Grown-Up Iced Tea

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Ahhhh. Summer. Sun and 95 degrees. One of the things I look forward to during this season is crafting wonderful Herbal Iced Teas. You don’t need to spend $$ and waste all that packaging by buying pre-bottled iced teas. A lot of iced teas also come unnecessarily loaded with sugar that you definitely don’t need. Its very easy to make your own and its fun to experiment with different flavors!

Quinoa Kasha Pilaf with Tamari Maple Tempeh

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Trust me on tempeh. I know tempeh is one of those great dividers — that qualifier in your head that puts people left of the crunchy left. I must confess that this recipe was my rite of passage. I made tempeh once, years ago, to horrific results that took me all this time to get over. This breakfast redeemed it.

Clean and Soba

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What I really want to write about in this post is Everyday Harumi. Talk about a polar opposite. If Momofuku is in-you-face, Everyday Harumi made me feel calm just by leafing through it. Harumi is a celebrity chef in Japan and I can see why. The recipes are so simple, so accessible (save for some ingredients – natto anyone?) that you can’t help but fall in love with her.

Her recipes cannot be more appropriate for spring. The cookbook has a lot of vegetable-centric dishes that are light but full flavored. This is exactly the kind of food I crave this time of year.

Purple Pancakes (Blue Cornmeal Blueberry Pancakes)

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Sunday at our house is Pancake Day. And there is nothing better (or at least we think so!) than our house pancakes. I try to make each meal count – even if its primary purpose is unabashed decadence, like pancakes. But as with desserts, I don’t want to compromise either. It has to be absolutely good.

Brazen Bites 5.9: A Weekly Parfait of Food News

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Last week was a bust. But it ended with a splash (of icing) at The Midwife Center’s Let Them Eat Cake fundraiser. About 300 people lined up to admire and taste 40 delicious cakes. I have never seen so many adults on a sugar high. Made for a happy bunch!

My son gave me a card he made in school for Mother’s Day (see above). I love it. (notice the ellipsis, he notes my rampant use of it.)… …. …

In the news last week.

Venture Capital + Food first, since this is one of my life’s intersections…two of my favorite topics in one…

Lentil Chili with Chocolate

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Its Cinco de Mayo. And this recipe has nothing to do with it. I say that because I fear the Mexican equivalent of the A.O.C. if I claim otherwise. While this is not in any way, shape, or form, claiming to be a version of Oaxacan mole, consider it a good first foray into the flavor possibilities that chocolate-as-savory presents.