Stuffed Hot Cherry Pepper Poppers

I have a looooooong list that I keep of food inspiration on my computer, and anytime I go out and eat something delicious and want to remake it, I put it on my list. These Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers have been on my list ever since a trip to Miami, where I had cherry...

Sticky Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

Anytime finger licking stickiness is involved, I’m happy. I realize talking about finger licking is probably a little unappetizing for some of you (sorry!)… that is, unless you enjoy it too. It’s fine in the privacy of our own homes, right? Pretty much all of the ingredients required for these Sticky Honey Lime Chicken...

Fresh Lobster Rolls with Herbed Potato Chip Dust

Eating out in NYC has taught me to think more texturally about food. Playing with flavor is important and fun, but I feel like texture is the next level a cook can go to. The other day I found fresh lobster on sale for $5.99/lb so I knew I had to snatch some up!...

Shrimp Linguine with White Wine and Tomatoes

Have you ever felt like after traveling for a while, all you want to do is be home and cook your own meal? After getting home last night from almost two weeks of travel, despite the fact that it was pushing 8pm, I made a quick run to the grocery store to cook my...

Cheddar Chive Scones

If you’ve been around Fifteen Spatulas for a while, you should be no stranger to scones, biscuits, or the cheddar + chive combination. They are some of my favorite things, and last weekend I had a craving for some scones. It had been too long! I’m realizing as I’m putting the final edits on...

Zucchini Noodle White Chicken Lasagna

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve come to prefer thinly sliced zucchini noodles in place of pasta. To me, they have a more interesting flavor and texture than pasta, and the zucchini ribbons layer so beautifully! It also never hurts to swap in some veggies when you can. One of my favorite...

Balsamic Cream Roasted Peaches

It happens every summer. There comes a point where I feel like summer is starting to slip away, and I don’t want it to be so! Summer technically doesn’t end until September 23rd, but Pete is getting ready to start teaching his first semester classes at university in a couple weeks. Between now and...

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. When I met my husband, I discovered that he was a pan-butterer. You know, whenever he made grilled cheese, he’d melt the butter in the pan and stick naked bread (total no-no) into the pan, and grill it....

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...