Dulce de Leche Oatmeal with Bananas Foster | athoughtforfood.net @athoughtforfood

Everyone has their own way of welcoming in the new year. Growing up, we always stayed in, the evening spent playing games. My father would do a few numbers on the piano and sometimes we’d go over to sing along with him. Bananas Foster was (and still is) a New Year’s tradition. As we approached the stroke of midnight, he’d slice up bananas and place them in a pan with sizzling butter and brown sugar. I’d turn off the lights just as he struck the match and we’d stand there for a few moments in silence, marveling at the beauty of the flame sputtering across the pan. Bowls were distributed by the TV just as the countdown began and by the time the ball had dropped, we were licking our spoons clean.

I see this oatmeal as the perfect New Year’s Day breakfast. It’s sweet and decadent, and just the way we should start things off.

Wishing everyone a happy new year. See you again in 2016!

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  • December 29, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    beau - Way to combine one of my favorite unhealthy things with one of my favorite healthy things! I, too, grew up with a dad who got a kick out of doing bananas foster for a crowd in the kitchen. It’s such a fun party trick, and a delicious and easy dessert. The idea of having it in oatmeal sounds insane, but I’m all about it! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    Roxana - Oh my goodness this oatmeal looks so incredible! Definitely a wonderful way to start 2016! Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    Tieghan - This just may be one of the best bowls of oatmeal I have ever seen!! Dulce de Leach?!? Bananas?!? YESSS.

    Hope you guys had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    Adri - Oh! But this oatmeal sounds positively divine! Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy, and successful 2016. May all your dreams come true.ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Loving the flavors here. I could just dive right into that can of dulce de leche!!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2016 - 6:28 pm

    Jeff the Chef - Huge oatmeal fan here! Bring back hot breakfast! I would definitely like to include this in my 2016!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2016 - 7:52 pm

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - Gorgeous. I love bananas, and they look wonderful with the oatmeal and dulce de leche!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 1} on Fridgg.com - […] I haven’t gotten into oatmeal yet this winter, but when I do I definitely want to make this dulce de leche oatmeal with bananas foster. […]ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    Denise - Now your dad knows how to party – this sounds like the perfect New Year’s celebration ever. And you know how to take breakfast from boring to AMAZING. I am thinking I need to try both of your recipes!ReplyCancel

Grapefruit Negroni | @athoughtforfood

This was the first weekend in over a month where we had nothing planned. Nowhere we needed to be, no one visiting. We could move at our own pace, be as lazy as we’d like. Our Saturday night was just what we needed: some time in, curled up on the couch, a roaring fire going (Maki may have enjoyed this even more than we did). I cooked a big pasta dinner topped with lobster and cherry tomatoes and we binged on TV shows we’d been meaning to catch up on.

As we approach even more holidays, I’ve been thinking about what makes a good cocktail to serve at a party. For me, the easier it is, the better. Something light and refreshing and, ideally, not intensely boozy (because you know there won’t just be one consumed).  We always have the makings of Negronis in the house and I’ve found there are simple ways to put a twist on things. In addition to gin (I used Prairie Organics Spirits), sweet vermouth, and Aperol, some fresh grapefruit juice and orange bitters really brings the citrus notes to life.

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  • December 22, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - So lovely. I’ve never tried Aperol. This looks like my excuse! (and LOVE that Prairie Organics gin!)ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Liren - I’m so craving those do nothing weekends! With the rain pelting outside, all I want to do is pour myself this beautiful rosy drink, turn on the fireplace, and sip and wrap presents all afternoon. And lobster pasta sounds pretty perfect, too!ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2015 - 3:34 pm

    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. - OMG gorgeous! Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2015 - 7:22 pm

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - Looks fabulous! I’ll take the whole pitcher :)

    Hope you guys have a Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • January 15, 2016 - 5:45 pm

    Five Little Things - January 15, 2016 | Kitchen Confidante - […] for a way to enjoy them in a salad, may I suggest a Beet, Grapefruit and Mache Salad? And this Grapefruit Negroni from my friend Brian at A Thought for Food looks […]ReplyCancel

Clementine, Avocado + Crispy Carrot Salad via @athoughtforfood

It’s good to be back in the kitchen. Ten days is the longest I’ve gone without cooking a meal. Not that I’m complaining about the food we had while we were away. It was some of the best seafood I’ve ever consumed (we ate ALL the poke and sushi we could get our hands on) and we drank enough Mai tais to keep a steady buzz going for the majority of the trip. But I missed holding a knife. I missed peeling and chopping and sautéing.

As soon as we got back, I was immediately thrust back into work. It wasn’t until yesterday that I had some free time to prepare recipes I’ve been developing over the last few weeks (some of which were inspired by our travels).

While I know a chunk of the country has gotten slammed with snow, it’s been unseasonably warm here in Boston. For those who don’t remember, this is exactly what happened last year. Warmth and sunshine and blue skies for all of December. We all said, “Where’s this snow everyone’s been saying we’d get nailed with?” and we laughed and thought we were having the mildest winter ever. And then February came. And the snow never ended. And we cried.

Oh gosh, why did I even bring that up? Let’s try to enjoy the good weather we’re having and spend as much time we can outside. Let’s eat citrus salad and drink bottles of crisp white wine. Cold, dark days are ahead of us… so let’s just soak this all in.

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  • December 15, 2015 - 10:06 pm

    Tieghan - Love the citrus paired with this crispy carrots, this sounds so refreshing and delicious!! :) Also love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2015 - 10:57 am

    Liren - Welcome home and welcome back to your kitchen! Glad you were able to get back to cooking again – and how nice of you to bring back a little of the Hawaiian weather home with you, that’s quite a souvenir!

    We have inherited your winter weather, it seems.

    This salad is just the touch of sun I need today. I love the idea of carrot crisps! Definitely must try that.ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - this looks and sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2015 - 10:29 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - What a lovely, bright salad. The crispy orange rounds – love! Welcome back!ReplyCancel