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…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Pork Yum Bowl


When I lived in Portland, Ore., I worked out in the suburbs. There wasn’t much around us in the way of food in the immediate vicinity. There was an awesome coffee shop, a Subway, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and a restaurant called Cafe Yumm. Cafe Yumm was popular with many of my coworkers but…

Spicy Spanish-esque Rice {vegan}


I’ve never been a fan of Spanish Rice until now. But I think that might be because I’m used to eating Spanish Rice from Rice-a-Roni, Taco Bell or Chi-Chi’s. (Do they have Spanish Rice at Taco Bell.) I don’t even know what inspired me to make this recipe other than my dad recently sent it…

Asparagus Risotto


Last week I made the best risotto I think I’ve ever made in my life. It was even better than the risotto Jen, Kyna, Rosie and I shared (the night before I made my own) at Portland Prime. The last time I made risotto I failed hard. It turned out gummy and gluey. But this…

Roasted Beet Risotto with Feta Cheese, Thyme and Poppy Seeds


Last night my friend Julie took me to Caffe Mingo for a belated birthday dinner. Julie doesn’t know this, but I often refer to her to my friends back home as my only friend in the Portland. Not totally true. I actually have a lot of friends here in Portland. OK. A fair amount. I have a LOT of…

Chicken Cauliflower Maglobeh


One of the best things about blogging about what you eat is reading about (and drooling over) what fellow bloggers eat. The other day Procrastinator Cook posted her recipe for Cauliflower Chicken Maglobeh. It was perfect timing for me to read the blog as I had just purchased cauliflower and had just pulled a whole chicken from my freezer to…

Arroz Congri (Beans and Rice)


Having my dad in town is a good excuse not only to cook but to try recipes I might not normally make. Like a vegetarian or vegan side dish. I love black beans and knew when I came across this recipe that I would most likely love the flavor of the dish. It ended up…

Corn Risotto


What makes rice ‘risotto’ rather than plain old rice? Its creamy consistency. Mmm. I could eat a different flavor risotto every day. I chose corn risotto as an accompaniment to turkey legs for tonight’s dinner as it seemed somewhat seasonal and appropriate. If corn is still considered a vegetable, it’s on the top of my…

Pork Fried Rice


Fried rice is possibly the first “Chinese” dish I ever dared try, and to this day it remains one of my favorites. Although I love fried rice, I don’t love all the ingredients in the traditional dish. (Namely the carrots and the peas. Yuck!) I actually prefer to make my own and try do it…

Mushroom Risotto


An easy-to-make recipe that yields an impressively elegant earthy flavor.

Shrimp Fried Rice


The flavor of the dish was good, but I would have liked the rice to be a bit more fried (or crisp).