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…

Mom’s Pizza Pot Pies


So it’s January and most people I know are working on a healthier eating plan. Take for example, my sister. She’s starting a three-day juice cleanse tomorrow. Then there’s me. I’m at about the worst health in my life and yeah I’m working on figuring out what type of healthy eating plan works best for…

Easy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread


A few weeks ago I bought crescent rolls at Costco intending to use one tube to make Brie En Croute. I didn’t realize there were four other tubes of crescent rolls in the box and had no clear plan with what to do with them. They sat in the fridge for awhile. Luckily today as…

Prize-Winning Quaker Oats {turkey} Meatloaf


You may or may not be stunned to know there are a ton of meatloaf recipes floating around the internet. This is good news for me because I am constantly searching for new meatloaf recipes to keep my old pup Nathan happy. When you’ve made a variety of meatloaf recipes, you come to realize there…

Meatloaf Sandwich


I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about food, planning what I’m going to eat, researching recipes, and, of course, making food. I knew when I made this gigantic quantity of meatloaf earlier in the week that I wanted to try making a meatloaf sandwich but I had no idea what constitutes a proper…

Ground Turkey Meatloaf


Well, folks, it’s back to meatloaf at our house. We had a good run with dog food for about a month or so. At first Nathan would eat the dog food with renewed veracity, but that veracity died down as the weeks passed and now he has informed me that he’s off dog food and…

Paula Deen’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf


I was chatting with my coworker the other day about the fact that the only thing that my dog will eat is meatloaf. I was explaining the complexity of his taste buds and how after he eats something too much he gets sick of it and refuses to continue eating it. It’s been this way…

Classic Meatloaf


When I was growing up I wasn’t much into meatloaf. The only meatloaf I ever tried was the every day meatloaf with ketchup spread across the top and I was never really a big fan of ketchup as a child. As an adult, I find myself on the opposite end of the meatloaf love-hate spectrum….

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…

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….

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…

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…

{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…

Kobe Beef Arugula Burger


One of my favorite places in town to get a really good burger is at Berlin Bistro on 4th and Elm. There are two burgers on the regular menu. I’ve had both. Both fabulous. But the one I really like is the Arugula Burger. It obviously has arugula on it but it’s also dressed with…

Herbed Quiche with Blue Cheese


I have what seems to be an endless amount of blue cheese in my refrigerator. I partially chipped away at one brick and have an entire untouched other brick in my fridge. I was looking for salad recipes that used blue cheese when I came across an interesting looking recipe for quiche at Emeril Lagasse’s…

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…

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

Four Cheese Strata {with bacon}


Part of what’s great about the holidays is kicking the day off with an indulgent breakfast you wouldn’t normally make any other time of the year. Sometimes I make something sweet, like these lemon sticky rolls I made one Christmas, but normally I gravitate toward some sort of cheesy-eggy dish (gouda corn pudding; sausage, bacon and…