fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries

When I was in high school, I started collecting recipes from magazines, newspapers, the internet, those little quarter-page recipes they have in the bulk section at grocery stores, and pretty much anywhere else I could go to get my hands on some recipes. I’ve now filled up an entire binder of recipes that are eitherContinue reading “fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries”

chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot

Do you have an instant pot or an instapot too? Do you absolutely love yours too? I love mine because I usually forget to defrost meat before I want to cook it. So this little appliance is a total time-saver for me. And the fact that it can pressure cook, slow cook and saute inContinue reading “chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot”

fat-free fudge brownies

Well, well, well, we meet again my little fat-free baking book… I swear I probably got this cookbook when I was in high school and I believed the myth that fat is the enemy lol. I really don’t subscribe to that way of thinking anymore, because there are so many ways that fat is vitalContinue reading “fat-free fudge brownies”

two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder

Okay. Let’s sit down for a little fireside chat here. It’s snowing outside (YES IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH WTH) so it’s the perfect setting to snuggle up for some real talk together: kitchen fails. Fail #1 – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. I was expecting something more… solid… than what got pulled out of the oven.Continue reading “two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder”

Mini Mississippi Mud Pies

Hi friends! I’m still making my way through making one recipe from each of my 50+ cookbooks and last weekend, I got the chance to make THREE new recipes! I invited my adorable boyfriend, my little sister and her wife over for a game night and three-course meal, homemade from my kitchen! Long story short,Continue reading “Mini Mississippi Mud Pies”

crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies

When we lived in Germany, my sister and I would almost always order the schnitzel and pommes when we would go out to eat. Breaded & fried meat with fried potatoes – what better meal for a little kid, especially when everything else on the menu looks weird! So when I invited my sister, herContinue reading “crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies”

strawberry caprese kebabs

Look at how adorable these little babies are! Soooo cuuuuute :3 It’s like a bite of creamy/sweet/ fresh yumminess on a stick! These were super fun and impressive (lol!) appetizers at the very first dinner party I hosted I wanted to show off my new skills in the kitchen, and I prepared a wholeContinue reading “strawberry caprese kebabs”

two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup

We made it to the last few weeks of winter! Spring is within sight! WOO HOO PARTY TIME OH YEAAAAH! The winter here in Portland this year has been pretty mild. There has been barely any snowfall – like a couple hours on a couple different days that didn’t even stick long enough to justifyContinue reading “two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup”

Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!

Happy National Read Across America Day [yesterday, March 2nd]! What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday than by making a treat from my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER?! Harry Potter and the Delicious Pumpkin Pasty!!! O_O I thought about making something like green eggs and ham to honor Dr. Seuss, but I have this thing whereContinue reading “Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!”

Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table

Confession: I am obsessed with everything Magnolia. I just got back last week from a trip to the one-and-only Magnolia empire in Waco, Texas!!! This was literally a dream come true!!! I’ve been obsessed with the show Fixer Upper, and the family’s dedication to doing hard things &living a life well-loved is a huge sourceContinue reading “Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table”

Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast

Welcome to another episode of Cooking from my Cookbooks! Yay! I have already consolidated my collection of cookbooks down by two. One was a tiny nutrition/diet book with recipes from a chiropractic office I used to work at. There’s barely any photos in it and the ones that are there are black-and-white and the recipesContinue reading “Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast”

green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips

Check out the color of this smoothie bowl! I love love loveeee smoothies and when they can be eaten with a bunch of toppings with a spoon, it’s like a healthy bowl of ice cream/cereal/magic! This recipe is from one of my favorite cooking books, Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon. All the recipesContinue reading “green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips”

honey + cinnamon roasted almond butter

February 16th was National Almond Day! Did you get your fill of almonds!? These little nuts pack a punch of vitamin E, several B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and fiber. And to toot their little horns, almonds are a super heart-healthy food! <3 DID YOU KNOW – The almonds we eat are the edible seedsContinue reading “honey + cinnamon roasted almond butter”

cooking from my cookbooks – anchovy-garlic spread

What am I supposed to do with the rest of the tin of anchovies after I used like two of those little guys in a recipe? Search through the indexes in my entire stash of cookbooks for a recipe that uses anchovies of course! So here I am, coming to you with a new recipeContinue reading “cooking from my cookbooks – anchovy-garlic spread”

cooking from my cookbooks – kalamata mini french bread (gluten free)

Mmmm the smell of freshly baked bread… There’s really nothing like it. I’ve had this gigantic cookbook sitting on my bookshelf for a few years now, called The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott. It was actually recommended to my by an old neighbor (was her name also Tammy??) who is gluten-free and she saidContinue reading “cooking from my cookbooks – kalamata mini french bread (gluten free)”

cooking out of my cookbooks – pumpkin soup with tempeh bacon

Today’s recipe from my cookbook collection for pumpkin soup called for bacon, but I wanted to try a meatless alternative, so here we are presenting… TEMPEH BACON! It obviously looks and feels and tastes nothing like real bacon, but it’s yummy if you just think of it as its own food and not compare itContinue reading “cooking out of my cookbooks – pumpkin soup with tempeh bacon”

how to cook 101 – UMAMI (sweet potato soup with chile & lemongrass)

u·ma·mi/o͞oˈmämē/Not only is it fun to say, umami is the delectable taste that gives savory food its addicting and satiating qualities. When you taste umami, it’s actually because your taste receptors pick up on the amino acids (mostly glutamate) and the nucleotides (mostly guanosine and inosine) in food. Yum… lolAccording to Becky Selengut’s book HowContinue reading “how to cook 101 – UMAMI (sweet potato soup with chile & lemongrass)”

how to cook 101 -FAT (prune almond chocolate chip cookies)

Ahh the most misunderstood taste… FAT. It is so vital not only in recipes but also to our bodies for survival. But I’m not here today to discuss the types of fat, how it affects our bodies, or how much fat we should have in our diet. There are many different types and forms ofContinue reading “how to cook 101 -FAT (prune almond chocolate chip cookies)”

how to cook 101 – BITTER

Coffee, cocktails and political debates. People are addicted to BITTER. But before talking about the importance of bitter as a taste, let’s talk about how to tone down bitterness in your delicious food. Because, let’s just be honest, bitter is a signal to our brain that something is unripe and a potential toxin. No thankContinue reading “how to cook 101 – BITTER”

how to cook 101 -ACIDITY

I have a confession… I never knew “acid” was one of the basic tastes, but it is! Acidity is an important component to balance many dishes! You know how a squeeze of a lemon over your meat or pasta seems to brighten all the flavors? That is hydrogen ions causing your taste receptor cells onContinue reading “how to cook 101 -ACIDITY”

how to cook 101 – SWEET

Attention class! Today we are learning about… SWEETNESS! *throws sugar in the air like confetti, busts open the hidden leftover Halloween candy, swallows pixie sticks by the handful.* Our brains are wired to seek out sugar because it provides calories and it signals our instincts that something is ripe and safe to eat. Sugar, likeContinue reading “how to cook 101 – SWEET”

how to cook 101 – SALT

I found this super-amazing gem of a book this weekend at Powell’s titled How to Taste by Becky Selengut. The author is so hilarious, I was reading it aloud in the car with bae and we were laughing at all her little jokes and puns throughout the very educational content. I can already tell thisContinue reading “how to cook 101 – SALT”

finally putting my cookbooks to use! – cocoa walnut butter & quick-pickled cucumbers

I have (in my opinion) SO MANY cookbooks! Why do I say this? Because I feel so guilty when I want to buy a new cookbook. That little voice in my head is like, “well, Carissa, you know you have like hella cookbooks already that you drool over but have never actually made anything outContinue reading “finally putting my cookbooks to use! – cocoa walnut butter & quick-pickled cucumbers”

Healing My Gut on the GAPS Intro Diet

This blog is going to be about yummy recipes and funny stories – I promise! But I’m christening this blog with it’s very first post about my current struggle with food. It’s day 16 of the strictest diet I’ve ever been on – the GAPS diet. After years and years of abdominal pain, bloating, [noxious]Continue reading “Healing My Gut on the GAPS Intro Diet”