Chile Rellenos

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I made dinner for the family last night and they all loved it!  Pleasing seven people, some of whom aren’t very adventurous eaters isn’t always easy!  I made chile rellenos, acorn squash, and guac.

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Lemon Bars

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I was craving lemon bars the other day and remembered that I have had this post bookmarked for well over a year.  Grain free/sugar free treats usually aren’t quite as good as the originals so I was unsure if I was going to like them.

I really had no reason to be concerned-they were amazing!!  Seriously may have been better than the original recipe I used to make.  The bottom layer is a little more crumbly and a little less like shortbread, but I really liked it.  And the lemon topping was perfectly tart and lemon-ey!

I didn’t change a thing so click here for the recipe!

Summer So Far

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AKA why I haven’t posted in months:

Pretty much all of my free time is spent at North Ave Beach

Or at Black Dog Gelato, my new favorite

I joined a CSA! So there will be actual food posts at some point

Banana Nutella Crepe from the Farmer's Market on the way to pick up my CSA box

Chicago Air & Water Show-just one of the many summer events I have enjoyed

And Danae got married!! It was beautiful 🙂 And an awesome party!

Overall an awesome summer!!  So not ready for fall!

 

Coconut Flour Waffles

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I have had a griddle with changeable plates for almost 2 years now and finally used the waffle plates for the first time.  I figured I would never end up using it, since I don’t generally eat grains anymore, but then Joy the Baker posted these and I knew I had to make them immediately!

And I promise you they were every bit as delicious as they look!  The maple cream was delicious, so do not skip that part!  Also I recommend the bacon to go with it as bacon goes with everything, especially breakfast.

So just because you have given up grains does not mean that you have to give up delicious waffles!!

Avocado Ranch

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It has been waaay too long since I have posted!!  But second year of medical school, boards, and post-boards vacay are now done and I am settling into my family medicine rotation!  I really can’t even explain how exciting it is to have free time again!!

I actually made this a few weeks ago as a quick snack, but didn’t have time to post it.  It is super easy and delicious!  There is no reason to settle for all the crap in the bottled version from the supermarket when making it yourself only takes 5 minutes.  I based it on this recipe, but didn’t have all the ingredients so made a few changes.

Avocado Ranch
2 avocados
1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 1 package Fage Total Greek Yogurt)
Juice from half a lemon
1 TBSP parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
veggies for dipping

Mash avocados and mix in yogurt and seasoning.  Enjoy!

Travel Tuesday: Our Favorite Fortress

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As Valerie gets ready to kick some USMLE/COMLEX ass in the next few days, I wanted to re-live our most relaxing evenings of the trip, spent in Kassel:  the fortress, the River Fulda, and our favorite waiter. These were my favorite nights of the trip because allwe did was sample local beers brought to us by a very handsome waiter while curled up in blankets overlooking the river on top of a tree-covered fortress. It was pure bliss. I try to take myself back there, mentally, when I’m the most stressed out – the kind of place where life was perfect and everything else just kind of faded away into the background…

The view from our table.

I still get excited when I find Bitburger in bars/stores!


Good luck, Va!

Bacon Friday: Crif Dogs

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If you have never had a bacon wrapped hot dog, you are definitely missing out!

I had my first one in December in NYC at Crif Dogs.  I would highly recommend the Chihuahua which comes with avocado and sour cream, but they all looked good!  Definitely worth the trip if you are in New York!

Deliciousness in a bun!! Ignore the hat hair-it was freezing that weekend!