I’m on a ‘make your own booze’ fix lately. It’s fun and has definitely made me some new friends! My homemade booze of choice...

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CILANTROcello

I am obsessed with tart flavors. Dare me to peel a lemon and eat it raw? Done! And welcome to my every day life! My husband thinks I’m crazy, I ...

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Limoncello & Limecello

Hello! Thank you for checking out my cooking blog! I have listed menu options for holiday parties, dinner parties, and weekly dinners below. Of course...

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The Back Burner Has Arrived!

I love making salads with no greens, a mix of chewy and crunch, fresh herbs and just a splash of vinegar and oil. Add whatever you like to a grain sal...

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3 Grain Salad

I absolutely love to pickle, I’ll pickle anything. In my fridge you will always find a giant jar of Pickled Jalapeños or a mishmash jar of pi...

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The Incredible Giardiniera

One of my favorite cocktails is a Moscow Mule. Vodka, lime, and ginger beer. Throw in a little mint and I’m in heaven. After drinking way too ma...

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Homemade Ginger Beer

This is not your normal bread recipe. It’s ugly and sticky at first, but bakes itself into a loaf of utter perfection. There are multiple versions o...

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Spanish Olive No-Knead Bread

I love a good Bloody Mary, the spicier the better. My affinity for anything spicy has been incorporated into just about every meal and general aspect ...

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The Bloody Ghost

My mom gave me a couple pounds of Tunisian Harissa pasta once as a gift. It was such a beautiful red/orange color and smelled delicious even dry. I kn...

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Curried Sausage Pasta

Lime cubes are a Happy Hour MUST in my house! I came up with this idea after a friend gave me a huge bag of already-zested limes that needed to be use...

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Lime Cubes

During a Spanish cooking class recently, Chef Camilla and I made a dish that blew my mind and took me straight to Catalonia. It’s called Xató (pron...

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Xató

This was a recipe my boyfriend and I created after first making the Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich (recipe here). We had piri piri on the brain for over a...

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Piri Piri Shrimp & Rice

I made up this recipe the day after I made a massive batch of my Tomato Basil Risotto with Homemade Ricotta. I also had leftover homemade ricotta and ...

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Lasagna Rolls

This classic pizza is ridiculously delicious and I crave it at least once a week. I can tell you however, that the simplicity of a margherita pizza al...

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Pizza Margherita

A friend recently gave me a humongous zucchini. As you can tell from the picture, I was thrilled to have a freakishly large vegetable in my possessio...

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Zucchini & Sweet Potato Fries

Buying ricotta cheese at the supermarket annoys me! I have a hard time spending money on something that is flavorless and boring. To ease this tension...

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Homemade Ricotta

What is piri piri? Besides meaning “pepper pepper” in Swahili, it is a very hot sauce made with peppers, vinegar and oil. As a heat-obsessed perso...

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Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich

Have you ever had a muffuletta sandwich? You know, it’s that classic Italian sandwich with mortadella, ham, salami, maybe some capicola and an o...

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Muffuletta Meatball Sandwich

What is there to say about pickled jalapeños? They are hot. They are tangy. They are delicious. They can be added as a topper to any burger or sandwi...

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Pickled Jalapeños

This meal is so much fun to create! You pretty much can’t go wrong with what you put in this recipe (with the exception of adding pickles or a b...

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Orzo Stuffed Bells

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is one of my favorite shows. I have been told that I am a much less annoying version of Guy in girl form (still not sure ...

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Pepito Sandwich

Sometimes I get an extreme hankering for rice. I love how it’s a blank slate and you can’t go wrong no matter what you add. Hot rice, cold...

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Green Rice

This is a salad that I made up one day from whatever I had in the fridge. It turned out to be one of the best cold salads I have ever made. I use Cali...

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Wild Rice Salad

I have stated many times already…I am a crunch-aholic! Crunch, salt, tang and heat…those are my weaknesses (or strengths, depending on how...

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Crunchies

These muffins changed my life. Something about eating one of these on a Monday morning makes me ready to face the world. I realize that by saying this...

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Blueberry Bran Muffins

This is a no-brainer pasta dish that takes zero talent and hardly any time to make. However, that’s not to say it isn’t delicious! While I...

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One Pot Italian

I have to begin this post giving Rachael Ray credit for turning me on to the Ahi Burger. I was sick at home one day, watching horrible daytime TV and ...

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Sesame Crusted Ahi Burger

For anyone (besides me) with an obsession with “zing”…I have the perfect recipe for you.  These Hot ‘N Sweet Pickles are supe...

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Hot ‘N Sweet Pickles

This is one of my favorite ways to make potatoes. They are salty, crunchy, spicy, and tender…everything you want in a tater. I have made these m...

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Smashed Taters

I love spicy food. Red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, African Bird Pepper (100,000 Scoville units=45 times hotter than a jalapeño)…just aren...

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Shake, then sweat

I had a Cucumber Collins at a bar in San Francisco with my mom. It was so refreshing and tangy, I had to make my own version… To make the cucumb...

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Cucumber Collins

I grew up with chickens and it was my job to get the eggs every day.  Not my two older brothers job…MINE. It was no easy task.  Despite being ...

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Growing up chicken