Yoga and Flavored Water for a Move in Progress

Today I have something exciting and a little different for you. A guest post by one of my very best friends and all time favorite yoga teachers, Alex Phelan, with some correlating recipe inspiration from me. Alex and I first met over 10 years ago when we studied abroad together in India, sharing a room, a host mother, and lots of adventures. Since then she’s returned to India to live and now, back in New York, is one of the most talented yoga teachers I have ever encountered. I’m no yogi, but I do try to practice at least once a week and I’ve had my fair share of yoga instructors over the years. I’m not joking when I say that Alex is my all time favorite teacher, and not just because we’re friends. Rather than giving vague instructions, Alex is able to explain things in a way that makes sense, and her soft touch is enough to put any askew muscles in the right place.

Alex does yoga

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Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken

Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken

Like many of you, I am always looking for nourishing, simple, flavorful recipes that taste delicious but don’t take up too much of my time. Don’t get me wrong, I love to linger over a slow braise or all day sauce as much as the next Slow Food member, but some nights just don’t allow that luxury of time. Recipes that can do double duty for weeknights as well as entertaining are even more cherished. This chicken recipe from Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa, fits the bill. Continue reading “Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken”

Garlicky Roasted Chickpeas with Feta and Mint

This is my new favorite recipe. I would seriously eat it every day if I could. In fact, I would be eating it right now if I had remembered to pick up more chickpeas at the supermarket. The garlicky roasted chickpeas with feta and mint come together in under half an hour and besides being quick, vegetarian, and fairly healthy this is an amazingly delicious dish. So good that I’m skipping a Shout-Out Friday to share it with you. Continue reading “Garlicky Roasted Chickpeas with Feta and Mint”

Classic Sole Meunière

Sole Meunière has long been a classic, a staple of French cuisine, proof to the elegance that can be found in the simplicity of a few fine ingredients. And although she in no way invented or discovered it, Sole Meunière was undoubtedly immortalized by Julia Child who fondly recalled it as her first meal in France, and a life changing moment. This single, simple meal introduced to her by her husband Paul Child seemed to awaken in her a culinary grumbling, bringing to life her palate and gastronomic imagination. And with good reason. Those of you who aspire to be like Child may enjoy online cooking schools. Continue reading “Classic Sole Meunière”

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Who doesn’t love lemon poppy seed muffins? I do, but I’ve never thought to make them. The inspiration for these came from a new place. This is my first month participating in something called the Secret Recipe Club. It’s organized by Amanda over at Amanda’s Cookin’, and each month participants are assigned another member’s blog to make a recipe from. It’s a fun chance to check out new blogs and make new recipes. I was assigned to Connor’s Cooking (be sure to visit her great site!) and allowed to pick any recipe I wanted to make. Although there are lots of great recipes, this one called out to me. Continue reading “Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”

The Israeli Summer, aka Sparkling Limonana

Limonana – refreshing lemonade infused with mint (nana, in Hebrew) – is the national drink of Israel. It’s sold year round as soda and juice flavors and come summertime this is practically all anyone drinks. Considering how ubiquitous the beverage is in Israel, and how simple and delicious it is, I can’t believe it isn’t more popular worldwide. It is just sweetened lemonade with mint sprigs, and often it is blended with ice to make a frothy bright green drink. Continue reading “The Israeli Summer, aka Sparkling Limonana”

A Bit of Lemony Sunshine for Spring

Depending on where you are in the world, it may be late winter, early spring, I suppose even fall if you’re in the other hemisphere. In Israel spring started in February and the weather has been glorious. During the day it hints at how hot it will become, but in the morning and evening it’s cool and slightly crisp. The orange and lemon trees are in full bloom around the neighborhood, and sometimes I’m lucky enough to collect one that has fallen onto the sidewalk. For me citrus is the perfect way to wish a farewell to winter and greet the warmer weather with open arms. Continue reading “A Bit of Lemony Sunshine for Spring”

A Lemony, Briny, Chicken Dish for your Repertoire

Chicken piccata is one of those dishes that has a permanent place in my repertoire and ends up in frequent rotation. As a light, citrusy dish it’s a summertime favorite, but it really is good year round. Chicken breasts are dredged in flour and browned, then a quick veil of a sauce is made using the pan drippings, butter, lemon juice, parsley, and capers. This time I also added wine, with much success. Continue reading “A Lemony, Briny, Chicken Dish for your Repertoire”

The Best Dessert You’ve Never Heard Of

Maybe you have heard of lemon posett, but the first time I encountered it was about a year ago at Huckleberry, an unbearably cute neighborhood cafe in Santa Monica that has some of the best breakfast and pastries on the planet. It’s a completely unassuming dessert served in a ramekin or small bowl, pale yellow in color, and not very exciting to look at. But one swipe of your spoon through this silky, creamy delight is all it takes to realize you’ve come across something special. Continue reading “The Best Dessert You’ve Never Heard Of”