02 December 2014

Recipe : Brussels Sprouts with Cider Glaze + Goat Cheese

There's a cute little after-work spot near my office in Santa Monica that serves a Brussels Sprouts dish that makes you go ga-ga.  I love Brussels as it is, so it's not hard to convince me to order them when we're out, but these - these are delectable.

We had a family dinner the weekend before Thanksgiving, and having charged myself with bringing some veggies, I was determined to recreate my fave version of the sprouts.  I pulled from one recipe and another and added a little bit of my own twist, and voila!

Here you have it:  Brussels Sprouts with Cider Glaze + Goat Cheese.

For the base:
2 lbs Brussels Sprouts (I buy them pre-shaved at Trader Joe's, or you can slice them yourself)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
olive oil - amount to your discretion
1/2 c apple cider vinegar, plus 2 tbsp, divided use
1/2 c sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 log of goat cheese

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spread brussels as evenly as possible on cookie sheet. Sprinkle brussels with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring throughout, until some parts of the leaves are crisp.

In a separate sauce pan, add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, sugar and brown sugar.  Whisk together.  Place the sauce over medium heat, and once it begins to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  Turn the heat off and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

Pour the Cider Glaze over the Brussels sprouts.  Serve goat cheese in a side bowl, but meant to be served alongside the sprouts.


30 December 2013

Looking back at 2013.

I can't believe that 2013 is at its tail end. Where did the time go?

But then again, I ask myself that every year immediately after the Christmas holiday. It always seems though that the time between Halloween and New Year's Eve passes in such a flash.

Looking back at what 2013 brought me - the job I'd been working for and wanting for a while, a solidified sense of "home" living in my city, more travel experiences for my memory bank, new friends and deeper relationships with old ones - I'm so grateful for every one of the 364 days that I've woken up to so far.

And then looking forward: 2014 sounds like such a great year already. First of all, it's an even number, and I'm a total weirdo stickler for even numbers (it's one of my weird quirks). I'll turn 27 shortly after the turn of the year, and I don't know what it is about the age (it's certainly not that it's an even number), but I'm actually looking forward to that. It'll be the dawn of my late 20s, and it oddly doesn't freak me out. The first half of the year will see me traveling abroad with my best friend in the world, where we'll gallivant through London, Paris and Dublin together - just the two of us, living every minute of that week to the brim. In the middle of the year, my friends and I will welcome two new little additions to our circle, as two of our girlfriends are due with their first babies this summer. And who's to tell what we'll be privy to in the latter part of this next year.

I'm looking forward to soaking it all in, and taking it as it comes. Bring it on, 2014.


Ps - Here's a fun list of New Year's Resolutions that we can all practice in everyday life.


26 December 2013

23 December 2013

Merry merry.

It's fiiiinally here! The Eve of Eve...the day before the big events begin. I'm cozy in my apartment, listening to Christmas music, debating which of my repeat Christmas movies I will watch tonight (I'm thinking "The Holiday"...again), and wrapping a few of the last presents. In the meantime, I came across the above video and had to share.

I hope you all are having a cozy night and that you are consumed with warmth, gratitude and that awesome feeling of content. Life is good, ya'll.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas.