• peanut sauce in small white bowl next to veggie spring rolls
    Recipes,  Sides

    Peanut Sauce

     Peanut Sauce One of the best parts about Thai food is the peanut sauce. When I went to college in Portland, I would frequent a local Thai restaurant that had the BEST pad thai and peanut sauce. To tell you the truth, for year I have been trying to perfect a sauce equivalent to the one I had in Portland. Often it was either tasted too much like coconut milk or resembled a sauce that tasted like liquified peanut butter. Yuck!  Well, the time has finally arrived.  It is perfectly balanced with sweetness, peanut butter, spice, and the funkiness that comes from fish sauce. Enjoy this sauce with spring rolls,…

  • Dessert,  Recipes

    Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd I’m slightly ashamed to say I first fell in love with lemon curd because of Marie Callender’s. The lemon meringue pie was a favorite of mine. The combination of a tart, tangy, and slightly sweet lemon curd made me weak at the knees. My lemon curd is a take on my childhood favorite but is not as sweet but just as addicting. Topped with whipped cream and it’s even better! Print Lemon Curd Tart, tangy and slightly sweet, this lemon curd goes beautifully on pound cake, angel food cake, in a pie shell, or eaten as is! Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword citrus, dessert, lemon curd, lemons Prep…

  • earthspring organics salad with summer greens, candied walnuts and goat cheese
    Breakfast,  Friday Feature,  Main Dishes,  Recipes,  Sides

    Earthspring Organics: Salad and Smoothie

    Earthspring Organics Salad and Smoothie Two of my favorite things to eat are salads and smoothies. Even though making these items from scratch may seem like a lot of work, they really aren’t! However, in order to make salads and smoothies taste delicious, I highly suggest you use high quality ingredients. I’ve recently been cooking with Earthspring Organics. Earthspring Organics is a local company (a huge bonus in my book ) that uses a hydroponic system on a vertical farm. They harvest and deliver their organic lettuces daily to offer their customers fresh products. Their products can be found in most neighborhood grocery stores including Natural Grocers, Macey’s, Dans, Dicks, Clark’s, Fresh…

  • vegetable chili in white bowl with silver spoon
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Vegetable Chili

    Vegetable Chili Now that the weather is getting cold, it’s 100% appropriate to make one of my favorite foods: chili! While I love a good meaty chili, this one is different because it is vegetarian. Don’t worry, the absence of meat does not take away from this dish. It’s hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Print Chili Vegetable Vegetable chili is one of my favorite winter foods! Hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Course dinner, lunch Cuisine American Keyword chili, vegetable Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes Servings 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons oil 1 yellow onion diced 1 red bell…

  • chocolate cake on white plate
    Dessert,  Recipes

    The Best Chocolate Cake

    The Best Chocolate Cake The first time I made Ian Garten’s chocolate cake, I about died and went to heaven. But since I have really high standards for chocolate cake, I tweaked it a bit. I’ve been baking my version of her chocolate cake for years, and each time I make it people always exclaim how much they love it. The two secret ingredients are buttermilk and coffee. They cause the cake to be extra light and moist. An added bonus is the frosting. It’s not too sweet or buttery. It’s just perfect. Print Recipe: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake The best chocolate cake recipe is here! It's moist, chocolatey, and downright…

  • Chinese pulled pork in a wrap flat bread topped with miso slaw
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork When I first made my Chinese pulled pork, Ian about died from happiness. It takes an American classic – pulled pork – and has an Asian twist by cooking the meat in traditional Asian ingredients. While the meat is great in a wrap, on a sandwich, or in a salad, it’s also great just eaten as is. I highly suggest topping it with my slaw with miso dressing. This recipe is bound to impress. I promise.   Print Recipe: Chinese Pulled Pork Pulled pork with an Asian spin! This meat is great for sandwiches, in quesadillas, on salads, or eaten as is. Topped with slaw and it's…

  • brownies on brown board
    Dessert,  Recipes

    The Best Brownie Recipe

    The Best Brownie Recipe I can confidently say this is the best brownie recipe.  I can’t tell you how many brownie recipes I’ve tested.  I’ve made Ina Garten’s brownies several times, and they are tasty but don’t have that “WOW” factor. Since brownies are my husband’s favorite dessert, it became my mission to develop a brownie that he gave two thumbs up to.  You know what I got after baking these?  Two thumbs up and an “Oh God these are good!”  Make these brownies for your partner, children, friends, or just yourself.  They are gooey, slightly fudgey, and deep with chocolate flavor. Print Recipe: The Best Brownie The best brownies…

  • shredded beef sandwich with pepperochini
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Shredded Beef Sandwiches

    Shredded Beef Sandwiches Oh how I love these shredded beef sandwiches. Inspired by Ree Drummond’s drip beef sandwiches, they are truly one of the easiest and most satisfying meals. You may think that adding an entire jar of pepperonis would make the beef spicy, but it doesn’t. The cooking process takes all of the heat out of the peppers. I suggest making these on a Sunday so you can enjoy the leftovers throughout the week. Print Recipe: Shredded Beef Sandwiches One of the most satisfying and easy recipes you'll ever make! Tender beef that is full of flavor. Don't worry the peppers don't make the beef spicy! They just add…

  • the best tomato sauce with pasta, cheese, parsley on a white plate
    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    The Best Tomato Sauce

    The Best Tomato Sauce I have officially made the best tomato sauce.  It is ridiculously simple and ridiculously tasty.  I adapted the recipe from Smitten Kitchen by adding a parmesan rind, cayenne, and sugar.  But if you would rather keep it even simpler, the additions are optional. You may question how a dish with such few ingredients could be considered the best, but it truly is.  I promise. Print Recipe: The Best Tomato Sauce One of the easiest recipes I've ever written! An added bonus? It's finger licking good. Seriously. If my waist line would allow it, I would make and eat this pasta sauce at least once a week.…