1st Week Of Pumpkin Month

It’s Pumpkin Month!  Check out this year’s stash –

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Here is some of the gourdy goodness I’ve eaten so far…

Pumpkin milk iced coffee.

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Chobani pumpkin with maple Cheerios.

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Trader Joe’s pumpkin yogurt with Justin’s maple cashew butter, plus a rave apple and a chocolate chip cookie.

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Other tasty things from the past week include…

Duck confit hash from Farm Bell Kitchen.

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Mexican candy with guava paste and dulce de leche.

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Grapefruit yogurt drink with mango jelly and popping grape boba.

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Vietnamese caramel chicken with jasmine rice and sauteed bok choy and shredded carrot.

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Shrimp fried rice, cooked on a sheet pan.  <– this is such a fantastic idea!  We will definitely use this method again

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Spinach and artichoke chicken (similar to this recipe) with roasted cauliflower.

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Engaging Eats

It was an exciting weekend, two of our favorite people came to visit us – and got engaged while they were here!  We loved being a part of their special day, and also enjoyed a winery tour, stumbling into the Tom Tom Festival, and staying up far too late.  I mostly took photos of people, but here were five highlights of what I ate…

{1}  Coffee from Sweethaus.  Quad / nonfat / iced / latte / with vanilla and mint.

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{2}  Brunch at Junction.  I had the Huevos Rancheros – crispy corn tortillas topped with refried beans, cotija cheese, fresh avocado, salsa, and 2 fried local eggs.  Plus the Jungle Cat – Vida Mezcal, Campari, pineapple, lime, and Caribbean jerk spiced cane syrup.

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{3}  Lunch at Smoked in Crozet.  We could not believe how good this place was!  I had smoked turkey, fried chicken, cole slaw, and smoked jalopeno creamed corn.  The cream corn was my favorite side dish of all time!

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{4}  I did not take a picture, but I still have to mention how delicious the fried chicken sandwich at The Fitzroy is.  3/4 of us ordered it for dinner and all of us basically swooned over it.

{5}  It was a coworker’s birthday this weekend so I am bringing in the best ever chocolate chip cookies and I ate copious amounts of dough as I worked.

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I am looking forward to eating a baked cookie with lunch today!

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Butters, Brussels, And Broccoli

The five best things I ate this weekend were…

The best cup of coffee I’ve ever made myself (and I drank it hot!!).  A blend of Trader Joe’s French roast and Brooklyn Roasting Company’s Costa Rican with sweetened condensed milk, topped with vanilla bean powder.

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Chocolate peanut butter Shreds cereal.  Eaten dry out of the box.  They are basically addictive.

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Cocoa swirl cookie butter.  Also eaten straight out of the container.  Can you tell that Adam was out of town this weekend?? 🙂

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A meal so nice I made it twice.  Roasted brussel sprouts and TJ’s scallion pancakes drizzled in Sriracha and Kewpie mayo.

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A quickie version of Oyakodon served with roasted broccoli.  I skipped the broth and the sake and took a shortcut with a fried chicken cutlet from the freezer aisle.

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Apple Adventures

Nothing this week has been as exciting as our food in New York, but I have had some fun eating through my apple month stash.  Here were some recent highlights…

Coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company.

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Caramel + Apple Noosa.  <– Noosa is always tasty but this would have been a billion times better if the two flavors were just mixed together and not “split” side by side

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Apple chips with chocolate peanut butter dip.

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Freeze-dried apples.

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This week’s trail mix obsession was homemade – dried apples, yogurt covered pretzels, roasted peanuts, and honey roasted peanuts.

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I made chilaquiles(ish) for dinner.  Sauteed yellow and orange bell pepper with green salsa, cotija, and tortilla chips, topped with a fried egg and Cholula.  This was so good I ate leftovers the next day and they were still yummy.

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Greek(ish) salad night.  Baby romaine, ranch, olives, adorably tiny baby heirloom tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, and dolmas.

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New York, New York

Adam and I drove to New York for a fantastic weekend visit!

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We did tons of city walking punctuated by coffees and ice creams // Brunched with friends at Vinegar Hill House // Tried a new place for dinner on Saturday that was just terrible and ended up having the best night ever getting a variety of things from DeKalb Market and eating in bed in front of Chopped //  Bought coffee and halvah to bring home to Charlottesville…

Also, I didn’t snap a picture, but we shared a a baklava croissant from Cafe D’Avignon that was the best thing I ate the whole trip month!

Here were five highlights…

{1}  Maple Shay from Brooklyn Roasting Co.  Espresso (four shots for me!) with ice, milk, and maple syrup.

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{2}  An iced latte from Terremoto, with housemade rose syrup.

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{3}  Drinks from Ramona in Greenpoint.  We had a frozen mango Thai iced tea with coconut whipped cream and “The Harpooned Heart” – vodka, coconut, almond, vanilla, mint, lime, pineapple, and peppercorn bitters.

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{4}  Big Gay Ice Cream.  I got vanilla soft serve, in a cone lined with Biscoff, topped with dulce de leche, and coated in sprinkles.  It was out of this world.  The sprinkles were the best part, the best I’ve ever tasted.

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{5}  The Little Mule combo from Chef’s Club Counter.  It was white american cheese, cotija cheese, pickled jalopenos, fried egg, and chipotle mayo.  Served on an Impossible Burger.  We kind of swooned over it.

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Okonomiyaki And Almost Green Papaya Salad

Loves of late – “Making It” (again), I am sad this season is almost over.  Also “Stan Against Evil;” I just learned that the 3rd season premiers on Halloween and I could not be more excited.

Flavor themes this week – cream cheese, salmon, bacon, cabbage, coffee (always)

Here were the highlights…

Coffee = cold pressed Brooklyn Roasting Company.

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On the snack front, the hospital cafeteria stocks a big variety of yummy trail mixes and I am obsessed with them.

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And this month’s Snack Crate was from Japan and it was super exciting.

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Jalopeno popper chicken.  Chicken baked with a topping of cream cheese, jalopeno, cheddar, and turkey bacon.  Plus roasted green beans.

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Salmon strata.  This recipe, but I subbed in cream cheese for cheddar and added dill.  Also I added an extra egg and used fat-free half and half in place of a 1/2 cup of milk which made the custard extra creamy.  Pro tip – we used Trader Joe’s white whole wheat and it was perfect.  Plus cherry tomatoes and roasted zucchini.

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Frozen salmon burgers (which frankly weren’t that good) on a delicious slaw.  I made green papaya salad but with cabbage.

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Americanized okonomiyaki, I used russet potato with turkey bacon and sharp cheddar.

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Buchi, Boba, Bacon

Highlights from a yummy week…

Coffee combo = Brooklyn Roasting Co with sweetened condensed milk, shakerato style.

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This pineapple + mint Buchi is my new favorite kombucha.

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Kung Fu Tea served me a fantastic bubble tea, rosehip milk tea with coconut jelly and boba.

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Chipotle salads are possibly one of my top five favorite foods.  Romaine, chicken, fajita veggies, pinto beans, hot salsa, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese.

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Homemade green curry.  Chicken sausage and zucchini / on cauliflower rice / with green curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, and lime.

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Tasty egg sandwiches.  Seeded challah rolls with fried eggs, sharp cheddar, turkey bacon, and mayo and gojuchang.  Plus the simplest salads – romaine with ranch.

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Dinner out at Bebedero.

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We had great drinks – a paloma with mezcal, rosemary, and black sea salt and tepache, a fermented pineapple drink.

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And I had nachos with cheese sauce and house-pickled jalopenos.

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