended time with the book of John, and also taking some intentional time each day to just give thanks. Actually, what I’m specifically trying to do is start and end each day by giving thanks because, quite simply, I can’t really think of a better way to bookend a day. So I’m taking the 40-ish days of Lent to see if I can get into that rhythm and let those specific times of thankfulness become a habit in my life and spill over into the rest of my days even more.
Are any of you focusing on anything specific for Lent this year? Or if that’s not your thing, are there any specific topics you’re focusing on or studying as we move into spring? I know that all of the magazines are about to start bombarding us with every kind bikini-ready and spring-cleaning workout plans imaginable. But while those are lovely, I always seem to be more interested in the mind/heart stuff this time of year as we move into a season.
Wherever life finds you, though, I hope that you’re doing well and ready for a relaxing weekend ahead. I wrote a little about mine below, along with Irish cream desserts, necklaces, teas, bathtub accessories, pretty cakes and more. My kind of “Friday Five”. :)
Pretty sure I had a jump-up-and-down, shout-for-joy, high-five-my-dog, ballet-leap-across-the-floor, I-am-Fried-Rice-Maker-hear-me-ROAR moment in my kitchen yesterday when I tasted this recipe. After about 15 years of trying, I finally found a fried rice recipe that met my standards. And I am positively giddy.
Oh friends. I think we have a winner here. Let me count the reasons:
This recipe is a riff on the this garlicky baked shrimp (a longtime favorite recipe on the blog). It’s made with the best Mexi combo ever (cilantro + lime, of course). It’s topped with a healthier crispy breadcrumb mixture (hail the Panko!). It only takes about 10 minutes to prep and 15 to bake (easy peasy). And it is crazy good. (CRAZY.)
This past Valentine’s Day, I decided to remake a golden oldie from the blog to share with my friends. Partly because it was super easy. Partly because it’s gluten-free. And partly because, well, it’s about as chocolatey as you can possibly get.
We’re talking about flourless chocolate cake, people!
Man, I must be in a nostalgic food mood lately, because all I seem to be craving are classic comfort food dishes from my childhood. I’ll get back to coming up with more creative recipes soon, I promise. But for today, it’s beef and noodles, baby.
Beef stroganoff was a definitely a staple in our house when I was a kid, which I loved partly because I am hopelessly huge fan of anything involving steak. (I know, it seems like everyone around me is going vegan, but I still get giddy over a good sirloin.) I think I have always secretly loved this dish, though, because the name reminds me of one of my favorite books as a kid — Strega Nona.