Mexican Chicken Skillet

For what seems like a very basic dish, this recipe packs a lot of flavor, while also managing to remain mostly healthy. As an added bonus, it’s a one pot dish. Ingredients. Serves 3. Mexican Seasoning Mix. 1 tablespoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon…

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pepitas

I never thought I’d be such a sucker for gourd-based soups. Here’s a fun new word I just learned, cucurbitaceous. It means of or pertaining to the gourd family. So one might say, I never thought I’d be such a sucker for cucurbitaceous soups. Also, for those who don’t know, pepitas are a type of…

Pasta Primavera

My roommate for life has a thing for pasta primavera. To be honest, I’ve never totally understood it. Given a choice, I would order pretty much any other type of pasta dish, every time, hands down. BUT, I love him, so recently I thought I would try my hand at making it at home. I’m…

Lomi Salmon

Warning: this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for. This is the dish I would take to my desert island with me if I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life. Salmon lovers only read on. Lomi Salmon was taught to our dad by our Uncle Harry, who is Hawaiian….

Summer Salad with Nuts & Seeds

This salad was one of those rare culinary moments where I wasn’t sure what I was making the whole time and then it was fan-freakin-tastic. The kind of meal where my husband and I couldn’t speak to each other like civilized humans because we were just shoveling food into our mouths and grunting with appreciation….

Vegetarian Rice Bowls

This is magical meal is my happy place, my comfort food, my “it’s been a hard day” dinner. I have spent years making and improving upon this signature bowl of heaven, and the best part is, it’s infinitely adaptable and flexible to whatever you have the house. The only must-haves are rice, eggs, and some…

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed peppers always struck me as an extremely undesirable dinner food as a kid, but a few years ago I started making them and decided they’re pretty dang great. Stuffed peppers is a versatile dish — you can use bell peppers or poblanos, you can use pretty much any grain as long as you cook…

Lemon Blackberry Pie Bars

Given that the category for desserts on this blog is called “After Thoughts,” I hope that says all you need to know about how I feel about desserts. I rarely seek them out, I never remember to make them for dinner parties, and I would always rather have another slice of pizza than save room…

The BLT

I’m a little bit fascist when it comes to a BLT. The rest of this blog might lull you into a safe sense of flexibility and can-do-no-wrong in the kitchen, but not so with the BLT. I feel convicted specificity with every single component that belongs in the mighty BLT. My brother has his own…

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted cherry tomatoes have a special thing going on. They become so potently sweet and intense when you stick ’em in the oven for a few hours, and then they’re good on…..I’m still trying to figure out what they aren’t good on, so they’re good on everything. My favorite though is using them for appetizers,…