New York is knows for having the best bagels. Nothing beats a freshly baked bagel…actually anything freshly baked is wonderful! There are so many bagel flavors and sandwich combinations you can order in a New York bagel shop. I’ve even seen rainbow and an Oreo bagel!
A very popular bagel sandwich is bagel and lox. Lox is smoked salmon which is paired with a cream cheese bagel. You can add toppings like red onion, capers, and dill. I wanted to create a vegan and budget friendly recipe for those days you have a taste for smoked salmon but might not have it at hand. I used a tomato which is an affordable and common staple in your kitchen.
Although you can use any tomato, I find that plum or roma tomatoes works best because it keep its shape as you slice it to resemble salmon pieces. It is very important to squeeze out the seeds and liquid from the tomatoes because this helps absorbs more flavor from the mixture.
As the season changes and the air begins to get crisp and cold, its a calling for hearty warm your belly soups. During fall, you see a variety of pumpkins and squashes of different color, shapes and sizes. Many use these pumpkins and squashes to decorate their homes and lawns with the beautiful colors of the fall season. I’m not one to switch my whole house decor after every season but hats of to everyone who has the time and space in their house to store those decorations. I’m the type to fully embrace the season through sense of taste and smell. Anyone that knows me, I am a candle junkie. Every season “stock up” at Bath and Body Works on their seasonal candles so my house always smells “to the season”. My home smells like fall, down to my kitchen where I warm up my home with my fall recipes.
Today I am sharing my favorite fall soup recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. This soup has the flavor of and color of cheddar cheese. My daughter actually calls it “cheese soup”! (more…)
Eating gluten free can be daunting especially when going out to eat at a restaurant. Thankfully many restaurants are aware of gluten allergies and have created specialty menus available upon request. (more…)
When its blueberry season, 3-4 pints of blueberries are mandatory in our household. They are the perfect topping on yogurt, cereal or pancakes. We mostly enjoy blueberries by popping them in our mouths like candy.
Before I moved to New York, Aldi’s was one of the stores I did most of my shopping because their prices are so reasonabe. In comparison to bigger named supermarkets, going to Aldi’s saves me half at the checkout. You get more bang for your buck! Not only are their prices good, so is the quality of their food and produce. Another thing I also love about them is that they clearly specify with symbols allergies in the back of their products. (more…)
Trader Joe’s is an excellent store I go to buy quality ingredients and specialty foods at a great price. I try to go once or twice a month to stock up on my “staples. This is my first of many TJs haul on my blog. The way I would like to “break down” my hauls are by meals and explaining why I got each product. (more…)
Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
This cake is divine! It is super rich and easy to bake for special occasions to share with great friends. I must warn you, this cake is so chocolaty, you will need a glass of milk for this cake. (more…)
Recently, I went to The Christmas Tree Shops to “window shop” but of course I ended up buying a few things because they had a great winter clearance. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this store and I ended up creatively inspired! I picked up a few materials for an upcoming DIY project I plan on making and posting. I forget how much fun this store is!