Saucy, Saucy Quarantine

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Well, 2020 came in hot and has made a lasting impression, particularly on my cooking game. While I kicked at-home chef-ing into high gear the first 10 weeks of quarantine, I’ve added in more take out and periodic fasting into my regimen. Now it’s winter and along with it is a recommitment to all things wholesome cooking.

It’s no secret that sauces are life for me, and being able to change up my recipe favorites by throwing in some different flavor profiles has made this whole quarantine thing much more tolerable. Kind of. If you’re feeling the need to change up your meal routine, I happily present to you some of my all time favorite go to sauces, plus a few photos of my favorite meals since March 13.

What are some of your “no fail” sauces you use?

  1. Cashew Cream (Recipe Below)
  2. Peruvian Green “Crack” Sauce
  3. Yummy Sauce
  4. Rosemary Anchovy Sauce
  5. Olive Tapenade
  6. Insane Sauce

Cashew Cream Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp onion salt blend
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsps water (hold onto that cashew water!)
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients through lemon juice into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Check the texture, start the processor, and add in water until the consistency has thinned to your desirable density. Note that the cream thickens quickly when heated, so you may add more water at this stage or when heating the sauce.
  3. Salt to taste

You could add Cashew Cream sauce to nearly anything, but might I recommend these fast favorites:

  • Shallots, mushrooms and pasta for a quick and delicious vegan stroganoff
  • Roasted vegetable bowl (zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onions
  • Buddha Bowl (rice, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and roasted garbanzo beans and/or grilled chicken for you meat lovers)
  • Spaghetti squash, spinach, mushrooms

2020 Cooking Favorites

2015 Most Grateful Moments

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As 2015 came to a close, I realized that while I wouldn’t call it the best year, it was full of challenges and events which have helped form me into a stronger (albeit slightly wider) person. As an active Oregonian, it was most difficult for me to hang up my snowboard for the season as well as my road bike in order to make way for bodily healing. I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and look forward to sharing more outdoor adventures with you in 2016, but 2015 was absolutely the year of much cooking and a few outdoor memories. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and while I didn’t accomplish all my wishes during 2015, I made many other memories that wouldn’t have been possible if life happened the way I planned.

Below is a compilation of the best of the best:

 

Synopsis of Summer: Splendid

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With one of the hottest summers on record, I found myself extra incentivized to find ways to cool down and enjoy outdoor time. Hiking is a standard practice for me, but I also expanded my horizons and added mountain biking (a first!), stand up paddleboarding and a Wildlife Safari to my summertime activity.

Write ups are still in the works for some of these adventures, so in the meantime, enjoy this little gallery of my hiking, biking, and paddling over the past three months.

Charmed, I’m sure

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One of my latest necklace designs has centered around delicate charms showcasing a single phrase, like “Happiness”, “Believe”, “Inspire” “Hope” and “Dream”. I have never been one for charms; I’ve often found them tacky and that the meaning is lost behind so much bling. That being said, I do appreciate holding a sentimental word or phrase close to the heart. Here are some of my recent creations:

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Ladies Weekend to McNeil Point

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There’s something to be said about female empowerment, and a group of independent women backpacking through the wilderness one August weekend. McNeil Point is a hiking shelter on the side of Mt. Hood, and can either be a hefty day hike or a multi-day trip. My lady friends and I decided to commune with nature, and make a weekend excursion out of the 8 mile trail. Continue reading