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From-Scratch Mac’ and Cheese

From-Scratch Mac’ and Cheese

One of the first foods I ever learned to cook myself was the good ol’ classic blue-box Mac’ and Cheese. It was an after school staple in my house. Much like my culinary journey as a whole, I learned to make the cheesy noodles in […]

Crispy Rice Squares

Crispy Rice Squares

Recently, I saw a post on a fellow food bloggers Instagram page for crispy rice balls. Hee Jee, of White Blank Space, called the cute little triangles “onigiri” and I knew immediately that I would love them. When I was young, I traveled to Asia […]

Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

I realize I include the word “easy” in many of my baking or pastry recipe posts. I think because for me personally, if it’s not easy, I might not bother with it. And, usually by the time I’ve perfected my recipe, I have made it as easy as possible so that I enjoy the recipe as much as I hope someone else will. Which is the exact case with my Easy Peanut Brittle!

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Cheesy Sweet Potato Soup

Cheesy Sweet Potato Soup

Full confession – this cheesy sweet potato soup recipe is a result of me cleaning out my fridge. I love cooking like that, using things I have on hand already, and this soup was the happy by-product of a hodge-podge of ingredients I had hanging […]

Spicy Cilantro Shrimp Salad

Spicy Cilantro Shrimp Salad

It’s no secret that I love chicken salad. Love, love, love. My favorite thing is it’s versatility and how many different types of ingredients you can bring together to make a totally unique recipe every time. Well, I’m taking full advantage of that liberty for […]

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Balls

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Balls

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that I really love. I’m always surprised when I think about this though because zucchini must be one of the most plain vegetables around. Don’t you agree? So, why then do I love it so much? Well, I think because it takes on different flavors so well. When cooked properly, zucchini can add texture, color and nutrition to different dishes, and hold up well to a variety of cooking techniques, from zoodles to fritters or simply seared in a hot pan. So, yeah, I guess there are a lot of reasons to love the little squashies! To prove my point, check out this recipe for cheesy baked zucchini balls. (more…)

Easy Blueberry Bread

Easy Blueberry Bread

What’s better than fresh blueberries enjoyed in the warm, long days of summer? Enjoying those very same blueberries right out of the freezer in the short, chilly days of winter! That’s what inspired this recipe, in fact. Finding my stash of summer blueberries in my […]

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 myself. This may seem counterintuitive. After all, don’t restrictions just end up feeling too limited and, well, restrictive? Well, for me it’s a bit of the opposite. It’s my way of simplifying choices and in a way, putting up boundaries. The less choices I have, the more focused I get. Kinda like when you put up the bumpers when bowling with children. We just can’t veer off into that gutter, you know what I mean?

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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 […]