July 31, 2020 by Nicole Collins I have big news to report today. You guys are going to be so proud of me too.
I'm basically a professional gardener now.
I KNOW! Is that the world's biggest shocker or what? I know I've been bragging about this for the past few months now, but the herbs that I started from seeds this past spring are thriving. And, I mean THRIVING! I've harvested the basil, dill, and chives 3 or 4 times now. The scallions have been growing to taller than me. The mint is being polite and not overtaking the whole planter box. AND, some seeds that I thought just didn't make it have suddenly started to sprout up with a vengeance. So, now I have some thyme, parsley, rosemary, an
July 29, 2020 by Nicole Collins Desperate times call for desperate measures. And, the uncontrollable desire for steamed crabs qualifies as desperate times, in my opinion. In Maryland, steamed crabs are a way of life. We look forward to crab season, which technically runs from about the end of April through maybe mid October, all year. Eating steamed crabs together is a communal activity. You get anywhere from a couple people to a feast's worth of people together, order a few dozens or a few bushels of crabs, then spend the afternoon drinking beer, picking crabs, and munching on sides like steamed shrimp and Eastern Shore corn on the cob.
It's the epitome of the perfect afternoon. But, COVI
July 27, 2020 by Nicole Collins I'm here with a confession today. It's been quite some time since I've exposed a truth about myself. I'm sure you're more than ready for some scandalous news.
Though, every time I build you up thinking I have something juicy to tell you, it's usually a let down. Actually, today's truth isn't really that exciting at all. It's delicious though. Is that good enough? So, here is goes. Remember how I told you that I was going to turn into a big old ball of burrata, because I can't seem to stop eating my weight in bread and cheese?
Welp, today we're eating more bread a cheese. So, I basically have mozzarella pulsing through my bloodstream at this point. And, the
July 25, 2020 by Nicole Collins Sometimes, my brain is a scary place to be. But sometimes, the lights shine so freakin' bright in there. And, I have theses true moments of brilliance.
Sometimes, the brilliance is masked in madness, and that's usually when I end up producing the best recipes of all. I don't really have a process when it comes to thinking about recipes that I want to develop. It usually starts as an idea that comes out of absolutely nowhere, and I figure out how I'm going to make it work from there. Sometimes, I work through ideas backwards. Sometimes, they change and evolve while I'm in the middle of cooking. There's really no rhyme or reason to how things come together. Bu
July 23, 2020 by Nicole Collins I wish we could have summer produce all year long I mean, it's just not fair and I feel like whining about it for a minute. There is nothing like a heavy summer watermelon. There's nothing like sweet summer corn on the cob. There is nothing like a luscious summer heirloom tomato.
Why can't we have them all year long? I mean, who really looks forward to squash and root vegetables. NOT ME! Though, would I enjoy these summertime staples less if I had access to them whenever I want? I can say that I think it's really interesting how certain types of produce can only grow in certain weather conditions. I actually tried to cheat the system myself by trying to grow
July 21, 2020 by Nicole Collins Anybody else over 2020 yet? I know that's a silly question. I am fully aware that basically everyone on the planet is terrified to think what could possibly happen next in this dumpster fire of a year. Also, why does it feel like 2020 has been 7 years long? Seriously, there are events that feel like they happened umpteen years ago; but in reality, it's been like 4 months. On top of basically being terrified to be around another human being, I'm soooo over wearing masks. Now, don't worry. I'm not one of those people that says “F@#% the man. I'm not wearing a mask”. I'm wearing them when I have to go out. I'm just not going out anywhere other than the grocery st
July 17, 2020 by Nicole Collins It's cocktail time! You guys remember when all of this quarantine business started how I told you about that time I was desperate for a beer and ended up ordering 6 cases to meet the delivery minimum?
And, remember how I told you that it would take me years to get through all of that beer, because I'm not really one to drink by myself at home? Well...it's amazing what 4 months stuck in the house with nothing to do but eat, drink, and Netflix can do to an otherwise usually responsible and water drinking person. Because, I'm almost halfway through those 6 cases of beer. And thankfully, about 30 beers in 4 months is really not an alarming figure. But, it's way
July 13, 2020 by Nicole Collins This is not the post that I had planned for today. But it's National French Fry Day, and I knew that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the killer french fry recipe that I had planned for later on down the road.
So here we are. I actually had no idea that this obviously major national holiday was happening, hence the last minute switcheroo. I was just scrolling through social media last night before bed, as I tend to do, and I started seeing posts all over about all of the special things and giveaways happening for National French Fry Day. So, I thought about it for a second. And, I decided to stay up past my bedtime to throw together a quick story
July 11, 2020 by Nicole Collins I’m going to turn into a burrata. And honestly, worse things could happen at this point. I’m actually fairly new to burrata cheese. It’s one of those items that’s not readily available in my local grocery stores. I knew that it existed, and I’ve seen it used all over social media; but I never really knew where to get it. For those of you that haven’t been lucky enough to encounter burrata cheese yet, it’s basically a gooey, creamy, soft cheese that’s stuffed inside of a mozzarella shell. It comes in a ball about the size of a peach. And when you break it open, it just oozes cheesy goodness. Since we’ve been quarantining at home, I did my part and took advantag
July 7, 2020 by Nicole Collins I'm thinking about my school days today. Do you guys remember in elementary school that game when you'd tell someone to ask you what your favorite food was? And then you'd open your mouth full of food and say “See food!” Haha... In highschool, my friends and I used to play this vicious game with each other. It was so painful! There's this really sensitive spot in between your collarbone and shoulder blade that hurts like a mother bleeper if you jab it with two fingers. Don't ask me who figured this out or why. But, we'd sneak attack each other at all times of day with a jab to that spot. I'm talking in the stairwell, in class, at the lunch table, just casually
July 3, 2020 by Nicole Collins Oops, I did it again! I shrunk more food down to mini size, and I can’t even stand how cute they turned out. #sorrynotsorry I’ve told you before, but I’m part of this online supper club. Since we’ve been doing everything from the comfort of our homes, we’ve been having virtual dinner parties and all kinds of foodie challenges. It’s actually been pretty fun and inspiring! So, one of the recent challenges was “music you cook to”. So basically, what music inspires you while you’re in the kitchen or what song has led to the creation of a particular dish. Any guesses on what I listen to while I’m in the kitchen? Honestly, oftentimes the answer is nothing. I’m not on
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