I have a lot on my mind; so, let’s combine the “teenage,” and the “gourmet” in this one. My past two weeks have been jam-packed with college tours, study sessions, football games, chlorinated swimming, and (of course) new recipes.
I consider these food photos to be the “lesser quality” of my recent pictures, so they’ve been demoted to collage state. That doesn’t mean that they are less important! See the one of three girls in the middle? That’s Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter, my best friend, and me at Fido in Nashville, Tennessee. We had a blogger meeting before I visited Vanderbilt University the next day. :) Heather was incredibly friendly, and she brought me a tasty jar of pumpkin seed butter. It tastes like pumpkin pie in a jar!
Also pictured is Aarti’s Kale Salad, which I highly recommend. I paired that with Cooking Light’s Autumn Vegetable Curry for an Indian-inspired dinner last week. Both recipes fast enough for a weeknight dinner. Cooking Light also supplied me with the recipes for the Mushroom Patty Melt, Buffalo Chicken Panini, and four different types of banana muffins. Yes. I made four different kinds of banana muffins in one pan: original, peanut butter, chocolate chip walnut,and bananas foster! If you feel like testing your fraction skills, I encourage you to attempt the feat. ;) The square pan is holding Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies, AKA heaven. They were far superior the boxed birthday cake that I made, obviously. The onion imprint is just a cool picture.
Next, I have a pertinent issue to address: the state of Bon Appetit’s photographs. Am I the only person who is appalled by their hideousness? I’m really sorry if someone from the magazine reads this, but I miss the beauty of Gourmet. In honor of my favorite food magazine, my Kale & Bacon Salad photos are reminiscent of Gourmet’s more elegant style. Bon Appetit, I’ll be sending you a letter.
Last but not least, I met Giada de Laurentiis! The Italian beauty came to Kentucky yesterday, and I had the chance to rush to Lexington after my ACT test and ask her some culinary advice. She told me about the internships that The Food Network offers. I’ll be keeping those in mind. :)