Turkey Asian Lettuce Wraps

I consider Asian lettuce wraps to be one of the best foods in existence. There is something about the variety of textures and flavors that it has, and even though there’s a lot going on, it’s so simple at the same time. It only takes me 15 minutes to cook this dish! I’ve been...

No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

I’m not usually one for food holidays, but Cheesecake Day is a different story. Happy National Cheesecake Day! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts ever, and I love that there are tons of variations for this creamy dessert. Today I’m sharing one of the easiest cheesecake recipes I know, which is for No-Bake...

Coconut Green Curry Mussels

A few weeks ago I went out to a restaurant in Manhattan that served mussels in every way I could dream of. They had classic versions with white wine and shallots, Belgian wheat beer, and bacon with onions, but they also had bold mussel dishes, like Moules Frites Thailandaise. This Moules Frites Thailandaise had...

Super Fresh Zucchini & Arugula Salad

I have made this salad over, and over, and over again this summer. You could say I’m a little obsessed. And by ‘I’m a little obsessed,’ I’m talking about this salad and about zucchini in general. Zucchini has always been one of my favorite vegetables and there are endless ways to eat it. Crispy...

Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino

If you’ve ever had Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino, you know how unbelievably good it is. This dessert hits spots you didn’t even know could be hit.

Super Fluffy Jumbo Garlic Knots

Homemade Garlic Knots

Summer seems to be the most unlikely time to love baking bread, but it’s my favorite! The dough always rises so beautifully and I get the fluffiest bread, all because the house is warmer than other times of year. A solution to this would be to get one of those fancy bread proofing drawers...

Apple Pie Milkshake

Three years ago I wrote a post about my first visit to Chelsea Market in NYC, and my older brother ordered this legendary Apple Pie Milkshake at the Ronnybrook Dairy Bar. I don’t remember what I ordered, but of course I have no trouble remembering what he ordered! He kindly offered me the first sip...

Cold Asian Noodles with Cucumber

As you might imagine, I’ve been trying new restaurants in NYC left and right since I moved here two months ago. Last week I went to one of the famous ramen places in the city and tried to order a cold ramen dish that they only serve in the summertime, only to be told...

Awesome Red Potato Salad

This Red Potato Salad recipe is packed with flavor, easy to make, and perfect to take to potlucks and picnics! I’m a big fan of potatoes, but only if they have a LOT of flavor added to them. On their own I find potatoes to be quite boring. For instance, I never understood the...

Mini Strawberry Pavlovas

For my very last guest post, I am thrilled to welcome Deborah from Taste and Tell. I am so grateful to my talented blogging friends for sharing their wonderful recipes with you during my spine surgery recovery, and I hope you enjoy this beautiful recipe. I LOVE pavlovas! My favorite thing about Deborah’s blog...

How to Sear Scallops + Wet vs Dry Scallops

As far as seafood goes, I would take scallops over anything. I love shrimp, crab, fish, and lobster, but seared scallops are the king of my seafood universe! Their mildly sweet flavor and that caramelized crust they get when seared in a super hot pan…oh, swoon. Not to mention, they’re really low-maintenance compared to...

Spicy Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

Following my spine surgery, I have a two-month period where I cannot bend, lift, or carry anything greater than five pounds, so I’m not able to cook unless my husband Pete is home to help me. I will still be posting my recipes on a regular basis during this recovery period, but I have...

Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Brown Butter Sauce

Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Sauce

If I could have any fruit tree I wanted in my backyard, it would definitely be a peach tree. When I was growing up in California, we had three orange trees, a lemon tree, an apricot tree, and an apple tree…but I thought, oh, I want a peach tree! Fresh, ripe peaches are one...

Cookies and Cream Brownies

Following my spine surgery, I have a two-month period where I cannot bend, lift, or carry anything greater than five pounds, so I’m not able to cook unless my husband Pete is home to help me. I will still be posting my recipes on a regular basis during this recovery period, but I have...

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

There are two kinds of recipes that I need on a regular basis. There are the “big batch leftover meals” and the “make it and it’s gone meals.” My husband always brings his lunch to work, so I constantly need to make meals that can produce a large quantity that lasts for days. As...

Caramel Apple Poundcake

Following my spine surgery, I have a two-month period where I cannot bend, lift, or carry anything greater than five pounds, so I’m not able to cook unless my husband Pete is home to help me. I will still be posting my recipes on a regular basis during this recovery period, but I have...

Garlic Thyme Parsnip “Fries”

Parsnips are getting quite a bit of attention lately, and I have to say I’m thrilled about it. YAY parsnips! I’ve been enamored with parsnips for a few years now, ever since I made a big pan of roasted root vegetables for Thanksgiving one year. Amongst the carrots and sweet potatoes, I felt compelled...

Grilled Lobster Tails with Sriracha Butter

Hi friends, thank you so much for your warm welcome the other day on my Grand Marnier Macadamia Oil Cake post. It feels so wonderful to be back! Following my surgery, I have a two-month period where I cannot bend, lift, or carry anything greater than five pounds, so I’m not able to cook...

Grand Marnier Macadamia Oil Cake

Hi dear friends! I’m back. I’m filled with joy today to be sharing recipes with you again!!! The past several weeks have been crazy and I want to thank you for allowing me this time to take care of myself and my health. I know you’re well aware of the emergency spine surgery I...

Greek-Style Quesadillas

I don’t know why, but I have always had an affinity for Greek flavors and food. No one in my family is Greek, and I didn’t eat a lot of Greek food growing up, but I just LOVE feta cheese, olive oil, kalamata olives, oregano, mint, etc, and I find those ingredients in my...

Caramelized Banana Topped Dutch Baby

I know cereal is more or less the default food for breakfast, but can I admit that I really don’t care much for it? I totally understand the convenience of it, but I want a hot breakfast over cold breakfast every time. Pancakes, breakfast burritos, omelets, waffles – those are all dishes that I...

Quinoa Salad with Feta and Chia Seeds

Have you noticed that chia seeds seem to be everywhere on the internet lately? They are one of the trendiest ingredients as of late, and I admit that despite seeing chia seeds in recipes all over the place, I never felt compelled to try them. A few weeks back when I was at The...

Potato Cheddar Frittata

How do you decide what to make for breakfast? For me it’s mainly whatever I happen to be craving, but there’s a small component of how much fuss I’m up for that particular morning. Waffles and pancakes for instance, I find to be a little fussy. Even though you can keep them warm in...

Green Curry Fried Rice

Kitchen Rule #284: Always make extra rice. Because you know you’re going to want fried rice the next day. Or at least, I always do. Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes, which is no surprise given the fact that my mom made it all the time when I was growing up. Childhood...

Quick Pan-seared Pork Chops

Remember how last week I wrote about my visit to the Pioneer Woman’s ranch? One of the photos I shared with you was of this Oklahoma breakfast I had…a pan seared pork chop:

Chicken & Brie Grilled Cheese

If you’re looking for the recap of my trip to the Pioneer Woman’s Ranch, click here. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be partnering with Land O Lakes® Butter as part of Kitchen Conversations! I have teamed up with a really fun group of food bloggers for Kitchen Conversations, including Ree from The Pioneer...

Lavender Blackberry Crumbles

Today is the post where despite the fact it’s still snowing in the middle of March, I go to the store, buy frozen berries, and pretend it’s summer with these Lavender Blackberry Crisps. Want to join me?

Savory Corn Cakes

When you’ve made every “normal” corn recipe you can think of and have ventured on to corn cookies and corn ice cream, it’s safe to say you’re a little obsessed with corn. The sweet, plump yellow kernels just do something for me. So when Meagan sent me a copy of her cookbook The New Southwest, I...

White Bean Crostini with Basil and Radish

At first glance this might not look like much, I know. That’s kind of how it goes with crostini. You look with your eyes and think, well…that’s just a couple of things on a piece of bread. But if you eat really good crostini, made with perfectly paired ingredients, you know how magically tasty...

Semolina Pizza Crust

The funny thing about pizza is that the first matter of concern always seems to be about the combination of toppings, when frankly, a pizza is only as good as its crust. I have tried quite a few pizza crust recipes and methods, and have compared pizzas that only rise for a few hours...

Quick Ramen Noodle Soup

I was really tempted to call this something like “faker’s ramen noodle soup” because instead of the 3 days that an authentic ramen requires, this one takes about 15 minutes and has a ton of flavor. And I feel extra confident in saying that too, because I had a Japanese native’s stamp of approval...

Fresh Strawberry Glazed Baked Doughnuts

When my mother-in-law got me a doughnut pan last Christmas, my first thought was: OH NOOOO. Quickly followed by a: OH YESSSSS!!! I mean, when my husband got me a deep fryer two Christmases ago, that only meant trouble. But baked doughnuts? I’m going to eat doughnuts anyway, so if they’re baked instead of...

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

I make this Slow Cooker Chicken Breast every week, so I can add lean and healthy protein to salads and other recipes. It’s so easy! After I posted the Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole last week, I got a ton of emails and comments from you asking exactly how I make chicken breast in the slow...

Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole

Last week I got a message from a reader asking me to share what dishes are in my regular rotation. So, here’s one of my favorites! I REALLY love meals like this Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole because: Reason #1: It only takes 10 minutes to put together. Even when I’m feeling exhausted after a busy...

Massaged Kale Salad

Massaged kale??! I know, it sounds like some sort of high-maintenance nonsense vegetable treatment for what has arguably been one of the trendiest greens ever, but if you’ve never massaged your kale, you are missing out on something awesome. Because frankly, massaged kale is nearly my favorite thing EVER. And it’s…kale…

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a quick, easy, delicious dinner to make, perfect for weeknights!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a quick, easy, and delicious recipe to make for dinner. Thin chicken cutlets are coated in parmesan, egg, and panko bread crumbs, and pan fried until crispy! Odds are you’re familiar with parmesan crusted chicken as a dish, and maybe it’s even something you already make. It’s certainly one of...