Latest Obession: Place Settings

In a slight change of pace, I’m going to post about my latest place setting obsession instead of a recipe. I keep seeing the coolest flatware and am convinced I MUST have it all. I want to throw a dinner party just for an excuse to buy these. The first of my latest obsessions is…

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

I’ve been trying to eat healthier (always am but seem to fall off the wagon a lot).  I’ve cut out all meat with the exception of the occasional chicken dish and cutting back on the carbs a little. Sometimes however, you just need to give into a craving or you will end up going insane. I…

Healthy Banana Flaxseed Muffins

I haven’t baked in ages. It used to be my favorite thing to do, then I got really into savory cooking. Every once in awhile I like dust my kitchen in a coat of flour and leaven some sweet goodness. Today, naturally, I decided to bake on an 85 degree day. I’m *trying to get…

Simple Avocado Toast

So, avocado toast isn’t new, but it certainly seems like the next big thing since kale. It’s seriously SO good. It’s so good that I’ve been to a restaurant and paid like $13 for it. The best part about it, it’s about the easiest thing you could make besides cereal and it’s also very versatile….

Grilled Korean Chicken Wings

Being a girl from Central New York, you know I love chicken wings. LOVE them. There is nothing like a great, crispy, hot Buffalo wing with blue cheese dipping sauce. That being said, I wanted to try something different. I decided to grill them for some nice charcoal smoky flavor and baste them in a…

Calistoga

Recently we went up to Calistoga for a night to celebrate my husband’s birthday. My in-laws were kind enough to watch our daughter for the night and so we started out on a Sunday morning to meet up with a driver I had hired for the day. We met our driver at about 10:30am and…

Back to Normal-ish

You may have noticed I’ve barely posted in the past year, but I assure you it’s for good reasons. It’s been a busy and crazy year to say the least. It’s not for my lack of wanting to post, but I needed to take some quality time to focus on family. Unfortunately my husband was…

An Adaptation of Thomas Keller’s Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Happy holidays to everyone! This break from work has gotten me in the mood to do some serious cooking. The unseasonably cool weather (thanks El Niño) has also made me crave comfort food- including a ton of soups. I came across this recipe in my Ad Hoc at Home cookbook from Thomas Keller. It seemed…

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! This isn’t a food post and I am not posting Thanksgiving recipes. This year, I’m just thankful. I’m thankful for our amazing family and friends whom have all been so supportive. I’m thankful for the family visits and watching our daughter, laundry, cleaning, amazing meals and so much more. I’m thankful for the hugs, the…

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

A couple of months ago I was just about to start a new job so I decided to take a week in between for a staycation. On the first Monday, I decided to take a trip up to Point Reyes for a beautiful drive and a picnic at Tomales Bay Oyster Company. Going on a Monday…

Red Curry Lentil Soup

*Originally published Dec. 2014 I really enjoy making soups. It’s a great way to experiment with flavors and they are easy, one-pot meals. Here is a recipe for a red curry lentil soup that is warming and comforting. Perfect for anyone on the east coast experiencing after effects of the polar vortex! Ingredients Olive oil…

Lentil Sloppy Joes

I’ve clearly been on a lentil kick and this is my second lentil comfort-food recipe in a row. I’ve made vegetarian sloppy joes in the past, but previously used seitan. This version uses a natural protein and the bonus is this is super easy to make! Lentil Sloppy Joes Ingredients 1 yellow onion, diced 3…

Picnic in the Presidio

Two weekends ago we were looking for something fun to do for my mother in-law’s last Sunday before heading back home. She had been WONDERFUL enough to stay with us for almost a month to help out with the baby before she was enrolled in daycare full time. She said she had never experienced the…

Vegan “Chicken” Soup

It’s sick season! Doctors’ offices and drugstore chains are officially pushing the flu shots and people are starting to get the sniffles and coughs, myself included. This weekend I was unfortunate enough to come down with one of the worst colds I’ve had in awhile. I got the full blown package of head congestion, sore…

31st Union- San Mateo

I’m back! I have been incredibly lazy about posting lately, so my sincerest apologies. Frankly, I haven’t been cooking a lot (super lazy) so haven’t had much to post. I decided to get off my butt and at least post about some good food I’ve had recently (or weeks ago- lazy, lazy, lazy) when stopping…

VIDEO TIP- Easiest Way to Clean a Blender

The blog is back! After an nightmarish scare of my entire blog being wiped out, the wonderful customer service at BlueHost was able to restore everything, including my sanity. With that, here is a post I’ve been sitting on for over a month… I have recently had the honor of  hosting a Chow Tip for…

Southwest Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

I’ve been trying to force myself back onto the health kick so here is my first healthy recipe in probably at least a month and it also happens to be really delicious and easy. I went sparingly on the taco seasoning but feel free to add more if you like your food a little spicy….

VIDEO TIP- Last Bit of Sriracha

Ever get to the end of a Sriracha bottle and can’t get that last little bit out? I have a tip for what you can do to use every last drop of your rooster sauce as well as repurpose the bottle. Thanks to the wonderful team at CHOW, I was able to share this tip…

Salisbury Portobello Steaks with Onion Gravy

Growing up, we often had salisbury steaks as it was a staple in my household. It was comfort food. Now that I’m on more of a health kick, I decided to modify the old traditional Salisbury steak for an equally satisfying and delicious mushroom version. I will be making this again next time I get…