257. Recipe Faves

Three Cheese "Mexican Style" Sausage Dogs with Avo

Three Cheese “Mexican Style” Sausage Dogs with Avo

Ok, so it’s not like I cook a lot but I had to share some of recipes that have popped up in my Facebook and Instagram feeds (yes, I do follow Chobani online – should you be surprised knowing my obsession with Chobani?). Take for example this amazing hot dog recipe above. How come I never thought to combine avocado with one of my favorite BBQ dishes? I mean, if avo was a condiment offered at my local hot dog stand, I’d probably pile it so high that I’d completely forget about the hot dog. This recipe came from a blog I’ve been following for years called Noble Pig. The woman behind this virtual yumminess is Cathy, who is a certified winemaker, wife, and mother, living up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Plus she went to my alma mater, UC Davis. Go Aggies! Her recipes are fast and delicious, and you really feel connected to her and her family. It’s hometown cooking at it’s best.

Just when I thought my obsession with Chobani yogurt couldn’t get any worse, I came across the company’s recipe site. Oh God. I want to try them all! From Protein Packed Pancakes (see below) to creamy salad dressings, this greek-style yogurt packs a punch to any mundane recipe.

Chobani's Protein Packed Pancakes

Chobani’s Protein Packed Pancakes

Finally, the last recipe I came across recently was for a light summer pasta dish. The constant heat wave we are experiencing here in NYC (or should I just say, er, summer) makes me want to eat ice cream constantly. But since I can’t really eat ice cream for dinner (not every night, at least), this Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables does the trick. The smokiness of the bacon paired with the crispy summer vegetables is the perfect combination for this hot weather.

Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables

Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables

So, with that said, I guess it’s time to break out the pots and pans in my un-airconditioned apartment. Hopefully, my roommates won’t mind me looking like this in the kitchen:

Sweating

*Note to self: Find other recipes specifically tailored for hot weather – like maybe something I can make while sitting in a kiddie pool.

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