Crushed beets with portobello mushroom and arugula

Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun for me, but lately even more so. Vegetables have been my main focus this summer,  instead of treating vegetables like a (boring) vegetable, I’ve now started treating them like I would a steak. Marinating, or brining vegetables and seasoning them like I would a main course. This is…

Lavender + lemon shortbread cookies

 If your looking for a cookie that is both elegant and delightful then this is the one your looking for. These elegant cookies are perfect for any occasion, perhaps for a baby shower, a tea party or just because… Shortbread cookies are always a safe bet as most people enjoy them. Ive added dried lavender…

Serloin beef topped with a pepper and tomato criolla salsa

When I spent time in South Africa one thing I learned was the simplicity of cooking a nice piece of red meat in a skillet. I would often see many cooks cook their meat in skillets in the oven. I loved the idea!  And If your skillet is seasoned well your meat will taste even…

Shakshouka

This is a dish that is popular in Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. It is a dish that is usually served in a skillet or tajine along with a side of bread to sop up the sauce with. Eggs are poached in a tomato sauce with vegetables and spices such as cumin. This dish can…

Spaghetti squash crusted quiche with baby kale and mushroom

Last Saturday I found myself ordering a delicious quiche for breakfast at a restaurant called Messhall Kitchen located in Los Feliz. This quiche was  filled with seasonal pumpkin and squash and the crust tasted like a crust from a pie. I had forgotten how much I loved quiche! It was both decadent and filling. With…

Super snack energy bites

Paleo, vegan, no-bake super snack. Dates kind of remind me of a raisin on steroids. One has nothing to do with the other but if you were looking at them for the very first time you might think they were in the same family. I grew up with dates as a snack or desert in our…

Smokey Paella With mussels, shrimp, fish, chorizo + chicken

I’m really excited about this one! Paella has always been one of those dishes that I never thought I could or would try to attempt… But lately I’ve become a bit more audacious in the kitchen and thought why not try this intimidating dish? I don’t mind a good challenge here and there under one…

Asian Inspired Minced Chicken Lettuce wraps (At a Lovely dinner)

My fellow bloggers and I were invited this week to a lovely dinner hosted by ‘Beauty In The Bite’  creator Ragan Wallake. Each of us brought something to the table. Literally! My job was the appetizer and I chose to prepare my asian inspired chicken lettuce wraps. These wraps I thought would be perfect not only…

Turkey meatball sliders

These delicious little turkey meatball sliders are a fun way to celebrate any night. INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs dark ground turkey meat I cup panko bread crumbs ( also available in gluten-free if you are gluten intolerant) 1 table spoon garlic powder 1 egg 1 cup parmesan (grated) 1 cup sweet onion (grated) ¼ cup fresh parsley…

Rhubarb Crisp in Newman Grove, NE

I recently accompanied my sweetie on a trip to Nebraska, where we visited his parents Kaye and Graham. They live in a quaint and charming town called Newman Grove, where Bret and his sister Nicole spent their childhood.

Biscotti chocolate cake with orange marmalade

One of my favorite dessert combinations is orange and dark chocolate. The citrus cuts into the richness of the dark chocolate and together they make up an undeniably delicious rich chocolatey-citrusy flavor! I used biscotti cookies to add a nuttiness to the pair and I will say they make a pretty darn good trio. This one…

Chicken Kale and potato soup with quinoa

I don’t have to be feeling under the weather to want a good chicken vegetable soup! I crave this one at anytime. Cold weather or warm weather, it doesn’t matter. Ingredients 2 chicken breast (cut into cubes) 3 celery ribs 1 large carrot 1 cup quinoa 1 russet potato (rinsed, peeled, and chopped into cubes) 1…

Detox

I’d like to first add that I am not a dietitian. I always encourage people to do their own on research on detox before diving into anything. To learn a bit more on how the body functions and to be cautious on what sources you read from. I’ve decided to share some of my detox…

Fall inspired roasted butternut squash and sweet potato lasagna

This gorgeous fall inspired dish will not disappoint, I promise. With a buttery butternut squash and sweet potato filling, fresh spinach leaves and the warm notes of nutmeg in every bite, it will remind you of why fall is so special! I love fall. I love everything about this time of season. Why I love…