While I have debated coming back to this space that I once devoted so much time to, I truly miss the whole blogging process of cooking, photographing, and writing. As I look back on my posts, it blows my mind how much time I used have and how much time I used to spend in the kitchen. Occasionally I’ll find a Sunday that allows for more kitchen time, but that is certainly not the norm these days. My intent now is to bring you easier, quicker recipes that are delicious and nutritious, for the whole family to enjoy (usually).
About a month ago, I made the very tough decision to quit working so I can stay home with my son. While I am sad/nervous/apprehensive to leave my working life behind, I am excited to spend more time with my little guy. As work wraps up in the next few weeks, I am hopeful that I will soon be able to carve out some newfound time in my weeks to spend on Glori of Food, doing something I love.
These tiny chunky legs are now on the move
Inspirational gifts from my husband: donut iPhone case and a new cookbook
I’m sure for most people, the first few weeks after having a baby are hectic. I know for us, we were trying to get our house situated, adjust to the new schedule and figure out everything we still needed to buy for the baby. During this time, many daily activities fell by the wayside: bed making didn’t happen, teeth brushing became sporadic, and reading my Feedly blogs went completely forgotten. I finally got some time a few days ago to catch up on my blogs; as I was reading Smitten Kitchen, Deb made a suggestion for Rosh Hashanah recipes. It occurred to me then and there that I had volunteered to bring a salad to our holiday dinner. Deb’s mention of her Kale Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts sounded like the perfect addition to the meal. I know I’ve posted kale salads before, but I loved the sweetness of the golden raisins and the crunch and texture of the toasted panko breadcrumbs that this version had to offer. The salad was a complete hit at dinner last night, and thanks to multiple people going back for seconds, I went home with an empty bowl! To those of you who observe Rosh Hashanah, I hope you have a Happy New Year!
It seems like Labor Day is an appropriate time to share that our baby boy, Gavin Jacob, was born on August 16th! His entrance into the world partially explains my extended blogging hiatus. That, and the fact that I didn’t do ANY cooking during the last three, er, four weeks of my pregnancy. We’re slowly but surely getting into the swing of things, so I am hoping to return to the kitchen/blog, at least a little more frequently.
As one can imagine, life lately has been all about diapers, feeding, and becoming reacquainted with hours of the night that haven’t been seen since college. Thankfully my mom was in town for two weeks, so she provided an extra set of helping hands; she also acted as our personal chef, preparing delicious home-cooked meals each night. We’re so lucky to have had family travel to St. Louis to meet our son, and we’re looking forward to being able to introduce him to more family and friends in the coming months.
I’m excited to share more glorious recipes with you in the near future, but in the meantime, here are some pics from the past two weeks!
The delicious spread at Gavin’s bris:
I’m sure I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll say it again – there’s nothing better than the seasonal fruits and vegetables of summer! Most people look forward to the summer months all year, if not for extended hours of daylight and pool time, but definitely for delicious BBQ fare like juicy watermelon, fresh tomato salad, and luscious fruit desserts. I’ve been trying to take full advantage by eating corn with many meals and using the grill whenever possible. My newest way to enjoy the summer bounty is through this Grilled Peaches with Maple Mascarpone dessert. If you’ve never had grilled peaches before, you must find out what you’re missing. You’ll love the slightly warmed and softened peaches alongside the mascarpone cheese that’s been flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, and lemon juice. This simple dessert, which takes minutes to assemble, is anything but lackluster.
Growing up, salmon was the first fish I tried when I began testing the proverbial waters. Once I ventured out and starting eating other types of fish, I had moved on from salmon all together. Over the past year, I’ve completed warmed up to salmon again. Lately, I’ve been seeing the meaty fish making its way back into my kitchen quite frequently. Since salmon is so easy to prepare, has great health benefits, and my husband loves it too…I say, bring it on!
A couple of days ago, the sockeye salmon was looking mighty fine at the Whole Foods counter. So, I decided to try a grilled BBQ Salmon recipe from Cooking Light. The results were seriously phenomenal. The marinade came together in no-time, and the flavors were out of this world. The sweet and spicy combo created a glaze that adhered to the fish, and it left me wanting more. The recipe is great for a week night dinner, and impressive enough to serve for guests.