Butter Macadamia Truffles-15104

Butter Macadamia Truffles

When composing today’s post I found myself at an impasse. Do I lie to you, my loyal reader? Or do I fess up with the cold, hard, ugly truth. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of a bit of ugliness. In fact, I seriously considered looking you straight in the face and in my sincerest, most heartfelt voice flat out lying to you. I was going to write a whole article about how great these truffles came out. That they are easy to make and fool-proof. I was even going to be so bold as to proclaim that they …

Scottish Oat Cakes-15049

Scottish Oat Cakes

Much to the chagrin of many a child, it is time to go back to school. With school comes a long to-do list for the parental units… shopping, scheduling, carpools, and meal prep. Well, I am pretty much useless to you when it comes to most of those things, but I certainly can help in one department. Let’s get our meal prep on, baby! I have teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, to bring you a wholesome back to school breakfast that will make all generations smile. Scottish Oat Cakes, anyone? I spent some time …

Tuna Avocado Crostini-14999

Tuna Avocado Crostini

I am relatively new to the mommy game, but that does not mean that I do not already have unreasonably high expectations for my daughter’s eating habits. Part of this parental delusion stems from the fact that I work in the food world and am positive that she will love everything I cook up. The other part of this delusion comes from my (clearly) unbiased opinion that she is a perfect child and shall never do wrong… that’s the same part of my brain that thinks she will sleep through the night and miraculously clean up after herself. I can dream, …

Sriracha Bloody Mary-14970

Sriracha Bloody Mary

Football season is around the corner, my friends. With that comes blood, sweat, tears, and tailgating. Whether you’re planning a parking lot BBQ in the stadium or an at-home viewing fest, you need to get your cocktail repertoire in order. Now I could sit here and list off a litnay of perfectly acceptable, but rather unoriginal football booze ideas – craft beer, margarita mixers, vodka shooters. That’s not what I’m going to do here today. When the Texas Pete brand hired me to create a recipe for the sporty season, I decided it was time to address the unspoken (and rather …

Avocado Jasmine Rice Balls-14955

Avocado Jasmine Rice Balls

Unless you are living under a rock, then you know that this week marks the official ‘Back-to-School’ season. And with the season comes the onslaught of hungry children… hey, who doesn’t build up an appetite with tons of learning and socializing? It is also an easy time to fall into a monotonous routine of afternoon snacks: packaged processed food, rinse, repeat. So, in the hopes of inspiring a more wholesome after-school habit, I have teamed up with a lovely brand to bring you a delicious snack alternative. Using Success® Jasmine Rice, I have created a recipe that is sure to make …

Blackberry Pine Nut Bread-14933

Blackberry Pine Nut Bread

The moment we hit mid-August, I jump the gun and start my fall baking prep. I am an Autumn girl through and through, and live for the day a cool breeze rolls through the trees. It not only signifies the end of sweltering heat, it means it is the official beginning of baking season. So to help get your own cold-weather baking on, I have put together a delicious sweet bread recipe to get the season kicking. Blackberry Pine Nut Bread, my friends! Oh yes, I went a bit crazy in the test kitchen at the simple thought of Autumn …

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 …

Sweet Curry Cake-14795

Sweet Curry Cake

As a professional recipe developer and food stylist I face a major obstacle once a year. It always occurs at the same time, on the same day every single time… my husband’s birthday cake. You may be thinking to yourself, ‘wait this should not be a problem at all for you’. But being married to a person like me comes with some issues. The key issue being that you get spoiled. Oh yeah, my lovely husband no longer wants a regular old birthday cake. No, he wants a fancy pants, knock-my-socks-off one of a kind masterpiece every year. So that means …