Roasted Vegetable Orzo

I’ve made it no secret that I struggle with anxiety, and thanks to that, I don’t deal with stress all that great any more. I was great with it in college. Somehow, I thrived on stress. I did my best burning the midnight oil, starting and finishing a paper at the eleventh hour. These days,…

Savory Barbecue Sauce

I must be in the minority when it comes to my dislike of sweet barbecue sauces. Every time I try a different bottled version from “tried and true” favorite brands at the store, I’m severely disappointed. I don’t want sweet meat. *ahem* I DON’T WANT SWEET MEAT. In recent years, I’ve been making my own…

Dark Cocoa Cinnamon Brownies

I almost never crave chocolate. I also don’t eat a whole lot of it if I can help it. Yeah. I’m one of those people. I don’t dislike chocolate. It’s just… I prefer fruity sweets, or things like chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips. Or snickerdoodles. Or cinnamon rolls. Because chocolate isn’t my go-to,…

Avocado & Fried Egg Sandwich

This is a ridiculously easy breakfast or lunch sandwich. This isn’t much of a recipe, but it’s something I feel I need to share, especially because it got quite a few likes on my Instagram when I posted it several weeks ago. Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day. Have I mentioned this…

Happy Birthday, Apollo! + dog cake recipe

It is this little dude’s 8th birthday today. Yup, he’s a Pi baby. This is the date that was given to us from the shelter, so whether it’s true or not, we aren’t certain. But it’s as good as any day. It also happens to be exactly one week before the fellow’s birthday, so it…

Hummus

Did you know that the earliest recorded appearance of hummus dates back somewhere between the 12th and 13th centuries, and is rumored to have been created by Saladin, the first sultan of Egypt and Syria? Who doesn’t love hummus? It’s creamy, it’s earthy, it’s smooth, it’s flavorful, it’s healthy (fiber and B vitamins? Yes!). All…

The Itch to Travel Again: Getting Nostalgia-y for Italy.

This summer makes 5 years since I last traveled abroad. The destination was Italy, and was my second foray into European travel. I came home from the trip saying I didn’t have a very good time. I bemoaned the fact that I was away from my love (*ahem* the fellow) for two whole weeks –…

Ginger Banana Bread

If you like bananas, you probably love banana bread. Honestly, the only people I know who don’t like it are ones who are allergic or dislike bananas. Yeah. Banana allergy is a thing. I didn’t know that either until I met someone with it. Poor folks. Bananas are amazing. They go great in so many…

Vegeta-balls

We like most everything when it comes to food. The fellow doesn’t care much for mushrooms, eggplant, and Brussels sprouts, and I’m not a huge fan of condiments like ketchup and mustard or relish, and raw onion can go sit and spin. Growing up, I was an insanely picky eater. My parents fought me on…

Dutch Baby

The first time I had a Dutch Baby, my best mate/college roommate’s mum was feeding us breakfast in their home. They had taken me in as kind of a kid of their own, since my family was all the way back in Hawaii and I was marooned at school in Seattle, and they fed me…

Asparagus, Leek, Cannellini Pasta

We like pasta, a lot. In my journey to have us eating better as often as possible, I’ve been cutting pasta out left and right. Not because of gluten. There’s nothing wrong with gluten if you aren’t allergic to it. But rather because pasta is such a heavy, carb-y filler with a lot of calories…

Rustic Apple Tart

Up until recently, my best lady friends and I would get together to celebrate food and each other. The simple of it was: whoever hosted the gathering provided the main meal, and the other two would bring appetizers and dessert. The one caveat to our mini dinner parties was that it all had to be…