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…

Jalapeño, Sausage, Egg and Cheese Christmas Breakfast Braid


In 2010 I lived in the Phoenix area for about two minutes. One minute was spent living with my boyfriend at the time (talked about in my earliest posts). The other minute was spent living with my high school friend, Kiki, and her husband. Kiki and I did a lot of cooking in that short…

Jalapeno Cheddar White Bean Hummus


I’ve discovered that hummus is a great snack to take with me to work. I’m so busy with my job that it’s hard for me to get away from my desk to eat lunch. Add to that that my lunch is half an hour long; there are few restaurants within driving distance that would allow…

Pico de Gallo


I needed a pico de gallo to go with homemade tortillas made by my coworker, Kellie, the day I got shanghaied into bringing food into work. Full from having had Buffalo Chicken Pizza and making Cilantro White Bean Hummus earlier, I only got a taste of it the night I made it and before the…

Cheddar-Jalapeño Spoon Bread


In case (like I was) you’re under the illusion that Spoon Bread is actual bread, let me shatter that illusion for you. It’s not. It’s more like a soufflé. In fact, there’s no flour in it all and it contains just a pinch of cornmeal. A pinch! Despite knowing these things going into making this…

Tomato Jalapeño Mini Quiche


When I purchased jalapeños from Trader Joe’s earlier this week, I had no option but to buy an entire container. Annoying. Three days later three-fourths of the jalapeños were already turning red. Even more annoying. I salvaged two jalapeños from the container and used them for this recipe (one large-sized, one medium-sized), which I made up as I…

Ground Beef Dip


I got this recipe from my friend and coworker Cassie who suggested I make it for today’s potluck. Cassie describes it as crack in a crockpot. It has a lot of different flavors that are not easy to identify once melded together. ingredients. 2 lb. lean ground beef 1 c. chopped onion 1 jalapeno pepper,…

Avocado Salsa


Ingredients 2 shallots, halved 1 Serrano pepper, quartered, seeds optional 2 garlic cloves, smashed 4 medium tomatillos, (about 8 ounces) husked, rinsed, and coarsely chopped 1  avocado, peeled and cut into chunks 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped Directions Put the shallot, jalapeno, and garlic in a…

Savory Corn Cobbler


Corn is one of my favorite “vegetables.” This side dish is less vegetable-y and more stick to your ribs-y.