Cauliflower Parsnip Mash {w/Rosemary, garlic and brown butter}


Yeah OK. I’m a bit obsessed with making fake mashed potatoes using other white veggies. Ever since I found out that you can puree cauliflower and butter and salt and pepper, I’ve been dreaming of other creations I can puree. I’ve obviously done cauliflower a few times. And previously I pureed cauliflower and then mashed…

Sweet Potato Black Bean {veggie} Burgers


On a whim one night many months ago I made the Pioneer Woman’s black bean burger and fell so in love with it I was hoping to find a burger recipe similar but with sweet potato added. I was actually hoping the Pioneer Woman would have such a recipe but a quick google search did not…

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash


After discovering a love for cauliflower puree I went back to a recipe I had sitting in my drafts for months for Cheesy Cauliflower mash. The recipe  I had originally contemplated months ago comes from I Breathe I’m Hungry. The pictures of this mash looked substantially thicker than my puree and who doesn’t love cheese in…

Classic Cobb Salad


If ever there were a salad I could claim as my own, it would be the Cobb salad. And by “claim as my own” I mean it’s the only salad I continuously reach for. And by “continuously” I mean that I eat it a handful of times a year. at work when I forgot to…

Arugula, Avocado and Asparagus Salad


Mmmm. So I discovered that roasted asparagus tastes delicious in salad after I made a salad with asparagus, bacon and blue cheese and then I immediately wanted more of it. So I perused Pinterest to find other salad recipes that included roasted asparagus. I have to tell you, there aren’t a ton. People, listen up….

Open Faced Broiled Burgers


I love burgers. Love ’em. If you look at my Instagram page you’ll see it’s mostly food sprinkled with pictures of my dogs and sometimes some coffee or my nails. But mainly just food. And if you assess the food situation, honestly? It’s mainly just burgers. Oddly, I almost never make burgers at home and…

Roasted Asparagus Bacon Blue Cheese Arugula Salad


This week I purchased a package of spinach, a package of arugula and a package of romaine lettuce with really nothing in mind with what to do with any of them besides the arugula. I intended to and succeeded in recreating a salad my sister made over Christmas.  I’m not sure about you but I…

Brown Butter Braised Chicken and Mushrooms


Have you ever braised meat? I don’t think I have. I don’t think I’ve ever even contemplated it actually. Until the other day when I got the idea in my head that I wanted to braise chicken in browned butter. I was actually cooking a teeny tiny chicken breast in some butter over a medium…

Caprese Spinach Salad


I have this thing with spinach. I typically only eat baby spinach because I can’t handle the size of regular spinach. And I don’t like the stem on either size. I will take a meticulously long time to de-stem spinach for a salad. I mean how many times have you been eating a spinach salad…

Arugula Salad {w/lemon vinaigrette}


I’m not very good at eating my greens. I’m sure I’ve said that many times. Part of my problem is I only like vegetables certain ways. For example, broccoli must be cooked and usually eaten with copious amounts of melted cheese. Same for kale and spinach. I also do not like raw brussels sprouts, cauliflower…

{one pan} Sausage Patty and Fried Eggs Breakfast


    At work we celebrated one of my coworker’s service anniversary (30 years) by going to Stacked in Huntington Beach. Everyone was drooling over the burger I built that had cheese, bacon, avocado, and tomato and was topped with a fried egg. (Some of my coworkers had never heard of having an egg on…

Cauliflower Purée {paleo, low-carb}


Ever since I made a paleo Shepherd’s pie a few months ago I have been wanting to make myself some cauliflower mash. For the Shepherd’s pie I had made a cauliflower puree that I mixed with mashed white sweet potato. I remember licking the cauliflower puree out of my Vitamix thinking that was disappointed I…

Salty Pretzel Scotcheroo Cookies


This recipe is inspired by the Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies by Cookies and Cups. I knew when I saw it on Pinterest that I wanted to make it even though I found the idea of pretzels in cookies a bit weird. Mainly because I was worried the pretzels would become “stale” in texture when…

Shallot and Rosemary Sausage Patties


There’s something I love about breakfast sausage. I like almost every kind. Pork sausage. Chicken sausage. Turkey sausage. Sausage packed into a casing. Sausage without a casing. Ground sausage. What I never really eat is sausage patties and I’m not quite sure why. They’re basically like mini hamburgers you have at breakfast and I love…

Kabocha Squash Gnocchi {paleo}


I’ve made lots of gnocchi in my day. Well I’ve made a few recipes anyway. Potato gnocchi. Semolina gnocchi. Pumpkin gnocchi. And today I made a paleo gnocchi with what I believe to be Kabocha squash. I say believe to be because I also had a jar of pumpkin puree in my freezer but I’m…

Fried Cheese Curds


On my recent trip home I got to eat one really good meal (my mom’s spaghetti) before I was felled with the flu. It was on the second day that I started to get sick. I figured I was getting sick because I started coughing randomly and couldn’t really taste food. Still we went out…

Turkey {neck & giblets} Stock


Whenever I make a turkey I do one of two things: throw away the turkey neck and giblets or freeze them. So I can throw them out later. I don’t really ever use the neck or giblets. I know you can make giblet gravy but I have to say I’m a bit afraid to try…

Kalua Pig {crockpot pulled pork}


Whenever I go to the grocery store I peruse the meat section to see what good meat happens to be on sale. I’m sure I inherit this trait from my mom. When we were growing up we had an extra large chest freezer in our basement. (My mom still has this same freezer.) It has…

Thai Roasted Turkey


I bought a large turkey on sale for $.47 a pound and stuck it in the fridge to let it thaw for a few days which gave me plenty of time to contemplate a recipe for the large bird. I like turkey but I planned on sharing the bird with my dogs, who refuse to…

Sriracha Roast Chicken


  My dogs are super spoiled. Last week I bought them a 21-pound turkey that I intended to roast this weekend. It was on sale for $.47 a pound so I found it impossible not to buy one. However, today when I went to the store to buy the ingredients needed to prepare the turkey,…