Kitchen Essentials: Ceramic Fruit Baskets

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Anthropologie Ceramic Fruit Baskets for Less!

Anthropologie Style Ceramic Fruit Baskets for Less!

Anthropologie Style Ceramic Fruit Baskets!

I found these two adorable aqua blue ceramic fruit baskets for less than $10 combined! I’ve been eyeing these fruit baskets at Anthropologie for a long time, but I wasn’t about to spend $14 just on the tiny one alone, so they’ve always remained on my wishlist from Anthropologie.

That list is pretty long, so I’m happy that I finally crossed this one off. I was able to get these because I found a knock off at another store – Michael’s Craft Store.

Anthro Hack: Ceramic Fruit Baskets!

If you are able to use two coupons, you’ll score this set for less than $10! They also have other colors,  but I love this bright and happy aqua blue.

I get excited when I can add beautiful and useful items to my kitchen collection, especially on a budget. These ceramic fruit baskets are great for rinsing and storing berries, tomatoes, lemons or any smaller fruit. I love how they brighten up our kitchen counter.

Anthropologie Style Fruit Baskets

I hope these cuties are available at your local Michael’s, too!

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Crushin’ on Waffle Crush!

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If you live in Phoenix this is one food truck you MUST seek out.

Waffle Crush Review

We recently went to Phoenix Flea, a super adorable outdoor market offering vintage and new handmade treasures. It was fun to shop and explore the market, which took place in Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix, but the true highlight of the day was Waffle Crush. I’m pretty sure that anytime I eat Waffle Crush it’ll be the highlight of my day. Dare I say of my month…!?

hanging out at Phoenix Flea

I enjoyed the Berry Waffle, a gourmet Liege Waffle topped with Biscoff (cookie butter!!!), fresh whipped cream and strawberry slices. The waffle itself is delicious, almost caramelized, with a perfectly crisp outside and soft, fluffy inside. The Biscoff melts into the waffle in the most delicious way, while the strawberries brighten the flavors. And anything with handmade whipped cream is divine. This is waffle heaven.

About to enjoy my first Waffle Crush

The Berry Waffle from Waffle Crush

It was absolutely the best waffle I’ve ever had. They also have chocolate filled waffles.
You read that right.

Waffle Crush

Waffle Crush Food Truck Information

Websitehttp://mywafflecrush.com
Hours & Location: Find their location & schedule via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @mywafflecrush
Phone: (480) 304-5636
Pricing: The Berry is $7.50

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Breakfast of Champions (Kale & Eggs)

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Kale, eggs, feta and fresh fruits and vegetables combine to make the breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of Champions! Kale, Eggs & Feta Cheese with Fresh Tomatoes, fruit and lemon water

Local eggs are my thang. I used to work in an office where I had fresh cage-free, local, organic eggs delivered every week or so, and people thought I was kind of crazy. I would come upstairs with this carton of eggs containing every color egg you can imagine, but I have to tell you, those eggs are tastier and probably healthier than conventional eggs, and it made me feel good to be supporting a local person. How fun would it be to raise chickens?!

Breakfast of Champions: Kale and Eggs

While I daydream about fluffy chickens and baby chicks running around my fantasy backyard garden, lets come down to reality and make this yummy breakfast. Kale & eggs. It’s yummy and healthy and will probably make you feel like a superhero champion who’s ready for the day (POW!). A few fresh flowers don’t hurt either ;)

Kale and Eggs! with fresh Farmers Market tomatoes

Kale & Feta Egg Scramble

Ingredients

2 eggs
Splash of milk
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 cup (packed) (or one handfull) fresh kale, chopped somewhat small
1-2 tbsp chopped red onion
1 tbsp cubed fresh feta cheese
Olive oil or butter, for the pan
Yummy things to eat with your eggs, like tomatoes or blackberries or magical oatmeal

Directions

Crack your beautiful fresh eggs into a bowl and add a splash of milk and a few cracks of black pepper. Scramble the eggs together and set aside.

Melt the butter or heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet. Chop your red onions and add them to the butter/oil, let cook for about a minute over medium heat. Once the onions have softened, add the kale and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes, until wilted but still bright green.

Remove the kale and onions from the pan and pour in the scrambled eggs. Cook eggs until they are just set and then add the cubed feta and the kale + onions back into the pan. Stir to re-heat and allow the eggs to cook to your desired doneness.

Serve alongside fresh tomatoes, fruit, toast, lemon water, or whatever else you need to start your day off right! Go out there and be awesome!

Breakfast of Champions: Kale, Eggs & Feta

What’s your favorite breakfast egg dish? Share in the comments…

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Roasted Campari Tomato Sauce

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Oven-roasted Campari tomatoes with garlic and fresh herbs. 

Oven-Roasted Campari Tomato Sauce Recipe

Late season tomatoes have been on sale around here, but they don’t seem to have the same burst of flavor as juicy summer tomatoes. That didn’t stop me from grabbing a basket of Campari tomatoes when I eyed them on sale. I also brought home a beautiful spaghetti squash and since I already had the oven on to roast the squash, I decided to throw the tomatoes in too – why not?! The garlic, scented oil and herbs from the roasting pan combined with the tomatoes to create a lovely flavor-packed sauce that I’ll be craving long after it’s gone.

Slow roasting tomatoes brings out an incredible depth of flavor. These tomatoes are delicious fresh out of the oven, and I can think of so many uses for them if you choose not to make them into sauce. A roasted tomato crostini with herbed ricotta would be divine. Creamy burrata piled with roasted campari tomatoes, fresh basil and bright extra virgin olive oil would be a delicious way to begin a meal. You could even use these to add to pizza toppings! I’m sure you’ll dream up your own ways to use them once you try them…

Fresh Campari Tomatoes

I borrowed a lot of inspiration for this recipe from David Lebovitz. I tend to trust anything he makes, so when I was trying to decide which direction I wanted to go with these tomatoes, I stumbled upon his recipe. He happened to use exactly the herbs that are abundant in my garden right now along with fresh garlic, which was just what I was thinking.

I let this batch of tomatoes tag along with the spaghetti squash in the oven. My oven was set at 400 degrees F and I put the tomatoes in for about 15-20 minutes at the full temperature, and then I turned the oven off and left the tomatoes in for about an hour, or until my oven had finished its cool-down process.

Roasted Campari Tomatoes Recipe via Tsiporah Blog

Roasted Campari Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

14 Campari Tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp Good olive oil
3 Sprigs each fresh thyme and rosemary
2 Garlic cloves, slivered
Sea salt and fresh black pepper
Fresh basil (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees* (if you are not already using it for something else). Spread the olive oil in a baking dish large enough to fit all of the tomatoes. Be sure to cover all of the corners and sides of the baking dish. Wash and dry the herbs and lay them in an even layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Next, slice the garlic cloves. You can use more or less depending on your preferences. Scatter the garlic amongst the fresh herbs. Halve each tomato and place them cut-side-down in the pan and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Place in the hot oven on the middle rack and allow the tomatoes to roast at full temperature for up to 30 minutes, taking care to avoid burning them. Turn off the oven and allow the tomatoes to slow-roast for as long as you like. You can occasionally check on them with the oven light to see how they’re doing, but don’t open the oven and let heat escape. I left mine in the oven for about 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees before turning my oven off and letting them coast for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Roasted Campari Tomato Recipe

If making tomato sauce – allow the tomatoes to cool enough to handle. Remove any tomato stems and rosemary sprigs from the pan and discard. Dump all of the remaining ingredients into a blender. Use a rubber spatula to be sure to get all of the pieces of garlic and every drop of the olive oil into the blender. Optional: add a few fresh basil leaves. Puree into a smooth sauce. Use immediately, or pour the sauce into jars. Use within a week.

Roasted Campari Tomato Sauce

*Note: the temperature of the oven doesn’t matter very much as long as you have time to spare. It can be lower than 400 degrees, but it will take longer for the tomatoes to cook.

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