Today celebrates one of my favorite desserts. It is National Strawberry Shortcake Day y’all, and with the help of Driscoll’s Berries, have I got a doozy of recipe for you! Back in my hometown in Indiana, there was a Strawberry Shortcake Festival every spring (friends & family, you can let me know if you are still doing that). I LOVED this festival. It felt like the epitome of summer; everyone walking around in bright sunny weather with their neon shorts and t-shirts… Hey, it was the early 90’s, mmm-kay? Neon was the thing.
I love watching Chopped. I’m always amazed at the chefs who come up with such beautiful and appetizing dishes out of that mystery box… and in 30 minutes? Wow. I often spend days just thinking through a recipe, not to mention making and perfecting it. I recently met a winner of Chopped and learned that not only are the time constraints very real, but on top of that, they only get a few minute introduction to the kitchen. Talk about pressure! There is no way I could hack this show. But I will try a more relaxed version!
Melissa’s Produce approached the San Diego Food Bloggers several months ago to take on a “Chopped”-style challenge in which they sent us each several of their amazing produce items and we needed to create a recipe using 3-4 of them along with 1-2 other ingredients of our choice. All of us had a blast with it and created such interesting and different recipes. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again! You can see all the other amazing recipes in the linkup below.
Every cook needs a good potato salad in his or her arsenal. It is a necessity for cookouts, potlucks, barbecues or just a darn good lunch. I have made so many potato salads in my day and each one is very different from the one before. Potatoes are so versatile (I know, I’ve said that a million times, but it’s true). You can pair them with just about any flavor you like.
May is National Barbecue Month and what a great time to celebrate! The weather is warm (or extremely hot if you are in Southern California right now), flowers are blooming and people are spending more time outside. Plus, Memorial Day is only a week away and a great excuse for having a cookout. And, what cookout is complete without a damn good barbecue sauce?
I like to eavesdrop on people’s conversations and the best place to do that is in the mall food court. I was there recently, sitting at a table sipping on an iced tea (the best drink in the world in my not-so-humble-opinion) and I overheard a 30-year-old woman chatting with her parents over lunch next to me. She was talking about her pregnancy and the baby and logistics, etc. and I thought, “oh how wonderful! Something I can relate to.” But then, all she seemed to do was berate her parents.
Living in San Diego, Mexican food has a special place in my heart and Cinco de Mayo here is so big it might as well be the 4th of July! Celebrations are all over the city and the food is abundant and divine. Anyone who knows anything about Mexican cuisine knows the main vessel to hold all the goodness is the tortilla. Depending on what you are making, you might want corn or flour tortillas. Corn tortillas are delicious but my favorites are the flour versions.