Apricot BBQ Sauce on Boneless Ribs

This has been the summer of apricots. We have gotten dozens of the tart little fruit through our CSA this summer and they have been delicious in danishes, yogurt parfaits, as their own for a snack, but I wanted to do something different with them. So this past week when I remembered I had country…

Moo Shu Pork Stir Fry

Recently I signed up for a CSA, community supported agriculture, so for the next fifteen weeks I get to pick up a box of farm fresh produce. Not only do I want to use this to bring more variety to my fruit and veggie options, but I want to use it to inspire my meal…

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…

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…

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…