Sweet Potato and Roasted Broccoli Toasts

La mujer bebe vino. ¡Tú comes mi pato! …how rude! Aprendo español: I’m learning Spanish…from an owl in a smoking jacket with a monocle. (Haven’t learned how to say that latter part yet.) And I’m only three more gems away from the champagne tracksuit outfit. Yes, I heard it.

Broccoli toasts

He’s just so darned cute. I started by testing out of all of the beginning French, feeling like a boss, and then I decided my time would be better spent learning Spanish. French is so beautiful and I will always love it, but there’s just something about Spanish – it’s fun. You get to roll the Rs and sound outraged in a comedic fashion. ¡FLIPO EN COLORES!

If you’re interested in joining me on this adventure, it’s and app called Duolingo. I’m fully aware that the owl in formal attire cannot be rivaled, but does anyone have any other good ones I should check out? And if you’re up for even more fun today, you should head on over to Fiesta Friday for some great recipes by other wildly entertaining (silly? outrageous?) food bloggers.

Sweet potato and roasted broccoli toasts

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Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Enchilada Bake

HAPPY SNOW DAY EVERYONE!!!

…oh, what’s that? You live in one of those states where you’ve been gloating about your fantastic, warm, sunny weather? Consider this my official revenge. I get to stay at home with a big brunch (read: slept in past breakfast) of pancakes and eggs, a roaring fire* and hot cocoa (sure to be spiked once we near the 5:00 hour…or 4:00, let’s be honest) baking up a storm and spending a lot of time basking in the glory that is a surprise day off, met with childlike joy.

Warning: I’m feeling very ADD today.

Did you know Valentine’s Day is tomorrow? My favorite reminders thus far have been the ads for House of Cards coming out tomorrow (genius, by the way), the Bad Romance spin class I did – heavy on the Alanis, and this gem from the Huffington Post.

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Kick-Ass Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Chili

In continuing with our January theme of crazy healthy and silly easy, I have a kick-ass vegetarian chili for you today. This recipe also felt perfect for my week of high-highs and low-lows – feelin so on top of the world with my new pastry gig twice a week and then so kicked down by my various never-ending quarter life crisis problems. Tumultuous twenties – has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

At least there are pastries to be made and consumed, amazing friends and family, beautiful hikes to adventure on, oh, and PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: there are whole bags of only the Lucky Charm marshmallows. The world is truly a better place now that I know that. You’re welcome.

Virginia Hikiing

This chili is so easy that there’s no way you can fail and it packs a punch of such awesome flavor that you feel unbeatable. The roasted corn and tomatoes and smoked paprika give it a great depth of flavor while the beer sneaks up on you as that flavor that has always been missing from your chili. Genius. It’s also obviously gonna be a show-stopper at your Super Bowl party, duh.

Roasted Corn

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Vegan Cream of Broccoli and Kale Soup

Soup soup soup soup soup soup.

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I have somethin’ on the mind. Polar Vortex or not, soup is always a good idea. It’s the original one-dish-wonder; it’s comforting; it’s healthy; I could eat it for days. And anyone who’s seen my bouillabaisse pot knows that I’m not lying….that thing can hold 30 cups. Yeah, I mean business when I make soup.

Oh, and not that anyone has made a New Years Resolution around this subject, but this soup would be great to balance out the tin of cookies and quart of spiked eggnog we consumed a couple weeks ago. And by “we,” clearly I mean “I,” and I totally don’t regret it. I am, however, making a lot of soup this month.

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Spaghetti Squash & Spinach Fritters with Sriracha Mayo

Spaghetti squash fritters

Remember how I said I was super excited for squash season? That’s not a joke. In the past two weeks I have made/consumed:

-Acorn squash and leek soup

Pumpkin kale risotto

-Spaghetti squash with feta, white beans, and spinach

-Butternut squash chili

-Spaghetti squash and spinach fritters with Sriracha mayonnaise

Squash

That’s some serious squashing. I love it all. And I’m still looking forward to more butternut and spaghetti squash in my future, but this has been a quality start. Let’s pave the way to winter – not with broken promises but with squash.

Now, I know y’all were worried about a possible Sriracha shortage, but don’t worry, they’re gonna keep at the good work. This Sriracha mayonnaise sauce surprised me – the vinegar gives it a serious tang. I obviously couldn’t follow the recipe straight, so I also added some garlic and ketchup to round out the flavors.

You know what did not surprise me though?… Don’t stop! Keep reading…

Roasted Pepper and Sun-dried Tomato Feta Dip

Yes, I own this hat. Sorry I'm not sorry.

Yes, I own this hat. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Ok, ready for the weird/rad/no-filter? Sort of like rummaging through my big purse, if you scrolled through my “Notes” section on my phone, you’d find quite the array of random things. Just to give you an idea, I’ve conveniently tossed together a comparison list for you. Now, for starters, we have the essentials like:

Restaurants to try…………keys

Grocery list…………wallet

Websites to check out…………sunglasses

Sundried tomato dip ready for the food processor

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the totally random and seemingly unnecessary (but totally necessary) things like:

Hawaiian phrases for “cheers” …………a tiny mirror

DC library hours…………DC produce seasonality wallet pamphlet

A cheesy “kitchen tips” entry for a magazine (don’t ask. Wait, totally ask. It’s awesome.) …………pocket-sized nail file

Red pepper and feta dip

And right in the middle are the things that maybe not everyone has, but if you don’t, I want to make sure y’all have ’em:

A list of your New Years resolutions (big and small – just something to check up on to remind yourself occasionally) …………Advil

A list of “ideas” (mine happen to be recipe ideas) …………a reusable bag that stuffs into itself

**LAST BUT NOT LEAST, the two most important: Don’t stop! Keep reading…

Heirloom Tomato Galette & Dinner Parties

Earlier this year, I told you about some things I was doing to be more adult. Well I left out one VERY important one that I’m here to tell you about…hosting dinner parties! SO adult.

Heirloom Tomato Galette

Starting when I was little, I began helping my mom with her dinner parties. They are always so elegant – whether it’s a Christmas party for 20 or a special dinner for eight, she always makes it magical. A few days ahead of time, we collaborate on the menu – carefully crafted around the theme of the evening – and then we write out our grocery list and check things off as we drop them in our cart at the store. On the day of the party, we put together a loose game plan, and just go! Regardless of any hiccups along the way, they always come together beautifully and everyone has a smashing good time!

Me and Elizabeth

So that’s a little taste of my continuing education chez Le Petit Artichaut. But there’s something so uniquely adult about hosting a real dinner party on my own, in my twenties…with the help of another twenty-something expert cook, Elizabeth. Y’all remember my first attempt at a dinner party? It was delicious and everyone had fun, but I can’t say I nailed the timing – that’s where my co-host balances me out :) While I’m too relaxed, she’s too worried, so we end up like Goldie Locks.

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