Cauliflower Steaks

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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One of my favorite vegetables is cauliflower.  It makes its way into many of the dishes eaten in my household, from a roasted side dish to a mac-and-cheese like dish, there are countless ways to eat this wonderful veggie.  But cauliflower has started to find its way to the center of the plate, being featured as an vegetarian entree option at many restaurants and in many culinary magazines.  I recently came across this recipe on Instagram and had to try it.

Cauliflower is hearty and substantial enough to stand on its own and can be cut into steak-like portions that, paired with some toppings and tasty sides, work as a healthy and delicious main meal.  The combo of the roasted tomatoes and green beans is perfect and if you’re going to make these cauliflower steaks, I highly recommend you make the whole meal.  I don’t even like green beans and I scarfed it all down.  Trust me, your stomach will thank you!

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Thoughts on yoga

Motivation to get you through hump day!

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A few weeks ago was the international day of yoga, and even though this post is a little belated, I wanted to take the time to share some thoughts and honor the practice that has given me so much.  

Before practicing yoga, I struggled with maintaining a healthy routine of any kind.  Once I discovered yoga and almost instantly felt some of its many benefits, everything changed.  I discovered how to live a life of wellness, both on and off the mat.  In the 6 years I’ve been practicing, yoga has transformed me both physically and mentally.  I look and feel better than I ever have and yoga’s positive impact has been felt in so many aspects of my life.  Yoga hasn’t made me a rigid, health nut who never indulges or enjoys herself, but rather, it has enabled me to discover balance.  It has influenced me to want to make healthy choices for myself and to understand when to be kind to myself and practice patience with myself and others.  It hasn’t made me perfect, because that’s impossible, but it has allowed me to try and be my healthiest self and for that, I’m truly thankful.  I encourage anyone who’s hesitant to give yoga a try or anyone who hasn’t practiced in a while to get back on the mat.  After all, as the yogis say, “no yoga, no peace; know yoga, know peace.”


If you’re looking for some motivation or reasons to try, here’s a great article highlighting the many benefits of yoga.

Image via Byrdie.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

Inspiration for the new week!

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It’s easy to get so ingrained into a routine that you forget to notice some of the things that are right under your nose. Even things in your neighborhood can go unnoticed because you get used to doing the same things.  Recently my fiance and I decided to make weekly walks a part of our routine, making a point to cover a different part of the neighborhood on each walk.  These walks have become so enjoyable, not only because of the time outside in the warm weather, but also because of the hidden gems we’ve discovered on each venture, including a new farmer’s market and a hidden mural wall. It’s a good reminder to appreciate the small things from time to time.

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Fashion note: I’m wearing a Madewell tee (similar here) and shorts and a J.Crew hat (similar here) and purse (similar here).  

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

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the freshest produce from the local market

The week or two after a long weekend can seem to move simultaneously fast and slow.  I had a great July fourth weekend, filled with time spent outside, friends, good food and summer cocktails, and I followed that up with a busy few days at work, a birthday celebration (for my fiance), and some overdue wedding planning, among many other things.  This weekend will be spent continuing the birthday celebrations and wedding planning, but I’ll be sure to sip some summer wine and take a minute to read my summer book.  Enjoy the weekend!

  1. The best inexpensive roses: As I’ve previously mentioned, rose season is in full swing.  But like with all wines, some are better than others and getting a decent wine that’s inexpensive isn’t impossible, but you have to know what to look for.  I’ve been loving cans, like Underwood, especially for outdoor summer activities, but this list is a great source for quality bottles.
  2. Farmer’s market produce: I’ve been documenting some of recipes I’ve made thanks to an abundance of fresh produce at my local farmer’s markets.  Going to the market is one of my favorite summertime activities, and with so many new options close by this summer, I’ve been making it a point to try and visit once a week, often to different markets.  The result is plentiful options, but sometimes it’s hard to know what’s in season and what to expect.  This guide is a helpful source for your next farmer’s market trip!
  3. Style secrets to live by after 30: I stumbled upon this Who What Wear article recently, just before my post-30 birthday. The advice rings very true to me and I found most of the advice to be spot on, from the fashion mistakes I also committed in my twenties to the sartorial advice I’ve started to adapt to this next chapter of my life.  The advice is helpful and wise, with great outfit suggestions.
  4. The Rules Do Not Apply: This memoir, written by a staff writer of The New Yorker, has gotten a lot of buzz recently and I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about.  While I thought I knew the general events that occurred in this novel thanks to articles I read beforehand, I was wrong.  This memoir is surprising, honest and at times gut wrenching, but it encourages a mindset of thinking that’s very refreshing.

Grilled Vegetable Coleslaw

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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I have two confessions to make: I don’t like coleslaw and using the grill intimidates me.  It’s surprising then that I’m featuring a recipe that includes both things, right? One would thing, but after watching a recent episode of one of my favorite cooking shows, The Kitchen on the Food Network, I saw a dish that looked too good not to try.  

First things first, this recipe features very little of the ingredients traditionally associated with coleslaw that I don’t enjoy, and instead uses the juices from the grilled veggies combined with a little vinegar and oil to create a light and flavorful dressing.  Second, because the vegetables are fairly durable (that’s why you need a sturdy leaf, like cabbage), they’re easy to grill.  And since grilling veggies is pretty easy- you can easily tell when they have grill marks and there’s no risk to undercooking them- this dish was the perfect way to practice using the grill, which was easier than I thought.  

This is a light and tasty way to enjoy the summer grilling season, especially while fresh produce is abundant.  Feeling curious? Do what I did and head to your local farmer’s market to pick up the ingredients prior to firing up the grill!

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Like what I’m wearing? It’s a J.Crew hat and Topshop dress.