Short Film Friday: Winterthur – Tomorrow

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

Short Film Friday. Play along #shortfilmfri

 Time Out Chicago recently posted an article titled “100 Best Animated Movies.” I was delighted to see one of my favorite animated films, The Triplets of Belleville, land at the #22 spot! The Triplets of Belleville was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2003 and was directed by a French animator named Sylvain Chomet. It is currently available to stream on Netflix. Watch it!

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Quick Pickled Radishes

This recipe for pickled radishes is great because they pickle in as little as 4 hours. Pickled radishes can be enjoyed straight from the jar, as an addition to salads, or as a topping for fish tacos. They could also replace traditional pickles on a burger or a Charcuterie plate.

Radishes pickled in red wine vinegar

We harvested the first haul from our garden last weekend! Our garden got a bit of a late start this season due to Chicago’s unseasonably cold winter and spring (do you remember when it SNOWED in May? I do, it was terrible), but we still pulled 3 pounds of radishes from one of our raised garden beds

Radishes are a great vegetable to grow for the first time gardener because they grow quickly and do not require a ton of space. From seed, they are ready to harvest in about 20-30 days. They are also virtually disease-free, which is good for both new and experienced gardeners because there is nothing worse than losing a plant to disease or pests. If you do not have backyard space, it is possible to grow radishes in pots or buckets. The Geek Gardner has a great post on growing radishes in containers

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Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

What’s the best part of summer? Grilling, of course! Once the weather warms up, I try to make it a habit to grill as many meals as possible. To me, grilling is synonymous with summer. I am not one of those people who sends her husband outside during winter in a full snow suit to grill up some steaks. Although, the thought has crossed my mind, I am not going to lie.

One of my favorite things to grill is kabobs, also known as skewers. I think kabobs are so versatile because you can make them solely with meat, with fruits/veggies, or a mix of both. I posted this picture on Instagram and Twitter over Memorial Day weekend and it got a ton of buzz, which surprised me because I hadn’t planned on blogging this recipe. It was just something I threw together at the last minute, but it will probably be a staple at many BBQ’s to come.

Grilled Rainbow Vegetable Skewers or Kabobs

I’ve seen something similar to these floating around Pinterest using fruit, but there is no reason you can’t do the same with veggies. To make these, I tossed everything in a large bowl with olive oil and, after skewering them, I seasoned them with equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and salt. 

Foods That Are Good For Grilling

Want to make your own rainbow kabobs? You can use the same fruits and veggies I did or mix and match based on what is in season or available. Wouldn’t it be fun to do coordinate team colors at an end of the year BBQ or school colors for a graduation party? Below are some foods you can use to make your own kabobs sorted by color.
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Watermelon Rhubarb Gazpacho

Cool off this summery with a crisp watermelon and rhubarb gazpacho. This would be fantastic garnished with some crumbled feta. You could also add vodka for a spin on the classic Bloody Mary mix. Trust me!

Rhubarb watermelon gazpacho

Every year around this time gazpacho recipes start flooding my Pinterest feed. Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold or at room temperature. Not only did the idea of cold soup never appeal to me, but I also never really understood the gazpacho craze. I mean, how is a raw, cold soup different from a smoothie? I didn’t get it.

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Homemade Mayonnaise

I was never a huge fan of mayonnaise until I started making my own. Now, I cannot get enough of the stuff! This recipe for homemade mayonnaise uses olive oil to make it Paleo-friendly.

Homemade Paleo Mayonnaise | cucinakristina.com It’s been a bit quiet on my blog for the past month because I have been busy recipe testing and devouring everything I can about food photography. I am shocked at how quickly my photography is improving by employing some simple tips and tricks that I have picked up around the web. One of my FAVORITE tips that I picked up from Edible Sound Bites is to use a white bed sheet as a light diffuser. I am sure I look absolutely ridiculous to my neighbors as I stand on my porch hanging a bed sheet from our back door, but boy does it work like a charm! I wish I had known this trick from the get go because looking back on some of my early food photos makes me cringe. 

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Paleo Jambalaya with Cauli Rice

Jambalaya is a traditional Louisiana dish made with andouille sausage and thickened with rice. This version uses cauli rice and is Paleo-friendly. You could absolutely add rice to this recipe in place of the cauli rice, but I decided to swap out the rice for cauliflower to add more veggies to this dish. The choice is yours! Paleo Jambalaya with Cauli Rice | cucinakristina.com If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I spent my spring break eating my way through New Orleans. The NOLA food scene reminded me of San Francisco in the sense that every place we ate, whether it was a highly recommended restaurant or a side street café, had amazing, fresh, out of this world food. The oysters we had down there were the best I’ve had to date and I am vowing to eat nothing but oysters on my next trip! 

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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds &
Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This recipe for green beans gets a zesty punch from the blood orange vinaigrette. It’s a perfect side dish for a summer BBQ! The blood orange vinaigrette would also make a great dressing for a brunch salad.

green beans with blood orange vinaigrette

While most of the kiddos in Chicago are heading back to school today, I am sitting in my house enjoying a hot cup of coffee with the windows open. Getting Easter Monday off is one of the perks of working at a Catholic school. I mentioned that the windows were open, right?! OPEN. Begone, winter! See you next year! spring is finally on the horizon!

You know what is awesome about spring? The seasonal fruits and veggies that start to pop up at the grocery store and farmer’s markets. You start to see things like asparagus, ramps, peas, and fennel. The sheer RETURN of the farmer’s market is an exciting thing about spring. 

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Short Film Friday: Fallin’ Floyd

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

Short Film Friday. Play along #shortfilmfri

I’m a total sucker for films that tell the story solely through the use of image and music. It reminds me of the Saturday Morning Cartoons I grew up watching in the 80′s. Anyone remember Tom & Jerry (my favorite) and Merry Melodies. 

This film is so beautifully illustrated it makes my heart smile even though the subject matter is sad at times. Created by Anikey animation studio‘s Paco Vink and Albert ‘t Hooft, this film is one you’ll need to watch more than once to pick up all of the intricate details. 

Synopsis: After being dumped by his girlfriend, a street musician descends into a dark depression. His everyday life is haunted (and sometimes guided) by a demon on his shoulder.

Running Time: 8:52

How to Make Homemade Tahini

If you’ve ever wondered how to make tahini, keep reading. This recipe for homemade tahini is easy to whip up in your food processor and will cost you a fraction of the cost of buying it in the store. 

how to make homemade tahini

Have you ever roasted your own peppers on your stovetop? It’s incredible easy and they taste so much better than the canned stuff. I do this a lot more in the summer when I have the time to devote to fancy things.

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Short Film Friday: Pilgrim

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

Short Film Friday. Play along #shortfilmfri

In keeping with the Irish theme that has been present this month, Pilgrim is a short animation by Irish animator, Matthew Darragh. I was once asked in a job interview, “If you could snap your fingers and instantly acquire all of the skills and training you needed for any job in the world, what profession would you chose.” Without hesitation, I answered, “I’d be an animator.” Cute little short films like this are the reason why!

Synopsis: A refrigerator desperately scours the desert in search of an electrical outlet.

Running Time: 3:34

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