fall blogger interview: she inspired.

(the two of us in san francisco a handful of years back)

it's monday again...let's kick off the week with another fall interview.
this time we're visiting with stephanie of she inspired.
steph and i were roommates almost ten years ago.
she was finishing her undergrad and i was finding my way in the world post college.
we became great friends, with so many similar interests, doesn't hurt that our husbands turned out to be chums as well...couldn't be better.

1. what inspired you to start writing your blog? what is the focus of your blog?

"I began “she inspired” as an outlet for creativity and inspiration. My main creative focus in life is always cooking, but there are so many beautiful, wonderful things to share, discuss, do, create and see that I needed a place, a blog, that would allow me the freedom to express whatever was on my mind at that moment. So while I do post and write about food, I also get to talk about inspirational people, books, my family, current news, and fun DIY projects... it’s everything that’s “me” in one place."

2. what do you look forward to most in the fall?

"I feel each season has something special to offer. For me, fall means cable knit sweaters, cozy scarves, falling leaves, pumpkins, crisp air, and apple pie. Being in San Francisco, I look forward to the amazing weather we have; fall is the most beautiful time of the year and I feel very fortunate for the experience!"

3. what's one budget-friendly fall date idea with your love?

"I love picnics; I think they are the most romantic date. Fall offers sweethearts the opportunity to pack warm soup in a thermos, a loaf of crusty bread, a bottle of wine, and a soft blanket to take anywhere you wish: a beautiful park, the rooftop, the edge of a dock, the back of a pickup truck, the shore of a lake, the sand of a beach, or the bow of a boat. The cooler temperatures are just another excuse to cuddle even closer."

4. can you share a favorite (vegetarian) fall time recipe?

"Fall is the perfect time to pull out the ol’ trusty crockpot; everything that emerges out of this wonder-appliance usually required little prep-work and is incredibly delicious. When the weather becomes cool, I usually turn to warm bowls of chili; so much protein and super budget friendly. My favorite is a vegetarian chili that I can put on in the morning and have ready for dinner:

The basics:

Beans: any kind will do! I like to grab the 17 Bean & Barley Mix at Trader Joe's.

Soyrizo: the delicious soy alternative to chorizo

1 onion, chopped

1 can of chopped tomatoes in juice

4 garlic cloves, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional add-ins:

· Peppers: any variety, spicy, mild, sweet – poblanos, jalapenos, serranos, bell peppers, etc

· Seasonings: the soyrizo has a lot of paprika and other flavors, but I will usually add more cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne and coriander powder... really I just raid the spice cabinet and add whatever sounds good!

Stock: a good vegetable stock would be great as a liquid base for the chili instead of water

Topping Suggestions:

Sharp cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, diced onion, lime

How to:

1. Soak the beans overnight in the crockpot. The next morning, rinse the beans until the water is relatively clear. Fill the crockpot with water until it is about 2-3 inches above the beans.

2. Add all the basics and any additions you wish. Turn to high and let your crockpot works its magic until the chili is done, about 4-6 hours, depending.

3. Season as needed, serve with desired toppings, and serve with warm cornbread (jalapeno cheddar in my favorite). Enjoy!"

Thanks Steph!

1 comment:

  1. lol! i just saw this post under "you may also like"... good times :)


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