Its been awhile since I've made a big breakfast-y/brunch-y type of dish at home. Weekdays don't usually allow for it, since my fiance and I are both usually up by 5:45-6am and it's just get up, snuggle the dog, make coffee, snuggle the dog, get ready to go, snuggle the dog, drink coffee, snuggle the dog, and begin our work days. Coffee (and a couple ... read more

DIY Nacho Bar with a Creamy Queso Sauce

Hey Guys! So Super Bowl is tomorrow and we're getting ready with all the prep today! One of the things I love doing for big game days like this is to set up a DIY Nacho Bar! I love having things set up in a buffet-style so guests can feel free to make their own creations and pick and nibble as they please throughout the ... read more

Spicy White Bean Chili with Shredded Chicken

Happy hump day! We are sharing anew kinda lighter chili for you today. This one is a recipe for Spicy White Bean Chili with Shredded Chicken. The perfect cozy chili for those cold nights, super filling without being grossly full if you know what I mean. Also, this recipe reheats so well, so make extra to freeze. I love this soup with a good bread to ... read more

Green Chilaquiles

I love chilaquiles. It's such a great, low maintenance, comfort food dish that's great anytime of the day. It's such a hardy dish, especially when shredded chicken or eggs (cooked how you like them) are added to them. I also really love that as long as you have tortilla chips and salsa, you can make chilaquiles; although I prefer to eat my chilaquiles the same ... read more

Stacked Side of Salmon

HI!!!! We wanted to repost this old recipe because lately I have been really feeling lighter dinners and meals because its so freaking hot here. I feel like I swell up everywhere in the weather, and my fingers morph into sausages etc. It's not fun. So I try and eat lighter to avoid a carb bomb. Anyway, we have this beautiful and easy Stacked Side ... read more

Simple Ceviche

I was in Puerto Vallarta a couple weeks ago with the dude and some friends, during Memorial Day weekend. We went to celebrate the fact that many of us had just turned 30, and to just get away for a little bit with some good company. Anyway, while we were down I think I must've eaten dozens upon dozens of tacos, which were amazing, but ... read more

Lemongrass Beef Banh Mi

Banh Mi sandwiches might be my favorite sandwiches of all time....and that's a really bold statement for me to make because I LOVE sandwiches. My favorite part of any banh mi is probably the chicken liver pate. It's usually optional or "extra", and that's how we've written it today because I know it's not for everyone, but for me it makes the sandwich. There's so ... read more

Carne Asada Nachos

Since college, I've taken my nachos very seriously. During college, I lived in the town (Isla Vista...within Santa Barbara) with the original Freebirds Burritos, before it turned into a chain and became horrible. Freebirds is probably where my nacho obsession began, as it was my go-to drunk food and it was glorious. I remember nights of climbing into bed with a giant trough of nachos ... read more

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Whenever I go back home to Chicago to visit the parents, all these ideas come to mind for what I want to cook for them. "Well they've never tried Mulligatawny, maybe I'll make them that with the stacked salmon on the side and some roasted radishes!" Honestly, I don't know why I even try. Inevitebly they're going to ask me to make the same thing ... read more

Swiss and Green Onion Cheese Ball

Cheese balls, a favorite recipe for us when it comes to holiday appetizers. We love us some cheese! It’s one of those easy appetizer recipes that you can make ahead and just serve with crackers in a pinch, or some radishes and celery sticks if you wanna get crazy. [print] Swiss and Green Onion Cheese Ball Makes 1 1/2 cups Ingredients: 6 ounces Swiss, cubed ... read more

Flowerless Thanksgiving Centerpiece

To kind of kick start the holiday season on the blog, today we wanted to show you how to make a flowerless Thanksgiving centerpiece inspired by renaissance still life. This is less of a DIY and more of a kind of inspiration post to show you what you could do with your centerpiece for thanksgiving (or any party really) that doesn’t involve using flowers. In ... read more

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Hey guys! We’re so deep into summer now, and it’s great…but hot…real hot. I know I’ve mentioned a couple times already that the boyfriend and I have been grilling up a storm this weekend. We love cooking outside, especially in the evening as the weather starts to cool and a small breeze gently grazes the back of our necks as we sip on ice cold ... read more

Beer Battered Fried Shrimp and Pickles

I feel like a lot of people don’t often think about frying during the hot summer months, but that should change. In my mind there’s nothing better than enjoying a big plate of perfectly beer battered fried shrimp and pickle chips on a picnic table at a park surrounded by open fields, a sparkling river and fragrant pine trees, with a light breeze blowing through ... read more

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

The weather in Los Angeles has been a little wacky lately. We went from an early heat wave, to a nice cool down, back to another heat wave, then a couple chilly/gloomy days… and now back to sunshine and heat? So confusing and a little annoying…can’t we just have sunshine and warm weather, with a light breeze?! Or better yet cloudy days with a light ... read more

Stacked Side of Salmon

Hi Guys! I've been so into spring lately. I'm loving all the gorgeous blooms popping up around my neighborhood, the great weather we've been having and most of all, the crazy amount of gorgeous produce showing up at farmer's markets! The boyfriend and I have started a little intense patio garden and we're totally obsessed. We’re first time gardeners and who knew it could be ... read more