Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas

Trying an Internet Trend During Snow First, this was the weather while I was making these delicious quesadillas. SNOW! It rarely snows where I live, so this was a treat! But now, on to more important things… FOOD! I’ve seen this cool way to make quesadillas all over the internet and it looked quite simpleContinue reading “Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas”

Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

An Ode to Casseroles After all the cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats this season, I am ready for some healthy food to restock my fridge. Do you like casseroles? I personally have a love-hate relationship with them. I love their convenience. Casseroles achieve a quick and easy meal prep because they’re soContinue reading “Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole”

One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

A Smaller Gathering at Thanksgiving Happy November! This holiday season is definitely different than ever before. In our family, we have a tradition on Thanksgiving to get together with my dad’s side of the family. It’s a fun time with about 20 – 30 people who are all really good cooks! But this year, withContinue reading “One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing”

Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering

Helloooo, November! Wow! Can you believe we are at the 11th hour and at the close of 2020? Did this year fly by for you? Or did it drag on forever like 7th grade math class? However your year went so far, we are heading into a magical time of the year. Typically this wouldContinue reading “Turkey Stuffed Squash – Small Holiday Gathering”

Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’

If you have never heard of Samin Nosrat, she is a hilarious chef who wrote the book Salt Fat Acid Heat. This book is basically the only “textbook” you’ll ever need to cook amazing food for the rest of your life. Samin explains different cooking methods in a simple yet comprehensive way. The book alsoContinue reading “Lessons I Learned from ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’”

spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

This is one of my favorite meal prep recipes because (1) it’s super delicious when it’s fresh AND after it’s been in the fridge a few days(2) everything is super simple and easy to make(3) the whole meal gives is packed with well-balanced nutrition Why should you make this bomb meal? Maybe you’re trying toContinue reading “spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes”

what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks

Over the course of the past five months, I have been gallantly slaying away at the challenge I set forth for myself: cookbook/bake/assemble/create one recipe from each of my 52 cookbooks! I started out as a terrible klutz in the kitchen on the verge of giving myself a monthly bout of food poisoning. After aContinue reading “what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”