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What I Ate Wednesday #225: Newport Folk Festival 2015

Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going? For this week’s food-diary-esque What I Ate Wednesday post, I thought I’d share a few of the food-related highlights from my trip to the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. My family has been going to the festival almost every year since, like, 2005(?). I didn’t get to go last year, so I was so happy to be able to make the trip this time around.

We stayed at a lovely bed & breakfast called the La Farge Perry House, which was such a nice treat. It’s very cute and comfortable and in a great location. One of my favorite things about Newport is the Cliff Walk—a gorgeous trail you can walk or run along. My mom and I enjoyed some beautiful morning strolls. Cliffwalk

Nothing like 12,00 steps to help you work up an appetite. Breakfast was served at the inn every morning. Saturday morning, omelets were on the menu. Sunday it was pancakes or eggs. I had eggs. Protein is important when you’re going to be out walking around in the sun all day. La Farge omelet

There is always tons of amazing food at the festival—gourmet food carts to ice cream to burgers to local specialties like lobster rolls. Saturday, my mom and I split a Greek salad and a sandwich that had some kind of truffle oil business happening. Sunday I enjoyed a veggie juice and a lobster roll. Actually, I ditched the roll part because I just wanted at the lobster meat. So. Damn. Good. NFF Lobster Roll and Juice

On Saturday, night, we ate dinner at local burger joint Mission, where I tried wine in a can for the first time. I didn’t hate it…The burgers were pretty great too. wine in a can

Sunday night we went to a fancier place, 22 Bowen, where I had salad and scallops. I never thought to serve them with fresh corn, but that’s happening again soon. 22 bowen scallops

We didn’t do much in the way of dessert, but of course I brought some bananas with me, among other just-in-case snacks. Always prepared.

What was the last vacation you took? Any favorite vacation eats? Would you try wine in a can? 

To see more WIAW from other bloggers, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.

How to Do Eggs for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner is one of the ultimate comfort meals. It happens to be super-nutritious as well. Eggs provide a perfect mix of protein and fat plus tons of important nutrients, and at 70 calories a piece, they offer instant portion control.

avo and egg toast and salad
Added bonus: an omelet on a Tuesday night can make you feel like you’re enjoying a leisurely Sunday brunch. Adding a mimosa to your meal is totally optional, but far from discouraged.

First, figure out what kind of eggs you want. A few ideas:

  • Fried
  • Poached
  • Omelet
  • Frittata
  • Hard-Boiled

Then, to make it a balanced meal, pick some veggies and a carb. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Sprouted-grain toast topped with avocado slices, and a fried eggs; a side of greens
  • Lentils with roasted veggies, a sprinkle of goat cheese or feta, a teaspoon of tahini, and a poached egg
  • Brown rice with cooked mushrooms, scallions, soy sauce, and a fried or poached egg
  • Fill an omelet or frittata with your favorite veggies; serve with whole grain toast or English muffin or half a baked potato

Want something sweet? Try my two-ingredient sweet potato pancake recipe!

You can also think outside the breakfast box and do something like Shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce—or my shortcut version).

Do you like eggs for dinner? Breakfast for dinner in general? 

Peach Berry Crumble with Crunchy Cereal Topping

Though every season offers beautiful fruits and veggies, summer fruit holds a special place in my heart, especially when it comes to dessert. Growing up, blueberry cobbler was one of my favorite summer treats.

peach berry crumbleNow, I’ve sworn up and down on this blog that I am not a baker, but fruit cobblers and crumbles are forgiving enough that even the pastry-challenged can pull off a winner. This lightened-up version serves one person perfectly, but you can easily multiply if you’re feeding a crowd. The topping gets it crunch from crushed cereal. I used Shredded Wheat here, but you can use whatever you like. Enjoy!


  • 1 small peach, sliced and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Wheat cereal, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss fruit with lemon juice and honey. Let sit 10 minutes and then arrange in a single-serving baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, cinnamon, cereal, and coconut oil until it becomes a crunchy, crumble texture.
  4. Press crumble on top of fruit in dish.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes or until fruit is soft and bubbling and topping is golden brown.
  6. Serve with plain Greek yogurt, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream if desired.

What’s your favorite summer dessert? 

A Small Collection of Joyous Things

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. In lieu of writing a regular post, I’m writing to you from the gorgeous Newport, RI, where I’ve spent the weekend listening to great music at the yearly folk festival.Jess Newport 2015

However you’re spending your weekend, hope it makes your heart sing :)

What to Make this Weekend: Fun stuff

Happy Friday! Hope you’re looking forward to some good stuff this weekend. I’m headed on a little weekend trip with the fam that I’ve been looking forward to for months. Since I’ve been focusing on cleaning out my fridge this week, I’ve been enjoying a lot of weird salads and savory oatmeal concoctions. Here are a few food-things that caught my eye that I want to try my hand at when I get back. I’ve already updated my Fresh Direct order for when I get home about ten times—probably will tweak it a few more as the ideas come. #foodbloggerproblems

online dating article and oatmeal*I’ve been on a savory oatmeal kick lately, but this blueberry peach oatmeal from Brittany at Eating Bird Food sounds lovely! I’ve been doing blueberry in my oats and yogurt messes all summer, but haven’t thought to add peach to the mix. Duh, Jess.

* “5 Small Easy Snacks from an Avocado” from the kitchn’s Small Bites. Always up for a new way to use avocados—especially since I always buy too many.

*More from the Kitchn: 4 Essential Ice Cream Bases. Some of my RD friends have been circulating an email about making plans for an ice cream tasting party—emphasis on portion sizes, of course! After trying my friend Natalie’s husband’s homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh-ground nutmeg, I sure hope it’s not a competition!

*Anyone got wedding cake on the menu this weekend? I keep saying I’m going to stop posting about dating and relationships on social media, but after a friend sent me this article about the age at which one is supposed to get married (if they want to avoid getting divorced within the first 5 years), I had to share. According to this study, I am basically smack dab in the middle—or at least I will be on my birthday this year. Currently climbing the fence over here. Guess I’d better get moving. At least until the next study comes out that gives me a window of, say, 33-47. Or whatever. What is age, really?

*If cake and ice cream aren’t your thing, how about we chat about healthy fare? I am all about the summer stone fruits lately. The other night, I made a steak salad that had arugula, sliced peach, and gorgonzola. It sounds weird, but it was absolutely divine.

*Just for fun: 14 Things You Never Knew About Trader Joe’s  So apparently there was, in fact, a trader named Joe…


Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday!

Ready for a weekly dose of randomness? I have no idea how this week has gone by so quickly. Time flies when life is crazy, I guess. One of these days, I’ll probably realize that I am the crazy one, not “life,” and then I will laugh and go on with my day. Until then, though…I am so looking forward to my upcoming mini-vacation.

A few other things on my mind…

*Despite the heat this past week, I have been all about savory oatmeal. Whatever works. zucchini oats with poached egg

*The Newport Folk Festival Playlist on Spotify is all the things to me this week.

*Oh, Instagram. I love when people are, like, “So I caught this fish and cooked it on a rock,” and I’m all, “Look at this crap deli iced coffee I drank at my desk at 7:30 this morning.” What am I doing with my life? crap deli iced coffee

*Speaking of what I’m doing with my life, I spent some time planning things to do when I go to Milan. So excited! Even though it’s still over a month away, I’m having major travel anxiety dreams, but having plans (especially plans to deal with those anxiety triggers) helps me look forward to all the good stuff instead of fixate on the scary.

*To help me settle down for sleep lately, I’ve been rubbing lavender oil on my temples. I swear it helps!

*Matcha is also back as my go-to afternoon pick me up on those work-from-home days. I’m trying not to drink coffee after 2 pm, so this has been a huge help with focus on projects. match green


What’s on your mind today? Any fun summer trips in the works? 

This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

What I Ate Wednesday #224

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday. This is actually a short week for me because I’m heading out of town on a little trip with the fam over the weekend—so excited!

I’m rushing to wrap up some stuff before heading to clinic, but here’s a little WIAW action for you. This week I’m giving a little glimpse at last Friday, when I was working at the hospital where I do occasional per diem shifts.

Desk Breakfast: This is basically my make-ahead berry cheesecake power bowl / yogurt mess  with a spoonful of coconut milk added to thin it out. This was a great way to charge up for early-morning rounds. That and the black coffee. desk beast overnight oats

As a per diem without regular floors to cover, you really never know what you’re going to get when you show up. This was an incredibly busy day with lots of last-minute surprises.

Desk Lunch Mise en Place: desk lunch miss en place

A little later I had an apple and an iced coffee. When I got home from work I threw together a quick smoothie while I waited for the oven repair guy to arrive.

Dinner was all about using up whatever was left in the fridge, since I had an order coming from Fresh Direct later in the evening in preparation for Saturday’s potluck brunch. Pickings were pretty slim, but I threw together a pretty satisfying meal of shredded red/purple cabbage & feta salad tossed with eggplant dip that I thinned with water to make a thick dressing. Then I made an egg-white sandwich with more eggplant dip and roasted eggplant. The egg white was totally made in a mug in the microwave (pour liquids whites into a mug, then cover with a plate and cook in 45-second intervals until set) because I was tired/lazy. I was actually do this on a night I didn’t have a near-empty fridge.

egg white and cabbage

After dinner I had a piece of dark chocolate (still working through my stash from Valentine’s Day…pathetic but when you keep it in the fridge, it stays good!) and later, a sliced banana with some nonfat ricotta and PB2 sauce (1 tbsp each PB2 powder and cocoa powder, mixed with ~1/5 tbsp with water). Totally forgot a picture though. #bloggerfail.

I got a picture of this though. My personal rescue remedy. I actually take it through a good part of my cycle to manage aches/pains and maintain good digestion, but it’s also great for headaches and days you need to calm the eff down. Mission accomplished. vitality natural calm

What are some of your memorable “odds & ends” meals made from remnants in the fridge? 

To see more WIAW from other bloggers, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.

Kashkaval Garden

kashkaval octopusOne of the best things about being an “early to bed, early to rise” morning person (even in my undergrad days, I had this problem) is being able to combine happy hour with dinner. Reduced-price wine enjoyed with tasty food is a beautiful thing, indeed. My various jobs and other goings-on have me in all different parts of NYC, but I’m always happy when I find myself in Hells Kitchen come 5 pm, because that means I have a great excuse to pop into one of my favorite old-neighborhood haunts for a drink and some edibles.

I almost don’t want to write this post because I love this place so much, but one restaurant I could keep going back to and never get sick of is Kashkaval Garden on Ninth Avenue. It’s a great place to meet up with friends after work or to enjoy a solo meal at the bar. I love basically everything on the menu (except, of course, the things that have tree nuts). That said, I almost always order the octopus skewers with squash caponata when I go. For $21 (plus a $7 glass of wine), it’s a lovely treat that satisfies without totally breaking the bank.

Earlier this summer, I decided to make a point of going out to eat once a week on my own because I felt like I wasn’t exploring the city enough.  Not sure why it took me so long to figure this one out, but better late than never. It’s kind the same kind of awesome as the year I made “get a monthly massage” my New Years Resolution.

Do you ever go out to eat alone? What are you favorite things to order? Any NYC spots I should know about? 

Slow-Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken

garlic lemon chickenIn the summer months, the last thing most of us want to do is slave over a hot stove or oven. I get a lot of use out of my slow-cooker in the warm weather because all I have to do is put the ingredients in and step away. This garlic lemon chicken is great for salads, pasta dishes, stir-fries, or even sandwiches.

Slow-Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic or 3 cloves, finely minced
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary or ½ tablespoon dried
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs


  1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients.
  2. Pour some of the liquid into the bottom of slow-cooker.
  3. Place chicken in slow-cooker and cover with the rest of the liquid.
  4. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

What are some of your go-to cooking tools in the summer? 

A Small Collection of Joyous Things

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s a short and sweet little list of things that made me happy this week.

*Thursday night I had dinner at Kefi with a friend from grad school. It was so great to catch up over some delicious food. It makes me so happy to hear about the awesome things my lady-friends and former classmates are up to. They are totally rocking it. The food at the restaurant was also delicious. I ordered the grilled branzino and more or less cleared my plate, save for a few potatoes.
kefi branzino

*Speaking of RD/grad school friends, Saturday, I hosted a potluck brunch at my place Saturday. As usual, we had an awesome assortment of dishes. I contributed salmon and a salad that featured stone fruit and gorgonzola and a homemade sorbet that had mango, banana, and berry. My friend Kelly captured it way more beautifully than I could have: Summer Potluck brunch

*After dessert, we took a walk and did a little window shopping. It was really fun to catch up. I feel so lucky to know so many amazing women.

*It’s easy to complain about the weather when it’s hot and humid out, but in some weird way, I love it because it reminds me that it really is summer.

*I was quoted in this Yahoo Health article about yet another study suggesting that junk food causes a drug-like addiction. I generally make a habit of not reading comments on articles I’m in, but some of these were just too funny not to.

I’m working a weekend shift today at my per diem job (maybe this year I will learn how to say no?) but given the hot, humid temps predicted for today, I have a feeling I’ll be very happy to be in the AC.

What’s made you happy this week? 


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