rustic rancheros at the hacienda

september 1st, 2015

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I feel like the most authentic version of myself when I’m outside and a bit disconnected from the busyness of the day to day. When I made my move to Vermont some years ago, I found myself falling fast for the surrounding mountains and lake. Weekends were full of belly laughs, hearty food, cheap beer, and outdoor adventures. Living in a city has made me appreciate these experiences even more, and I take every opportunity I get to return to the mountains and get off the grid. 

This past weekend I retreated to The Hacienda, a tiny mountain cabin in New Hampshire off the beaten trail. We were invited by my good friend Emily, a travel blogger, fellow UVMer, total foodie, and wonderful adventurous spirit. Catching up with Em is always comforting, motivating, and inspiring. We went for a long walk and talked about our crazy dreams, float n’ soaked in the pond, cooked great food, and shared lots of good laughs around the table with the best people.

On Saturday morning we made a big breakfast of 'rustic rancheros,' a hearty mix of black beans, spicy sausage, eggs, and vibrant veggies. We cooked outside surrounded by pine trees and blue sky, blistering cherry tomatoes, grilling sausages, and charring corn tortillas over the fire. We diced, dashed, and grilled, sipping on bloody mary's all the while. This meal is simple, satisfying, and imperfect. It was a hit with the cabin crew, winning over the very hungry men who patiently watched us take pictures of their breakfast. It's definitely a repeat meal that I'm already looking forward to making again. Eat up, and enjoy the outdoors these last few weeks of summer :).

rustic rancheros -

serves ~ 5

  • 5 corn tortillas, blackened
  • 1  15 oz. can black beans - no salt added, rinsed & drained
  • 4 links spicy chicken sausage or chorizo, grilled & diced 
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt 
  • 3 large handfuls of sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 large avocados, halved and sliced
  • small bowl of mixed greens
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved & blistered
  • 5 eggs, over easy
  • plain greek yogurt, to taste 
  • hot sauce of choice, Cholula is my go to 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, more if you like spice 
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste 

*We had a wood fire with a grill top going, but these could just as easily be thrown together using a traditional grill or your stove top. 

Once your heat source is hot and ready, place the olive oil and diced onion in a pot. Heat until onion is soft and translucent. Add black beans to pot and stir. Add cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, and salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. While the beans are cooking, place chicken sausages on the grill top as well. Rotate periodically to cook evenly. Remove the beans from heat once they have heated through entirely to avoid any burning. Cover with foil or lid to keep warm. 

Throw your halved cherry tomatoes in a cast iron skillet and cook until charred and blistered. While your tomatoes are cooking, fry eggs in a skillet, watching closely to be sure you remove before the yolks cook through. *I love runny yolks, but cook longer if desired. Remove the sausages from heat, dice, and set aside. Remove tomatoes from heat when blistered. Meanwhile, throw the corn tortillas on the grill top and char desired amount, flipping to heat both sides. 

Assemble rancheros by piling your tortillas high with beans, sausage, cheese, tomatoes, greens, an egg and avocado slices. Top with a dollop of greek yogurt, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. 

¡Salud!

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frittata + goat cheese and spring greens

may 13, 2015

Spring has finally sprung in the Northeast. I know I sound like a broken record at this point, gushing about the sunshine and warmth we're finally experiencing here in Boston, but after such a long and cold winter I feel I've earned the right to obsess. Boston is in full bloom, and it feels like an entirely different city. Suddenly there are all sorts of open air markets and art walks popping up in every nook and neighborhood, lending the perfect excuse to soak up some sun and explore this city.

The longer days have made me feel lighter, with morning runs and sunset walks along the Charles River becoming a part of my daily routine. All of this activity and energy has (obviously) led to an increase in appetite as well, and I've found myself craving something bright and satisfying morning, noon, and night. After some time spent weaving through the market I filled my bag with what looked the best and most fresh, asparagus, tuscan kale, and chives. As much as I love veggies on their own, I decided to add some eggs to make a healthy but hearty springtime meal. This frittata is versatile, light, and a snap to whip up. It's full of good greens n' things and topped with goat cheese, chives, and lemon thyme right from my little window box. Enjoy this frittata in good company for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between. Bon appetit!

spring frittata -

serves 4 

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp refined coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 handfuls tuscan kale, ripped into pieces 
  • 8 spears asparagus, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon thyme, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chives, minced
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese 
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste 

Preheat your oven to 400°.

Prepare the onion, garlic, kale, and asparagus as instructed above. Quick tip - asparagus has a natural breaking point. Bend each spear until it snaps, discarding the root side of the stalk. 

Melt the coconut oil in an 8 inch cast iron pan over low heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the asparagus and cook until bright green. Next, add your kale and cook down until wilted. In the meantime, whisk 6 eggs together in a medium bowl, then adding the milk, salt, and pepper. Once the kale has cooked down, pour the egg mixture evenly over the sautéed vegetables. Increase heat to medium, and allow the eggs to cook until the outside edges begin to set, roughly 5 minutes. *Do not stir or shake at any point! Remove from heat and crumble any desired amount of goat cheese on top (go wild if you're a cheese lover like me). Top it off with a sprinkling of minced chives and lemon thyme, then placing the frittata in your oven to bake for 15-20 minutes. It's done when it appears golden-brown and has completely set in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature anytime of the day!