Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fennel Braised Short Ribs + A Le Creuset Giveaway

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Fennel + A Le Creuset Giveaway by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

We had a bit of a cold snap again here these past few days. Not crazy enough for snow, but cold enough to make taking the dogs out first thing in the morning especially unpleasant. This left me craving something warm, hearty, and comforting for dinner, and it brought back memories of a dish from my recent weekend in Seattle. Christiann and I went there this past weekend for a little getaway and ended up eating a crazy amount of food in a day and a half, but there were so many  good restaurants there that we had a hard time limiting ourselves. One of those was Oddfellows Cafe, which had one of the best brunch dishes I'd ever had. Braised beef short ribs with fennel, cherry tomatoes, and a fried egg on top, it was pretty much mind-blowing in the depth of its flavor and its all-around coziness. So, I decided to recreate it here for all of you; but to make it more of a dinner dish, I subtracted the fried egg (although you're more than welcome to top yours with one if it suits your fancy).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dark Chocolate Cake With Lavender Ganache & Vanilla Buttercream + A Portland Photography & Styling Workshop

Dark Chocolate Cake With Lavender Ganache + A Portland Workshop

I've been wanting to put a local event together for a really, realllly long time, so I am beyond excited to share that I'll be hosting my first workshop here in my hometown of Portland along with Christiann of Portland Fresh! The 1-day only workshop will take place in Tillamook Station's sweeping industrial event space in northeast Portland on Saturday, April 4th, from 9 am to 3 pm. Material covered will include hands-on styling and plating of dishes with an emphasis on greenery & spring flowers, adjusting internal camera settings and their effects on the image, lenses and their focal lengths, manipulation of natural light, as well as an hour long post-processing session in Adobe Lightroom 5. We'll also enjoy a full sit down, styled community lunch for a chance to get to know each other and unwind, and refreshments from the local Stumptown Coffee will be served. Students will walk away with content for a full blog post, a strong understanding of styling, composition, photography, and post processing, social media content, and gift bags from local Portland vendors. I'd love to have you join us. You can click the link below for registration at our early-bird rate, which will go up a teeny bit after February 25th, hope to see you soon!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rosemary Jasmine Tea Rolls With A Whiskey Glaze

Rosemary Jasmine Buns With A Whiskey Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I've never been a huge Valentine's Day person. It feels kind of weird to me that we're expected to show extra affection on one particular day a year, plus the added emphasis on gifts and grand romantic gestures. I say, be affectionate all year long, and if you come across something you know your significant other will love, surprise them with it whenever, because unexpected gifts are the best kind. In keeping with our low-key Valentine's traditions, I went to a rose care class with my mom yesterday morning and learned all about growing them in the Portland climate (I've now decided that, once the compost comes and gets laid down, I am going to order an absurd amount of David Austen roses to line the yard with. Hurray!) Then I came home and made these gems, which Jeremy and I scarfed down happily. And we ended the evening with a screening of 'Harold and Maude' at a local second-run theater, accompanied by some tasty Portland beer. It was a wonderful day, indeed.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chocolate & Goat Cheese Soufflé + A Giveaway

Chocolate + Goat Cheese Souffle + A Valentine's Giveaway by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Life's been a whirlwind around these parts lately. The dining/living room floors are finally finished, after a lengthy staining mishap that required us to sand down the floors a second time (turns out iron + vinegar stain on red oak turns blue not grey), and the fancy new plaster I ordered arrived yesterday, so the next few days will be spent on a ladder with a trowel listening to history podcasts. Next week my big order of compost for the new garden is going to be dumped on the driveway and I'll be shoveling it all across the yard, (hoping that this makes for extra-large tomatoes this year!) And I'm getting all my upcoming workshops together, the one in Asheville happening next month, one here in Portland in April (registration opening next week!), one in Cape Cod in May, and one in Sweden in July. Whew! If you want to stay in the loop on when registration opens, you can sign up at the bottom of the First We Eat homepage.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Grapefruit, Salmon & Avocado Salad + A Giveaway

Grapefruit, Salmon, & Avocado Salad + A Giveaway by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

During the winter I feel like I turn into a tiny bear that wants to do nothing but eat warm and comforting food and lay in bed whenever it's dark...which turns out to be surprising amount of the day. As we all know, this actually isn't very good for people. So, to try and swing myself out of the exhaustion that comes at sundown, I decided to try to eat a little differently for a few days. I basically ate like it was summer, and by that I mean lots of salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, and grilled or roasted meats. Heavy cold-weather dishes definitely warm you up from the inside out, but sometimes they can make you feel a bit groggy, especially after you've been eating them non-stop for 4 months, like I have. So, with a Clean Slate cookbook in tow, I dove right in.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Crispy Winter Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Tarragon, and Hazelnuts

Winter Squash Gnocchi with Toasted Hazelnuts, Tarragon, & Brown Butter by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I made this tasty little number back in the fall when I came across an adorably-shaped squash at the farmer's market and wanted to put it to good use. I meant to post it right away, but then the holiday madness started and I ended up working on so many different projects that I'd forgotten about this post up until a couple weeks ago when I came across the photos on my hard drive and became instantly ravenous. And now that I've finished putting the topcoat on our refinished hardwoods and am trapped in the kitchen literally waiting for the paint to dry, I actually have the time to share it. Hurray!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Summer Travels

Tacoma, Washington By Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Over the past couple weeks I've been thinking more and more of summer. The warmth, the sunlight, the long loooong days...it all feels very faraway right now. This is my first Oregon winter in the past nine years and I'm definitely feeling it (and this was apparently a very mild winter!) All I want to do is work out in the yard with the sun shining on my back, but that just won't be possible for another few months. So to warm myself up mentally, I've been looking back over some of the trips I took this past summer. Namely, Indiana and Washington. After going through all the photos I took, I decided to share them with you in hopes that it would bring a little ray of sunshine into this long and dark season.  I hope you enjoy them & my little tales of travel. May spring come sooner than we think!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Citrus Upside Down Cake

Winter Citrus Upside Down Cake by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I've been a bit sick lately. Not just the little stuffy or a bit achey sick, but flat. out. sick. There was so much pressure in my head the past week I thought my face was going to explode, and my breathing's been as subtle as a passing train. Of course, all the projects I was hoping to get started on got pushed by the wayside and I was laid up in bed, so I've been doing as much from my computer as I possibly can. It was kind of needed, though, to be honest. Everything's been going a million miles an hour lately, and most days I'm on my feet in the kitchen developing recipes for 10 hours straight, so being forced to spend several days in bed just resting and drinking hot tea was exactly what I needed. Then once I started feeling better this past weekend, I tried refinishing the floors of my living room/dining room with Jeremy. I know, I have a problem. However, after two straight days of sanding I feel very, very sore but much less congested. Who would have known??? And right before I got all bogged down with the world's worst cold, I made this little winter citrus guy, and have been nibbling at it ever since.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thai-Style Pork Belly Burgers

Thai-Style Pork Belly Burgers by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I always look forward to the super bowl, not because I'm much of a football person (I regularly get teams from across the entire sports spectrum confused. 'Did the A's make the super bowl this year?') but because I reallllly like to use it as an excuse to break out the grill. I know it's still super cold in early February, but huddling around a hot and toasty grill in the cold weather makes grilling that much more pleasant. Definitely preferable to standing around a large open fire when it's already 90 degrees outside. So, I've got a few grilling ideas to help shape your super bowl party planning.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Buttermilk Rosemary Donuts + Balsamic Pomegranate Glaze + Salted Honey & Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes & Baking with Portland Fresh

Rosemary Donuts with Pomegranate Balsamic Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

A couple weeks ago I had Christiann from Portland Fresh over to make some old fashioned buttermilk donuts. We'd met through instagram (yay instagram friends!) a couple months ago and have quickly bonded since then over our love of food and the northwest. Once we started in the kitchen, though, our culinary curiosity got the better of us and we went from plain old buttermilk donuts to rosemary donuts with a balsamic pomegranate glaze, salted honey donut holes, and cinnamon + sugar ones, too. Whew! What we thought would take a couple hours ended up taking all day due to our chattiness and all the fun we were having (we may have launched some of the donut holes into bowls of powdered sugar to see what happened/take photos of them), and we were still shooting as the sun went down.