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Homemade Banana Bread

I love bananas but only when they still have some green.  The minute they are fully yellow, it’s down hill for me.  When they start getting spots and it’s all over.  So when we returned from our Calistoga get-a-way to find spotted bananas, I knew it was time to make some banana bread!!! Thank you … Continue reading »

Three Cheese Grits and Shrimp

I’ve never been a fan of grits until I visited my future mother-in-law who made me cheese grits and shrimp in Nashville, Tennessee.  I fell in love.  So I figured if I’m going to marry a southern man, I might as well learn to cook a few southern recipes.  Luckily, my southern man likes to … Continue reading »

Healthy Turkey Pasta

We had ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be eaten.  So we figured…PASTA!  This meant that store bought sauce would not do.  So we made a simple homemade sauce to go with our turkey because we don’t likes preservatives.  I surfed the web to find a recipe a new recipe.  When I found “the” … Continue reading »

How to Peel a Kiwi-Cool Trick

I just found this awesome trick on peeling a kiwi.  You may be asking why?  Because kiwi’s are incredibably frustring to peel and I happen to find this awesome beyond amazing trick that makes them so simple!  You’ll just love it as much as I did.  I promise! It’s so simple and clever! Two things … Continue reading »

Homemade Blueberry Muffins…Paula Deen style

My fiancé was craving blueberry muffins all week, so in our weekly coop delivery we made sure to add blueberries to our order.  While researching recipes, I suspected that the queen of butter may just have the best one, Mrs. Paul Deen.  With some slight modifications such as using slim milk rather than whole milk, I’m … Continue reading »

Mushroom Soup

This is soup for a true mushroom lover.  If you enjoy mushrooms but don’t really love them, this isn’t the recipe for you! I say this because I loved the soup but my fiancé was not a fan.  He would have wanted more of a Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Alas, I did not make a … Continue reading »

Roasted Carrot + Cauliflower Soup

Inspired by Bin38 Carrot Soup, I decided to make my own adaption of this delicious soup.  I’m so happy I did because it turned out better than expected.  It’s actually pretty easy to make and oh so good. Garnished with Sautéed Mushrooms Ingredients:  7 medium carrots, peeled 1.5/2 cups of cauliflower florets 1 medium onion, chopped … Continue reading »

Easy Turkey Chili

This is a simple recipe that anyone can make and not mess up.  The reason being is because you can make it your own.  You do not have to follow the recipe to an exact tee.  Truth be told, I usually take a recipe and make it my own by seeing what’s in my pantry. … Continue reading »

Veggie + Noodle Soup

This is my “what’s in the fridge” recipe.  I always have a ton of veggies from our weekly farmers co-op delivery and I was craving soup since I was feeling under the weather.  I used the former chef’s recipe as a guideline but invented my own creation. So here’s what I did and it’s super … Continue reading »

No Bake Reese Peanut Butter Squares

These were so good and so easy to make.  They were another recipe that I’ve always wanted to make but have never gotten around to it.  I have to say that this is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made.  So if you’re afraid to bake this is the recipe for you!   They … Continue reading »

Amazing Turkey Meatballs

We were starving and did not know what to make for dinner.  Should we order pizza or actually cook something?  I remember seeing a recipe that inspired me to make some homemade turkey meatballs with whole wheat angel hair pasta.  Yum!  The Former Chef always seems to make these incredible dishes that I always want to … Continue reading »

Baklava

I’ve always wanted to make Baklava.  It’s so good and seemed so simple, especially when people told me how easy it was to make.  Well, it’s not.  The time it took was my major problem. Blanching the nuts was the issue.  The process seems simple enough: boil water in a shallow pot, place nuts in … Continue reading »

Redo Guacamole

  This is how your guacamole should look when your avocados are ripe! (above) What you need: 3 avocados 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of salt + pepper 1  shallot 1 medium tomato optional: 3 tablespoons of chopped of fresh cilantro   How To: Chop everything up Throw it into a bowl and mash up … Continue reading »

Salt + Vinegar Roasted Kale Chips

I’ve always wanted to try kale chips but been too afraid.  They just look weird.  Well, thanks to the social media outlet, Pinterest, my curiosity got the better of me.  I found this recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen and tried it out.  The only reason why I decided to try this recipe out was because I … Continue reading »

Best Caesar Salad

The secret to a great caesar salad are in two major elements: the dressing and croutons (both need to be homemade).  If you have those nailed down, you can make any boring caesar salad amazing.    Ingredients: Caesar Dressing 5-6 cloves of garlic 6 anchovy (more if you feel risky) 1/4 olive oil 1/2 of … Continue reading »

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I love scrambled eggs.  I could eat them everyday at every meal. However, I’m constantly amazed how this simple dish is ruined so frequently.  I do not understand why people would choose to cook them so improperly when you can have amazing, fluffy and delicious eggs in minutes with a little love.  The technique shown is thanks the brillant … Continue reading »

Green Onions

Green Onions before and after A couple weeks ago, I made a homemade potato soup.  In my post, I said that you shouldn’t throw away the white ends of the green onions.  You just need to put them in a small glass of water in indirect light.   It took about 10 days for my … Continue reading »

Guacamole Night

Why buy store packaged guacamole when you can make ten times better at home.  It’s simple, easy and quick.  You’ll look like an amazing chef with such a basic dish.  I usually prepare this dish when we’re having taco night or have some tortilla chips that need a little company.  So here’s your how to on this … Continue reading »

Roasting Beets

Beets are extremely nutritious and delicious.  This is one of my favorite things to prepare at home.   I put them in salads, other recipes or even just eat them plain.  It’s simple and extremely easy. Why beets? They protect against coronary artery disease, stroke, lower cholesterol, low in calories, natural antioxidant, significant amounts of … Continue reading »

Baked Potato Soup

Part of social foods is trying out new recipes that my family and friends have sent me.  I figure that if I can make it, so can the average person who enjoys cooking.   The other day, my mom sent me a Baked Potato Soup by Annie’s Cooking Lab.  I don’t know about you but … Continue reading »

Country Style Salade Niçoise

Whenever I’m asked if I would like a salad, the first thoughts that cross my mind are: light, a starter or a healthy option because I’m trying to watch what I’m eating.  I’m usually left hungry for something more unless I order the French’s version of a salad; the Salade Niçoise.  In France, the salad … Continue reading »

All About Butter

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.” (From the Film: Catch me if you Can) … Continue reading »

Braised Red Wine Beef Short Ribs

 If you are hungry and want your food now, this isn’t the recipe for you! If you want something mouth watering and are willing to put the time into it, this is your dish. Ingredients 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2″ pieces (ask your butcher to cut these for you.  We only bought … Continue reading »

Revised Turkey Lasagna

Ingredients:  1.5 lb ground turkey (optional) 1/2 red onion 2 garlic cloves half a bunch of chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon of dried oregano 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 1.5 teaspoon of salt 1 (29ounce) of diced tomatoes 2 (6ounces) cans of tomato paste 12 dry lasagna noodles 2 eggs 1 pint of skim ricotta … Continue reading »