Baked Sheet Pan “Street Fries”


While my friend was visiting over my birthday weekend we stopped at a local Mexican restaurant for some tacos. We ended up getting the worst Brussels sprouts we had ever eaten (not cooked enough?!) and we each had a taco. Also on the appetizer menu were “street fries” that sounded suspiciously like fries covered in…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake


I nearly didn’t make myself a birthday cake this year, the reason being I haven’t been eating sugar. Or anything else really yummy tasting either. But I have a friend in town and when I asked her if we should make a cake for my birthday the answer was a resounding yes. So the ambivalence…

No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream {vegan, paleo}


This ice cream recipe is different from almost any ice cream recipe you will find around because it does not contain any added sugar of any kind, not even honey or maple syrup. No fake sugar (like stevia) here. This was by design. I wanted to try making a high fat, low sugar ice cream…

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad {w/avocado}


Have I ever told you about my problem with impulse spending? It’s grocery store specific. (Mostly…) I see something in the grocery store that looks good and/or is on sale and I want to buy it. I have no thought in mind as to what I’m going to do with said ingredient. I just see…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Creamy Asparagus Soup {paleo, vegan}


I had purchased over two pounds of asparagus to eat on Father’s day and the week after. Going on two weeks later, I had barely touched the stuff and knew I needed to find something to use up the remaining asparagus. Many, many years ago I made an amazing cream of asparagus soup. What really…

Brown Butter Bitttersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies {w/sea salt}


  I was browsing through my “drafts” folder and came across this recipe that I apparently tried in January 18, 2014 without including any photos in the draft. Here’s what I said back in January 2014: This past week I leaned heavily on one of my coworkers for a rather urgent issue and she totally came…

Breakfast Nachos


Frequently Daily my friend Bethany and I share with each other (via text) what we eat. One day she shared with me her breakfast which was essentially a list of foods she had eaten for breakfast and I responded: Did you eat nachos for breakfast? She did. She ate nachos for breakfast. And as soon as…

Warm Open Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich


I adore chicken salad sandwiches. Ever since the first time I bit into one when eating at the Cheesecake Factory I have been in love. Oftentimes I will buy rotisserie chicken from Costco (my dogs love to snack on it) and I’ve been known to buy more than one rotisserie chicken during a shopping trip….

Beet Blue Cheese Walnut Salad


I’m not overly fond of eating salad for dinner but do enjoy a nice starter salad, especially when out to eat at a fancy steak house. I’ve had a beet salad or two in my day at my local steakhouse, 555 East and thoroughly enjoyed the taste and the experience. After eyeing up some golden beets…

Creamy Sirloin Steak Mac and Cheese


Von’s has sirloin steaks on sale this week for $2.88 a pound so of course I picked up a package of steaks with no real plan on what to do with them. But isn’t that part of the fun of being a foodie and food blogger? You’re constantly looking for food inspiration. One of my…

Spicy Sweet Potato Chicken Black Bean Chowder


I had an awful day yesterday. I have two dogs one of which isn’t in the best of health and the other of which usually is. My healthy one wasn’t eating. He hadn’t eaten much in about 60 hours by the time I got to my vet appointment. Prior to heading over to my vet…

Quinoa Beet Black Bean Burgers


I bought some golden beets on a whim the other day because I thought they looked pretty and they were only $2 for a bunch. So I roasted them and made a salad with walnuts and blue cheese. The salad was good, but not something I could eat every night for dinner. As I contemplated…

Asparagus Avocado Toast {w/egg}


After the success of my Avocado Asparagus Omelet Sandwich I was eager to try more asparagus with more bread and more avocado. So the obvious dish to make was avocado toast. With asparagus. Despite the fact that I loaded the toast down with a bit too much asparagus and I intended to make soft boiled…

BLT Sandwich {w/peppered balsamic mayo}


If I had a crystal ball when I was a child and someone would have shown me that I ended up owning a condo a few blocks from the ocean in California, I wouldn’t have believed it. If someone had shown me a vision of me making and eating a BLT sandwich, I wouldn’t have…

Donut Bread Pudding


A few years ago for my birthday my sister got me a delicious cookbook for Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts. One of the recipes that immediately caught my eye was for “bread” pudding made with donuts. I am a big fan of any kind of bread pudding, sweet or savory. My love for bread pudding can…

Avocado Asparagus Omelet Sandwich {w/Bacon}


I have no clue exactly what I was looking for when I stumbled upon this recipe for Avocado and Asparagus Omelet Sandwiches at BHG and just dropped what I was doing and stared. I had to have it immediately whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I had bread, eggs, and bacon on hand and immediately wanted to…

The Ultimate Double Decker Frisco Burger


I grew up in a very small town. It was so small that the only fast-food restaurant we had for the longest time was Hardee’s. McDonald’s and Taco Bell came along eventually and we also got a Pizza Hut. And just this past year Starbucks finally came to town (along with a Qdoba). The burger…

{mostly healthy} Chicken and Rice Casserole


One weekend when I went to Costco I bought a crazy amount of vegetables: a huge bin of mixed greens, two pounds of asparagus, two pounds of Brussels sprouts and two pounds of cauliflower rice. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking. It took me several weeks and this recipe to get through it…

Pesto Arugula Avocado Toast {w/bacon and eggs}


My family and friends are very aware of my love of food. Oftentimes they will share with me foods they’ve eaten or foods they think I might like. Anything that would be appropriate for me to recreate at home and subsequently share via my blog. The other day one of my friends sent me a…