Turkey Blackberry Monte Cristo Bake


The holidays are over and I found myself with a profound amount of random leftover food and ingredients I wanted to use up. I bought a gigantic loaf of ciabatta bread at La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles intending to use it as an accompaniment to artichoke dip. I did use it for artichoke dip…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix


A few years ago I asked my mom to buy me a dehydrator so I could make homemade beef jerky. Sadly the dehydrator sat on a shelf for too long before I began tackling the long process of dehydrating foods. But once I started using it I became a bit obsessed with it, specifically obsessed…

Blackberry Bacon Jalapeño Grilled Cheese


I’m drawing a lot of inspiration these days from my friend Bethany who has started to come into her own in the kitchen. First she shared with me the Thai Chicken Taco recipe, which I made and adored. A few days later she sent me a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich she recreated after…

Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

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…

Spring Berry Salad


The idea of seasons is kind of laughable to me because I live in Southern California where probably about 90% of the time it’s some variation of 70s or 80s and sunny. It doesn’t seem overly often that there’s a cloud in the sky actually. For most of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere it…

Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Bran Muffins


I wanted to make something simple to take to work for breakfast. Something I could grab and go and something that was healthy. So I decided to look up bran muffin recipes made with greek yogurt hoping I could find a recipe that has a bit more protein than your normal bran muffin. I found…

Fruit and Greek Yogurt Fluff Parfaits


I have always been a bit ambivalent toward Greek yogurt. I love how much protein is in it but it basically just tastes like sour nothing to me. If you add fruit to Greek yogurt, it slightly sweetens it up to make it a bit more palatable but there’s still room for improvement. You can…

Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake


I have a coworker who loves to bake as much as I do. Maybe more. We talk shop (baking shop) frequently. Like what kind of flour works best in biscuits. Or how macarons turn out one out of every three times you make them. So when I found out she was turning 30 (such a…

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl


The first time I had an Acai Bowl was, embarrassing, not that long ago.It was when I moved back to California (two years ago) at Acai King in Huntington Beach. I chose the peanut butter banana flavor and watched him scoop a humongous portion of peanut butter into the already prepared Acai mix. It was…

Raspberries and Cream Warm Oats Bowl


I found raspberries for $1.50 (for 6 ounces) at the store this weekend and bought four containers thinking I would make a raspberry pie. Then I realized a few things. One, I have way too much to do to make a pie. Two, I have no tapioca. Three, nearly everyone I work with is on…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake


A few months ago my old coworker Anchal asked me to make a cake for her husband’s birthday (September 15th). I used to see Anchal around the office last year and think she was the cutest little pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. She really was! While she’s no longer pregnant, she’s still the cutest little woman…

Lemon Raspberry Cream Layer Cake


The story behind this cake goes as follows: Lucas has been waiting since his birthday (early August) for his birthday cake. I flew to L.A. last minute on Lucas’s birthday and was unable to attend the fiesta. No worries, Kyna insisted. Why don’t you make him a cake for the Portland marathon? I happened to…

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Breakfast Bars


Recently my dad sent me some recipes, including an issue of Outpost Magazine, which had delicious looking recipe for a gluten-free breakfast bar. I don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, so I decided to go another route: whole wheat flour with some protein, fiber and omega-3 additions. I generally detesting using only whole-wheat flour in a…

Blueberry-Kiwi-Kale Smoothie


I intended on having a green smoothie for breakfast this morning but instead went to the Waffle Window with my friend Kyna, her boyfriend and their friends. So to counteract the bacon and brie from my savory breakfast waffle, lunch was some spinach and rice and dinner was a healthy green smoothie. I’m sure my…

Mixed Berry Oat Bars


A few weeks ago on Talking With Our Mouths Full, we talked about a few elements of baking (flour and eggs) and discussed some shortcuts, tips and tricks. It sort of helped get me ramped up for holiday baking. The truth is, I hadn’t even really thought about starting my holiday baking until talking about…

Brown Sugar-Chipotle Salmon with Honey-Berry Glaze


My grandma clipped a chipotle salmon recipe from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I’m a sucker for anything chipotle so I, of course, thought the recipe looked amazing. My adapted version of the recipe is below. ingredients. 1 c. blackberries 2 T. honey 2 T. butter, melted and cooled fresh lime juice of two slices of lime…

Raspberry Pancakes


It’s been a raspberry weekend in my house. This morning I decided to make some pancakes using leftover raspberry guts. Leftover raspberry guts? Yeah, I know. Sounds gross. I made some raspberry juice to add to buttercream frosting and in order to make raspberry juice you need to cook 2 cups of raspberries with sugar…