Red Curry Butternut Squash Stew + scenes from my soup party

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At last, I am home. Safe and sound and I have never, ever been more relieved/happy. The past two months, as I’ve mentioned before have been a total whirlwind. Mostly joyous and packed with adventure but sometimes sprinkled with anxiety, sadness and uncertainty. I have never consumed so many cups of chamomile tea and I have never taken so many airplane rides, in such little time, back and forth from coast to coast. I have never listened to the same album on repeat so many times and I’ve never been prouder of my husband. And those my friends, are the facts.

Chris followed his heart and took a giant leap of faith when he decided to explore the world of aviation. For seven weeks straight, he worked his ass off in a strange little hotel room without much sleep and limited social engagement. We barely saw each other and that was incredibly challenging, but when we did it was awesome. We ate a lot of take-out sushi and gluten-free pizza. But, I also managed to cook him a few hotel room meals and stock his freezer full of soups like this little gem.

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This adventure took a lot out of us. But all of Chris’ hard work paid off. I will keep you updated on what that means for us in the future, but for now we are home and happy and full of gratitude. Thank you for all your beautiful comments and loving support. Continue reading

Roasted Acorn Squash + Caramelized Shallots with Parsley Oil

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These past few weeks have been really hectic + chaotic and sometimes sad. But overall really effing amazing. Colorado was perfect. I enjoyed my seemingly endless blue-sky days, hanging out in my old neighborhood, exploring new hangouts and spending nearly every day with my family; it was the best. Towards the end of my nearly month long stay, I realized just how much I was craving my home and life back east…plus living out of suitcase was getting a little old.

Mostly though, I missed my kitchen. I really missed the hell out of my perfectly, imperfect little cooking space. I mean really, there’s no better feeling than creating food in your special nook, a place you’ve spent years making just right. Knowing what every little spice and salt and grain is even when they’re not properly labeled. Reaching into a terribly unorganized drawer and knowing exactly where to grab for that slotted spoon. And even the quirks of your asshole little oven. Those strangely, I missed a lot.

In Denver, I couldn’t really create. I just wasn’t in the groove – and honestly between my brother getting married and supporting my husband in his current endeavors, I really didn’t have the time. Although, I did manage to squeeze this little granola gem in there. I owe everything to Cynthia + Ashley + Elizabeth for crafting such beautiful guest-posts while I was away. Seriously, you girls are amazing.
 
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As of late – I’ve been spending my days testing recipes like a crazy lady, supporting my beautiful Lean + Green October clients and enjoying some quality time with my east coast friends and family. On the day I got back to Philly I was exhausted, like head to toe drained. Emotionally, physically, I was spent. I just wanted to sleep for like a week straight. There was so much to do, so much to feel lonely about, so much to unpack, so much to organize. Most of me just wanted to wallow in my loneliness and be miserable. It was a damn good thing KrisLaura came to stay with me, literally rescuing me from a self-pity disaster. It was exactly what I needed to come home to. Lots of laughs, delicious food and two lovely souls to have a genuinely good time with. You girls are tops!! Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing + Toasted Pepitas | a guest post by Brooklyn Supper

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Today I am so honored to introduce you guys to Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper. She totally gets everything I love about eating and celebrating food – and she has the most fantastic style doing so. This summer I fell deeply in love with her vibrant salads and creative cocktails. This Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction completely stole my heart and this post on canning heirloom tomatoes with a Tomato Water Cocktail recipe is perfection on every level, I could stare at those photos all day!
 
I can’t think of a better way to welcome in fall than with a beautiful roasted vegetable salad, so friends – without further adieu, here is Elizabeth…
 
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Well, hello! It’s rather exciting to be here. I’m a big fan of the beautiful space Sherrie’s created, though I feel a little like I’m hosting a party in someone else’s home. Introductions are in order, I think. But not the regular kind…let’s talk about food. My greatest food love is eating in the moment. In the summer months, that’s meant lots of fast salads paired with simple proteins. Now that fall is in the air, I’m craving more layered flavors – something smoky and sweet, crisp and tender. Continue reading

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

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