Blog Posts by Kim Hamill

  • A New Way to Serve Pasta

    basil-pasta-in-a-tomato-cup-best-recipe-680x680 My South Africa trip (like all my trips) was very centered around eating (ok, like all my life). I love the farm-to-table style that so many of the places we visited honored. Throughout the trip, I kept seeing a cookbook entitled South Africa Eats displayed in restaurants, shops, and hotels. It was award-winning, quite heavy, and not-so-cheap, so I decided to buy it online once I got home instead. Big mistake.

    I couldn't find it anywhere and ended up having to order it from South Africa which took many, many weeks and many, many U.S. dollars. But alas, it arrived and it is stunning. Page after page with delights I can't wait to share with you.
    basil pasta in a tomato cup recipe
    basil pasta in a tomato cup
    Baked Tomatoes With Pasta

    8 large ripe red but firm tomatoes
    olive oil
    balsamic vinegar

    For the filling, mix together:
    2 cups cooked tagliatelle (I used a basil fettuccine instead)
    2-3 tbs shredded basil
    1/2 cup roughly chopped Parmesan
    4-6 chopped anchovies fillets (very optional - i passed)

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  • Party Food Idea: Brunch on a Stick

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    When our whole family gets together, it's a party. So I didn't need a birthday as an excuse to make party food for breakfast last Saturday (and back by popular demand on Sunday). I made the first "brunch on a stick" and then my niece/nephews made the rest. Everyone refilled their own skewer. Several times. My job was just to keep the french toast coming. By the end there may or may not have been skewer fights, but we won't show you that. Brunch on a Stick Recipe (inspired by Did Someone Say Party Site ) Ingredients: French toast in bite sized pieces (as you normally prepare it, but see below for my technique) Strawberries, stems cut Banana, sliced Skewers French toast technique: My brother in law makes the world's best french toast. It is definitely dessert for breakfast. I've adapted some of his techniques, but I don't have the french toast magic hands that he does. I used 3 types of bread throughout the weekend: french bread, raisin bread, and bagels. I cut them into large bite Read More »from Party Food Idea: Brunch on a Stick
  • 2-Ingredient Fudgsicles


    I swear* the following things did not happen when I made these homemade 2-ingredient fudgsicles the first time:

    1. I did not rush these out of the freezer because I was way to eager to eat them up.

    2. I was not secretly thrilled when I couldn't get a good picture and knew I'd have to make another batch immediately.

    3. My husband and I didn't split the entire batch.

    4. My husband didn't use a straw to suck up the melted fudge-juice.

    5. We didn't repeat 1-4 again last night.

    * fingers and toes crossed*


    Nutella Fudgsicles
    8 Dixie Cup 8 popsicle sticks (or 4 straws cut in half) 1 1/2 c. milk (any kind will do)
    1/2 c. Nutella Whisk together the milk and Nutella until mixed uniformly. Pour into Dixie cups or popsicle molds. Chill in the freezer for 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and continue to freeze overnight. Adapted from: Daily Waffle

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  • Shine Supper Club: Make Your Mom a Grilled Panzanella Salad

    I'm a proud daughter. Yesterday, my mom organized a charity golf tournament for nearly two-hundred people and it was a huge success. Almost a year ago she ran into a fellow member of her country club whom she heard was battling cancer. And though she had spoken maybe five sentences to the man in her life, she was inspired to thank the hospitals that saved his life. She could have walked right by him, she could have just given her good wishes - but instead she decided to give in a really big way. And, she did.

    What this salad recipe has to do with the golf tournament, I'm not really sure. Except that whilst my mom was in the final hours of planning over the weekend, I made her a salad and it kind of sucked. She is so supportive that she still raved about it. So, I'd like a re-do to make this grilled Panzanella salad for my mom. It was so delicious, just like she deserves.


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  • Baked Buffalo Rolls

    I like to get messy with some bar food every once in a while. Buffalo wings are my favorite indulgence. I blame my mother who is a healthy fit woman, but she can throw down a dozen wings like nobody's business (extra crispy please, she always says). I have seen many recipes for home-made buffalo wings, but just can't do it. Do you know how much butter goes into those bad boys? Whoa. So when I saw this baked buffalo chicken roll without butter, I was thrilled. They were crispy, spicy, and gone in 60 seconds.

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    Buffalo Chicken Rolls
    Source: Tracey's Culinary Adventures

    3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (about 2 cups) (hello, rotisserie chicken)
    1 cup hot sauce (i like Frank's Hot Sauce. Cooks Illustrated ranks it here )
    12 egg roll wrappers (you can also make mini's with won ton wrappers)
    1 cup crumbled blue cheese
    1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
    nonstick cooking spray
    blue cheese or ranch dressing, for

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  • Watermelon Mojito Popsicles: Get ‘Em While They’re Cold!

    "The food is dying!!"

    It's one of my favorite culinary jokes in our house. It was a line I heard all day while on a food styling shoot . My husband likes to exaggerate the hysteria-stricken screeching, but there is certainly a moment of panic between plating and photographing as I have a very short window to snap a photo. After that, the food dies. It wilts. It dries out. It melts. As was the case with these delicious little watermelon mojito popsicles… which may or may not have resulted in me licking the tray.

    watermelon mojito melting

    Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

    Source: Endless Simmer

    Makes 12 2.5 oz Popsicles

    · 8oz. watermelon juice (2 ½ cups chopped watermelon)
    · 2 oz fresh lime juice
    · 1 oz. simple mint syrup (recipe follows)
    · 8 oz. light rum
    · 14 oz. club soda


    1. Place chopped watermelon in a food processor or blender and process until watermelon is juiced (will be slightly pulpy).
    2. Combine watermelon juice, lime juice, mint syrup and rum

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  • Shine Supper Club: Strawberry Muffins

    Lazy weekends are the best, aren't they? We had very few plans this weekend which was rare and delightful. I barely checked anything off my to-do list. We managed to be at the wrong restaurant for the wrong reservation on Saturday night. Sunday, we were inside when it was sunny and outside when it was pouring rain. And, still, it was great weekend. We got to the right restaurant and had a delicious meal, sprinted in laughter to our apartment while the rain came down on us, and made these delicious strawberry muffins while inside.

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    Strawberry Muffins
    Source: Sweet Paul, Summer 2012 (he called them cupcakes, i think they're more muffin-like. sets a better expectation)
    1 stick butter, room temp
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup chopped strawberry (feel free to throw a little more in there)
    whipped cream
    15 strawberry slices

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 3. Add the eggs one Read More »from Shine Supper Club: Strawberry Muffins
  • S’more Love for the Kiddies


    I'm absolutely obsessed with my nieces and nephews. They are the cutest, most loving, fun kids and I am constantly in awe of their sense of humor, brilliance, and our mutual appreciation for all things sugary. I used them as an excuse to make these s'more cone treats repeatedly throughout the past weekend. And then, of course, I had to have one - just to make sure they were safe for them to eat. Each time. It's good to be an aunt. (Read more on LOVE U MADLY!)


    S'more Cones

    Recipe Source: Come Together Kids

    * Sugar Cones
    * Peanut Butter (optional)
    * Mini Marshmallows
    * Chocolate Chips
    * Bananas, chopped (optional)
    * Aluminum Foil (to wrap them in if grilling)

    1. Spread peanut butter on the inside of the cone, then put in the bananas, marshmallows and chocolate chips.
    2. Wrap the whole cone in aluminum foil, then put on grill for minutes or so, turning every so often. If you aren't grilling, just place cone on a napkin or upright in a

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  • 30 Minute Meal in 3 Days: Nobu’s Miso Cod

    I was beyond happy to have my hubby home from his business trip. Yes I missed him very much, but, I also really need a good night sleep and I seem not be to able to sleep well without him. We live in a very - knock on wood - secure building, but I still hate to be alone. I triple lock the doors, barricade myself in our room, and sleep with scissors (not safe and not sane, I'm aware). So to keep busy, I planned his welcome home dinner. We love the Miso Black Cod from Nobu and when I found the recipe, I had to try it. The fish marinates for three days, but takes less than 30 minutes to actually make - which gives us much more time to do what my husband really wanted to do…. listen to me talk about Phillip Phillips all night. Nobu's Miso-Marinated Black Cod Recipe

    For the marinade (Nobu-style Saikyo Miso):
    1/4 cup sake
    1/4 cup mirin
    4 tablespoons white miso paste
    3 tablespoons sugar
    4 black cod fillets, about 1/2 pound (230 g) each (chilean sea bass works

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  • Delightful Summer Salad


    It was pretty tough to get back to the grind after my fantastic sisters weekend in Martha's Vineyard. It was also impossible to get the salad we shared on the first night of our trip out of my head. It was a combination I had never tried. French feta. Watermelon. Balsamic vinegar. And the French in French feta is really important. It's sheep's milk and it's delicious and miraculously it doesn't hurt my stomach (that much).


    Watermelon & Feta Salad

    French feta cheese, cubed
    Seedless Watermelon, cubed
    Balsamic vinegar or glaze
    Arugula or basil (optional)

    *The restaurant also served it with raw fennel and olives.

    Combine feta, watermelon, and arugula. Drizzle balsamic. Enjoy.

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