Beet Balsamic Shrub Cocktail // a guest post by local haven

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Transitional stuffs have been hard, harder than expected. These Colorado days and nights feel so long without my life-partner by my side. Even though we’re both technically in Denver, we rarely get to see each other and even when we do I am acutely reminded that our longest days of our separation are yet to come.
 
I know that these lonely days are short-lived + I am trying to embrace these moments of solitude. For this is an adventure, and one that we chose. Soon enough we will off doing bigger and better things; following our dreams and living a full purposeful + joyous life. It will pay off, it will be worth it.
 
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Because it’s been really easy for me to feel down lately, here are a few things that are bringing me a lot of happiness…

My little brother is getting married this weekend!! Finally – my family is starting to roll in for all the celebrations, this is so exciting. Yesterday we celebrated Franky’s birthday. We ate figs + pistachios + goat cheesecake and I watched the sun set over an apple tree in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. My dad was there and so were my grandparents and life was pretty perfect. Continue reading

Millet + Cardamom Sweet Potato Granola

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Colorado weather is totally whacky. One day it feels like the middle of summer, beautiful blue skies, 80 degrees. And the next day it feels like the middle of winter with like a half a foot of snow on the ground. I remember this being my least favorite thing about living in Denver. Some people, I think, would really love this predictable unpredictability. But, I like patterns that make sense in my brain. I like when the hot days gradually change from warm to cool. And, I like it when autumn feels like autumn.
 
Knowing this about Colorado, I’m not sure why I packed the way I did. If you took a look at my luggage you’d think I was vacationing at the shore. Sundresses and sandals, yep that’s about all I got. And when I got here those things were very necessary, the weather was summer perfection. Then two days later it was 45 degrees and rainy and I got nothing but a very light denim button down – does that count as a jacket? I think when I was packing, it did. So anyways that chilly weather really put me in the autumnal mood and so this sweet potato granola was born.
 
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This is the second post in my short {three-part} series of delicious eats, giveaways + promotions with Food Should Taste Good. I knew right from the beginning of this collaboration that I wanted to take their innovative products and make you some recipes that were a little outside of the box, or bag of chips, HA! Continue reading

Soy-Braised Tofu // a guest post by two red bowls

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I’m not going to lie – the past five days have been exhausting; jammed-packed with super long nights and plentiful early morning sunrises. Our days have mostly consisted of packing, traveling, laughing, crying, eating, unpacking and organizing.

With cat in tow {side-note, flying with a cat is crazy} my husband and I headed back to Denver, Colorado for our temporary adventure {{you can read more about all our transitional stuffs here}}. I must admit that throughout this process of change and unsettled uncertainty, I’ve enjoyed some time away from all things blogging and social media. A time to connect in the moment and support my family.

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I definitely wouldn’t be able to break away from my work this week without some help. I’m super honored and insanely excited to have my friend Cynthia of Two Red Bowls bring us this gorgeous traditional Korean dish, Dubu Jorim {Soy-Braised Tofu} today. Continue reading

Why I Eat Gluten-Free and Drink Green Juice + my classic green juice recipe

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I have been eating gluten free for five years now and it has totally, radically changed my life. Last summer on my 30th birthday I wrote you a story about how I {finally} got to a place of well. But I’ve realized, I haven’t really shared with you all of my reasons for going gluten-free. I guess because it’s complicated, layered, controversial but most of all, personal.

When I was asked by Udi’s Gluten Free to share my experience with their Community, I figured now is just as good as any. Here goes nothing…

Before going gluten-free I was a mess. I was struggling both physically + emotionally, but I wasn’t letting on to that very easily. I was seemingly self-assured, happy and social. I excelled in school, I was a leader, I never had a problem making friends. I was self-motivated, I was the girl who was babysitting for the entire neighborhood by age 10. But on the inside I was anxious, depressed and irritable. By age 17 I was diagnosed with general anxiety, depression and ADHD and for the next 10 years I reluctantly took an assortment of prescribed medications to ease these symptoms. These emotional struggles were only the beginning…

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Physically I was also a wreck. I suffered from stomach aches, gas, bloating, acid reflux, general fatigue + debilitating canker sores. Those canker sores you guys, were unbearable, by far the worst out of all the pains. By now, I was in my mid-twenties and I really just needed to figure out what the hell was going on with me. Continue reading

Transitional Stuffs + a love letter to my CSA

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I had a recipe planned for you guys. A recipe + a love letter to my CSA. But when I set out to cook yesterday, things just weren’t making sense. I was having some, well let’s just call them creative issues. You see I was in my kitchen, all two square feet of of it – man I can’t wait to someday have a bigger kitchen. I’m not asking for a lot, just maybe an actual counter-top, an actual work space that doesn’t involve spreading my mise en place all over my living room.

Before I leave Philadelphia {more on this, keep reading}, before I leave my humble urban abode, I really must do a post on my kitchen. If I can cook in the space I’ve got, you can definitely cook in yours.

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Back to the recipe…I was short on time, what else is new? I’m constantly short on time because I’m constantly over-extending myself. Both my parents are like this, my siblings are like this. I’ve learned it from the best of best. The best over-extenders/perfectionists I know. I can’t really help it, but I’m working on it. I proudly seek counseling for this short coming of mine. Which I’m learning can actually be used in my advantage, now I just need to start implementing it. Continue reading

Crispy Beans with Quick Pickled Veggies

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A couple of weeks ago I turned 31. I worked on my birthday and it wasn’t like the best, blah blah blah – I’m over it. But, I love my birthday, I love getting older. Each year I celebrate small transitions to a better, wiser, happier Earthling. I’m working on letting go of the unimportants, you know – the small stuff, the pointlessness, the worries, the materials, the what-ifs.  I’m working on becoming a more secure me. It isn’t always easy. Life is not always easy, we know this. But I’m learning to really enjoy the process and that is, liberating.

I’m not a girl who obsesses over each new wrinkle and grey hair found. Laugh lines, freckles, sun-spots, my word I’ve got tons because this fair-skinned goddess didn’t learn how to properly wear sunscreen until age 28. Though I’ve yet to find a grey – so maybe ask me again when I do.

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I think we can all agree that embracing life here on this planet, at every stage is a beautiful adventure. So today I want to celebrate my birthday and ALL THE BIRTHDAYS with this HUGE GIVEAWAY – sponsored by Food Should Taste Good!! Continue reading

RHUBARB Roasted Plums with Honey Whipped Ricotta + Pistachio Dust

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How is it the last week in August!? I know everyone always says stuff like this, but I mean how is it almost fall?  Life is starting to get crazy hectic for me, like insanity. Remember when I mentioned I was in the middle of some pretty transitional stuffs? Well – I’ll let you in on all of those details – next week, I promise!!

For now, I’m kind of still in denial mode. You know, when you’ve got so much to do and it’s so intense, that you just kind of pretend like it isn’t happening. So I distract myself the best way I know how, I get in my kitchen and cook something up that I will sink my worries into. Rich and sugary and boozy, duh.

I’ve got ten words for you, RHUBARB Roasted Plums with Honey Whipped Ricotta + Pistachio Dust.

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Oh man. Late-summer desserts don’t get any better than this. Minimal amount of prep, minimal amount of time in the kitchen, rich but not too rich, sweet but not overly sweet and with notes of fall without being too, ‘fall’ – because let’s face it even though it’s not technically fall until the end of September, the unofficial end of summer begins this weekend. So – you should make this dessert for your Labor Day celebrations. Perfect party food + you can totally make it ahead of time, do it!

RHUBARB, by Art in the Age is my favorite spirit, quite possibly ever. But at the very least definitely my favorite from May to September. A couple ounces of this over a few rocks with a twist of lemon and pinch of sea salt is my jam. Continue reading

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