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…

Meatball Bahn Mi

We love bahn mi sandwiches, in fact they are one of the few sandwiches he actually approves of that isn’t toasted. I have found that for me it’s easier to make a really flavorful meatball and then add the traditional toppings. For a good bahn mi you have to find a good hoagie that isn’t…

Sweet and Spicy Salmon Bowl

Rice bowls are one of my favorite lunches and so easy to throw together and enjoy. This salmon bowl was no exception. I started rice, coated the salmon in my sweet chili sauce, and while that baked I chopped, sliced, diced fresh fruit and veggies and then we had a fresh and bright bowl for…

Sweet Chili Sauce

This is one of my favorite sauces. We love to use it for dipping egg rolls, potstickers, my husband even likes it to spice up mac and cheese…I’m not sure if I recommend that or not. I also love to use this sauce in cabbage slaws and on fish. Be creative with your uses and…