When I first started my career in publishing I went to a lot of industry parties. I was fresh out of school, broke, and eager to see how the world of book-and-magazine making worked in real life. One thing I learned: there’s a lot of drinking. There’s always an abundance of free alcohol at the functions, and since salaries in publishing are disgustingly low, peeps gotta drink while they can. So I did. I wasn’t much of a cook then, and I really wish I had been so I could’ve come home to some amazing leftovers after a night of imbibing. Now I’m a much lighter drinker and a much better cook who always aims to have leftovers so I can have a good home-cooked meal anytime. Leftovers are definitely something to look forward to with recipes from A Cozy Kitchen.
Adrianna Adarme is a Los Angeles-based writer I would’ve liked to have met on the party circuit, if her blog posts are anything to judge by. Her writing is easygoing, honest, funny—kind of like chatting with a good friend over lattes. On top of that, her recipes are killer-good, accessible, and creative. Meatballs are one of my all-time fave meals, and Adrianna’s are delicious and versatile. I had them on top of pasta, on their own with a side salad, and as a sandwich. And that’s just from one batch!
A lot of Adrianna’s meals are meat-free, which I like, since I try to eat meat only once a day, and aim to go meat-free once a week. You should try it—it feels amazing! You won’t even miss the meat in this Vegetable Bolognese. It’s hearty and healthy, and goes great with a glass of red wine.
A Cozy Kitchen‘s recipe collection is so extensive and varied, it’s no wonder Adrianna has her first cookbook due out in Spring 2013. I’m hoping she’ll have more snack ideas like these addictive Zucchini Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Sriracha Mayo. Since they’re good for you, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating the whole bunch in one sitting. They have a nice mild crunch, and I really enjoyed having two dips to choose from. (Make sure you check out ACK‘s other veggie fries, as well.) This would be a cute appetizer for a dinner party or a fun way to “sneak” in veggies to your kids. I don’t miss my old party days at all, and I’m so grateful that now when I walk through the door there’s not only wonderful food waiting for me, but a cozy home, as well.
Photos courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen
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