Sunday, October 15, 2017

Set the Table 2017 | Week 41

Apple & Soffritto Puffs
I'm in the mood for meatless comfort food!

1 package puff pastry (I am so happy with the Dufour Pastry Kitchen brand. Gluten free? Follow this tutorial on how to make gluten free puff pastry with Bob's Red Mill.)
3 carrots finely dice
3 kale ribs thinly sliced (leaves chopped saved for a slaw salad this week)
1 red onion finely diced
2 garlic cloves finely minced
1 green apple medium dice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp organic grass fed Ghee or butter + a little extra virgin olive oil sprinkled in
1/2 fresh lemon juiced (about 1 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 block shredded Dubliner cheddar cheese (I saved the remaining for Taco Tuesday!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium pan, melt the ghee or butter and saute a soffritto of carrots, kale, onion and garlic low and slow, mixing occasionally for about 30 minutes. Add lemon juice, sugar, syrup and cinnamon. Cook for another 3-5 minutes and remove from heat. Divide/cut pastry dough sheet into 8 squares onto a lightly floured surface and roll each square out to make it a little larger. Using a cookie sheet, place approximately two heaping spoonfuls of soffritto into the middle of each pastry square. Top with some shredded cheese and wrap up the edges of pastry around the sides to make a rough tart. Bake for 22-25 minutes.

My mind is bursting with what I can add to this lovely puff pastry for a special appetizer/dinner/dessert!


Week 41's Game Plan:
As you can see, I'm on a mission this week to find a RICE recipe that my family will like...

  • Taco Tuesday
  • Hoisin Pak Choi Rice (5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food)
  • Sausage & Apple Bake (5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food)
  • Italian Baked Rice (5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food)

Wrap it UP with last week's action:

Whoooooosh I cooked once this week! And it was the lovely aforementioned Apple & Soffritto puffs. Abbie does not like cooked carrots. She also tasted "bacon" inside (I did not correct her), so that was good news for the cook. She wanted more cinnamon and LOVED the apples. Mac loved this recipe and Tommy reluctantly finished one puff. Chris picked out the onions. Bleh. I'm looking forward to making the simple rustic apple tart recipe (found on the back of the box) for everyone next time!

Can't wait for a full week at home this week:) I'm loving that Fall weather has arrived!!

It all starts at home plate.

To the Mullies we go...


Monday, October 9, 2017

Set the Table 2017 | Week 40

Have you ever made avocado toast?

I savored every.last.bite of mine in Vancouver (The Fairmont Pacific Rim's Breakfast In-room service is a must) for this week's set the table inspiration!

"VANCITY Tartine" Inspired Avocado Toast
Sourdough toast
Smash up and mix: 1 avocado, fresh lime or lemon juice, finely minced tarragon and sea salt
2 poached eggs (or sunny side up)
sea salt and pepper
Bearnaise sauce (optional)

Or pick out one of these 16 Avocado Toast Recipes That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life

Show off your plate and tag me!


Week 40's Game Plan:

  • Taco Tuesday
  • Avocado Toast of some sort
  • Something with Chicken
  • Something Meatless

Wrap it UP with last week's action:

My most interesting black bean noodle and eggplant bake. Mac loved it (but suggested not "baking" it since the noodles got a little hard in places). I'll just melt the cheese on top next time:)

The next day, I decided to make a pot pie with the salmon leftovers using this recipe as a basic guideline.

I used Immaculate Bakery organic pie crust dough... I had some scraps and decided to make a "superhero" top with my initials.

What can I say? I'm certainly keeping everyone entertained at the table:)

Abbie and Tommy could not remember eating pot pie before so each took one bite and was done. They had a tough time with the look + texture for whatever reason (trying to type in my non-judgy, always-loving Mommy voice). However, Mac took a bite and was pleasantly surprised. "Mom this is really good!" 

Super hero strength back.

Regardless, I'm making it again as Chris missed it and I KNOW he would love it! 

On Thursday, Chris and I jetted off to Vancouver for a lovely long weekend with a group of his co-workers.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge is WOW.

Standing tall with totems in Stanley Park.

Our Stanley Park Hotel perspective.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was CRAZY FUN! An absolute MUST SEE for all nimble ages.

Have you ever seen The Swiss Family Robinson? It was my favorite Disney movie growing up. Thank you Capilano, you brought my imagination back to all kinds of wonder and magic! Let's live and swing in the trees!!!!! To the mullies = YOU.

A super fun Tap and Barrel lunch. I am officially obsessed with Four Season's "Nectarous Sour Beer." I want to fill my fridge with it.

I will never serve mashed potatoes again without an ice cream scoop.

Can you believe these beautiful plates from Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver!? Now you know why they are VOTED BEST in the city. Our experience certainly lived up to Hawksworth's amazing reputation! 

Revolver Coffee = Pour over perfection! You know its good coffee when creamer is forgotten:)

Kofta Meatball Kitchen = A ballers paradise! Did you know that "kofta" is the international term for what we call a "meatball"? Well, it's not only one of our favorite foods, but Chris' favorite pet name for me:)  It turned out to be the perfect starter for our sporty day.

Cuz on our way to buy Chris some new "fancy" clothes and we stumbled upon this sign: 


Ummmmm, yes please. AND MORE BALLS!??  

I mean look at Chris' face... PURE ridiculous, unplanned heaven at One Under Urban Golf Vancouver.

Needless to say, we never made it shopping.

Plaid love over 105 year old, original tile.

We spent three hours hitting balls together in our private golf simulation tunnel. It was such a blast!!!

I couldn't figure out why my wrists and forearms were a little sore this morning.
I hit well over 100 balls, and about 75% of them were wicked slices... Probably due, in part, to my super cute, slightly inappropriate, red suede shoes.

Our last spectacular evening gave us sweeping views, delicious food and awesome live music from the top of Grouse Mountain. Swoon. I am officially in the mood for apres ski season!

We had the MOST wonderful time together relaxing, touring the city and eating our little hearts out.
Vancouver truly has it all.

So, if I were you,
I'd totally move there.
Or buy a second home.
Or plan my next sweet vacation there.

I'll be back Canada. You have my heart and most certainly...

It all starts at home plate.

To the Mullies we go...


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Set the Table 2017 | Week 39

5 Ingredient Breakfast Cookies in less than 20 minutes
Inspired by my friend Christina + a recipe on Pinterest

1 cup quick cooking oats
1 handful mini chocolate chips (I love this brand)
2 large ripe bananas
a pinch of salt
some shakes of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. I think the only ingredient I measure here is the oats. Mash up the bananas in a medium sized bowl. Add everything else and mix thoroughly. It's easy to use a 1-inch ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes 12 cookies. These cookies are my kids favorite and I leave them out for snack when they get home (IF there are any left after breakfast!) Christina likes to add shredded apples/pears, nuts, raisins, nutmeg to hers and its SOOOO good. Or how about some pumpkin spice to make it nice? Be creative, ask your kids what they want in their cookies and make them your own!




Week 39's Game Plan:

I'm off to Vancouver with my main man:) Whoop Whoop!!! I'm planning on getting a few meals together at the family table and off we go!

  • Taco Tuesday
  • Salmon something?

Wrap it UP with last week's action:

Lift - Tone - Burn - Cook - Eat - Repeat!


The Ericksons + Shifley Family table. There's nothing better than cooking + eating with good friends!

Pasta + Greens of all sorts.

Taco Tuesday on our pontoon boat! I love you Mom and Dad!

I still can't feel the sides of my butt.

Leftovers lunch.

CSA Market day with Charlotte at Prairie Wind Family Farms! This apples is the juiciest, sweetest apple crisp I have ever had!!!

Mark's Canadian market bag.

Yesterday, I went solo to a Fulton Market Harvest Festival brunch benefitting the Houston Food Bank and shared a family table with new friends who saved a spot for me! Thank you Nicole and Doug!! We had a BALL. Our table was full of laughter and plenty of GOOD food.

It was super fun talking to James waiting for the one and only Aaron Sanchez! I loved this Huitlacoche crepe with roasted mushrooms, epazote and queso eaxaca. Simply amazeballs:

I was so honored to meet the incredible Chef John Besh and his wife Jen. He cooked up this Louisiana shrimp with crispy rice. It had chayote and okra kimchee under a lovely fried egg:

And BellyQ's Chef Bill Kim brought down the hizouse with these coconut grits and pork shoulder (which melted in my mouth):

Big smiles all around at the Pilot Light Chefs tent during my visit with Kendra, our Community Programs Manager! Thank you to everyone who came out the Fulton Market Harvest Festival this year - Proceeds are going straight to Pilot Light's awesome food education programs! Whoop!

I met these lovely ladies from Flower for Dreams at the festival. I couldn't leave without one of their fresh bouquets... And yes, I sure did walk around the festival like Miss America! 

Inhaling the flowers.

It all starts at home plate.

To the Mullies we go...