The Culinary Life http://www.theculinarylife.com Real food, real life with Stephanie Stiavetti Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/morning-baked-oatmeal-berries-coconut/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/morning-baked-oatmeal-berries-coconut/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:02:44 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12717 - Whole lotta baked oatmeal lovin’ here - There’s no way around it – I’m a huge breakfast fiend. There’s nothing I love more than big plate full of fluffy blueberry pecan pancakes, tender French toast, or a hearty cheese and avocado frittata alongside hash browns and bacon. And of course, I can’t forget about my favorite […]

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There’s no way around it – I’m a huge breakfast fiend. There’s nothing I love more than big plate full of fluffy blueberry pecan pancakes, tender French toast, or a hearty cheese and avocado frittata alongside hash browns and bacon. And of course, I can’t forget about my favorite coconut-lime waffles with a hint of vanilla. Dammit, now I’m hungry for breakfast and it’s almost dinnertime.

These days, I’m looking for breakfast recipes that are not only delicious, but take care of my body. Notice I didn’t use “healthy” there? Personally, I’m not a fan of the word. There are so many stigmas at play when it comes to healthy eating, and “healthy” means different things to different people. Half of my family thinks that boxed Tater Buds are perfectly healthy, while I’d have to disagree 1000%.

So instead of using the word “healthy,” I’m going to call this recipe real. It’s real food, and it’s good for you.

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This baked oatmeal recipe is more like a breakfast bread pudding, only it’s full of the stuff your body wants more of – namely whole grains, nuts, fruit, and healthy fat – without sacrificing any of the incredible flavor you want for your first meal of the day. It’s got rolled oats (good for your gut), fresh berries (super nutrient bombs!), toasty pecans (yay protein…), and shredded coconut (healthy fats FTW!). It’s got a supporting cast of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, and a generous dose of BUTTER.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Gluten-Free http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/chocolate-peanut-butter-cookies-gluten-free/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/chocolate-peanut-butter-cookies-gluten-free/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:04:29 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12023 - Gluten-free chocolate chip peanut butter cookies never had it so good. - Some time back I was playing with a gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe that I’d developed over the years. I was happy with it, but I can’t help but get annoyed by the mixing of flours and the occasionally interjecting flavors of […]

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- Gluten-free chocolate chip peanut butter cookies never had it so good. -

Some time back I was playing with a gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe that I’d developed over the years. I was happy with it, but I can’t help but get annoyed by the mixing of flours and the occasionally interjecting flavors of the standard array of gluten-free flours. There are some very good mixes on the market – and I’ve got a good recipe here, on my own site – but still, I often ache for gluten-free recipes that don’t require a lot of fuss. ... Read the rest of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Gluten-Free on The Culinary Life.


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California Strawberries: A Splendid Tour http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/california-strawberries-splendid-tour/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/california-strawberries-splendid-tour/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:40:38 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12698 I’m a California girl born and bred, so god knows I’ve eaten probably 100 pounds of strawberries in my life. This state was made for strawberries, and every summer our farmers markets are filled with endless rows of glowing red berries, begging to be nibbled by every passer-by. You can’t set foot in this state without eating […]

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California Strawberries Farm Tour on http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/california-strawberries-splendid-tour I’m a California girl born and bred, so god knows I’ve eaten probably 100 pounds of strawberries in my life. This state was made for strawberries, and every summer our farmers markets are filled with endless rows of glowing red berries, begging to be nibbled by every passer-by. You can’t set foot in this state without eating a strawberry. I think I read somewhere that it’s the law.

Given my strawberry predilection, I was invited to attend a farm tour in Monterey to celebrate California Strawberries and all the farmers who sweat in the fields, tending their crimson crops. I got to see folks hard at work, picking row after row of berries, and learned more than I ever thought possible about this little red fruit. Like, did you know that strawberries will leapfrog across a field, dropping runners all over the place, until a single plant’s genetics dominates a whole patch? That’s assuming there’s only one plant – in reality there are many plants, and they can create a tight web of strawberry plants that will fill a space corner-to-corner.

That’s why I spent the weekend hanging out with a bunch of other California strawberry-loving writers, taking photos, and recording little snippets of video. I’m excited to share my very first video project – a quick 30-second  reel of the best parts of the trip. The video is below, as are a handful of photos I took as we sat in the sun and ate a huge strawberry-studded meal.

Thanks so much to Jodi Reinman, the cutie at the very end of the video, for the invite to this wonderful event!

California Strawberries: A Splendid Tour.

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Tetley Sweet Chai Iced Tea Latte http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/tetley-sweet-chai-iced-tea-latte/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/tetley-sweet-chai-iced-tea-latte/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:47:56 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12658 - Looking for a cool kiss of sweet tea on a hot day? - There’s a new tea in town, an exciting little hybrid that is brightening up my afternoons in the kitchen lately: Tetley’s Black and Green. Combining the best of both black and green teas, I’m loving it in both hot and cold drinks […]

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- Looking for a cool kiss of sweet tea on a hot day? -

There’s a new tea in town, an exciting little hybrid that is brightening up my afternoons in the kitchen lately: Tetley’s Black and Green. Combining the best of both black and green teas, I’m loving it in both hot and cold drinks – but given the temperatures lately, I’m leaning towards any beverage with the word “iced” in it.

Anyone who’s ever sat down to enjoy an iced tea on a hot day knows exactly how refreshing this classic drink is. The same goes for a hot cup of chai, which, it just so happens, finds a new lease on life when poured over ice with a little milk to float the spicy, ethereal flavors across your palate.

So then, why not combine the two? Thanks, don’t mind if I do.

I’m a huge chai fan. There’s something about combining the playful flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves that excites me, and on a hot day, an iced chai tea latte is just about the best thing ever. I’ve had many a cranky, sweaty afternoon saved by a few chilly sips. It’s like someone drop-shipped an air conditioner right into the middle of my heart.

This lovely summer chai iced tea is kissed with honey and mellow spice. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those days when the heat feels oppressive and you just can’t seem to muster the energy to carry through the afternoon. Tetley’s Black and Green Tea is a fabulous addition to the mix, bringing to the party both the swagger of black tea and the healthy zen-power of green tea. You can easily make this dish to suit any diet, changing out the half & half for coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, or any combination thereof. I’ve opted for honey here, to make it more natural, but you can certainly add a equal amount of sugar instead. A dollop of coconut cream floating across the top takes it over the top. ... Read the rest of Tetley Sweet Chai Iced Tea Latte on The Culinary Life.


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Homemade Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheese from One Hour Cheese http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/homemade-meyer-lemon-ricotta-cheese-one-hour-cheese/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/homemade-meyer-lemon-ricotta-cheese-one-hour-cheese/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 07:30:13 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12602 Yes, you can make homemade Meyer lemon ricotta cheese with nothing but milk, lemon juice, and an hour on your hands. It’s no secret that I’m a cheese fiend. Hell, I wrote a whole book on the topic of artisan cheese. You know you’re passionate about something when you spend two years steeped in the […]

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Yes, you can make homemade Meyer lemon ricotta cheese with nothing but milk, lemon juice, and an hour on your hands.

It’s no secret that I’m a cheese fiend. Hell, I wrote a whole book on the topic of artisan cheese. You know you’re passionate about something when you spend two years steeped in the process of writing about it!

I recently discovered another person who is an excited about cheese as I am. Meet Claudia Lucero, another passionate cheese-ista. Claudia runs an Etsy store where she sells simple kits for making cheese at home. Her store has become so popular that she also wrote a book on cheese – and the best part is that it teaches everyday home cooks like you and me how to make homemade fresh cheese… in less than an hour. Yup, you read that right. Her new book is called One Hour Cheese. I highly recommend it.

Claudia was kind enough to answer a few questions on the craft of home cheese making, and I think you’ll be surprised to find the whole process much simpler than you’d expect. Haloumi, chevré, fresh pepper Jack, mozzarella, paneer, and a few more. All without crazy specialized equipment. One Hour Cheese also includes recipes for what to do with all these cheeses once you’ve made them, so be prepared to jump into a bunch of really easy sweet and savory recipes.

Further down the page you’ll find a recipe for homemade Meyer Lemon Ricotta cheese, which you can use then to make a lusciously sweet cannoli filling (recipe forthcoming). You can also stuff cookies or cupcakes with it, or do like I did and just eat it with a little silver spoon. Heh.

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Super Duper Springtime Freshness on TV http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/super-duper-springtime-freshness-tv/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/super-duper-springtime-freshness-tv/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12522 Hey everyone, I forgot to post this a while back because the second book tour was absolute insanity. (In a good way!) Here’s a quick video of me making an awesome salad from Melt on KATU’s AM Northwest in Portland. It’s a great dish for springtime, with Gouda cheese, edamame, shaved fennel root, lemon, and mint. Full […]

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Hey everyone, I forgot to post this a while back because the second book tour was absolute insanity. (In a good way!) Here’s a quick video of me making an awesome salad from Melt on KATU’s AM Northwest in Portland. It’s a great dish for springtime, with Gouda cheese, edamame, shaved fennel root, lemon, and mint. Full of seasonal produce, it’s one of the most refreshing dishes I’ve ever tasted.

I’ve been calling it the “Kiss Me Salad” since someone at one of our Le Creuset events took a few bites, then proclaimed to the world that the lemon and mint made her feel so fresh she just wanted to kiss someone. Now that’s a response I like to hear after tasting one of my recipes!

I’ve made this recipe with a million other cheeses and it’s always awesome. You can use any cheese you want instead of Gouda. I recommend chunks of Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Gruyere, or whatever you’ve got handy that lights you up in the cheese department. The recipe is in Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, but if you ask nicely, I may just post it here. Heh.


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Havarti and Jarlsberg Chicken Phyllo Pie with Olives, Capers, and Sun-dried Tomatoes http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/havarti-and-jarlsburg-phyllo-chicken-pie-with-olives-capers-and-sun-dried-tomatoes/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/havarti-and-jarlsburg-phyllo-chicken-pie-with-olives-capers-and-sun-dried-tomatoes/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 08:01:51 +0000 http://www.meltmacaroni.com/?p=471 When we wrote Melt, we had a few astounding recipes that sadly just didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. This recipe is one of them. This was a FABULOUS dish, but it just didn’t fit into the overall narrative and flow of the cookbook. Our love of jarlsberg cheese is mighty and unshakeable as was […]

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A wonderful recipe not found in the book.

When we wrote Melt, we had a few astounding recipes that sadly just didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. This recipe is one of them. This was a FABULOUS dish, but it just didn’t fit into the overall narrative and flow of the cookbook.

Our love of jarlsberg cheese is mighty and unshakeable as was our desire to include it in Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. This recipe, while fantastic, just broke too far away from our interpretation of mac and cheese (phyllo, technically, is a pasta). We tried to talk ourselves into it, but to no avail and it was dismissed from the lineup.

The creamy texture of Danish Havarti pairs well with the pithy personality of classic Jarlsberg. Combined with yogurt and egg, these two cheeses create a smooth, tender filling that plays off the salty, savory flavors of these decidedly Mediterranean ingredients.

I think you’ll find this hearty pie a worthy departure from your standard definition of macaroni and cheese. Friends loved this recipe; in fact, panic ensued once the baking dish was empty.

This is a fantastic recipe for a lazy and chilly night indoors. Put on your favorite calming music and make away.

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Couscous Salad with Pickled Rhubarb, Feta, and Grapes http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/couscous-salad-pickled-rhubarb-feta-grapes/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/couscous-salad-pickled-rhubarb-feta-grapes/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 08:20:12 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12360 A springtime couscous salad recipe, complete with feta, grapes, and pickled rhubarb.  I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I hate salad. I don’t just mean ‘dislike’ – what I have is a deep-rooted, emotionally charged, nearly-unnatural hatred for the stuff. I’m one of those sorry people that will eat everything else on my plate, picking around […]

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A springtime couscous salad recipe, complete with feta, grapes, and pickled rhubarb. 

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I hate salad. I don’t just mean ‘dislike’ – what I have is a deep-rooted, emotionally charged, nearly-unnatural hatred for the stuff. I’m one of those sorry people that will eat everything else on my plate, picking around the salad, finally mushing it up into a ball and hiding it under a slice of bread or a hapless biscuit. I know, it’s pathetic. ... Read the rest of Couscous Salad with Pickled Rhubarb, Feta, and Grapes on The Culinary Life.


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Springtime Swagger: Pickled Rhubarb http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/springtime-swagger-pickled-rhubarb/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/springtime-swagger-pickled-rhubarb/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:10:57 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12346 - Garrett took this pickled rhubarb photo with his phone. Zoinx! - So, this it totally Garrett’s recipe, which I’ve pilfered so that we can do a joint recipe together (coming next week!). A major part of that dish is pickled rhubarb, and instead of combining two recipes into one mega-long recipe, I’m dividing them up […]

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- Garrett took this pickled rhubarb photo with his phone. Zoinx! -

So, this it totally Garrett’s recipe, which I’ve pilfered so that we can do a joint recipe together (coming next week!). A major part of that dish is pickled rhubarb, and instead of combining two recipes into one mega-long recipe, I’m dividing them up for the sake of both sanity and organization.

When I first tasted this pickle, I reflexively made an awful, sour face that felt like someone was sucking my eyeballs into my brainstem. Garrett looked at me, concerned, and asked, “It’s not good?” After taking a few seconds to catch my breath, I squeaked out that no, I thought it was actually quite good. I just wasn’t prepared for it. I think I choked out the words “bracing” and “astringent” before diving in for a second piece.

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An Unfortunate Affinity to 70s Soft Rock, and Sweet Potato Biscuits http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/sweet-potato-biscuits-recipe/ http://www.theculinarylife.com/2014/sweet-potato-biscuits-recipe/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:22:28 +0000 http://www.theculinarylife.com/?p=12282 Mmmm sweet potato biscuits… /homerdrool Here’s an annoying fact: I get music from my parents’ generation stuck in my head. All. The. Time. Perhaps it’s because my mom listened to music constantly when I was small, but regardless of the cause, the end result is the vast majority of the 70s soft rock genre has […]

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Mmmm sweet potato biscuits… /homerdrool

Here’s an annoying fact: I get music from my parents’ generation stuck in my head. All. The. Time. Perhaps it’s because my mom listened to music constantly when I was small, but regardless of the cause, the end result is the vast majority of the 70s soft rock genre has wormed its way into my subconscious like an earwig on a coke bender. Air Supply, Chicago, Bread, the Carpenters, the entirety of the Yacht Rock canon. It’s all very good music, to be sure, but it’s little out of context in the land that is Steph’s Brain… And it’s become one hell of a distraction. ... Read the rest of An Unfortunate Affinity to 70s Soft Rock, and Sweet Potato Biscuits on The Culinary Life.


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