February 26th is National Pistachio Day! Last night I was staying at the hostel in Point Reyes without cell phone reception or an internet connection so I couldn’t post to this blog, but I did use the hostel kitchen to make roasted brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and toasted pistachios (the recipe came from Colleen Patrick- Goudreau’s book “The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.”) Delish! And the dish tasted even better this morning for breakfast on the beach, cold from a night in the fridge!
February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day! Instead of making tortilla chips (boring!) I bought tortilla chips and used them in tortilla soup. Yum yum yum! The chips went both in and on top of the soup- so I think the holiday was duly celebrated. I also topped the soup with fresh avocado and Daiya (vegan!) cheese. Luckily I have guests coming over tonight because the recipe I used was no joke, and there is a massive vat of tortilla soup in the kitchen right now!
February 22nd is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day! (It’s also National Margarita Day but unfortunately I’m working the night shift tonight… I expect the rest of you to take care of celebrating that one without me!) I was a bit short on time today so I settled on making sweet potato fries. They’re such a simple snack- just chop up a sweet potato however you like your fries, cover the fries in olive oil and your favorite spices, and stick em in the oven at 450 for 10 to 20 minutes, flipping them over once or twice & keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. Done.
President’s Day (January 20th) is also National Cherry Pie Day! Since cherries aren’t currently in season, I had to settle for a couple cans of red tart cherries. While I think my lattice skill could use a little work, there’s no denying that the pie tastes great– Robin and I just devoured almost half of it while sitting on the front porch enjoying this beautiful day in the headlands.
February 16th is National Almond Day! I attempted to make Jordan Almonds (the candy coated almonds you often get as a favor at weddings) but the sugar coating is refusing to harden and they’re definitely not as shiny and pretty as the Jordan Almonds Nonnie keeps around her house. Oh well, sugar is sugar, so they taste alright… maybe they’ll be crunchy in the morning.