Weekend Reads // ed. 7

table of cakes

Happy weekend! I’m thrilled to have a whole Saturday to myself…time to hole up in the coffee shop where there are constant hot cyclist sightings, meet my blogging friend Eileen  in person for the first time with our awesome mutual friend Beth, and do some fun datey things.

In the meantime, i’s been awhile since I shared my favorite reads. I’ve been working late a couple nights a week and recently took a whirlwind trip to Ohio (where I ate all of these cakes, and they were amazing). I’ve spent the past few days catching up and have found some quirky, interesting, and insightful nuggets of internet gold to share.

And of course, I have a recipe for you too. TRIPLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES from PaleOMG! I’ve had a chocolate craving practically nonstop for three weeks (and yeah, I’ve indulged it…did you see those cakes up top?) so these yummy little bites seem like they’d hit the spot.

And on the note of delicious chocolate…hope your weekend is full of fun and friends!

Alicia

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Spring Greens Frittata

humble foodie paleo spring greens frittata

Spring is finally here, and though I’m not thrilled about the flash flooding it’s brought, I am over the moon to see tender stalks of asparagus back in the grocery store. Asparagus is a delicious side broiled and dusted with cayenne pepper, and it also makes a hearty green filling for a frittata. Breakfast is the one meal where I don’t always get enough vegetables, so stuffing this dish with as many greens as possible seems like a good solution.

Frittatas, an Italian egg dish, are a lifesaver. They’re easy to make, help use up leftovers, and keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Though sitting down to a hot breakfast is a wonderful way to start the day, I don’t have time to cook something fresh every morning. I do, however, have time to microwave a slice of frittata and throw it on a plate with salad, sauerkraut, and some slices of avocado. Frittata is a sturdy breakfast dish, so it’s also easy to take a slice on the go when you’re short on time.

paleo whole30 spring greens frittata
I love these pear napkins from Sandalwood Studios.

Whenever I have a busy week, I spend a few minutes on Sunday and Wednesday nights making a frittata. A six-egg frittata is three breakfasts for me, but depending on your household and appetite, you may want to upgrade to one with eight eggs or even go up to a dozen and increase baking time accordingly. One of the hesitations many people have with going paleo or removing processed food from their diet is that making their own meals at home will take too much time.  That absolutely does not have to be the case. Frittata is a perfect dish for those new in the kitchen, new to Paleo, or focusing on clean eating. I tend to stuff my frittatas full of an obscene amount of vegetables, so scale back if you’re into something a little lighter.

Spring Greens Frittata
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Alicia of HumbleFoodie.com
Prep time: 4 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 16 mins
Serves: 3
Tasty spring vegetables and baked eggs make an easy breakfast with great leftovers
Ingredients
  • 1+ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 eggs
  • optional: flat-leaf parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, melt one tablespoon coconut oil in an 8-inch cast iron skillet. Add asparagus, season with Herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper. Saute til the asparagus begins to turn golden brown.
  3. Add green onions and cook for 30 more seconds, then turn off and remove from heat. Allow vegetables to cool slightly.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs until evenly combined. Stir in vegetables.
  5. Make sure the skillet is evenly coated with coconut oil, adding a little more if necessary. Pour egg and vegetable mixture into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  6. Place skillet in preheated oven and cook for 4 minutes, then turn on broiler. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes or until the top of the frittata is puffy and golden brown.
  7. Garnish with flat leaf parsley before serving if desired.

 

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Homecoming

kenyon homecoming middle path

the entrance to campus as you follow Middle Path

I had forgotten how good it feels to wake up in a beautiful place. This weekend I visited my alma mater, Kenyon College, and received a warm reminder. Walking out of the hotel and onto the tree-lined path that stretches through campus, I felt completely at home. The crocuses had started to bloom a week before, Amish women were selling quilts and baskets, and Adirondack chairs just begged to be sat on. The company of friends and sisters sweetened every cup of coffee.

I always have mixed feelings about returning to such a beloved past home. During my first year as an alumna, I couldn’t quite believe that the community continued to exist without me. This place had been my world for four years, but my departure wasn’t even a blip on its radar. That year, I wanted to be missed. I hadn’t quite found a home in my new life, and Kenyon was the only place I knew I fit in. Even as I recognized the silly selfishness of that feeling, realizing that I was just another transient college student hurt.

women of gambier brunch flowers

brunch bouquets + the history of women at the college + riot grrrl movement

The college community is a strange place where, as much as things change, they seem to stay the same. I realized this year that the community moves on because it has to. Even with the coming and going of members every year, its values and character do not change. New people take up the torch, invest their love and laughter for four or more years, and carry this place in their hearts when they leave.

On Day 3 of my visit, nostalgia finally knocked down the tentative barrier I’d put up between myself and my old home. Surrounded by generations of students, staff, faculty, and community members at the annual Women of Gambier Brunch, I felt at once incredibly at home and incredibly awash. Hosted by the women’s center where I lived and worked in college, this event brought together so many things I love about the Kenyon experience: being part of traditions, hearing life stories, celebrating with food, belonging in a nurturing space open to all members of the community.

sisters snuggling

my sisters!

Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I saw my sisters. It was our sorority’s alumnae weekend, so I reunited with dear old friends and met the girls who are continuing our tradition on campus. Even though we keep in touch, being together in person felt like we actually caught up. These women watched me grow up and grew up with me. We share absurd inside jokes, sarcastic expressions that translate to love, and an unconditional connection no matter where life takes us.

This weekend was the sum of fulfilling and heart-wrenching. It was a reminder of the relationships that have sustained and supported me through a road that is all kinds of bumpy. It was an embrace I sorely needed. Most of all, it was an affirmation that this place will always exist, in equal parts exactly as I remember and completely different. It was coming home.

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Chicken Kebabs over Cauliflower Couscous

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Spring and summer are the seasons of friendship. As the sun heats up, moods lift and everyone comes out of winter hibernation to plan warm-weather fun. Sunshine sets the stage for a myriad of casual social events, from BBQs to picnics to camping trips. Now that we’ve compared gas and charcoal BBQ grills, hopefully you’re ready to join me for some outdoor fun.

My family owns a gas grill that we fire up often in the summer. Though the smoky flavor imparted by a charcoal grill is phenomenal, the convenience of setup and ease of cleanup make gas a winning option for casual dinners. One of our favorite family recipes for Sunday dinner is chicken kebabs served over couscous. I’ve been working on my Paleo version of couscous for awhile, and I’m excited to share this meal with you today!

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Prayer of Saint Francis

I don’t know how to define my faith or if I have one, but I find consolation in the idea that something connects us all. Whether it’s a deity or simply the beautiful, unconquerable human spirit, sending words of compassion into the world brings me comfort when I do not possess understanding. One of the most powerful, healing things that I do in difficult times is pray. It doesn’t matter if the thoughts are directed to a higher power or inward to your own being. I wish you peace.

saint francis prayer

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