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Recipe: Roasted Asparagus


I love a dish where a star ingredient can just speak for itself and, for me, no vegetable shines brighter than asparagus. This recipe for roasted asparagus is super simple and tastes amazing. Pair with a grilled steak, scrambled eggs or spicy black bean burger for a delicious spring or summer time meal that comes together in minutes. Bonus points if you nab your produce from the farmer’s market.

What you’ll need…

-one bunch of asparagus spears

-two tablespoons of olive oil



and how it all comes together…

-Rinse your asparagus spears and dry them off using a pretty linen tea towel…ok so that second part is optional.


-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

-Snap off the tough ends of each spear. You can save this part for future veggie stock making.

-Line up your spears in a single layer on a baking sheet.


-Drizzle the olive oil on top and sprinkle liberally with cracked salt and pepper.


-Use your fingers to bathe those puppies in oily goodness.

-Pop ‘em in the oven for ten minutes and plate away!


Extra serving flair: Top with grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice or my condiment go-to, balsamic vinegar. But honestly I prefer them without all that jazz.

What’s your favorite veggie side dish? Do you like to keep vegetables simple or dress them up with lots of add-ons and fancy choppin’?


mid-week round-up


Hello lovelies! What a crazy week. Lots happening at work, TWO national championship runs to keep up with and no back to back days off. The days are just flying by (even as they get longer)!

If you’re in need of a food recommendation for this upcoming weekend, I have a couple. Monday, my family grabbed lunch at Limestone Blue. Very yummy, very Kentucky. And, while watching the game at Lynagh’s that same night, I ordered an O’round burger because it made the cut in The Chevy Chaser’s Top 5 burgers in town list. Both great options if you’re lookin’ to treat yourself after a busy week!

But enough about noms, let’s check out some links! Enjoy the rest of your week. : )

If only I were a master baker.

An inventor changes the menstrual health of women in developing countries for the better.

Postcards that keep it real.

Now totally acceptable to dress like your Dad.

The BBN after the loss (and predictions on who will stay and who will go).

“Les Mousserables”

5 little known facts about Bob Ross.

A PowerPoint on how PowerPoint is ruining teaching.

A delicious, Jamie Oliver omelette.

An oral history of Ghostbusters.

Use your voice!

Drake lookin’ like…

This would never happen on Encarta.

When did we decide we all stink?

Fired for refusal to unfriend on Facebook.

What we should really cut in the circumcision debate? The hyperbole.

And huge congrats to my Tops on their 8th AFA National Title! STNJ! ❤


Recipe: Avocado Toast


I am of the belief that everyone should have a super simple meal they can make on the quicks that satisfies their unique palate. The kind of meal you can make when work runs late. The kind of meal you can make when you have somewhere more fun to be then in front of your stove. Basically, the kind of meal you can make instead of pulling up to a drive-thru window. For my mom, this meal is nachos. For a co-worker, it is omelettes. For me, it is putting things on top of toast. In college, beans on toast was a go-to dinner staple. Last year, I went through a big brie and pears on toast phase. And we’ve already discussed my favorite lazy summer meal! But now it is all about the avocado toast!

This recipe is inspired by the crayest health-guru of them all–Gwyneth Paltrow–with a few modifications by yours truly. This is literally the easiest thing you can make from her cookbook “It’s All Good” and I’m not exaggerating when I say it is crazy delicious. Let’s let Gwyneth wax poetic for a second:

“…but really it’s the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado, and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans…”

What a lovable weirdo. And aren’t you intrigued??? Let’s get to it!


whole-grain bread, preferably with some seeds in it to add a little extra crunch

Vegenaise, I know it sounds crazy but just trust me

avocado, I usually use ½ for 2 slices of toast but you do you

balsamic vinegar

freshly cracked pepper

Himalayan sea salt

To assemble:

Pop two slices of bread in the toaster. Slice your avocado. When the bread is toasted, spread it with some Vegenaise (Personally, I do not care for actual mayonnaise but I really like the vegan version so I can’t speak to whether this recipe would be good with the real stuff. If you’re inclined to give it a go than by all means…Gwyneth would not be as forgiving as I). Layer the avocado slices on top making sure to smoosh them down with your fingers a bit so they get down into the crunch of the bread. ; ) Pour a little balsamic vinegar over top. Crack pepper over everything. Sprinkle just a pinch of some pink Himalayan sea salt on the avocados. Voila!

What’s fantastic about putting things on toast as your go-to fast-food meal is you can pair with whatever you have in your fridge to round it out. This toast goes great with fruit salad, scrambled eggs, yogurt, chips and salsa, salad, steamed veggies–pretty much anything your little heart desires. Oh, and if you try it and love it? I told you so and you’re welcome.

Gwyneth’s food is good.

Gwyneth Paltrow food is good

Strangely, the star everyone loves to hate, I just love to love. Now, I recognize that most of what comes out of her mouth is ridiculous, and sure that’s annoying and would be a little obnoxious if the food she was talking about wasn’t so damn good. Gwyneth is a big believer of a clean, no processed foods, whole-food approach.

Her website Goop and her cookbooks focus a lot on finding ways to make clean eating more tasty. And guess what? She succeeds…because she’s bougie enough to not give a crap about pumping a bunch of money into making brownies without sugar taste legit or the precise spice chemistry to make stir-fry with basically nothing appetizing in it at alllll taste like take-out.

Gwyneth is passionate about food in the same way all of y’all are who post your meals on Instagram. The only difference is she is rich and famous so instead of throwing a filter on lunch she hires people to help create, blog about and write a cookbook for it. Cut a bitch some slack.

Now these assertions do not come without experience. I have done the cleanse she writes about on Goop … twice. (I feel obnoxious just typing that but I was curious!) I renewed It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great three times before returning it to the library.

Honestly, I think the absurdity of Gwyneth’s recipe-prose and the absolute un-relatability of her recommendations increased the appeal for me. Give me a dash of celebrity humor with a bangin’ smoothie recipe any day. Entice me to try cooking something so insane that I have to text someone about it when it turns out delicious–and I’m yours for life.

Obviously I’m not going to take daily saunas or catch wild game hens but I do love fresh, whole, clean ingredients. I’m not really worried about cleansing my internal organs of toxins but it WAS kind of cool to do her cleanse and feel miserable for a couple of days and then start feeling more energetic… followed by amazing… followed by I could eat like this forever!!!… followed by haha jk no I can’t but I might do that again someday.

“It’s All Good” has vegan and paleo recipes and even a whole section of recipes geared towards children (aka me). While there are also quite a few recipes that just didn’t look cost effective or seemed too time intensive for my purposes; all the easier, cheaper recipes I made were awesome.

Basically, I just think everything Gwyneth says is hilarious and I hope she’s not being serious when she says things but I also know she is. You shouldn’t write off her recipes just because she’s unnecessarily verbose about mundane ingredients–you should think of this as her version of pulling out her iPhone to snap an insta.

If you’re eating clean, vegan or paleo give her cookbook a go. It’s not gonna hurt anything to check that shit out from the library. It’s not like you’re paying for a ticket to one of her movies. Because that…I couldn’t endorse.

“We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art and literature—all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you’re wearing?’ and I thought, I can’t stay here. I have to get back to Europe.” <—lol whuuuut? Me too, girl, me too.

(photo from the cookbook mentioned above and via here. 3 recipes from the book are also available via this link. : )

P.S. More nonsensical celebrity opinions HERE.
P.P.S. Wanna work together?

Buying Gwyneth Paltrow recommended ingredients is expensive but buying me a coffee is cheap

Recipe: Strawberry Mini Toasts


As a budget-livin’, wannabe foodie I try to eat produce seasonally (and when possible local). This means by the end of Winter I am less than excited by apples, pears and citrus. I cheated a bit and made these Strawberry Mini Toasts when my store put strawberries super on sale for Valentine’s day. I love making these in the summer for a light meal with a glass of wine. Having these in the midst of yet another snow storm was just the breath of fresh air I needed! Luckily, strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring and early summer so you can nom on these toasts all the time soon enough! This recipe also calls for basil which I can get fresh and locally year round. If you can’t, you can use dried basil or leave it off the top. : ) Enjoy!


strawberries, sliced


a baguette, sliced, thrown on an oven rack for a few minutes if you like ’em crispy

goat cheese

balsamic vinegar

basil leaves, cut into ribbons

black pepper

To assemble:

Combine your sliced strawberries in a bowl with a tablespoon of sugar. Toss them a little and let them hang out for half an hour. Spread your preferred goat cheese on the baguette. Pile on some strawberries and drizzle balsamic vinegar all over. Top with basil ribbons and a few cracks of pepper.

Pair with a dry vignole and you’ve got a super simple dinner that feels kinda fancy. Just how this lazy, busy girl likes it!