The Food Blogger’s Blues

Yes…it’s true. I have the food blogging blues. Things were rolling right along with a post or two a week. I’m not quite sure what happened, but at the end of October the chaos of life with 2 little boys took over. Some how it seemed hard enough to get dinner on the table, much less take pretty pictures of it and write a recipe along with something interesting about why I made it. I have been cooking, I promise! Either I was too crazed to blog whatever I was making or I didn’t think it was quite juicy enough to post.

So after about 2 weeks with NO Juicy Bites to speak of, I started to get down on myself. Day after day I kept telling myself, “Get it together! Make something, take some pictures, and BLOG it!”. To make matters worse, all of the blogs I follow were posting up a storm. DAMN you all for having enough time to cook up fabulous food, take beautiful pictures and write witty stories about it all! I kept thinking that I should just post something so that no one thought I had disappeared. I just felt like a blogging failure if I posted something without a single JUICY BITE! I mean seriously…what kind of food blogger doesn’t post a single recipe in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving? Shame, shame, shame on me!

OK…enough beating myself up. So I lost a few weeks of prime blogging time. No biggie…right? You all haven’t given up on me…right? I am snapping out of my funk and getting busy in the kitchen (cooking, that is :)). I had a great week off of domestic duties for Thanksgiving. My family and I spent the week at my mother in law’s house in the bay area. She cooks up an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. I have yet to host my own, but when I do…I have all of her fabulous recipes to use. I had plenty of time to browse her large collection of cookbooks and get some inspiration. I will be a busy blogger again! Food blogging blues BE GONE!

Stay tuned for a delicious dinner idea coming soon…Lemon & Artichoke Chicken.





No Cook Dinner

Smoked Salmon Pitas

It has been HOT and muggy here in Orange County. It’s always right about now that I really start to crave fall weather. I love cooking (and eating)  soups, stews, and chiles all throughout fall and winter. One pot meals are my favorite! But alas…the forecast tells me that it will be in the 80’s and 90’s for the next few days :(. I will patiently wait for fall weather, and in the meantime make a few more warm weather meals like this one.

I made some tzatziki and hummus, but you could buy those at the market if you want to get this on the table even quicker. If you want to make them from scratch (home made ALWAYS tastes better than the store bought stuff), you can use this recipe for hummus. For the tzatziki, I use this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. The only changes I make to her tzatziki is that I don’t use the sour cream…I don’t think it really needs it, and I don’t bother to strain the yogurt. 

If you are not a fan of smoked salmon, you could substitute some good roast chicken breast from the deli. If you do use smoked salmon or lox, try to find wild salmon. It really does taste better than farm raised salmon.

I love that this dinner doesn’t involve using the stove or the oven!

I used pitas, but this would be great in a wrap also. I always have a jar of roasted red peppers in my pantry. They are great to dress up a sandwich. The capers and olive tapenade are delicious additions too.

Smoked Salmon Pitas

  • Pita Bread, Lavosh, or Wraps
  • Smoked Wild Salmon
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Hummus
  • Lettuce or spinach
  • Optional Additions: Capers, Olive Tapenade, Roasted Red Peppers
  • Lemon Wedges for garnish

Arrange all of your ingredients on a platter. Toast your pitas if desired. Let family (or friends) stuff their own pitas according to their taste.

Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter

This is some seriously good stuff! It’s mostly organic and made with all natural, premium ingredients. My boys LOVE it on their whole grain waffles for breakfast. It has 7 grams of sugar in a 2 tablespoon serving (which is about what we use). If they have maple syrup and butter on their waffles they would end up with about 30 grams of sugar and miss out on the good protein. I also do banana/chocolate peanut butter sandwiches for lunch sometimes. Again…less sugar than jam which would be about 20 grams in 2 tablespoons. I made them a smoothie with it the other day – vanilla yogurt, banana,  a couple tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter and a few ice cubes….RIDICULOUS! Justin’s also makes some other great nut butters. You can find them locally at Ralph’s and they are sold at most health food stores. Definitely a juicy find!