Roasted Cauliflower Gnocchi

Roasted Cauliflower Gnocchi

Whoa! Sorry for the sudden disappearance for a few weeks. I’m still alive Mom! Things have been really crazy over here and work has been in crisis mode. I’m back now and things are going to be really exciting here with some big changes coming in the next couple weeks!

Anyway, lets move on to todays recipe. I recently had a break in my crazy work schedule and was able to carve out a few hours to have a nice night with some good friends. I have been eating really healthy lately and wanted to make something with fresh summer veggies and not much else. I went with these gnocchi made out of roasted cauliflower instead of potatoes and dressed them in a light sauce of roasted tomato, broccoli rabe, garlic, and olive oil. These tasted light and summery but also super savory and filling at the same time. This dinner combined with a fun night with friends was exactly what I needed to get over my long work week.

Taco Udon Pasta Salad

Taco Udon Pasta Salad

I really think that udon is the future of pasta salad. Seriously this noodle is so chewy and perfect for cold preparations. I made this pasta salad with leftover taco meat and mixed it with yogurt and ponzu and it made a fantastic side dish for a bbq. You read it here first folks. Udon is the future of pasta salad.

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Fresh Rolls

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Fresh Rolls

I had some co-workers over for a quick bite on the way out to a “Team Building Event” (bar crawl). Had to stick to veggies because one is vegetarian, but I wanted to make something light anyways. I needed it to be really delicious because these people cook my recipes at Cafe Burrito every day and I wanted to show them that I was good at cooking other types of food too. I decided on making a simple cauliflower and chickpea curry and rolling it into some fresh rolls. I made a quick yogurt raita as a dipping sauce and the rolls were a big success.

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

I’ve had a few really good versions of elote lately. You know, the Mexican street corn that is smothered in mayo and cotija cheese? When made right, with fresh summer corn, and cooked perfectly, elote can be a magical addictive treat that lingers in your taste buds memory for days. I decided to try and capture some of the elote flavors in this baked corn dish. Serve this as a side at your next cookout and it will be the talk of the party.

How to Peel a Tomato

How to Peel a Tomato

IngredientsTomatoes InstructionsFirst cut out the core (Just the little piece on top), then make an X on the bottom with your knife.Drop the tomatoes into boiling water for about 30 seconds. You will start to see the skin coming off. Pull them out and let them cool before peeling. If you are planning on using…