June Lo Down

Welcome to the June Lo Down!

Here’s what has been keeping me busy and entertained lately!

As always, if you have a cooking or kitchen question, shoot me an email so we can get it answered, and for a chance to be featured in the “Ask Lo” section of Zestful Kitchen.

A stack of pancakes with strawberry sauce dripping down the sides

Check out this recipe for Toasted Oat Pancakes with Strawberry-Vanilla Compote that I developed for Cooks’ Emporium.

What I’m reading:

Cookbook: More with Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple by Jodi Moreno

I’ve been following Jodi Moreno, brains behind the blog What’s Cooking Good Looking, for quite some time. She recently came out with her first cookbook and I’ve been itching to get my hands on a copy ever since. A couple of weeks ago my boss peeked over the cubicle, handed me the book, and told me to look through it and find a few recipes to feature in our upcoming issue of Cuisine at Home magazine.

To say I was excited, and completely engrossed in the book, is an understatement. Each and every recipe in this book holds true to her brand, focusing on whole, natural ingredients, but in a minimalist way. The recipes in this book are simple and easy to prepare, and undeniably packed with flavor and creativity. If you’re looking to eat healthier and simpler, this is a great book to pick up!

What I’m listening to:

Podcast: 30 for 30 : BIKRAM from ESPN and ESPN Films

I’ve listened to the 30 for 30 podcast from ESPN here and there over the past few seasons, and although they’ve always been interesting and entertaining, season three is different. I may be a lover of yoga, but even those who’ve never done a downward-facing dog (eh hem, G) find this season gripping.

A series of five intense episodes unpacks the life of Bikram Choudhury, a proclaimed yoga guru credited for creating the fitness and yoga revolution in America known as Bikram Yoga. Julia Lowrie Henderson leads us through Bikram’s journey, ultimately leading to both fame and darkness.

What I’m lovin’ in my kitchen:

Reusable Chemex Coffee Filter

We’re a Chemex houshold, that’s no secret. But the one thing that bugs me about using the Chemex is the filters it requires. Not only are they wasteful (they’re pretty big!), but they’re also pricey for what you get. Hence why we were out of filters for a few weeks. And damn, I was missing my coffee!

Since I was being lazy and not wanting to chase down filters, G did a bit of research and found a reusable Chemex filter online. So far we have been loving it. It will save us money in the long run and cuts down on waste, which is a win-win!

What I am snacking on:

Healthy Homemade Popsicles

I’ve been making my own healthy homemade popsicles by puréeing chopped pineapple, peaches, bananas, and mangoes, with almond, oat, or coconut milk in a blender. I then add a spoonful of vanilla bean paste, and a dash of turmeric, cardamom, and cinnamon. Then pour into Dixie cups, secure a popsicle stick in the center, and freeze until set. Healthy, naturally sweetened, and refreshing!

Taking popsicles in a bit of a different direction, these Smoky Mezcal margarita Popsicles are lightly sweetened, delightfully tart, and just a bit smoky.

Bright yellow popsicles and lime slices set on a white marble surface

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