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…

Smoky Chipotle Tempeh Chili

You may have noticed that I make a lot of chili. I love chili. I get this from my Dad. I consider him to be the expert among all experts in chili making. Growing up in Central New York, you need a good, hearty chili on a weekly basis just to keep you warm in…

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

I have been on a soup-making spree lately. Something about making soup is so relaxing and fun to me. On one hand, they say you can tell a good chef by one who can make a good soup. I am no chef. I usually just start throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot and…

Herb-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I have been on a sweet potato kick for months, as you may have noticed by my previous posts. They are great baked on their own, mixed in a hash, fried as chips or french fries- you name it. They are delicious and full of vitamins such as vitamin A and beta-carotene. Here is a…

Sweet, Salty and Spicy Cocoa Brownies

I was in the mood to bake over memorial day weekend and I wanted chocolate. I rummaged through my cabinets and my wheels started spinning on making a different kind of brownie. I  had some beautiful red sea salt that I’ve been dying to incorporate into a dessert, cocoa and some semi-sweet chocolate chips. I…

Spicy Turkey Sausage with Broccolini

It’s so easy to be lazy on a weeknight. You work hard all day and all you want to do is sit down, eat a good meal and turn your brain off for some mindless television. That doesn’t mean you have to order a pizza or crappy take out though. Here is a really easy,…

Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleons with Mixed Greens

Beets and goat cheese get along like best friends. In this easy dish, the sweetness of the beets paired with a creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans and fresh greens topped with a light balsamic dressing make for a rich yet light and satisfying meal. Ingredients: 2 red beets 2 golden beets Fresh goat cheese (creamy…

Famous San Francisco Cioppino At Tadich Grill

When the fog rolls into San Francisco- or on days it never leaves- you want to warm your chilled bones with a hearty meal. We haven’t had many days like that this year as it has been a very mild (actually gorgeous) winter. We did have a few days of rain and dense fog recently…

Tangy Green Beans

The market had these beautiful green beans, but I’m tired of doing the same thing- sautéed with garlic and olive oil or steamed with butter and salt. I saw this simple salad recipe from Ellie Krieger and thought I’d modify it for ingredients I had. I’m not a huge fan of raw red onion, so…

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf

I’m always trying to eat healthier and enjoy experimenting with different ways of cooking- whether it’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free or any other kind of “free”. This recipe is for a sugar-free, gluten-free turkey meatloaf that was inspired byTyler Florence’s Ultimate Meatloaf and Alton Brown’s Good Eats Meatloaf. I took elements that I liked from each,…

My Mother In-Law’s Steamed Artichokes

Steamed Artichokes (my mother-in-law’s recipe) 2 whole artichokes 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1Tablespoon salt 1Tablespoon olive oil Special Equipment: steamer pot Fill the steamer pot so the water just touches the bottom of the steamer basket. Salt the water and bring to a boil. Cut the stem off…

Spicy Quinoa Spaghetti

I’m trying to cook healthier lately and limit things such as bad fats, corn products, gluten and sugar. I found this spaghetti made with quinoa and thought I’d give it a try. I made a simple olive oil and red pepper sauce for some kick. It was great! I was surprised that it tastes exactly…

Tyler Florence’s Chicken with Prosciutto, Rosemary and Lemon…Sort of

I love Tyler Florence’s recipes.  They are always delicious.  He’s kind of my culinary hero, of sorts.  Sophisticated comfort food that is just always delicious.  If you follow my posts, you’ll probably see a ton of these. The only thing is, I am not huge on following recipes.  I LOVE reading recipes and even have…

Sunday Brunch at Christie’s in Burlingame

*Repost originally written on 1/23/11 One thing I haven’t really had since I moved here is brunch. Today we decided to check out a little place called Christie’s in Burlingame after seeing promising reviews on Yelp. We arrived and saw people waiting outside. We put our name in and did the same. The hostess had…

Just Say No To Taco Bell

*originally published 1/25/11. repost after blog corruption In case you haven’t heard, Taco Bell is being sued for false advertising.  What’s this about you may ask?  They are being sued for using the words “seasoned beef” while the majority of the ingredients aren’t actually meat, allegedly.  According to the Sun-Sentinal, the attorney who filed the…

A Farewell Toast

*Originally published 2/1/11. Reposting for site rebuild after blog corruption Today was the closing of the sale of our first home in Silver Spring, Maryland. We lived there for three years and poured our blood, sweat and tears into that place (in some cases quite literally during some of the renovations.) It was a wonderful…

Starting Over

Hi friends, As it turns out my blog suffered corruption and I have to start over. It will be a lot of hard work, but I will rebuild and repost. Thank you for your support. You may see it a mess for a bit and several theme changes, etc, but please stick with me while…