Chrissy Teigen’s Cookbook

I finally broke down and bought “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen. I’ve followed her on Twitter for years and have liked her and I kept seeing other people tagging her in the recipes of hers they’d make and they’d look so good! It was on sale on Amazon recently and I just did it.

The book is nice. I flagged the recipes I wanted to try. There are a lot of them! Some of the recipes are pretty “simple” and not necessarily recipes (like a caprese salad isn’t really a recipe to me) but I think the easy stuff is supposed to appeal to people that maybe aren’t used to cooking maybe?

The first recipe I tried was a salad.

I made the Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad.

It sounded really good and I had all the ingredients on hand. Or so I thought! I went to go start and was out of orzo. And then I remembered that I donated the bag of orzo at the beginning of the pandemic to some neighbors so….I had to improvise. I decided to use some Barley and honestly? It was awesome! I’m sure it’s great with orzo, and I will definitely make it again with orzo, but the Barley was a great and super filling addition to a salad.

I would use a little bit less of the olive oil on the cauliflower next time.

I used baby spinach and a little bit of arugula.

Honestly, the salad was pretty darn good. Michael, who said he is not a fan of cauliflower in most forms, even said it was awesome! It was hearty and delicious and had good flavor. I’d give it a solid A. Here is a link to the recipe from another blogger who tried it, too.

The second recipe I tried was the Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe:

I made this with the leftover linguine I had from a recent recipe. Overall, we enjoyed this. We don’t eat pasta very often (before I was doing keto, maybe half a dozen times a year) but this was a nice treat.

So I am not quite sure if I did something wrong, the recipe was kind of over the top spicy. Now we like spicy food but the red pepper flakes were overpowering. It had me wondering if I didn’t pay attention and put the wrong amount of measured pepper flakes in the recipe? I will have to do the recipe again to find out.

That’s the only complaint we both have about the recipe. The lemon flavor was nice. The elements together were nice. It was just spicy as hell. So I MUST have put the wrong amount in there…I will report back once I make this again.

I also made her Sriracha Caesar’s Salad. It was excellent. I mean, it’s a Caesar’s Salad, she’s not reinventing the wheel, but I liked her twist on it. The Sriracha in the dressing was very good. I also liked that the dressing was mayo based instead of raw egg. I like both Caesar dressings when they are homemade, but I feel like this one will be able to stay in the fridge longer, which I like.

Not the best photo, sorry. Tomatoes from our garden. We used some keto bread to toast with the garlic olive oil topping instead of baguette and it was disappointing (lol) so I’d use real croutons next time.

We also added blackened chicken to the recipe, which was a great addition, very filling. All in all, the recipe was great and I’d make it again. I liked her dressing a lot and would make it again to have on hand in the fridge.

So I’ve made three recipes out of the book so far and I’m happy. I’m glad I bought it, I will try the recipes I’ve made again and I am looking forward to trying the rest!

QUESTION: Have you tried the recipes in this book?

Fall Bike Ride

On Sunday, after about a week of needed rained, the sun was out. I decided to go for a bike ride since I feel like my time for biking is limited. Soon the weather will really turn and then I won’t be outside much at all.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast and then headed out. It was a little chilly out when I first started but I warmed up quickly.

I took the Trolley Trail. I figured it was the best bet since the leaves are falling all over the city now and it’s been rainy so I knew bike lanes would be covered in wet leaves (which would be kinda dangerous for biking). There were some leaves on the trail but not much.

The Trolley Trail goes from parts of Oregon City to the new-ish Max stop in Milwaukie, to Sellwood, then connects to the Springwater Trail into downtown Portland.

I’ve done the Trolley Trail a bunch of times before. It’s slightly uphill in one direction, so it’s a steady climb, which is not hard but it’s steady and doesn’t stop so you can’t just coast and take a breathe. The good part is on the way back is that you can basically coast most of it.

Anyways, I’ve never done the Trolley Trail into Sellwood, so I got to see the art around there this time.

The other downside of this trail is that there are a lot of stops for roads, so you can’t just go go go. It can also be pretty crowded. But other than that, it’s nice, new and doesn’t have the homeless camps like the East Springwater Trail does.

I turned around at Sellwood and then headed home. It was a nice bike ride. I was starving when I got home!!! I had a snack of BabyBel cheese, handful of cashews, 3 dried apricots and half of of one of Logan’s oatmeal fruit cookies. I was famished.

It was nice to be back on the bike after a long break. My hope is that I can still bike for another month or so since I am working from home and can now take bike rides during my lunch break–so I don’t have to worry about it being too dark in the morning or evenings. The only issue will be weather.

I kind of want to get an exercise bike for our gym and I’ve been casually looking at OfferUp and Craigslist for cheap ones but haven’t seen anything great yet. I think it’s a good option for the winter, especially since I’m not going into my gym during Covid-times.