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Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

You may be coming across this post because you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal to make with very limited ingredients and effort.  If so, you’re in luck.   If instead you’re coming across this recipe because you love Cacio e Pepe then move on.  Because […]

Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” Cookbook Review

Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” Cookbook Review

Last week my 9 year old daughter was flipping through my cookbook, Cravings, and says, “What the heck is John Legend doing in this cookbook?” completely flabbergasted.  Let’s just say that we’re fans in this house. I love Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend […]

Onion Ring Burger Bombs

Onion Ring Burger Bombs

We like to bet in our house.  We bet on sports, reality tv shows, board games, video games, who can clean their room the fastest, whose fingernails grow faster…  ok, maybe not that but it’s not a bad idea.  Ever single bet includes a food […]

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

My daughter was adopted from Africa and to say her hair is curly is an understatement.  My hair is thin and the kind of straight that no spiral perm of the 80’s could even touch.  So needless to say, when we first brought her home […]

Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo from “Keepers”

Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo from “Keepers”

For my menu planning, on the weekends I normally have the time to cook something more complex and am not bound by a short, after work time frame for preparation, marinating or even just cooking time.  The cookbook, “Keepers” by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion […]

Simple homemade pizza dough

Simple homemade pizza dough

I am not a baker and rarely will you find breads, cookies, cakes or dough on my site or being made in my kitchen.  The exception to this is if it is almost more difficult to walk to an additional store aisle to pick the […]

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

One of the first things I thought about when I heard of Anthony Bourdain’s recent death was his episode of “Part’s Unknown” where he visited Congo.  My daughter was adopted from the Congo 7 years ago as a toddler. Although Congo has many redeeming qualities […]

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

Sweet Soy Bacon and Egg Banh Mi – Myers + Chang at Home

When I initially thumbed through the cookbook Myers + Chang at Home, I was immediately attracted to the Banh Mi sandwich recipe with shimmering bacon and gorgeous, sunny side up eggs. My husband, who is half Vietnamese, is obsessed with Banh Mi sandwiches and I […]

8 things on our summer learning list… involving food.

8 things on our summer learning list… involving food.

I’m a self admitted drill sergeant when it comes to trying to combat the summer slide for my kids, who are going into 4th and 6th grade. I generally try and have a combination between what I think my kids need to keep up on […]

Pork and Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Chili Oil – The Slanted Door

Pork and Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Chili Oil – The Slanted Door

Am I the only one that thinks wontons are sexy?  Not the steamed, dry, plump (and delicious) potstickers, but the sloppily made, boiled ones, dripping in sauce.  Like this for instance: I could write an entire post on foods that are sexy, all the while […]