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…

Orange Muffins

As I have said before, muffins are a staple around here for breakfast…and if you’re a toddler, also as a snack or last resort dinner when you refuse all other offerings..it is what is is I guess. That being said, my daughter has decided that Oranges are her favorite thing to eat, if it is…

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…

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…