Recent Cravings

Curried Eggplant and Chickpeas

Curried Eggplant and Chickpeas

Another meatless recipe for my meat-free month of February – curried eggplant with chickpeas served with spaghetti squash!  This dish was inspired by a client request for eggplant, which, admittedly, I don’t cook very often. It’s never been a favorite ingredient of mine, however, I […]

Kale and Sweet Potato Lentils

Kale and Sweet Potato Lentils

You may have heard over on Instagram that I have given up meat and alcohol for the month of February, and I’m also trying to consume less dairy (i.e. cheese!). This is what I do when I want to eat better, I make restrictions for […]

Beet Madeleines

Beet Madeleines

Confession time! A few years ago I worked at Williams Sonoma as a culinary instructor. This meant I would teach classes, and sometimes cook things for demonstration to serve guests as they shopped around the store. The day I remember most vividly was the day after Chuck Williams passed away. Yes, the founding father of the WS enterprise passed away at the age of 100 and I just happen to work at one of his stores when this happened. The charm of it all was that to honor his passing, the manager asked me to bake madeleines which were Mr. Williams’ favorite baked good. Well, these also happen to be one of my favorite baked goods, so I was thrilled to be assigned this task.

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Hoisin Chicken and Pork Lettuce Cups

Hoisin Chicken and Pork Lettuce Cups

So, a new thing you may not know about me is that I spent four years as an official recipe developer. I wrote original recipe content for a unique, algorithm-based website known as Cooking PlanIt. From that job, I learned all kinds of food-and-interweb type […]

Shrimp and Artichoke Cakes

Shrimp and Artichoke Cakes

What can I say? I am always looking for new ideas for food and recipes. So often in fact, that my mind is just constantly, naturally, processing various input. Sometimes I have literally no idea where an idea comes from. Like in this instance for […]

Roasted Garlic White Queso Dip

Roasted Garlic White Queso Dip

With the big football game coming up, I knew I had to share my warm Roasted Garlic White Queso Dip recipe with you. Perfect timing, no? I won’t even say how much I love chips and dip, cuz’ y’all know that already! But, I will try to convince you how much better homemade dips taste compared to store bought. Don’t believe me? Start making your own dips from scratch and you’ll begin to notice a huge difference. I can’t really put my finger on why, exactly, but fresh just tastes better, I guess! Don’t be discouraged! This recipe takes 15 minutes. It’s simple, straight-forward and 100% worth it.

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Green Olive and Walnut Pasta

Green Olive and Walnut Pasta

One of my absolute favorite things is when someone cooks for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love feeding other people, but when someone cooks for me it always feels special…no matter what. Even if it’s just a normal, casual get-together. It feels so kind […]

Salmon Roll Grain Bowl

Salmon Roll Grain Bowl

Sometimes I get downright giddy about recipes. Like this salmon roll grain bowl; it just makes me happy! A few reasons I enjoy making this dish is a) it’s easy, b) it’s healthy c) it’s a hassle-free way to enjoy salmon at home and d) […]

Incredibly Easy Kale and Pistachio Pesto

Incredibly Easy Kale and Pistachio Pesto

Friends, if you have followed along with me even a little bit, chances are you are aware of my love for kale. I don’t know what it is, but I absolutely love kale. Yes, I love the texture, the flavor and the fact that it’s so darn good for me. All of it! If you’ve followed along a little bit closer, chances are you have seen me talk about kale pesto before, too. What can I say? It’s probably the best way I know of to serve kale, especially for people who are still haters, or on-the-fencers. Consider it a gateway recipe to the hardcore world of kale, if you will.

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White Bean Chicken Chili “Étouffée”

White Bean Chicken Chili “Étouffée”

Baby, it’s cold outside! Buuuurrrrr!! To stay warm, I’m enjoying lots of nourishing bowls of soup, stews and chili. But really, who isn’t? This week, to warm up and stick with my on-going health goals (yipee!) I turned my recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili […]


Crave + Able

Hello and Welcome to The Craveable Kitchen

Hello and Welcome to The Craveable Kitchen

Hi, and welcome to my new food blog!  I appreciate you stopping by and I can’t wait to start cooking for you and with you. What makes my kitchen so craveable? Well, that’s going to be the fun part, because cravings can be oh so unpredictable! Ultimately, I learned to cook because I loved to eat so much, and when I started to realize I could create the food I was craving right in my own home I became kinda hooked!

I always joke that I have a fat-tooth. You know, instead of a sweet-tooth? Instead of craving sugar and chocolate (although I crave that stuff, too), I have always craved salty, fatty, crunchy stuff.  No wonder my favorite food group is Chips and Dip! But as I am sure anyone can understand, my cravings change over the years and through the seasons. Sometimes I want fresh, wholesome foods instead of those fatty comfort dishes. And sometimes I choose to cook something simply because I crave the satisfaction of creating something with my own two hands, like bread or ravioli or braised short ribs! So you’ll see, this kitchen will be packed with all kinds of recipes. My hope is that as I share my craving-based recipes with you it will spark a craving in you, sending you straight into your kitchen to cook something craveable, too!

So pull up a chair. Introduce yourself in the comments, and tell me what kinds of food you crave!

 

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