Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Go Away Monster bento

left: clementine, blackberry, strawberry, steamed yellow cauliflower, marshmallow ghosts, chocolate bat, graham crackers
right: boiled quail egg eyes with carrot, carrot hair, cheese mouth, green bean horns, cheese quesadilla underneath

Monday, October 26, 2009

Momo Bento

There is a new craze in the household: Avatar: The Last Air Bender.  At dinner last night both monkey's requested Momo* bentos for lunch today.  I need to work on early morning picture quality, sorry for the poor lighting!
 *For those not in the know - Momo is a flying lemur!

Monkey #2 (EGG's) bento:
 sunbutter & jam sandwich with cheese momo, snow peas with strawberry, and clementine

Monkey #1 bento

right: sunbutter & jam sandwich with cheese momo
left:clementine with strawberries, skewered snow peas, carrot sticks, animal crackers

Friday, October 23, 2009

Meow Bento

EGG loves her stuffed kitty...named "Meow" of course.

top: pear & strawberry, mini chocolate cookie, avocado, cheddar
bottom: veggie straws, ham sandwich on pumpernickel with  (whisker-less) cheese cat.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cold and Windy Day

This is a soul satisfying soup.  The textures and subtle flavors really make you want to savor every bite.  The original recipe came from Bon Appetit October 2007, a (slightly) revised version is below.

Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

Olive oil for sautéing
1 10- to 11-ounce fully cooked smoked Kielbasa cut into bite sized pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 large sweet potatoes peeled, and cut into bite sized pieces
1 pound white-skinned potatoes, peeled, and cut into bite sized pieces
6 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 9-ounce bag fresh spinach

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain.

Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add all potatoes and cook until beginning to soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes.

Add broth; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Using potato masher, mash some of potatoes in pot. Add browned sausage to soup. Stir in spinach and simmer just until wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and serve.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Field of Greens 2009

I have been so busy I almost forgot to post about one of my favorite events of the year!  Field of Greens 2009 tomorrow from 11am - 6pm. 
Locally grown chef-prepared food, live music, and green living education, all in a family-friendly, fun environment at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm. Proceeds benefit Georgia’s sustainable and organic farmers through Slow Food Atlanta. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

The festival is featuring the following restaurants: Rosebud, Leon's, 5 Seasons, Restaurant Eugene,Woodfire Grill, Parish, Rathbun's, Valencia, Food 101, 4th & Swift, farm 255, The Shed at Glenwood, JCT, Haven, Repast, Milton's Cuisine and Cocktails, Dynamic Dish, Miller Union.
Drop by if you can!  I PROMISE  more bento lunches soon!