Blog Crush: Feasting at Home

I have a serious crush. Are you familiar with Feasting at Home? Get familiar. Stellar recipes, beautiful photography... I mean, I wish I could live in that kitchen. Sylvia, of Feast Catering Company in Spokane, Washington, just does an all around exquisite job.

I have tried three of Sylvia's recipes this very week, and every single one has been an out-of-the-park home run. Tyler was stunned into silence during our dinner last night, and I so wish I could have taken credit. But writing recipes as rock solid as these is a skill to be applauded, and I prefer to give absolute and full applause where it is due.

Photo used with permission of Sylvia of Feasting at Home

My first experiment was a simple one, but one I'd never previously attempted: homemade granola bars. These Coconut Almond Bars appealed to me specifically because they don't have any processed sugar and are protein based (using whole nuts instead of oats or flour).

And of course there's the added bonus of the price tag! You know that thing that you somehow always talk yourself into buying at the store? The one that you're able to just shrug off as a few dollars and not reaaaallllyy think about how obscenely expensive it is for what you're getting? I do this with granola/protein/nut bars every time. And the thing that really gets me is that I am almost always still hungry after I've eaten one. Homemade is definitely cheaper.

So I went out and bought some whole cashews and almonds in bulk. I highly recommend buying in bulk because nuts are something that can get extremely expensive if you buy them prepackaged. I had everything else I needed just lying around the house. Literally all you need is honey, water, salt, nuts of your choice, and coconut.

I'll let you travel to Feasting at Home for the full recipe, but **spoiler** these are exceptionally delicious. They are gooey and soft as opposed to brittle and crunchy. My only criticism is that they're a tad on the sweet side for me, so I'm going to try subbing brown rice syrup for some of the honey next time. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

Photo used with permission of Sylvia of Feasting at Home

Obviously the success of the Coconut Almond Bars led me to try more recipes. Last night's dinner started with Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Gremolata. I didn't have any parsley on hand, so I got a bit creative. I substituted half a bunch of cilantro and an equal amount of very, very finely chopped kale. Then, instead of spooning raw Gremolata onto the fully-cooked cauliflower, I took the roasting veg out of the oven with about five minutes left on its cook time, added the Gremolata, and returned it to the oven. The bright flavors of garlic, cilantro and lemon were still there, but there was an added smokiness... Like a delicious kale chip! SO good.

Just a note - I had a bit of trouble getting my "steaks" to hold together, so my only change for the future would be to cut these a bit thicker. I tried for the 1/2" width, but 3/4" is definitely better if you want beautiful whole cross-sections in the end.

Photo used with permission of Sylvia of Feasting at Home

Back to our dinner... The main event was the Lentil Meatballs with Coconut Sauce. Fair warning- this recipe has a lot of steps, so definitely save it for a night you're feeling adventurous and ready to really MAKE something. But I cannot express how much you should push yourself to find the time. These are spectacular. Layered flavors that are somehow both subtle and absurdly bold. And the actual "meatballs" are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect for soaking up all the flavors of the sauce.

I intend to make these in massive quantities and freeze them because I could eat them every single night. I wasn't able to find fenugreek leaves, but the sauce was completely delicious without them. Like you may want to bathe in it... it's that good.

Just to recap - You should probably be following this blog!