Creamy Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

Broccoli was not my favorite vegetable growing up. In fact, I still don’t buy it at the store. To be totally honest I only made this because it was delivered to my doorstep by Imperfect Produce when I forgot to customize my order. Peering into my box, I was surprised to find two large broccoli…

Fresh Plum Cake Featuring Imperfect Produce

  A couple years ago, a Facebook friend posted an article on Imperfect Produce, a new start up in the Bay Area, with the mission to reduce food waste. It pains me to see food thrown away, especially perfectly good food; but I’m embarrassed to admit that as much of a foodie as I had…

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Summer is in full effect here in So-Cal; with temperatures in the 90’s I’m very hesitant to do any sort of cooking that involves the stove or oven. Chilled soups are new to me, but I can’t remember ever tasting one that was bad on a hot day, so I figured I’d take my chances…

Sous Vide Lemon Chicken and Spiced Lentils

Have you ever eaten a dish so good you’ve thought about it days later, trying to figure out what the heck was in it? That was me this week after eating at The Tasting Kitchen in Santa Monica. The branzino there was deliciously buttery with pine nuts and castelvetrano olives, the steak crusted yet tender…

Crispy Yeasted Waffles

Ask what I want for breakfast, and I will ask for waffles. Don’t ask, and I will plead for them anyway. One morning, to hush my incessant waffle cries, Rob found a waffle house nearby. We’ve tried several of their sweet and savory ones, but my favorite is the creme brulee- a crispy waffle with…

Earl Grey Sugar Cookies

When I was younger, my mom and her friends would host regular tea parties- serious affairs where we would bring our own tea cups and saucers. I remember being about 9 or 10 years old and looking for just the right tea cup and saucer set which I felt truly reflected my personality. In preparation…

Gingerbread Cookies

My first distinct memory of cookie decorating was at my aunt and uncle’s house when I was about 6 or 7 years old. All of our family and friends gathered in their sun room where several tables held bins full of huge sugar cookies in many shapes and sizes- giant snowmen and Christmas trees and…

Beer Braised Brisket

Guess what I had for breakfast this morning.     Brisket and mashed potatoes! Heck yes! No regrets here. This is a bit of a Frankenstein recipe- the cooler weather has me craving all the comfort foods. All week I day-dreamed of a stew-y beef dish. I looked up recipes and found beer braising would create a deeper,…

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

I recently moved to a new office, and everything has been great so far- the account is interesting and a challenge with tons to learn, everyone on the team is nice, it’s 5 minutes from the beach, and there’s a Whole Foods within walking distance! The one thing I wish I could change is the two and…

Mexican Red Rice

Confession: I’ve never been a fan of plain white rice. I understand that rice is a staple that keeps many people fed and full, but in my personal experience with white rice it’s often unnecessary carbs serving as a vehicle for the real flavorful food. I mean, why would I want to eat plain white rice when…

Crispy Lemon Brussels Sprouts

It’s really hard to make Brussels sprouts look sexy. In case you haven’t noticed I’m very particular about the way food looks on this blog. I tried to make these look as good as they taste, but may not have done them justice. These little guys are tossed in a blend of seasoned olive oil…

Cheesy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

The first time I made these a couple months ago, I wanted biscuits like the ones at Red Lobster. I haven’t been in years, but for some reason I remember the biscuits being good. These came out delicious and it only took 30 minutes to whip up a batch. I also devoured them so quickly…