Beefsteak Egg Bake-14869

Beefsteak Egg Bake

I am about to commit a recipe developer sin and admit to you one of my deepest, darkest secret. I am not a natural cook when it comes to savory dishes. There, I said it! Now before you go about skillfully shish-kebabing me over a well-prepped grill, hear me out. No one is good at everything. I am an excellent sweets baker, drink mixer, flambo the heck out of a creme brulee sort of gal. But when it comes to creating a knock-your-socks-off dinner, I’m ‘eh’. Okay, okay. I am a little better than ‘eh’, but it took a long …

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Watermelon, cheese dip

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay + Swiss Watermelon Dip

Thoughts of summer are often filled with beach trips, popsicles, and sunshine. But thoughts often gloss over the inconvenient realities, like the sweltering heat. You know the type of day:  you look outside at the bright blue sky, put on a nice outfit for a day in the sun, and then you go outside where you’re hit with a wall of fire. Within a few minutes your overheated and look like a wet dog that got trapped in a Roman bath house. The last thing you want on that sort of day is a heavy meal and drink. Feeling refreshed …

Prosciutto Poached Egg Salad-14644

Prosciutto Poached Egg Salad

If there is anything I know how to do well, it is breakfast. I am a master omelette maker, a fabulous bacon frier, and I can bake up a mean scone. But there is one wild animal of the breakfast food variety that has always alluded me… the poached egg. It is the same story every time: I get the nerve to attempt the technique, carefully prep my tools, and then fail miserably, ending up with a pan full of watery egg soup.  Admittedly, a lot of this has to do with the lack of finesse I possess as a human …

The Importance of Being Anise-14624

The Importance of Being Anise

Growing up in a Middle Eastern family means that I have a very special relationship with the anise seed. From refreshing drinks to kebab seasoning to dessert adornments, it’s one of the defining flavors of my childhood. But once I started coming out of the fog of childhood, I realized that most of my American friends had never heard of the seed. If you find yourself in this category, then I have one thing to say to you – you’re wrong! You actually are very well acquainted with the flavor… licorice. The pure, unadulterated anise seed taste is a pungent licorice …

How to Shuck an Oyster-13877

How to Shuck an Oyster

It’s the middle of June and so comes the seaside adventures. As the weather heats up, you’re probably finding yourself eating a hell of a lot more seafood than usual. From blacked fish tacos to miso brazed salmon, it’s an absolutely delicious time of the year to eat as much of the ocean’s fare as you can get your hands on. But there’s one elusive dish that can often pose a major challenge for the inexperienced seafoodie… oysters. Personally, when an oyster dish is placed on a table in front of me, I avoid it like a 16th Century city-dweller …

Fresh from Florida-13822

Fresh from Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Have you ever been wandering through the aisles of a market and found yourself wondering where the produce came from? In this day in age, farmers’ markets and local produce shopping is the exception not the rule. Most people simply don’t know where their food comes from or even which country it originated from. It’s a bit sad when you think about it, right? Humans went from hunter-gatherers to subsistence farmers to uneducated mass consumers. Of course, there were thousands of years between those transitions, …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

Ahi Tuna on Beet Greek Yogurt Slaw-13279

Ahi Tuna on Beet Greek Yogurt Slaw

  A few years ago, I vacationed with my husband in Hawaii. You would think that my most valued memories from that trip would be the quality time spent with my wonderful husband on the beach or one of our many romantic hikes in the jungle. But no, what stands out to me the most, like a beacon of delicious light in the haze of foggy memories, was the Ahi tuna.  I had it at every restaurant we ate at during our trip. I was obsessed. Yup, clearly you see where my priorities in life lie. Since that fateful trip, …