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2015
9 Sep

I am in the process of grooming my sous chef. It’s not child labor if he’s having fun, right?  Well, okay, maybe he’s not ready to take on the caramel apple tarts I’m currently working on, but I can…

7 Sep

I made this Hawaiian Pineapple Pizza Dip for my friend Susie, lover of all things Hawaii. She loves to tag me in things on social media and say, “please make this for me.”  Being a fan of a challenge…

7 Sep

This easy pho recipe requires a gigantic disclaimer.  I’m calling it “Faux” Pho for a reason.  I’m not Vietnamese, I didn’t grow up with Vietnamese food, and my experience in proper Vietnamese cuisine is limited.  Pho (pronounced “fuh”) has…

5 Sep

***A variation of this recipe was shared on AZTV7 on 8/29/16.  Specific instructions for that recipe are at the bottom of this post. Lots of firsts going on around here.  First cooking classes, first TV segments, now a first…

3 Sep

Amazing Grace was played in church the Sunday after I re-launched this site, sharing my big secret with everyone. If you think I had a dry eye as we all rose to our feet, singing perhaps one of the…

2 Sep

These Chai Cheesecake Cups were inspired by my first real job in high school as a Starbuck’s Barista.  Shout out to Bryan Schiele (super duper coffee dude!) for helping me land the job!  I loved being a Barista.  Not only…

1 Sep

“TAH-BOO-LEE” I tell my 3-year-old.  That’s how you say it.  It’s what we’re using today in our stuffed mushrooms. As for how to spell it?  Tabbouleh, Tabouleh, Tabouli, a google search yields a wide variety of options.  But, it’s…

30 Aug

The chefs at The Driskill in Austin, Texas aren’t just chefs, they’re curators.  They are charged with the unique responsibility to engage today’s tastes while honoring nearly 120 years of history housed in their regal estate. This elegant hotel…

27 Aug

Based on last Friday’s post, I was planning on writing about “Feeling God’s Love.”  I was going to write about a book my therapist gave me that opened my mind up to the idea that we all connect with…

25 Aug

This recipe for Soba Noodles with an Almond Sauce reminds me of when Ryan and I lived in NYC. Two weeks after we got married, Ryan and I relocated to New York City.  Specifically, Jamaica, Queens.  Not quite the…

24 Aug

Salmon will forever make me think of my Nana.  Who is my Nana?  My maternal grandmother.  The most outrageously classy lady I know who is mostly to blame for my taste  for the finer things in life.  She was the…

20 Aug

In the midst of addiction, it was hard to answer the question, “Why am I such a mess?  My life is good.  I have it SO good.  Good family, people who love me, a good job, a nice house, two…

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