dark chocolate pistachio oatmeal cookies

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

  I hope everyone had a happy Mother's Day weekend! Mine was very food-centric...we went through several of these dark chocolate pistachio oatmeal cookies, a few ice cream stops, and just a lot of delicious food in general! Even though my human baby isn't born yet, our 2 fur children have been a handful themselves recently. Anyone who's been to our house knows that thanks to a rough puppyhood, their philosophy on house visitors is to 1) assume all visitors are murderers ... Continue Reading
Roasted Tomatillo and Pineapple Salsa

Roasted Tomatillo Pineapple Salsa

May is one of the best months in Texas. The days are getting longer, the evenings are still cool, and it's the perfect time to hang out outdoors or on a patio. When I walk the dogs through our neighborhood in the evenings now I can usually smell someone grilling for dinner (although I'm well aware that I'm generally savoring the smell of very non-vegetarian sausages or burgers!). When we grill it turns into an event for the evening, and I almost always make homemade salsa ... Continue Reading
gorgonzola wild rice

Gorgonzola Wild Rice with Apples and Walnuts

Every few weeks a few friends and I do a girls' dinner where we take turns cooking for each other. Somehow we've managed to keep it up for a few years now, and it has proven a great way to make sure we see each other regularly through life's busy schedules, children, etc. A few weeks ago one of them made a side with wild rice, and it made me realize how little I vary the grains I use when I cook. i.e. I always use quinoa. Wild rice is delicious and hearty and people should make it more ... Continue Reading
5 ingredient apricot larabars

5 Ingredient Apricot Larabars

Good morning blog readers! The past few weeks have been really busy with friends and family in town and traveling for work. Therefore this week's post features a recipe that is not exactly my own, but a variation on one that I’ve been making for years from Chocolate Covered Katie. If you’ve never bought a Larabar before, they are like soft granola bars made with only pure natural ingredients - usually the base is some combination of dried fruit and nuts. No, I promise Larabar is ... Continue Reading
3 cheese pizza topped with lemon arugula

3 Cheese Pizza Topped with Lemon Arugula

Happy one month birthday to the blog! We have officially survived 1/12 of the one-year-food-blog experiment. A few takeaways from the first month: Food photography (or probably any photography) is really hard, and I'm now so much more impressed with all the food blogs I read that have crystal clear photos with perfect natural lighting. Is it never cloudy where they live?! Recipe testing means ending up with a lot of leftover food. This can be good or bad depending on how well the ... Continue Reading
sun dried tomato and rosemary white bean dip

Sun Dried Tomato and Rosemary White Bean Dip

Do you ever eat at a restaurant and think that the bread they serve before the meal is the best part? Sometimes it's not even a case of the food being that bad, it's just that the bread was that good. This happened to us 2 weeks ago at a nice seafood restaurant in Monterey, CA. Our entrees were good (and not cheap), but we walked away talking about how great the free bread had been...ha. Not only that, it came with this amazing white bean dip that we couldn't stop eating. We tend to have a lot ... Continue Reading
raspberry lemon pancakes

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes

After a week traveling between San Francisco, Monterey, and Big Sur, we are back home in Austin! The California coast line is absolutely beautiful, but of course it's always good to be home. I actually teared up when I dropped the dogs off to be boarded so you can imagine how excited I was to see them all when we got back. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the trip: It's always hard to go back to work after a vacation, so these fluffy lemon raspberry pancakes were my weekend pick-me... Continue Reading
Chipotle Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Chipotle Sweet Potato Enchiladas

I’m writing this post from a tiny wood cabin in the middle of Big Sur, California. We spent the weekend in San Francisco and left this morning to drive down the stunning Pacific Coast Highway. The next 2 days will consist of hiking, camp fires, sleeping under the redwood trees, and no cell service…it’s nice to feel a little disconnected once in a while. I’ll post a few pictures of our trip next week on the blog and on Instagram later this week! These chipotle sweet potato ... Continue Reading
Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

First comes the enchilada sauce, next week comes the...enchiladas! I only recently realized how easy it is to make enchilada sauce at home. The basic ingredients are all pantry staples and ones that you likely already own. This homemade chipotle enchilada sauce has a great smoky flavor and a little bit of spice. You can find canned chipotle peppers in any grocery store - they come packed in adobo sauce and are usually located near the salsa and canned enchilada sauce. You can adjust ... Continue Reading
healthy orange cranberry muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins with Zucchini

I pretty much wake up starving every morning. I wish I could blame that on the baby growing inside me, but it’s been the case since well before that. I’ve been in a breakfast muffin kick over the past month or so. Muffins are filling, sweet, and just satisfyingly carb-y. I could eat them at any time of the day, but it’s been for breakfast with coffee lately. We had a pretty hectic weekend that included 3 trips to Home Depot and patching a 4 inch square hole in the wall... Continue Reading