Falafel Sandwich

Throughout the week I like to keep some vegetarian and vegan meals on the menu. My family has a history of high cholesterol and it never hurts to have more vegetables. Falafel has been one of our favorite go to vegetarian recipes, and this time I decided to go fully vegan with the meal, and…

Blackberry Bacon Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a standard American comfort food, add a little soup on the side and you have the perfect rainy day meal. Through the years I have started to spice up our grilled cheese sandwiches. Tomato orzo soup is still our go to soup to pair with a toasty sandwich, but the sandwich contents…

Taco Salad

Taco salad is one of our favorite easy meals. I love to pack it up into individual containers and have a healthy and quick lunch throughout the week. I keep the dressing in a separate squeeze bottle so everything stays crunchy and fresh. The toppings vary based on what I’m in the mood for that…

Beef Ragu over Pasta

Beef ragu has become one of our favorite meals. It’s warm, comforting, filling, low maintenance, and can feed an army (which I often have in my home). I prefer to serve my beef ragu over pasta with parsley and parmesan, though I’m not picky about the type of pasta as long as it holds the…

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…

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…

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…