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…

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…

Easy Gluten Free Pizza Crust {GF, keto, paleo}


I found out from 23andme that I have increased risk of developing celiac disease and that this was inherited from one of my parents. My dad gets his results in a few days so we will see who the culprit is, but my money is on him. His mom went through a period of time…

Bacon and Egg Cups


If you’re all carbed out after Thanksgiving or have had enough of eating leftovers or even just live the Keto or low-carb lifestyle, this breakfast is for you. This breakfast has 0 carbs and only 450 calories but will keep you full for hours. Bonus: it’s super simple to make, especially if you have cooked…

Flourless Zucchini Breakfast Cookies


We are going through some ups and downs with my diabetic dog. “We” is me and him and my dad when my dad’s in town. He has become an increasingly picky eater over time, which could be due to kidney failure or gum disease or both or neither. It could be some other reason. It…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas {vegetarian}


I admire the people who eat vegan or vegetarian, in part, because it’s something I could never do. I love meat and dairy too much to give up either even though I don’t actually eat a ton of meat or dairy. (Which you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.) Which is why when I find…

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…

Fresh Salmon Tacos


I have this friend who is obsessed with tacos. OBSESSED. He can and does eat tacos for every meal. And he tells me about it all the time. I literally get daily updates telling me he ate tacos again for lunch. And then dinner. Or he might tell me that he was forced to eat…

Italian Green Salad


I was planning on making my cousin Stuffed Manicotti and my Mom’s Garlic Bread one night for dinner dreaming about what sort of gorgeous dessert I could serve us when she suggested we make a salad or some sort of vegetable dish with our dinner. Buzz kill! There went my thought of the perfect dessert…

Italian Sausage Meatloaf


There was a period of time where I was making meatloaf every weekend. It started because my dog went on an eating strike and happened to take a liking to the smell of the meatloaf I had made for myself. Once I realized he was digging the smell it wasn’t long before he had taken…

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake


I hesitated to even share this recipe at first because it was a bit of a failure. In every sense of the word and at basically every turn. Apparently I used too small of a pan. The batter poofed up rapidly and then began to spill out the sides. I had to put a sheet…

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…

No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


A few weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip. She had to have emergency hip replacement surgery. After she successfully finished physically therapy it was determined she couldn’t go home. She would need to be placed in an assisted living center. Eight years ago I started this blog. At the time I was…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake


I nearly didn’t make myself a birthday cake this year, the reason being I haven’t been eating sugar. Or anything else really yummy tasting either. But I have a friend in town and when I asked her if we should make a cake for my birthday the answer was a resounding yes. So the ambivalence…

No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream {vegan, paleo}


This ice cream recipe is different from almost any ice cream recipe you will find around because it does not contain any added sugar of any kind, not even honey or maple syrup. No fake sugar (like stevia) here. This was by design. I wanted to try making a high fat, low sugar ice cream…

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad {w/avocado}


Have I ever told you about my problem with impulse spending? It’s grocery store specific. (Mostly…) I see something in the grocery store that looks good and/or is on sale and I want to buy it. I have no thought in mind as to what I’m going to do with said ingredient. I just see…

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…

Creamy Asparagus Soup {paleo, vegan}


I had purchased over two pounds of asparagus to eat on Father’s day and the week after. Going on two weeks later, I had barely touched the stuff and knew I needed to find something to use up the remaining asparagus. Many, many years ago I made an amazing cream of asparagus soup. What really…

Brown Butter Bitttersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies {w/sea salt}


  I was browsing through my “drafts” folder and came across this recipe that I apparently tried in January 18, 2014 without including any photos in the draft. Here’s what I said back in January 2014: This past week I leaned heavily on one of my coworkers for a rather urgent issue and she totally came…