Monday, May 18, 2015

Eggs Benedict with Manchego, Tomatoes, Prosciutto & A Sage Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Manchego, Tomatoes, Prosciutto & A Sage Hollandaise Sauce by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Ever since the hint of spring appeared, I've been spending an increasing amount of time out in the garden shoving the 7 cubic yards of compost I ordered and transplanting all my seedlings. There's something about the sun shining and the warmer weather that makes me crave fresh tomatoes on everything. I've been eating them on bagels, salads, and just using them instead of crackers to eat cheese. And ever since I had one of the best brunches of my life in Seattle last fall, I've also been itching to try making a homemade eggs benedict (the one I had incorporated fresh crab and old bay seasoning hollandaise. SO GOOD.) So, I decided to give it a Mediterranean twist and use manchego cheese with fresh tomatoes and prosciutto. And I incorporated a generous portion of sage into the hollandaise for a cozy, herbal flavor. The result was a rich, comforting, and refreshing breakfast that combined the creaminess of hollandaise with the juicy freshness of a ripe tomato and the delicious gooey center of a poached egg. Yum, indeed.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chick'n Sliders with a Caramelized Green Onion Spread & Fresh Sheep's Cheese + A Spring Salad

Spring Salad by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

With all the traveling and long work hours I've been keeping up with lately, I haven't been paying much attention to what I've been eating. I'll just kind of eat whatever's around because I've been so focused on work that I haven't really put any thought into meal planning. The result of this has been dinners composed of 5 slices of salami, or jam and cheese on toast for both breakfast and lunch (sad, but true). Now that the cookbook is pretty much finished, I've been trying to get back into feeding myself properly and on a regular schedule. I've also been contemplating cutting down on the meat in my diet after our Asheville workshop, where we had vegetarian meals nearly the entire time, and I honestly felt a lot less groggy and weighed down after the long weekend. So when Gardein approached me about doing a sponsored post with some of their products, I was pleasantly surprised by the appropriate timing.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Portland Photography & Styling Workshop

Portland Food Styling & Photography Workshop | Adventures in Cooking

A little over a month ago I held a food photography & styling workshop here in Portland. It felt so good to have one in my hometown, and it was such a wonderful way to meet other local foodies and photographers like myself. The workshop was at Tillamook Station, a gorgeous and lofty event space on the east side of the river. Co-hosting along with me was Christiann, who did an incredible job of getting everything organized while I was out of town the weeks leading up to the workshop. You can peek at her recap of the event here. We started the day with tea, coffee, and donuts and ended it with a delicious seasonal sit down lunch, with lots of shooting, styling, and photography discussions in between. Woven Magazine visited us, too, and did a wonderful feature that you can check out here.

A huge thanks goes to the lovely Amanda Rohde and Sasha Swerdloff, who were the most helpful of assistants and prepared an incredible lunch for us. And a very special thank you to all of the attendees! Olaiya, Megan, Winter, Shauna, Aubrey, Tracey, Rina, Allison, and Karl, it was so wonderful getting to know all of you. I had an amazing time working with you and know I will see your faces again sometime soon. And I also want to thank all of our amazing sponsors below for helping make the workshop happen. Your thoughtful contributions made it an unforgettable event.

The Modern Proper | Stunning linen napkins |
Felt + Fat | Beautiful handmade ceramic place settings & serveware, make sure to peek at their kickstarter |
Oblation Papers & Press | Letterpress menus
Stumptown Coffee | Amazing cold brews to start the day |
Blue Star Donuts | Sweets for breakfast |
Steven Smith Tea | Delicious teas for a light pick-me-up |
Roman Candle Bakery | Gorgeously crusty bread for shooting & eating |
Pure Simple Juice | Delicious soups for lunch |
Vermont Creamery | Beautiful goat's cheese for shooting & nibbling |
New Seasons Market | Wholesome local ingredients |
Creminelli Fine Meats | Savory cured meats for shooting & savoring |
Jacobsen Salt Co. | Salty sweet caramels for each guest |
Treehouse Chocolate Co. | Rich & delightful gourmet hot chocolate |
CocanĂș Chocolate | Artisan local chocolate makers | 
Madewell | Cards for each guest |
Bridge & Burn | Totes for each guest |
Trouve Magazine | Reading for each guest |
Brooklyn Candle Studio | Sumptuous scented soy candles |
Parcel Portland | Fresh spring flowers |

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Strawberry, Thyme, & Peach Buttermilk Cake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Peach, Strawberry, & Buttermilk Cake by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Life's funny sometimes. You plan and you plan and you plan, and then you realize your plans melt into your other plans and you try to figure out a way to make it all work, and somehow it does, but in the end all that working and planning and thinking and fretting just makes you oh so unbelievably tired. Does that make sense? I don't know. Lately I've felt like my mind's a giant black hole, just sucking everything in so fast that I can't even decipher what it all was in the first place. I answer questions while my mind is thinking about something entirely different, completely unaware of the words tumbling out of my mouth. I have a wonderful husband who is very kind and patient, and I can't help but feel awful about the number of times over the past month he's been talking to me about something and I've completely spaced out in the middle of the conversation. Or I'll be so deep into writing that I don't even hear that someone's spoken to me until a good 30 seconds goes by, and by that time they kinda hate me (I've done this to an unfortunate number of baristas in the Portland metro area, and I feel terrible). But I guess that's part of writing a book, you just give yourself over to it at a certain point, and it becomes your whole life.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Vanilla Bean Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup + A New Seasons Giveaway

Goat Cheese Marscarpone Vanilla Bean Pancakes by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I wanted to try my hand at a Mother's Day breakfast in bed recipe to practice for surprising my own mother, but she ended up going to Mexico this year with my dad (their first trip south of the border, exciting!) for Mother's Day so I ended up just making it for myself, since I figure I'll be a mother eventually and I might as well reward myself while I have the time to sit down and enjoy it. I wanted to make something seasonal with a sweet & tart tang, so incorporating rhubarb seemed like an excellent choice. I also wanted an especially moist, flavorful, and fluffy pancake, so I melted down some crumbled goat cheese with mascarpone and a couple tablespoons of butter and incorporated that into the batter. I also beat just the egg with the whisk attachment for a while to get it nice and frothy, which translates to more air bubbles in the pancake and a fluffier, less dense pancake overall. And to add an extra-instense burst of sweetness to tone down the goat cheese, I scraped out the inside of a vanilla bean pod and added that to the mix. All of these things combined to result in the best pancakes, ever. And then I covered them with even more tasty things.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Banana Bread French Toast with Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche

Banana Bread French Toast with Vanilla Creme Fraiche by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

It's been well over a week since my last post, and that's because life's been a bit crazy around these parts. I was out of town for work 31 of the past 45 days, then once I got home it was back to the cookbook grindstone and I've been cooking, writing, and shooting nonstop ever since. There is so. much. chicken. My refrigerator is packed with food and I've been trying to freeze as much as I can so nothing goes to waste, but that's getting pretty full up, too. There's only so much food a family of two can consume. So, even though there is an insane amount of food in the house, and even though my time to do anything but cook and write has become increasingly scarce, I decided to carve in a little time to make these guys. Because sometimes I need to cook and shoot what I actually want in order to maintain my sanity, even if it means letting my dishes pile up and emails go unanswered for a few days longer.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Homemade Face Cream + A Mountain Rose Herbs Giveaway

Homemade Face Cream + A Mountain Rose Herbs Giveaway by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Throughout my childhood I had eczema, which if you're unfamiliar with it, generally means that your skin is drier than a normal persons. It manifests itself in very different ways in different people, though. Some get rashes, others don't, I for example got tiny little scabs that looked like mosquito bites. All over. Being a kid, I'd of course pick at them which didn't help much when it came to making them go away. During especially bad bouts people would think I had chicken pox, but nope. That was just my skin. Luckily, it went away with puberty (which happens about half the time with childhood eczema), and my skin was pretty great. Until I started wearing make-up, which is when general redness started appearing and break outs started happening, and I started to notice how easily I scarred. After something healed on the surface, a purple mark would remain behind for a couple months. After puberty the breakouts generally went away, but my skin still scarred really easily and the redness was still an issue. I just figured it was all genetics and there was nothing I could really do about it. But once I started eating more seasonally, I also started to think about what I was putting on my face everyday.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Homemade Burrata + A Sweden Photography, Styling, & Portrait Workshop

Homemade Burrata by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

The first time I ever had burrata was in a pizza. There was this amazing wood fired pizza chain in Los Angeles that made this insanely tasty pizza that consisted of burrata and caramelized onions piled atop tomato sauce and baked until the crust was puffy and golden and perfect, then served with a stack of crunchy fresh arugula on top. The melted gooey cheese, the hot tomatoes, the fluffy crust, and the refreshing greens created the best pizza flavor combo ever. I hadn't really heard of burrata before, so I went to a little Italian deli and found it for sale there and brought it home. I cut it open, and delicious creamy goodness poured out of its center. Yes my friends, burrata is essentially cheese stuffed with another kind of cheese, which makes it the best cheese of all.

But, before I go down the cheese rabbit hole (and trust me, I'm going to go to there), I want to let you all know that registration has finally opened for our Sweden food photography, styling, & portrait workshop! Yes, this workshop will have a special emphasis on shooting people with food, including self-portrait set ups, in addition to the normal food photography materials. And joining us in addition to myself and Carey will be Izy Hossack from Top with Cinnamon and Elenore Bendel Zahn from Earthsprout! I am so, soooo stupendously excited for this class. We found the most incredible location for the 4 day workshop on the shores of Lake Koppan deep in the forest of Southern Sweden and we'll be eating farm-fresh summer foods all workshop-long. We'll also have especially long shooting days since we'll be so far north, so we'll be able to enjoy our private dock and lake shores under the summer sun long into the evening. To register and read a bit more about the workshop and its contents, follow the link below. We would love to have you join us!

We also have a couple spaces left at our Cape Cod workshop in May, so if you especially enjoy this post and want to get elbow-deep in cheese, you can read more about it here. New England Cheesemaking Supply and Vermont Creamery are going to be sponsoring that workshop so there will be amazing little starter cheesemaking kits for all the attendees to take home, as well as lots and lots of cheese.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Cleaning Guide + A Giveaway

Spring Cleaning Guide by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

This is the first spring in my life that I can call myself a homeowner, and it's definitely been an adventure so far. The main reason Jeremy and I moved up to Portland was to be closer to our families, but coming in at a close second was the idea of having actual space in our living quarters that didn't involve a couple small cabinets in the kitchen for me to stuff my insane amount of cooking supplies and serving dishes in, as well as a single cabinet out in the hall for all our other stuff. So when we went house hunting, space was a huge draw for us, and we ended up getting  house that was at the opposite end of the spectrum from our apartment. Our house is three stories tall, including a huge basement that runs the entire perimeter of the first floor. There's a lot of remodeling to do, for sure, but the house has good bones and the storage area down in the basement is pretty ridiculously huge. So we definitely got the space we were looking for, but what I didn't quite realize at the time was what a challenge it would be to keep that entire space clean. Crazy cobwebs in stairwells were never something I had to deal with in our apartment, but now they've become the bane of my height-challenged existence. So, after a long and lazy winter, I decided to spend a solid day giving the whole place a deep clean. And after my 12-hour cleaning binge, I learned a lot more about cleaning an old house than I'd expected and generally found that old-fashioned cleaning methods tended to be the most effective ones. So I'm sharing that journey here, along with a fun little spring cleaning giveaway with Murchinson-Hume's  all-natural counter safe all-purpose spray, boys' bathroom cleaner, and furniture and upholstery cleaner,  and Sawyer Ceramics white ceramic sponge holder and white ceramic spoon rest. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends April 14th at 11:59 pm, good luck everyone, and read on for more spring cleaning tips!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gateau Basque

Gateau Basque by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'll be on a plane at 6 am for work out of town, but I was able to celebrate earlier this week with family and friends. I'm still in the process of remodeling the living/dining room areas of our house, but the major parts are pretty much done so it was nice to be able to have people over to eat in a space that felt more like our own. One of my best friends came to visit from Los Angeles, too, so it made for a really memorable weekend. And right before she arrived, I made this buttery little jam-filled tart.