Recent Cravings

Charred Paprika Broccoli

Charred Paprika Broccoli

Have I ever mentioned that I love vegetables?  I’m not a vegetarian, but if pressed, I’d give up meat way before giving up veggies. Meat or no meat, meals just aren’t complete or balanced without veggies, IMO. My current obsession for vegetable cookery is simple. […]

Korean Beef with Kimchi Rice

Korean Beef with Kimchi Rice

It’s not often that I suggest steak for dinner, mostly for cost purposes, but let’s face it, we all need a little something different at the table from time to time. After visiting a local restaurant for Korean BBQ recently, I remembered not only how […]

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 order to feed my cravings. I remember endless debates with friends about how to prepare the pasta properly. One friend with a milk allergy grew up with her mom using OJ in place of milk, which I still can’t quite comprehend, but apparently it worked for her. I myself, having always been a rule-follower, measured precisely according to the boxes instructions every time. While another friend of mine never seemed to add the milk and butter the same way twice, but always ended up with the perfectly cheesy (not too thick, not too thin) version that was hands down my most preferred.

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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 […]

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 around hoping to get noticed. Initially inspired by a sweet potato, my mind got wandering to the idea of soup. As I dug through the fridge I found an almost-too-old carrot and I knew I had an onion hanging around, too. With these three veggies as my base, I knew soup would be perfect. Especially as Michigan teases us with springlike days followed by snowy surprises, a bowl of warm soup is still a cozy comfort.

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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 […]

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 freezer drawer sent me straight to the “test kitchen” to perfect this easy blueberry bread recipe, highlighting my favorite summer fruit in the season when we need all the reminders of summer we can get!

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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 […]