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Wild Garden Tostada

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc., Circle Foods LLC, and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions and text are entirely my own. There are certain things in life that make you feel an immense sense of gratification.  A seamlessly frosted cake. The last puzzle piece being snapped into place. Labrador puppies frolicking in tall grass. Picking a recipe and then realizing you already have all the ingredients in your pantry. It is as if the cosmic world has orchestrated this perfect moment of delight. Well I can’t help you with the puppies, …

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Tortellini Muffins

Dinnertime. The moment of truth in my busy household. After a busy day of work and mommy-ing, do I attempt to make a full dinner? Will anyone notice the difference between a fresh cooked meal and a frozen one? How fast can the pizza delivery guy arrive? Even as a professional recipe developer, sadly this is my actual thought process 90% of the time. Us working parents know all too well that by the time dinner comes, you are just too tired. Period. Add on top of that the fact that certain miniature people in your household have very finicky …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

If there is one thing I love on a cold winter’s day, it’s a cup of hot cocoa. Add to that another one of my loves, red velvet cake, and you have one heck of a drink recipe. Now, if you’re not too familiar with the world of red velvet, it is a red colored chocolate cake that is topped with cream cheese frosting. Yes, it is as divine as it sounds. So, it isn’t a huge leap to incorporate the two most famous elements of the dessert into a piping hot cup of cocoa. All we have to do …

Plum Harvest Jam-10212

Plum Harvest Jam

Aaahh, fall!  The leaves, the cool breeze, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes in the air.  It truly is a magical time of the year and what better way to celebrate it than with a wedding?!  I myself was an autumn bride, opting to ditch the normally warm weathered nuptials for a chilly shindig.  There’s something irresistibly romantic about the season and it’s clearly on display in today’s wedding of Katie and Daniel.  These east coast lovebirds decided to celebrate their love in their favorite month, October… and it couldn’t have been more dreamy!  We were so inspired by these …

Honey Apple Chutney-11472

Honey Apple Chutney

Today’s sweet South African couple married in stunning shabby chic style.  From gorgeously eccentric floral arrangements to a pretty pastel palette, their day was the stuff that romantic dreams are made of.  We were so inspired by this gorgeous affair, that we created a Honey Apple Chutney recipe to match their adorable favors.  So make sure to grab the delicious recipe and we’ll let event photographer Christine Murray take it from here: Siraj and Sonya have the type of love that makes you believe in all that’s good in this world. Together they are calm, yet crazy in love. Holding …

How to make a Flavor Bomb-15343

How to make a Flavor Bomb

I have a dilemma which I am pretty sure is a plague upon your own household… wasted food. I cannot tell you how much food I throw away each week. From leftovers to an unopened bag of rotten spinach, it is something that weighs heavily on my conscience. Not only am I letting perfectly good food go to waste, I am also throwing away perfectly good money. And I have heard from many of my readers that this is not a novel issue. So, what can we do about it? Well, I’m going to start posting easy ‘dump’ recipes up …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa-13748

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa

If you follow the blog’s social media feed, then you know that I have been fortunate enough to live in two of America’s greatest cities… Los Angeles and New York City.  Growing up in relaxed Los Angeles was juxtoposed by a fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle in my 20s. Well, now in my early 30s, I decided to split the difference and move to Texas. And before I even started unpacking my bags, I started hitting the Texas foodie scene… hard. What can I say? I’ve got my priorities straight. In the short time (i.e. less than a month) that I’ve lived in the Lone …