Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Recent Eats

This is like the first time I've written one of these posts on the last day of the month (instead of a couple months later...). So proud of myself for being on top of it for once :)

One of my best friends from college came to visit! We went to happy hour at Marcella's, which has great food and one of the best deals in town. I dined here twice this month...tis too good.

Cheese platter with proscuitto. I'm not a huge cheese fan (weird right) but I will eat cheese at Marcella's for sure.

Pesto shrimp and goat cheese pizza, 'twas amazing. This is one of their best items.

Shrimp and grits at Skillet! I've been here four times now and I've always eyed the shrimp and grits but never got it before since it's quite pricy. But I had a friend in town and I had just finished exams, so I wanted to treat myself. So. Worth. It. This was crazy good.

Vietnamese fish spring rolls! Khoi and I steamed some fish and wrapped it with greens, vermicelli, and sauce in rice paper. So interesting -- I've never eaten fish or spring rolls this way. And this was so much tastier than those premade spring rolls that you can buy in Asian stores.

Honey walnut shrimp and green beans stir fried with XO sauce. 'Twas a delicious study break.

Gnocchi skillet with chicken sausage and tomatoes. This recipe only requires four (!) ingredients, is so easy to make, and is simply delicious. It's a little annoying in that the instructions ask you to cut the cherry tomatoes in half (sho much -.-) so I'm just going to skip that next time. This is definitely a dish to make again and again.

Peanut brittle! I was at Oktoberfest last weekend and a stand was selling really great brittle but they charged $4 for a teeny bag. I resisted and made a batch at home instead since I had all the ingredients on hand. This recipe is simple and perfect if you follow the instructions carefully. I don't own a candy thermometer but my results were still fab.