Whoa. I just realized that 2 weeks from today, I will be in Italy! Italia!!!
(Oh yeah, and today I also just realized when reading my flight confirmation email that I fly out next Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the date I’d had in my mind for months. Tiny detail. ;))
Still, assuming I catch the correct plane and actually make it across the pond, I cannot wait to be in Europe! I will be spending a few days in Austria, then a week in Germany, and then my sister and I are going to cap off the trip with four days in Florence. She’s an art teacher and is happily planning our artistic itinerary. And me? You’d better believe this food blogger is planning a mega food tour around the region. I have a list of recommended places to visit from friends, which include everything from fresh pasta…to gelato…to pizza…to gelato…to espresso…to gelato…to paninis…to local wine…to gelato…oh, and maybe some more gelato. It’s going to be magnifico.
So to (ahem) get my palate in the Italian spirit before leaving, I have been doing the hard work of making and eating endless batches of fresh homemade pesto. And one of the recipes I have re-fallen in love with is an oldie but goodie from the blog archives that I am renaming this 5-Ingredient Basil Chicken Soup. It’s basically like the Italian version of my favorite 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili. And oh man, it is a winner.
Sometimes I wish our culture would adopt the custom of taking siestas.
You know, those naps that the Spanish so famously take each afternoon after lunch? They sound kind of brilliant to me. Because afternoons are without a doubt the time that I seem to move a littttle bitttt morrre slowwwwly. Mornings? I’m super energized and motivated. Evenings? All of my creative juices start flowing. But afternoons? Let’s just say “meh”. Energy and creativity are not quite there, and half of the time I find myself staring longingly out the window wanting to go on a long walk, or jealously at the couch where my dog is snoozing the mid-day away. Naps sound just lovely.
But alas, life keeps moving and recipes need photographing and emails keep flowing in the afternoon, so strong cups of coffee and chai are my friend. A few weeks ago, though, I stumbled upon a brilliant alternative – freezing my coffee and chai into popsicles! It’s like caffeine made fun!! (Although if you don’t drink caffeine, these are still super fun when made caffeine-free.) ;)
This hardly counts as a recipe, but for anyone else looking for an afternoon energy “treat”, I thought I’d share it with you today.
Seriously. My sister and I whipped it up for lunch one day last week when she was in town, and it made a big batch. So then we immediately had it again that evening for leftovers. And then I had some the next day for lunch. And a snack. And dinner. And after 48 hours of this salad, I still wasn’t tired of it!
I have been searching for my trademark chocolate chip cookie recipe for years.
My dad had his favorite recipe, which he made dozens upon dozens of times for our family when we were growing up. His mom, my grandma, had her favorite recipe, which she actually called “chip chocolates” and always served to her grandkids frozen and hard as rocks (so good!). But I always thought it would be fun to have a recipe that was all my own.
Last night, I taught a cooking class for the first time in years. And it was so much fun!!
I actually get asked to teach cooking classes pretty often, and cater, both of which I have decided I don’t enjoy all that much. But this one was for my church, as part of these cool “institutes” we do quarterly. And they are awesome. So I agreed to do it. :)