What I Ate This Week

What I Ate This Week | Finally! A Good Pad Thai Recipe + Blog Wonkiness Update

If you’ve been having trouble commenting lately or you’ve been noticing my posts disappearing and reappearing, it’s because I switched hosts this week. The transfer was a long, drawn-out process with many freak-outs on my part, both major and minor. (My posts are being deleted! All of my comments are gone! Where’s the picture I just uploaded?) Big thanks to Sarah at One Starry Night for helping me move my blog over and her patience in dealing with the issues I was having with my hosting (and my freak-outs). I think by now the DNS stuff has finally settled and you should all be able to view my posts and comment without issue. Knock on wood!

Here’s what I ate this week:

Pad Thai with TempehPad Thai with Scrambled Tofu Tempeh // It’s so hard to find a good Pad Thai recipe, but this is the best I’ve made so far. It’s not exactly like the Pad Thai you get at restaurants, but it’s pretty close. I had tempeh on hand, so I used that instead of tofu and because I couldn’t find tamarind paste, I subbed in pomegranate molasses. Delicious!

Fresh Corn, Poblano & Cheddar PizzaFresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza // This is one of our favorite recipes. It’s the perfect way to welcome summer. Oh, hello summer! Aren’t you all warm and sunny and full of fresh corn?

CascalCascal // Mini review! Last week, Cascal sent some samples of their fermented sodas for me to try. (Disclosure: I received samples, no payments or anything like that, and I wasn’t obligated to post about them here.) When I saw “fermented soda,” I immediately thought this would be like carbonated kombucha, but it’s more like a cross between wine and soda. There’s no sugar added, so they’re just sweet enough–perfect. My favorite variety was Fresh Tropical, which combines the flavors of Mango, Jasmine, & Kaffir Lime–it paired well with the Pad Thai I made this week.

Quinoa, Corn and Zucchini MedleyQuinoa, Corn & Zucchini Medley + Curried Green Beans // The quinoa dish is a great dinner for hot days–I love cold salads like this. And the green beans were simply sauteed in a little bit of oil and curry powder. Super easy!

Broiled Polenta with Mushrooms and CheeseBroiled Polenta with Mushrooms and Cheese // My husband made these while I was in the midst of one of those aforementioned major freak-outs related to my blog. So maybe it doesn’t look as pretty as Julie’s, but it still tasted delicious! We added a bit of truffle oil too.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

    That pizza looks AMAZING!

    Glad you got all of your blog schtuff taken care of! Have a great weekend sassy pants!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! And I’m hoping I’m done with major blog upheavals for a while. I am too high strung to deal with this stuff–every little thing sends me into a pathetic spiral of panic.

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    Genevieve
    June 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for trying my pad thai recipe! I’m so glad you liked it, even with the substitutions you had to make. That pizza looks amazing too…I love corn as a pizza topping!

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      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      You’d think tamarind paste would be easier to find! I guess I’ll have to put that on my list the next time I head out to the Asian market. But the pomegranate molasses worked fine–we loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

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    Kaitlin
    June 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Switching hosts is a major pain! I had to do that once and YIKES! On the bright side, I bet that absolutely delightful looking corn cheddar pizza cheered you right up 🙂 I’ll certainly be trying that combo – what a wonderful summer tradition.

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      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Yeah, it was pretty awful and I didn’t even do the work! 🙂 I’m hearing that my blog is still down for some people today, but I’m trying not to stress about it. Let me know if you make the corn pizza–it’s so good!

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    Rachel
    June 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I have never tried Pad Thai at home. I may have to use your recipe and give it a go.

    The Cascal sounds really good.

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      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      It is so hard to find a good recipe! A lot of them are either bland or just noodles in peanut sauce. This recipe is good because it has that sweet & slightly tart flavor that takeout Pad Thai has.

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    Natalie
    June 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I saw your pizza on foodgawker and immediately fell in love .. I can’t wait to make it!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      You will love it! Just posting this picture today is making me want to have this for dinner again tomorrow. 😀

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    [email protected]
    June 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    glad that the blog is figured out. tech issues get me frustrated real quickly.
    love that pad thai! Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Me too. And with the DNS stuff, it’s completely out of anyone’s control, so it’s extra frustrating. ;(

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    BusyWorkingMama
    June 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Whale glass = love!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      I know, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to put it in a post again! 😀

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    Brenda Williams
    June 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza what a yummy idea.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Thank you! Poblanos are one of my favorite hot peppers–you can’t go wrong with them. 🙂

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    Shirley
    June 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I’m actually salivating here! I love pad thai like nobody’s business, and I always order it. If I get adventurous and order something else, I regret it.
    And the corn and poblano pizza! Pinned. Yum. I’ve been considering a pizza stone for the grill this summer, so we can keep having pizza without making the house sweltering.

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      Kiersten
      June 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Ha, me too! My husband always makes fun of me for getting Pad Thai every time we order takeout, but it’s so good–why mess with success? 🙂

      You know, you can grill pizza directly on the grates too! I’m embarrassed to share this link with you because it’s back from before I knew anything about food photography, but I did that here: Grilled Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Tamarind & Garlic Sauce.

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    Emily
    June 9, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Yum…pad Thai is one of my favorites! I might try your recipe soon, if I get brave enough!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Me too and I’m so glad I finally found a recipe that tastes like the real thing! 😀 The recipe is really easy too–the hardest part is finding the tamarind paste. 😉

  • Reply
    ATasteOfMadness
    June 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Yum, what a great food week. I’m getting hungry already

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Giveaways
    June 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Glad you got things settled with your blog! When I moved my blog over to WordPress myself, I almost had a meltdown several times 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Yeah, I am way too tightly wound to deal with this kind of stuff. 😉 When something goes wrong and it’s not something I can control (like the DNS stuff!), I totally go into meltdown mode too.

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    June 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I have never had polenta but it looks so delicious! I’m going to have to try that one. And it’s never occurred to me to try quinoa in a salad before either. I’ve just perfected my cooking technique (I’m impatient) and it might be time to branch out!

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      Kiersten
      June 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

      I love cold quinoa salads–you should try it! Sometimes they have them at the salad bar in Whole Foods too. You just cook the quinoa as usual, toss it with the dressing and whatever else you’re using, and then refrigerate it.

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    Toni @ Red Carpet Mama
    June 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I am a huge fan of pad thai, that looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Me too! Every time I try to make it myself, it’s a failure, but this recipe was good!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    June 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Glad everything worked out! The Pad Thai looks fantastic, everything looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Me too! I’m hoping by now my blog is back to normal for everyone–fingers crossed!

  • Reply
    Shell Fruscione
    June 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    That pizza has my stomach growling!!!

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    Katie
    June 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Pad Thai is one of my favorite foods! How spicy do you make yours?

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      Kiersten
      June 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

      There’s a jalapeno in this recipe, but it’s just enough to give it a little heat. I like my Pad Thai more on the mild side. 🙂

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    April Decheine
    June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wow everything looks amazing, beautiful photography!

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    Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy
    June 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    These all look amazing but I’m most anxious to try the Pad Thai!!

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    Kyra
    June 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I wondered about the commenting. I’m not one to have to sign in to something in order to leave comments, so I’m relieved you’re back in business!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 12, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Things were really a mess! For a while, it was taking several tries to get comments to go through too. That’s just what happens when you switch hosts, but it doesn’t make it any less stressful. ;(

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    [email protected]
    June 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I am always looking for a good pad thai recipe. this one looks beautiful and very fresh. i will be trying!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

      I have been too–it’s so hard to find one that gets the flavors right!

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