Pork Sausage Squash Breakfast Hash {spicy!}


I went running with my friend on Sunday and we were discussing the various diets we’ve tried or eating patterns we had over the years. When I met her in 2001, she ate Myoplex shakes for breakfast and cans of tuna for lunch/dinner. Truth be told, I met her in my quest to make it…

Smoked Salmon Chowder {Seattle style}


One of the things I loved about living in Portland, Ore., was how close it was to Seattle. I love, love, love Seattle. I love Pike Place Market. I could walk around it for hours and I have before. One of the things I’ve never tried while in Seattle was Smoked Salmon Chowder. Clam Chowder,…

The Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits {in the history of all time}


A few years ago my friend and her then-husband figured out that if you make cookie dough, roll the dough into balls and then freeze the balls of dough, you can make and eat fresh baked cookies every night. And they did. And she gained weight from it. Her words; not mine. I didn’t notice….

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats


It’s been hot here in Southern California considering it’s nearly the end of October. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast on a hot California morning is a nice cool jar of overnight oats. I think we can all agree that peanut butter and banana are pretty amazing together. This is probably the…

{made from scratch} Biscuits and Gravy


I felt foolish when I announced to my friend that I made biscuits and gravy similar to that of which her grandma had made for us when we were in high school and she informed me that her family makes bacon gravy, not sausage gravy. I had never heard of bacon gravy! Admittedly, the recipe…

Butterfinger Blonde Brownies


I bought a package of butterfingers bits way back when planning to use them in some recipe I saw on Pinterest. Then life got in the way and I put the package in a jar and I put that jar in a cupboard and sorta forget about their existence. I unearthed those butterfingers bits the…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffed Rice Bars


A couple months ago I bought a bag of puffed rice, I’m presuming because I likened it to brown rice cereal AKA (brown rice) rice krispies and intended to use it to make some sort of granola bar recipe. Tick-tock, tick-tock. Time passes and the bag of puffed rice sits on its perch in my…

Easy Biscuits and Gravy Bake


  The first time I ever ate biscuits and gravy was in high school. It was the first time I’d ever really heard of or paid much attention to the dish and didn’t know it would eventually become a breakfast favorite of mine. One of my high school friends had been born in Texas; they…

Gravel Cake


Anyone who sees this post is probably wondering WTH is Gravel Cake? Valid question. Gravel Cake is my creation. The cousin to Dirt Cake, made with oreos, is Gravel Cake, made with round Nutter Butters. You could call it Sand Cake, I suppose. Or Beach Cake. Or Sandy Beach Cake. But doesn’t Gravel Cake roll…

Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies


The other day I was at Smart n Final and boxed cake mix was on uber sale. I do not make box-mix anything. However, I recently figured out you can add box cake mix to regular recipes to get that “cake batter” flavor that Cold Stone Creamery introduced to us so many years ago. I…

Oven Roasted Tri-Tip


About two and a half years ago my friend Manny came over and christened my grill with a tri-tip roast that he had marinated in some delicious concoction that had involved orange juice. We had tri-tip tacos that night. Ever since, I’ve wanted to recreate Manny’s tacos on my own. Minus the grill. Because let’s…