pomegranate & bleu arugula salad

My husband was away on business for a few days, so I thought it’d be a good time to try some new Fall recipes.

Last night I tried a new quiche recipe for dinner, but it was a total flop. Not wanting to go for takeout, I took to my fridge to see what I could drum up. The day before I made this salad from Eat Yourself Skinny for a potluck brunch (totally delicious btw!!) and still had some leftover dressing, arugula  and bleu cheese.  I used these leftover ingredients and also added some pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts.IMG_3477

As it turned out, my disaster quiche was a blessing in disguise — the salad was delicious! I’m not one to measure much (probably why my quiche failed), but here’s my recipe for the salad. I recommend eyeballing the ingredients like I did, though I wouldn’t suggest going too crazy with the bleu cheese because it can easily overpower the other flavors.

Pomegranate & Bleu Arugula Salad:

– Baby arugula

– Crumbled bleu cheese

–  Chopped walnuts

– Pomegranate seeds

For the dressing (from Eat Yourself Skinny): 

*I used just a small drizzle of this on my salad. You can cut the recipe down or keep the leftovers in the fridge for future salads.

– 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

– 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

– 3 Tbsp olive oil

– Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Curry Chicken Salad with Trader Joe’s Chicken Strips

When I lived in New York City, a new Trader Joe’s opened down the block from my apartment, and it was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me.  For months my roommate and I tracked the construction progress as we counted down the days until it opened.  What suburbanites might not understand, is exactly what this means for the urban neighborhood.  Let me explain (briefly). Continue reading

Local Deal: Nirvanaah! Desserts in Sunnyvale

As a newbie to the Bay Area, there are so many things to explore, and if you know me, food is one of them! While I’ve always subscribed to sites like Living Social and Groupon, I’ve decided to start actually paying attention and utilizing them more, so I’m planning to share some of my favorite local deals here.

A while back I noticed Nirvanaah! on El Comino Real in Sunnyvale and was immediately curious.

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Cheeseburgers and Compromise

Love is all about compromise, so I knew this morning when Chris willingly offered to go to Target with me to check out the new Jason Wu collection at 9 am, that I’d want to repay the favor.  It didn’t take me too long to do so, because just as he fired up the grill to cook up the mini burgers we bought at Target, I noticed they smelled a little “off.”  The meat hadn’t expired and looked just fine, and while I might be known to test expiration dates, off smelling meat is not something I mess with (I know, I know).  I don’t think either of us really wanted to go back to the store, but were both suddenly really craving burgers, so off I went.  In honor of the Super Bowl (which I didn’t care that much about) and my extra trip to the store, I decided to get a little creative and made a super delicious burger (sans bun of course).

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Garlic Kale Chips

I can’t say I care a lot about that big game that’s on TV today.  I know that probably makes you question my East coast allegiance, but to be honest, I’ve never cared all that much.  What I do care about, is food.  In an effort to be more frugal and healthful, I’ve done a bit more cooking than usual this weekend and came up with a few tasty (and healthy) Super Bowl treats.  This one is so quick and easy you can whip up a batch right now before the game is over (don’t you need an excuse to get away from the TV anyway?). Continue reading

Margaritas, tortillas and more margaritas (happy hour in SF via iPhone camera)

Chris and I discovered a couple of fun little happy hours in San Francisco yesterday that I thought I’d share.  I really wish I had my real camera, but alas, the iPhone will have to do.

After having a few mediocre dinners around our hotel, I mentioned to one of my Bay Area Brides to Be during lunch yesterday that I wasn’t all that impressed with the food in this neighborhood.  She suggested a Mexican restaurant called Colibri, so we decided to check it out.  Turns out that many of their appetizers were half price during happy hour, which I was planning to try anyway, so we headed out for an early dinner at 4:50. Continue reading