In the second installment of….let’s go through my hard drive and find all the posts I haven’t posted, here is a summer-y pasta!!
Before we went to Japan, everyone warned us: THE JET LAG IS TUFF. I was scared. Will I be a walking zombie? Will I be able to enjoy my days? I assumed yes because I’ve been to Europe a few times and while I’m a little out of it and tired, I drink coffee and run off adrenaline because I’m on vacation and it’s fun!
When we got to Japan, I was a little tired. I ate some soba, walked around and then went to bed at 10pm and the next morning I woke up bright and early (I think 6am) and was totally fine.
I am back from my honeymoon!! YAY! I am so excited to share some photos with you all soon. Japan was incredible. Hawaii was fun. But like whenever I am coming home, I’m happy to be home. I have a broken computer still—the saga seems to be never-ending—but it should be fixed by the end of the week. I rented a laptop for the week from some place in Hollywood and I feel like a new woman with this computer. I can do anything!
Since I wasn’t able to post while I was gone—even tho I shot a bunch of content so this blog here wouldn’t go dark—I have a bunch of stuff that I want to share. Like a ton of recipes that are gonna come at you very quickly!
I love a vegetable noodle dish. Real, gluten-filled pasta is my fave, but sometimes I crave the flavor of those dishes and want to skip the heaviness. (And then again, sometimes I like the heaviness haha!)
One thing I use over and over is my KitchenAid Architect Stand Mixer with Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment. I got both of these things from Macy’s (my architect stand-up mixer is my favorite). I’ve made different iterations of this same dish, swapping out zucchini for butternut squash and even eggplant—it’s so good. The classic version of this dish used zucchini. It’s delicious and cheesy and when you’re craving something lighter, this is the move.
For this post, I teamed up with Macy’s Wedding Registry where I’m recommending that these two items have a place on it. Yep, they truly deserve a spot. As you probably know by now, I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer daily. I bake a lot, but really it’s not just for baking. I make plenty of other things in my KitchenAid, including lasagna!
Ahh! Hi! I feel like I’ve been gone for forever but really I’ve just been living my life in Hawaii. You see, last weekend I took a flight to Hawaii, fell asleep on the flight and lifted my tray to move it without realizing my computer was on it. The computer fell to the ground pretty hard but I really thought nothing of it…until I tried to turn it on at the hotel to put up a blog post—that I so diligently wrote up on the plane—only to find out the computer didn’t want to turn on.
Anyway, there was a trip to the computer store in town and apparently it’s the display blah blah. Long boring story short: I can’t get it fixed until I get home. I did want to share with you some fun things to make in the month of June because while fall will forever be my favorite, summer is fun too! Here are some of my favorites. You can follow my adventures on the Instagram.
Copycat Shake Shack Burgers – I am one of the view Los Angeles people who likes Shake Shack more than In-n-Out. Making them at home is an A+++ move.
Gluten-Free Coconut Strawberry Tart – This tart is SO ridiculously easy and delicious. The tart shell is gluten-free and the filling is simply a can of cold coconut milk with strawberries and raspberries. So simple and delicious.
Copycat Sweetgreen Caesar Salad – I am a basic human who loves salad, specifically Sweetgreen salads. My favorite on their menu is this caesar salad. I now live very far from them so instead of buying them, I have to make them!
A Week of Salads – Speaking of salads…if you’re in the mood for a lot of salads, I made a whole post of a bunch of combinations that I love. They’re not really recipes but just combinations.
Blueberry Lime Poppy Seed Cake – It’s like pound cake meets summer at its finest. There are poppy seeds all throughout this cake with lots of lime zest for some zing and blueberries. It has a creme fraiche icing that is just out of this world!
Elote Pasta Salad – I am on team pasta salad. I LOVE PASTA SALAD. I think it’s the easiest thing to bring to a get together or summer party. And it’s delicious.
Summer Berry Pie – The thing that everyone wants to eat in the summer: pie. This is a classic. Just mixed berries and the right ratios of sugar and lemon juice.
Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles – Billy has this thing called “Popsicle Week” and it’s my favorite week in the blog world because everyone makes popsicles. It’s simple! These are a favorite of mine from a few years ago.
As you guys know, we recently moved into a new home and while the kitchen is all done and in tip-top shape, we still have SO much to do. The den is completely empty (great for dance parties tho!) and the dining room needs some love. Besides creating a cozy room to watch movies, the other area in the house that I’m super excited about is the backyard.
We can’t wait to spend this summer grilling and hanging out with friends. The backyard is actually quite pretty as is, so all it really needs is a few accessories. We’re excited to deck it out with some cool grilling stuff. So that’s why I was super excited when I was invited to a Home Depot event called Garden to Grill. The event was showing off all of the pretty items that The Home Depot has that can make your outdoor space beautiful.
The event was super cute. It was at The Lombardi House and the gardening part included a DIY herb box that I barely was able to make. Luckily my friend Billy was with me and he used to build bird feeders with his dad so he’s handy. It now sits in my backyard and I can’t wait to walk outside and pick some chocolate mint from it.
We also toured some grilling items by Charcoal Companion like this really pretty Himalayan Salt Plate that you can use to cook items on it on the grill OR just simply use it as a cheese board. I also love this Pitt Mitt, which makes it easy to grill and protect your hands.
There were grills both of which I have my eye on. First was this really pretty and affordable stainless steel grill from Nexgrill. And you know I love KitchenAid, this red one is gorgeous, though I do have my eye on the black one to match my kitchen range. Both of these grills are exclusive to The Home Depot!
Are you guys excited about grilling season? I can’t wait to make burgers on the grill and hang out underneath the hanging lights we just put up!
(This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy.)
As you know, summer is usually a slow burn for me. It takes me a bit of time to welcome the unrelenting heat and mosquitos. I’m more of a winter person, you know this. But this summer I’m excited. I’m excited about outside BBQs and cubing up watermelon and maybe jumping in a pool. Summer is weeks away but we all know that Memorial Day is the unofficial kicking off point for summer.
For this post, I teamed up with ALDI, where you should go for all your summer food needs. They have everything from fresh meats to BBQ and fresh organic produce for pies. It’s a one-stop shop for summer!
I’ve been wanting to make hot chicken, but in slider-form for a while now, so I figured what better time than now to unofficially kick off summer.
My favorite part about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a fryer or a big pot of oil. This is in the oven, baked, the whole time. I know we’re not fans of lots of oil so this one is pretty simple.
Are you planning on watching the Royal Wedding? I know a lot of British people think Americans are so weird for being obsessed with their royals but we are. And I have to be honest, I definitely pay attention–I think it’s kinda fascinating.
Have you heard of procrastibaking? It’s a new term coined by the New York Times. Honestly, I feel like I invented it. I feel like I made a whole career from procrastibaking. That’s what made me start this blog! I WAS RUNNING AWAY FROM MY JOB!
If you work from home, you really can spend your days procrastibaking. I mean that’s probably what the majority of you are doing right now anyway…I’m a way for you to avoid work. Lol.
Consider me flattered!
This recipes comes from my love of those childhood cartons of pink milk at the cafeteria. Honestly, my mom always made my lunch so I wasn’t really allowed to eat at the cafeteria. I had Capri-Suns anyway so I rarely was able to drink strawberry milk. VERY SAD!
But this is a love letter to strawberry milk because it’s so good. And when we made it for this, we still thought it was fantastic and dreamy.
I realize that I kinda owe you an apology because before this recipe I realize I’ve never really posted gluten-free desserts. For me they’ve always been a challenge, mainly because I can eat gluten so I’ve never really taken the time to understand gluten-free baking. Also, the recipes I usually come across are annoying looking. Too many ingredients, xanthum gum, etc. Like, it feels like I need a million ingredients, ones I probably won’t use again.
SO, when I opened Sweet Laurel by Claire Thomas and Laurel Gallucci, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the recipes seemed. Their book is full of grain-free desserts, all of which are made with minimal amount of ingredients. I settled on this almond crusted strawberry coconut cream tart because it was as simple as can be and your girl looooves coconut.
This tart is SO simple to throw together. The only prep is to make sure you have a can of coconut in the fridge so it’s super chilled because the filling is coconut whipped cream.
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday! YAY! When I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she responded that she wanted a little picnic in the park. Wish granted! I think these would be a great picnic dessert and if they get a little smashed you can then call it an Eton’s Mess. Simple. Classic. Chic.
These meringues are my favorite because they’re airy and crispy on the outside and super chewy on the inside. This is my favorite texture when it comes to meringues.
Before I moved in our new home, I could never make meringues. Our old, janky oven couldn’t hold a temperature of 200 degrees F to save its life. It would always fluctuate up to 350 degrees F randomly and them come back down. I would bake batch after batch and they’d all turn a dark brown and I’d scratch my head. It wasn’t until I put a thermometer in there and realized what was happening. At 350 degrees F my oven was completely fine but put it down to 200 F and it was all wrong—so frustrating.
This new oven tho is perfection and it holds the temperature where it’s supposed to.