Easter Brunch

Ever since I was a little kid Easter was always a big deal in my household. My mom loves to go all out for Easter, hiding eggs for my sisters and I, filled with lottery scratchers, frozen yogurt gift certificates, money and candy. She actually still does an egg hunt for us even though we're all older than dirt. The funny thing is that none of us really want the eggs filled with candy. Those aren't nearly as fun as the others. Give me all the lottery scratchers, those are my favorite. She also gives us baskets filled with goodies. It's something small and silly if you think about it, but it means the world to us still. We grew up looking forward to Easter, just as much as Christmas. It was a … [Read More...]

Main Dishes

Spring Eggs Benedict

I make it a point to not cook eggs benedict all the time because let's be real, it's a lot of work. I mean poaching eggs and making hollandaise over a double boiler? That's some intense skills right there that I don't always have the strength or the energy to create such a fancy dish. I wish I could do it because I think a brunch meal with a big plate of eggs benedict is always the icing on the morning cake. It's the dish I usually get when I go to a restaurant for breakfast or brunch, mainly … [Read More...]

Seafood Sliders

Unfortunately Seafood Week has come to an end, but let's not start crying and throwing things just yet (you can save that for when you've finished reading this post). All good things must come to an end. Lucky for us all, I managed to save the best recipe for last. In case you're just joining us for the first time this week, I'll refresh your memory. We kicked things off with my childhood enemy, but now all-time favorite fish meal, Crunchy Fish Sticks with homemade tartar sauce. It was all of … [Read More...]

Crunchy Fish Sticks

I have to admit that I hated fish sticks growing up as a kid. I wasn't a fan, sorry mom. We had a lot of frozen fish sticks when I was a child. I think this was because my sisters really loved them and also because it was easy on my mamma who had to work a lot. I'd have to drown them in lots of lemon juice and ketchup just to make them vanish from my plate quickly. Yes, I ate my fish sticks with ketchup, don't judge me. I was a weird kid what can I say? My mamma usually served the fish … [Read More...]

Popcorn Chicken Fried Steak

I'm a sucker for popcorn chicken. I could have a bucket filled with it and never get tired. Popcorn shrimp, let's not even go there because I could go on and on about that snack for days and weeks and months and years. I could have two buckets of popcorn shrimp and still want more. The dilemma I face when it comes to either of those is that I just don't know when to stop, and maybe I don't want to stop. Is that a crime? There's just something so addicting about bite-sized pieces of meat breaded … [Read More...]

Steak and White Cheddar Panini Sliders

Have you ever fallen in love with a dish from a restaurant, to the point where you continue to go to the same restaurant everyday for a week ordering said dish each and every time? Yeah, that hasn't happened to me either, so I don't know what you're talking about. If it did happen to me, I'd probably have to come clean about the fact that I've been ordering the same steak and white cheddar panini everyday for lunch over the last week. Okay, last couple of weeks. That's totally normal. I've been … [Read More...]

Dinner for Two: Braised Meatballs, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Kale

Let's be honest, not every night is fancy dinner night. We're not always in the mood to spend hours in the kitchen making a complicated meal, no matter how hard we try. The honest truth about it all is that even though we wish we could be Martha Stewart every single day of our lives, it's unrealistic and not always doable. Things come up. We're only human. Don't be too hard on yourself. There are certain nights when tuna sandwiches, simple tacos or even a quick bowl of cereal make an appearance … [Read More...]

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Desserts

Carrot Cake Scones

I've been making scones for as long as I can remember. I used to sell homemade baked goods out of my tiny kitchen when I was in college, to help my mom with my tuition. She had already put my two … [Read More...]

Chunky Monkey Sticky Buns

I'd never tried Ben and Jerry's ice cream until I met Julian a couple years ago. It's his favorite ice cream of all time. I don't know how I went through my entire 26 years of existence without trying … [Read More...]

The Classics: Apple Pie

It's not autumn, so why am I posting an apple pie recipe in the middle of February you ask? This is more of a cozy comfort fall recipe, I know, but apples are always in season here in California. … [Read More...]

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Breakfast

Spring Eggs Benedict

I make it a point to not cook eggs benedict all the time because let's be real, it's a lot of work. I mean poaching eggs and making hollandaise over a double boiler? That's some intense skills right … [Read More...]

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Vegetarian

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad

I used to frown upon salads with fruit on them. It always seemed so weird to me. "Why are there strawberry slices in my salad?" Then I'd proceed to flip the table over and throw the salad across the … [Read More...]

Seafood Sliders

Unfortunately Seafood Week has come to an end, but let's not start crying and throwing things just yet (you can save that for when you've finished reading this post). All good things must come to an … [Read More...]

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I've never been the biggest fan of shrimp cocktail, but before you start coming after me with pitch forks and start doing voo doo on me, you should hear me out. I've got some good explanations for my … [Read More...]

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Gluten-Free

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I've never been the biggest fan of shrimp cocktail, but before you start coming after me with pitch forks and start doing voo doo on me, you should hear me out. I've got some good explanations for my … [Read More...]

Idaho Potato Carne Asada Fries

In case you weren't well aware of it already, I'm addicted to potatoes. I think I've mentioned it a few times here and there (okay, so maybe more than just a few times) how deep my love affair with … [Read More...]

Creamy Cinnamon Horchata Popsicles

My biggest regret in life is not eating more popsicles in these twenty five years of living. When I stop to think of all the frozen pops I could've been eating all these years, I get sad. It saddens … [Read More...]

Watermelon Basil Lime Iced Tea

I've always had this fantasy of living in a large home, maybe somewhere in the South—one of the Carolinas for sure, I'm thinking North—with a big patio or wrap around porch. In my fantasy, I'm … [Read More...]

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