March 23, 2017

Toasted Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake | The Naptime Chef

When I get into a cooking rut the first thing I do is turn to recipes and books I love. Sometimes I just spend a week or so revisiting old recipes. Other times I decide to crack open favorite books and challenge myself to try something new. It can be anything from a full dinner recipe, to a quick baked treat, to a cocktail. There is no limit to what I’ll try and having someone else already have written the recipe for me a huge help. Not to mention, reading the recipes of others is a terrific learning opportunity. Hardly a recipe goes by when I don’t learn a new technique or flavor pairing.

March 14, 2017

5 Spring Books

It’s that season again…time for new books! I’ve been loving all the new covers I’ve seen popping up on my screen lately. It’s been wild to see all the good stuff that is coming out this spring. I can’t wait! Here are five books I’ve pre-ordered or ordered so far this season:

Provence to Pondicherry | The Naptime Chef

Provence to Pondicherry: Recipes from France and Faraway by Tessa Kiros. I am a longtime fan of Tessa’s and this book is one of her best. It is equal parts history book, travel companion, and cookbook. Fascinating and lovely, a joy to read. (released March 7th)

Dinner Chez Moi | The Naptime Chef

Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining by Elizabeth Bard. I’ve adored her previous books and cook from them all the time. I can’t wait to see this one! (coming April 4th)

The Wellness Project | The Naptime Chef

The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life by Phoebe Lapine. I’ve been a longtime fan of Phoebe’s and I can’t wait to read her memoir. She’s had a long road battling autoimmune disease and in this book she bears all so we can learn from her journey to wellness. (coming May 16th)

Mighty Salads | The Naptime Chef

Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner — and Make-Ahead Lunches, Too by the Editors of Food52. I basically buy all of their books and this oneis especially intriguing because I am psyched for summer produce! (coming April 11th)

Ice Cream & Friends | The Naptime Chef

Food52 Ice Cream & Friends: 60 Recipes & Riffs for Sorbets, Sandwiches, No-Churn Ice Creams, and More by the Editors of Food52. I am a huge fan of homemade ice cream and haven’t got a new ice cream cookbook in a while. Naturally, this looks amazing since it is from Food52 and I’ll be sure to get the ice cream machine out once it warms up! (coming April 11th)

March 9, 2017

Wheel’s Up with TripAdvisor + Discount!

TripAdvisor | The Naptime Chef I have to stop in today to share some cool stuff I just got from TripAdvisor. I’ve recently started working with them and I am so excited to dive into their brand. I’ve always loved using TripAdvisor for advice on where to eat and sleep when I travel. The site is without a doubt the most comprehensive travel site on the web and it is my first stop whenever I need information. People always write in with the best advice and I love reading their comments. Recently TripAdvisor teamed up with eBags on a new luggage collection and I was lucky enough to preview it.

March 7, 2017

National Cereal Day + Giveaway!

National Cereal Day | The Naptime Chef

We celebrate many holidays in our house and one of them, which we are celebrating today, is National Cereal Day. I know, I know, it’s definitely not the most important holiday on the calendar, but it certainly is a fun one. Today we celebrated it with a bunch of goodies my friends at General Mills Cereal sent me last week. There were boxes of our favorite cereals, a pretty personalized spoon, pretty paper fans, and more.

March 3, 2017

Salted Butter Cookie Chocolate Truffles

Today I am catching up from two days of work on a super exciting new project I can’t wait to reveal. In the mean time, I have to post about this super recipe I found on My Little Paris when it landed in my inbox last week. It is a recipe from Poilane, one of the many amazing places we visited when we traveled to Paris a few springs ago. It is the best kind of sweet in that it is delicious and it barely takes any effort.

February 24, 2017

Angel Hair with Peas & Pancetta

Angel Hair with Peas & Pancetta

Pasta is my comfort food and there is no limit to the number of pasta dishes I’ll make. I wish I could make it every night, but in the name of excess that is definitely NOT a good idea. When I do make it I try to bulk it up with some vegetables and protein. This helps make the dish filling and nutritious, not just a giant bowl of carbohydrates.

The other night I made this easy angel hair pasta dish. I added lots of peas, stirred in cooked pancetta strips, and bound it all together in a light pink sauce. It is the perfect tasty yet light meal to enjoy on a weekday winter night. It was made even easier by the fact that the peas were Cascadian Farm Organic frozen peas served fresh from the freezer. It is so nice to have frozen product all stocked and ready to go in the winter when the local produce is not available! I warmed them up right in the sauce.

February 1, 2017

Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt Muffins

The beauty of muffins is their portability. They pack well in lunchboxes, purses, and just about anywhere they need to fit. I’ve even started taking them to the ski mountain to enjoy as a quick snack when we need to warm up in the lodge. There is no end to their versatility! The key to enjoying muffins frequently, however, is keeping them on the lighter side. I like them to be full of flavor, but I really don’t like them when they are sweet like cake.