the perfect omelet (attempted)

DID YOU KNOW – The perfect omelet is often used as a tool to gauge how good a chef is in the kitchen. I remember marveling at the scene in the movie 100-Foot Journey when the staunch, uptight French chef in pursuit of her next Michelin star is begrudgingly forced to test her rival restaurateur,Continue reading “the perfect omelet (attempted)”

fried salmon with cauliflower purée

First of all, before we begin, let’s just take a moment to marvel at nature’s beauty. Buckets of rain = abundance of life here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s truly magical to walk through a forest or park while it is raining outside. Most people stay indoors but the wildlife is teeming. We saw threeContinue reading “fried salmon with cauliflower purée”

strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges

Summer is just around the corner! And both strawberries and rhubarb are some of the first crops that are ready to harvest around this time. Last weekend I ventured down the street to the farmer’s market and there were pints upon pints of strawberries everywhere! Nothing beats the sweet aroma and taste of fresh-picked strawberriesContinue reading “strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges”

greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)

Happy National Doughnut Day this Friday, June 5th! If you’re craving donuts (like me… every day of the year tbh) and if you don’t want to splurge on those delicious fried pieces of heaven, then try out these healthier cinnamon roll donuts! They have yogurt in them and they’re baked! Healthy(er)(ish). Yay! I actuallyContinue reading “greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)”

the perfect fried eggs

Spoiler alert: this makes the “perfect” fried eggs, IF you like sunny-side-up fried eggs. However, by the end of this experiment, I realized that I don’t really care for fried eggs unless they’ve been flipped over so the other side gets a chance to cook. I honestly thought there was just one type of friedContinue reading “the perfect fried eggs”

peanut toffee chocolates (vegan + gluten free + refined sugar free)

These are so freaking delicious. Each bite is super indulgent and at the same time, you feel healthy because there is no dairy, no gluten and no refined sugar. Well, actually there is some refined sugar in mine because I have no clue where to find cacao paste other than the internet, which is currentlyContinue reading “peanut toffee chocolates (vegan + gluten free + refined sugar free)”

honey-pistachio bars

Erin Gleeson, the author of The Forest Feast, is totally living a dream life. Imagine packing up your spouse and kiddos and traveling through the Mediterranean for three months in search of foodie inspiration. Yes, please! Honestly, this book is total eye-candy. From the gorgeous photos of the bluest beaches in Italy and France toContinue reading “honey-pistachio bars”

dandelion fruit smoothie

I am still faithfully chipping away at the challenge I posed for myself back in February – make one thing from each of my 50 + cookbooks. I have made over 40 different recipes now on this personal challenge, and I was truly feeling like I was on a ROLL. Look at me, in theContinue reading “dandelion fruit smoothie”

zucchini-crust margherita pizza

Feast your eyes on the glory of this pizza!!! There is a (not so secret) ingredient in this bad-boy-turned-healthy… ZUCCHINI! And not just any zucchini. Look out now, there is spiralized zucchini in the crust! Now, to be 100% honest, I was super skeptical about how this pizza would turn out. I was like, comeeeContinue reading “zucchini-crust margherita pizza”

blackberry banana split vegan ice cream

Yumm fresh fruit. Yass only two ingredients to pure happiness in a bowl! If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat but are still going strong on those new year’s resolutions (or maybe you realized you need to drop the covid-19 pounds) then try this blackberry banana split vegan ice cream! I first got thisContinue reading “blackberry banana split vegan ice cream”

green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets

I’m not vegetarian anymore, but I still hung on to my half-dozen Vegetarian Times magazine troupe. One particular edition from January/February 2015 features ways to eat more greens in the new year. What better way to get in some more greens than in deliciously chewy dumpling noodles!? When my family lived in Germany, I wasContinue reading “green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets”

vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice

Ok, let’s have a quick chat about this vegan queso. I must admit, that the only other queso I’ve eaten (to my recollection) is from Torchy’s Tacos. And let me tell you, this vegan queso ain’t no Torchy’s. It’s thick but it’s just not creeeeamy. You know what I mean? But as longs as youContinue reading “vegan queso on seared shrimp with green chile-cilantro rice”

a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)

You probably already know this, but the Louvre in Paris, along with other museums around the world, have put exhibits online so people around the world can “tour” them virtually during quarantine. How freaking cool is that?! Turn off tiger king and get some education and culture in your brain right now. Check out allContinue reading “a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)”

banana walnut muffins

Mmmm you can make these muffins simply for the sweet smell that fills your home as these scrumptious morsels bake *eyes go slightly crossed as tongue lolls out dreamily* Warm cinnamon and nutmeg with the fresh sweetness banana and the cozy nuttiness of the walnuts… The muffins are sort of like a regular muffin andContinue reading “banana walnut muffins”

pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt

Wow what a mouthful of a title! I’m nearly to the end of my challenge for myself of cooking one recipe out of the 50-plus cookbooks I own. The poor things just sit there collecting dust, so I figured I’d pull each one down and use them for once! This delicious smoothie bowl with anContinue reading “pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt”

chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth

This was my very first time EVER cooking a whole chicken! I know the recipe says to use a poussin, but the butcher I go to only had chickens. So chicken is what we ate. Also, if you’re like me and have no clue what a poussin is other than a funny word, it’s apparentlyContinue reading “chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth”

golden coconut chia pudding

Good morning! I have been awake since 4:30 am, it’s currently 11:30 am and I am WIRED. I don’t exactly know why I couldn’t sleep, because I usually am out like a rock until my phone alarm jolts me out of my dreams. But it’s ok, because I had time to clean, organize, do aContinue reading “golden coconut chia pudding”

TVP STUFFED PEPPERS

Have you ever wondered what a love story would look like when a down-home southern belle falls in love with a hippie rebellious vegetarian dude? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But that’s basically this cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It is so stinking adorable! It’s the love story between two unlikely people, toldContinue reading “TVP STUFFED PEPPERS”

chicken lettuce wraps

Cancel your dinner plans tonight, because I have them here for you. These chicken lettuce wraps are SO DELICIOUS OMG! The flavor of the sauce is incredible – like I don’t even know how to describe it other than wow, I’m eating the whole thing right now. And they are quite healthy and so fresh!Continue reading “chicken lettuce wraps”

Ghanaian Groundnut Stew

Peanut soup is an authentic African recipe that’s very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana. And not only are peanuts a good source of protein, fats and fiber, but they pack a mighty punch of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Let’s take a step back in time together… According to the National Peanut Board,Continue reading “Ghanaian Groundnut Stew”

sloppy joe pizza rolls

YUM. YUM. YUM.You HAVE to try these. The flavor of the sloppy joe filling is so amazing! The melted cheese, the complex salty/sweet/spicy flavor of the filling… Mmmmm. And I decided to make my own pizza crust, since I have all of these random flours and gums and starches leftover :p The whole dough-rolling actionContinue reading “sloppy joe pizza rolls”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

vegan cashew nibble cookies

What other excuse do you need to make these cookies other than they basically taste like warm, raw cookie dough?! Make them. Right now. These cookies are from The I <3 Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Kris Peters. It’s full of recipes that use products from Trader Joe’s. Since we’re all on corona-craze, there isContinue reading “vegan cashew nibble cookies”

lentil soup with miso

You know those meals that get better the next day? Like some curries and chilis, when the flavors marinate overnight and you eat leftovers the following day and it’s like ten times better? This is one of those. You’re welcome. This lentil miso soup comes out of this giant book of miso that IContinue reading “lentil soup with miso”

hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes

It is time for crepes!!!! As I am working my way through cooking at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks, I saved my crepe cookbook for later in this journey. The time has come. *cue the epic music for this proud and long-awaited moment.* But let me tell you, the first attempt wasContinue reading “hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes”

focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs

I have a confession. These were not supposed to turn out like “crackers”… It was supposed to be soft, puffy focaccia bread! At least that’s what I envisioned in my head. But upon taking a closer look at the photo in the cookbook, I now see that mine is actually not that far off. IContinue reading “focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs”

curried sweet potato and carrot soup

When I lived away from my parents for the first time during college, they bought me this cookbook full of vegetarian recipes to make in a slow cooker. It was so convenient because most of the recipes are pretty simple, and I could find all the ingredients at the Trader Joe’s just a couple blocksContinue reading “curried sweet potato and carrot soup”

chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas

Hi, friends! It’s taco time! Yay! Do you love tacos? I didn’t realize how much I love tacos until I tried Torchy’s Tacos in Dallas, Texas. Freaking bomb-diggity tacos right there. And their queso… *wipes drool off chin while snapping abruptly out of a daydream sailing in a sea of Torchy’s queso on a tortillaContinue reading “chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas”

loaded mock potato soup

Is this weather amazing or what!? Like mid-sixties, bright sunshine, a fresh soft breeze… I could get used to this Back to our main topic now – food! More specifically, another pathetic kitchen fail. Why did my loaded mock potato soup fail? Well, I take full responsibility… Confession: my name is Carissa, and I’mContinue reading “loaded mock potato soup”

bacon sage cornbread stuffing

So, when I opened the package of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix that’s been sitting in my cabinets for a while, I was so excited for cornbread until I smelled that familiar play-doh scent of stale flour. I thought to myself, well, I’m sure it’s probably okay to still eat, right? ItContinue reading “bacon sage cornbread stuffing”