Choose Your Own Adventure Tartines

Anyone who knows me (or has met me for even five minutes) will tell you that I’m very easily excited, and I’m wildly expressive.

Tartine Trio

That’s why the emergence of emojis a few years ago beyond the simple colon and closed parentheses “:)” …or, let’s be real, the colon and capital d “:D” was so SO important in my life.

How else do you convey “Sorryyyy, I’m totally going to be 15 minutes late…again” without the embarrassed/oops face? How do you convey “I’m ready to party” without the flamenco dancer in the flow-y red dress? How could you possibly convey “That’s right, I’m awesome” without the girl raising the roof?!

Cherry Walnut Tartine

Words aren’t the same. I have too many emotions and faces to be contained strictly to text.

(At this point, do I have you wondering how we’ll ever get to tartines? Hang in there – I promise it’s coming.)

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Adult Grilled Cheese (aka: GetInMyBelly)

best grilled cheese

It’s a beautiful spring day – almost as if the sunshine knew I wanted to pretend it was summer for my big birthday brunch. As we pan down the banquet table overflowing with mimosas and bloody Marys, we catch only the most riveting tidbits of conversation…

“Full disclosure, if we’re going to keep bees in the future, I’ll need a super bee suit, ‘cause I’m allergic, but can it have a tear-away option? However attractive the originals are, they just seem so suffocating.”

“Oh yeah, you can save a gif as a photo to your phone and then text it.” (Just like your very own WhatShouldWeCallMe. Mind. Blown.)

Having fun with the photo app, Fat Booth: “Look, it’s fat Daniel!” to which Daniel responds, “Ah, Katie’s dream. Happy birthday, Katie!” (Basically my real reason for baking so much: the eternal goal to fatten up two of my best friends Daniel and Tim :)

lasagna grilled cheese

As you can tell, the day was filled with important agreements/realizations/dreams-come-true this past weekend. It was, however, also brought to my attention that this year will be the final year of the famed Los Angeles Grilled Cheese Invitational. I’m sorry; I forgot to ask if you were sitting down for that terrible news.

This is truly an epic event for all ages. The glorious combination of beautiful Southern California with: Bread + Butter + Cheese = Victory. They give away samples of as much delicious grilled cheese as you can handle; you can compete – like I did, back in 2010; and you can enter the poetry contest, like my amazing brother did. An abridged version of his genius, award-winning craft:

There’s a fabulous feeling that’s sweeping the nation.
Now unleashed in our land is a cheese celebration.
From Burbank to Long Beach, from Carson to Venice,
Cheese is sweeping away every plague plight and menace.
Too long have we waited in anticipation
For buttered bread and cheddar salvation.
They’re gooey and grilled, they’re a melted delight
They’ve got my mouth drooling all day and all night.
There are sandwiches as fancy as a pair of Guccis
Crafted of Monterey, jack, even of bluecheese.
We’re starting a trend. We’re bringing cheese back.
It’s not just a snack; it’s a gruyere attack!

All of this is to say that I have an incredible grilled cheese for you this week! (And if you live anywhere near LA, you need to go to this event next month!)

Meg and I whipped up these bad boys for a small dinner party (of three – totally still a rockin’ party) with an infusion project happening while the onions caramelized.

three cheese grilled cheese

If you’ll recall, I love caramelized onions. On the list of foods that are a gift from God, they’re right up there with salted caramel and And what?!…find out after the jump.

Caramelized Onion and Rainbow Chard Frittata

Caramelized Onion and Rainbow Chard Frittata
Oh my goodness gracious. I have a very important announcement. I just made the frittata of DREAMS. Dreams I tell you! I don’t know how I haven’t posted a frittata on here before (because it’s one of my favorite go-to meals), but this one was truly remarkable.

I had a wonderful day. It began with coffee as any good day does (well, any day), followed by a walk in the ‘burbs with an adorable yellow lab I was sitting who has the softest ears on God’s green earth (really…I can’t get over it)…

Suri

Then did my first cooking demo at a farmers market! Local farmers + Kid Power (the kids’ gardening group I volunteer with) + simple and delicious dressing recipes + 70 degree DC weather = a morning of the perfect cooking demo. I then visited Ben’s Chili Bowl for the first time with an old friend. I made Arnold Palmers after a beautiful walk down 12th; painted my nails in the perfectionist way I do….and then what? I’ll tell you what! FRITTATA TIME!

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