Champagne Citrus Cakes

If you’re looking to impress your Valentine this year…or yourself, whip up a batch of these citrus champagne cakes. The champagne and lemon bring bright bold acidity to the cake while the almond glaze brings nutty sweetness. They are tiny bites of perfection, and if I didn’t have to share with so many people, I…

Fennel Pork Tenderloin

Sometimes the weekend just calls for an easy one pan meal to have something warm and delicious on the table to bring everyone together. In this one pan you can bring together a sweet and garlicy pork tenderloin, roasted carrots, potatoes, and the bright anise flavor from the fennel bulb. A full family meal done…

Strawberry Buttercream

This buttercream is sweet and bright and of course beautifully pink. I’ve used this buttercream recipe on cupcakes, cakes, and most recently macarons to make a “chocolate covered strawberry macaron”. The flavor on it’s own is a bit summery, but paired with chocolate I found this to be the perfect combination for Valentine’s day and…

Black Bean Ravioli with Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Fresh pasta is one of my greatest loves in the food world. Pasta is a blank canvas that lets you explore so many different flavors and textures and it’s a great way to make a very filling vegetarian meal. I went southwestern with the flavors in this dish, a well seasoned black bean puree, coated…

Blackberry Bacon Breakfast Knots

Just take a minute and look at these beauties.   Blackberry and jalapeño (one of my favorite flavor combinations). The jalapeño doesn’t bring too much spice to the knots, but brings a nice balance to the sweetness of the jam. Thick cut black pepper bacon. All in and on a sweet roll, a perfect sweet…

Cheddar Pumpin Ale Soup

Unfortunately it’s still winter, so it’s pretty cold and dreary…in good news, it’s still soup season! This soup  was inspired by a cheddar ale soup I had at a California Food and Wine Festival last year. When I decided to remake it I thought “why not add pumpkin ale?”. Let’s be honest everything in the…

Mango Habanero Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are a perfect party food, and these ones are packed with a fruity heat, chicken, black beans, and a cabbage cilantro slaw. Set aside some of the mango habanero sauce for dipping! The sauce takes a little bit of love and a lot of mise en place. To make life easier on myself…

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

I’m not going to talk much about these wings, because you should just go make them! They were so luscious I barely used my dipping sauce…and I love some thick creamy ranch or bleu cheese. While I did put spice in the breading and butter sauce, these wings absolutely will not offend your spice adverse…

French Dip Sliders

Party food is my favorite type of food to make…yes that is a very broad category to call my favorite but planning a full menu, making sure all the food goes together but brings it’s own special flavor to the party is something I love to do. I also love making smaller bites so there…

Coconut Chicken with Peanut Sauce

As I’ve mentioned before, we love rice bowls. This includes the sweet and creamy coconut rice. The coconut rice and peanut sauce is what really makes the dish…bringing the rich sweet flavors of peanut together with the bright ginger and acidic lime zest. I started with the rice since rice likes to take its sweet…