Meet Chef Eddie.

Meet Chef Eddie.

We would like to officially welcome Chef Eddie Aguilera to the S+C Team! 

 

Eddie describes his inspiration and love for food as "...a way to bring people together through my own form of self-expression."

Learn more about Eddie on our blog!

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An "Autumn Affair" - Rooftop Dinner Party Celebrating the Fall Season

An "Autumn Affair" - Rooftop Dinner Party Celebrating the Fall Season

Take us back to this magical night....

 

Spring is upon us, but we wanted to take you guys down memory lane to our first event to kick-off our new project next season! Salt and Cinnamon collaborated with the talented Chef Eddie Aguilera to celebrate the Autumn Harvest on his rooftop by candle light. We set the table for twelve lovely guests overlooking a beautiful coastal city with salt sea breeze filling the air at first. As the food was cooking, notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and garlic floated out the kitchen window and to our eagerly awaiting guests...we'll let the pictures beautifully captured by Roxy Rodriguez tell the rest of the story...

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Cast Iron Vegetable Frittata with Thyme and Asiago Cheese

Cast Iron Vegetable Frittata with Thyme and Asiago Cheese

We wanted to make a simple, hearty, and relatively healthy breakfast  that would be easy to serve up to your friends and family on any weekend because...well...your friends and family are awesome and you should make them something. So why not a....frittata?

"Whoa, whoaaa - A 'Fri-wha-what'? What's that?"

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[Parmesan + Mushroom] Risotto with Kale

[Parmesan + Mushroom] Risotto with Kale

What's cooking today? A Parmesan, Mushroom and Kale Risotto is coming right up...in like....20 mins...maybe 25 mins because of that slow stir. It's a simple, easy, relaxing and cozy (and one of the most romantic) dinners out there. 

We usually make this when it is chilly outside, and we have no idea what to make. We just open up the pantry doors, see arborio rice, and it's all over. The decision has been made. Risotto it is. 

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Warm Quinoa Cereal

Warm Quinoa Cereal

Craving cereal for breakfast...but it's cold outside....so want something warm...but not oatmeal. So...try a hot quinoa cereal! You can make it with whatever toppings you like or whatever you have at home. Decided to make an Apple Cinnamon flavor. Great for something different for breakfast or a post workout snack. AND this is protein-rich, gluten and dairy-free and easily vegan by subbing the honey. Say whhaaaaaa?....

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[Lentil + Kale] Soup + Spring Greens

Let's Get A Little Rustic...

...and fall into spring with a Thyme Lentil and Kale Soup paired with a Strawberry Feta Spring Salad and Homemade Banana Bread. Throw in some crusty, artisan bread. It's all good. 

Lentils+Thyme

It's a little bit of an odd pair at first glance, but transitioning from fall to spring led to this hearty soup with a light, refreshing salad and a lovely banana bread family recipe (gluten-free with oat flour). We utilized what we had picked up at the market and had in the test kitchen to come up with this recipe to make this relatively inexpensive meal that lasted us a couple of days. Probably a really good winter idea! And the great thing about soups as we have started to experiment with them...is that you don't really need a recipe..BUT we'll guide you to getting started and what we did at least!

The flavor notes of this soup started with sauteed onions, garlic, celery and carrots. And we just kept building on the flavor with tomato paste and later a low-sodium vegetable broth. We had some fresh thyme cut left, and decided that would be our primary herb for the soup which soon paired with half a lemon, two bay leaves, oregano freshly cracked black and red pepper to later cumin and/or chili powder(some of which are composed of cumin and oregano already!) which added a more Mediterranean and Indian taste. We topped it off with some fresh avocados, feta and more cracked pepper.

The salad was quite simple as well with a mix of baby spinach, green and red lettuces, red swiss chard, arugula and frisee topped with strawberries and freshly crumbled feta, and tossed in a minty lemongrass + fig vinaigrette that we are still mastering! We got the lemongrass mint vinegar from 41 OLIVE (highly recommend checking them out!) that we are kind of in love with - especially because of its unique, minty, cool aftertaste. Ahhh....

 

Anyways, here's the 411...guidelines at least:

Thyme Lentil and Kale Soup 

(If memory serves us correctly...)

Ingredients:

1 cup - lentils

2-3 stalks of kale - chopped ( you can always add more)

7 cups - Broth/stock of choice ( we used low-sodium vegetable broth)

2 tbsp - tomato paste ( or to taste)

1 diced onion 

3-5 minced cloves of garlic

1 finely diced carrot

1/2-1 finely diced stalk of celery

1/2 lemon (juice+ rind)

1/2-1 tomato (diced or halves)

2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

~ 2 tsp cumin, oregano, chili powder ( season to your taste buds - we added probably close to 2.5 tsp or more of cumin )

olive oil, salt, fresh cracked black pepper and crushed red pepper

Optional: 3 slices of avocado, feta cheese crumble ( we like getting the block of feta and crumbling it as we go) to garnish

Once everything is prepped, heat up a decent pour of olive oil (we'll say about 3-4 tbsp) in a med.-large soup pot and saute your onions and garlic first until they start to become translucent. Add your carrots and celery next and a pinch of salt and cook until soft (~4 minutes we'll say). Lower heat a tad and stir in your tomato paste and let sit  for maybe...2-3 minutes. Pour the stock and add the rest of the ingredients except the cumin and chili powder ( you can always add whatever else you would like to your soup here too!) and let simmer for about 45 minutes ( you can leave it longer, the flavor and texture will change. If you want a thicker soup, you can leave it longer. If you want a smoother soup, you can always puree it after).  Season to taste with the cumin, salt and pepper. Discard thyme sprigs, bay leaves and lemon rind( or keep the rind if you want it more citrus-y) when done. Ta-da! Done (and you had a 45 minute break!).

The biggest thing here is just prepping everything before hand, but once that's done with, it's pretty easy-going from then on.

Well, happy prepping and simmering!

 

Sincerely,

Salt and Cinnamon