Having a Food Blog without a Kitchen…

by Rachel | Studio Cuisine on December 17, 2012

…is a bit like being a fish out of water! For the next three weeks, I find myself in a bit of a predicament. I’ll be spending the holidays at home in California, and the first week or so, I find myself in the midst of my parents’ substantial kitchen remodel. With the only mode of cooking being the microwave that resides in our dining room, cooking and providing recipes for you all becomes a serious problem. The timing couldn’t be worse, considering I have more free time than I know what to do with and nothing to do with it! So, with that being said, things will be changing a bit around here for the next week or so. I have no set plan in mind, with the exception being you’ll still be seeing plenty of food around here! First things first, this lobster grilled cheese:


If you follow me on Instagram, you might already have seen this picture (and if you don’t, you should!). I had this grilled cheese the Wednesday before I left for California, and it was heavenly and worth every single calorie. If you live in DC or New York, do yourself a favor and go to Luke’s Lobster check it out. It’s only around for the winter and it’s a sandwich you don’t want to miss out on. You just can’t go wrong with buttery Maine lobster and creamy gruyere.


On the Saturday before I vacationed away to a kitchen-free zone, I made another batch of my brown butter chocolate chip cookies for a friend’s birthday get together (Hi Alex!). I know I never always command you to make something from this blog, but I’m not kidding about these cookies. They’ll be the foundation of any cookie I ever make again and they should be yours too. A ginormous thank you to Sally for being the genius behind them.


Sunday was my travel day, and after a short layover in the snowy and gorgeous Salt Lake City, I was lucky enough to come home to some serious puppy love: puppies If there’s one thing you can expect in the next couple weeks, it’s plenty of puppy pictures. One of my parents’ six (yes, six) Cavalier King Charles Spaniels just had a litter of puppies three weeks ago, and they’re just entering the uber cute stage (stumbling around and talking up a storm). And while puppies are plenty adorable, I’ve still got plenty of love for the adult dogs in the house.

On Monday morning, I had my requisite bowl of (microwaved) oatmeal with half of mashed banana topped with peanut butter and strawberry jam. It looked entirely unappetizing when photographed, so we can skip over to lunch, which looks significantly more appealing.


My sister and my friend Sarah (hello again!) and I ventured over to Domenico’s, one of Danville, California’s best sandwich shops for a quick bite. They don’t really have a menu with the exception being a few vegetarian items and a couple daily specials. One of those specials was a garlic herb turkey sandwich with brie, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a sour french roll with pesto mayonnaise. It called my name, I ordered it, and as expected, the sandwich was incredible and I ate (almost) the entire thing minus the top piece of bread on one half of the sandwich. Leaving behind that extra bread was crucial, because dessert included some pretty adorable cookies.

These aren’t just any old royal icing topped shortbread cookies. The one on top was peppermint bark shortbread, and we just couldn’t turn it down. The three of us split the cookie for a small post-lunch dessert, and it was totally worth staving off that extra piece of bread.

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1 sally @ sallys baking addiction December 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

You are VERY welcome! Your cookies look even better than mine. Wow! So glad you love them so much! :)
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2 Rachel | Studio Cuisine December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thank YOU! They’re definitely delicious!


3 Mary Beth Elderton December 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’ll be glad to read about how to get along without a kitchen. We are moving soon and will be doing a remodel immediately. I’ll have a microwave, toaster (not toaster oven! one of the two-slice toasters,) a slow cooker (aka: life saver) and a small outdoor grill…in winter. So I’m looking for ideas.


4 Rachel | Studio Cuisine December 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hopefully I can provide some decent advice! We’re getting by with only a microwave so I will do the best I can! Having a slow cooker will definitely be helpful on your end :)


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