I am totally a summer girl. Even though my birthday is in October, I really should have been born in the summer. I love everything about it: the smell of garbage in the New York summer air, the hot stickiness of the furnace-like subway platform, and the crazy homeless people at Union Square Park. Ok so maybe those things suck, but you know what, I don't care. You know why - because with summer comes a laid back attitude, people watching, summer dresses, Central Park picnics, sunshine, weekend getaways, and best of all, summer fruit. NOTHING is better than summer fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, lychee, peaches, mango...need I go on. 

In honor of the end of summer, I thought I would make Almond Coconut Pancakes with Strawberry Butter. Even though they didn't come out very round because I realized after I made the batter that I didn't have a spatula, they were beyond delicious. Honestly, I wanted to whip up another batch right after I devoured the first. 

Serve this baby up with a side of pastured nitrate-free bacon, and you've got yourself a well rounded meal. Maybe not, but tevs, summer is over. I might as well indulge while I can.

Let's kick things off with a breakfast dish. For my first post, I thought I would cook something easy enough (that I couldn't mess it up even if I tried), but still delicious enough to make it look like I tried.

Chorizo is one of my favorite sausages because it has such spicy bold flavors. I got this chorizo from Flying Pigs Farm, and I have to say they make some of the finest chorizo around town. They also have some great farming practices that make them even better.

I also love kale. It just has such an earthy flavor to it, and there are so many different kinds! I didn't follow a recipe for this one, so feel free to amend it as you see fit. You can add other veggies (like tomatoes) or even some cheese.